Blyth run in eight tries but still waste chances
Although they ran in eight tries against relegation threatened Wallsend, Blyth will be far from happy with their performance as they failed to convert several chances due to a combination of poor handling, poor decision making and over confidence.
The first chance fell to Blyth with an excellent run by Mackenzie, who was tackled just short, but popped the ball up to Long backing up but he was unable to take the pass.
From the resulting scrum the Blyth pack drove the home side off the ball which was fed out to Sutherland to score, with Oniel adding the conversion.
After a period of pressure, Blyth’s second row Reay crashed over for the second try. A quickly taken penalty found hooker Norris on the wing to add Blyth third score.
On the half hour mark Blyth lost second row Rose to the sin bin, allowing the home side back into the game.
Blyth’s 14 men hit back and winger Grey scored the bonus point fourth try with Oneil adding the conversion to lead 24-0.
Whilst their visitors were still a man short, Wallsend scored a breakaway try, but straight from the kick-off a fine break by Fraser was stopped short of the line and from the resulting scrum Davie scored.
Another Blyth try resulted after a passing movement involving both forwards and backs, Davie again getting the touch down.
The home winger then got another breakaway try to bring the score back to 34-10, but Blyth again hit straight back with a typical Oniel break through the centre putting Jarvis in between the posts for the try, converted by himself.
At this point Blyth were reduced to 14 men again when Rose was sent off for a second yellow card offence.
Wallsend capitalised on this adding a further two tries, giving them what could be a vital losing bonus point.
Blyth completed the scoring with another Oniel converted try.
Next week Blyth are at home to Seaton Carew, kick-off 3pm.