Excellent performance from Blyth strenghtens second spot

Blyth's Callum Bradwell makes a break supported by forwards Martin Stephenson, Michael Barber, Steven Long and Wayne Davie.
Blyth's Callum Bradwell makes a break supported by forwards Martin Stephenson, Michael Barber, Steven Long and Wayne Davie.

Blyth strengthened their second place position in Durham Northumberland Division 1 on Saturday with a win over Darlington and are now five points clear of Guisborough & Darlington.

An early penalty by Owen Jarvis put Blyth ahead but Darlington immediately responded with a well taken back move to score near the touch line.

However, this just prompted Blyth to work even harder, forcing errors from the visitors.

Steven Long was the first to capitalise when he charged down a defensive kick and managed to get to the ball first to score Blyth’s first try.

Some great defence forced a drop pass by the visitors and Blyth winger Jon Grey was quick to react by kicking the ball down the pitch where it bounced favourably for the winger to run in a good try, which was converted by Jarvis giving Blyth a 15-5 lead.

Callum Bradwell, who had made some good runs in the centre, then created an excellent try for Jarvis.

He picked the ball off the his toes drove through a couple of defenders before laying off a good pass to Jarvis who still had to beat the full-back before scoring.

Darlington came strong in the last five minutes of the half and scored a converted try on the half-time whistle to make the interval score 20-12 to the home side.

In the second half two early tries by Darlington put them in the lead 20-22.

Blyth had to reply quickly and the forwards raised their game once again and drove the visitors towards their try line, with Dean Langdown managing to drive over and put Blyth back in the lead at 25-22.

The last 30 minutes was nail biting stuff with both sides playing some excellent rugby in attack and defence.

Blyth held on to the final whistle giving them a win with bonus point for the four tries.

An excellent performance from all players. Blyth are looking strong and determined for the final run in, although they have a hard away fixture next weekend to Gateshead.

Before the match started Irene Fishwick unveiled a memorial bench for her late husband Brian, who was a stalwart of the rugby club having served as a player, referee and committee member - treasurer for several years.

Blyth thanked Irene for the occasion, which was well supported by club members.