First league win of the season for Blyth RFC over Sunderland

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Injury hit Blyth secured their first win of the season when they beat bottom club Sunderland on Saturday.

Blyth started well and had their opponents pinned in their own 22 for the first ten minutes, but a breakaway try left them five points down.

The home side’s injury jinx struck again early when fly-half Brooks left the field with a hamstring injury, forcing a reshuffle in the backs

Full-back Jarvis reduced the arrears with a penalty and again Blyth pressed the visitors without much reward with the final pass going astray, poor handing and decision making all contributing to the lack of points.

Eventually the pressure paid off and Jarvis kicked his second penalty.

Both sides missed easy penalty chances but there was no further scoring before half-time.

Blyth started the second half well but another dropped ball allowed Sunderland to score a converted try against the run of play.

The home team responded well and a period of intense pressure resulted in a try which was disallowed by the referee who instead awarded Blyth another penalty, converted by Jarvis to reduce the arrears to 12-9.

Another Blyth penalty was kicked to the corner and from the resulting catch and drive Rose scored their first try of the game to regain the lead 14-12.

A superb solo break by man of the match Adie Mckeown gave Blyth breathing space and the conversion by Jarvis increased the lead to nine points.

Wing forward Long then got on the score sheet with a try, again converted by Jarvis.

Second row Turnbull then left the field after a clash of heads with his own full-back, adding to the injury list.

At 28-12 Blyth had the game won, but the referee played 15 minutes extra in the second half and as the home side eased off Sunderland hit back with two tries to earn themselves a losing bonus point.

Next week’s match is away to Gateshead with a 3pm kick-off.

As Blyth’s injury crisis shows no signs of abating the club would like to hear from anyone who is interested in playing at their level, or even anyone who wants to play social/junior rugby.

Training nights are Tuesday and Thursday for the seniors at 7pm, or contact the club on (01670) 352063.

The club has two senior coaches in addition to several highly qualified junior coaches.