Blyth RFC’s first competitive game of the season came in the first round of the county senior cup, which they qualified for by winning the senior plate last season.
Against Gosforth, Blyth started strongly, playing with the strong wind at their backs but they could not penetrate the visitors defence.
Eventually they did break through for a converted try, but Gosforth hit back quickly when the referee awarded them a dubious penalty try.
Another try and a penalty put Blyth back in front to lead 17-7 at the break.
With Blyth facing the strong wind in the second half the large crowd expected the strong running visiting backs to dominate the game and the lead of ten points did not look enough.
But the Blyth forwards had other ideas as they starved the opposition of possession.
As Gosforh tired the home side’s fitness began to tell and they ran in a further three tries and a penalty to Gosforth’s two tries to progress to the semi-final of the cup with a 37-17 win.
Next week Blyth start their league campaign away to Medicals.
Supporters are being made aware the game may be moved to a different university ground so check with the club before setting off for the 3pm kick-off.