Blyth find Durham’s big backs hard to handle

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Blyth lost out to Durham on Saturday as the strong wind took control.

The home side kicked off with the a strong wind at their backs and pressurised their illustrious opponents into conceding a penalty after only two minutes, which was converted by Mullins.

Durham hit back and elected to kick a penalty to the corner. The resulting lineout was well defended by the home side who then broke upfield for Chris Grey to round off a fine move by the backs, with Mullins adding the conversion.

Blyth stretched the lead to 15 points with another try by Grey, but Durham clawed their way back into the game with two tries before half-time.

Just before the interval, Blyth lost second row Turnbull to the sin bin for pulling a man down in the lineout.

Playing against the wind in the second half, Blyth found the big Durham backs hard to handle and a penalty brought the scores level before two tries by the Durham backs appeared to take the game away from Blyth.

However, they hit back with replacement fly-half Nick scoring their third try.

The home side threw everything at Durham trying for the fourth bonus point try but were hit on the break.

The big Durham backs then ran in a further two tries at the end to win 20-46, which was slightly harsh on Blyth who at least showed signs of better things to come as several of the new faces in the side started to gel with the rest.

On the injury front things got worse with both their fly-half and centre going off.

Next week Blyth face the daunting trip to Darlington with 2.15pm kick-off.