Blyth overwhelmed as semi-final shows difference in class

Before this Northumberland Senior Cup semi-final, Blyth announced that they had accepted the resignation of head coach Steve Mullins.

Grahame Smith is taking over, assisted by Andrew Raine.

Park, who are currently pushing for promotion into the national leagues, started well and Blyth found the difference in class hard to cope with. The visitors’ direct running and support play created several scores, all converted to lead 35-0 at the break.

The pattern continued for the first ten minutes of the second half with the visitors stretching the lead to 47 but Blyth finally got into the game, pressurising park into conceding several penalties.

With the game already lost, Blyth sportingly elected to kick for the corners each time, looking for a consolation try but all efforts were repelled by the visiting defence.

Against the run of play, Park broke up-field to record a last-minute try to finish 54-0.

Although well beaten, Blyth’s young and injury-hit side stuck to the task and hopefully will start to produce better results when the league restarts next week with a home game against Consett, kick-off 2.15pm.

Blyth are running touch rugby sessions at the sports centre on Mondays at 6pm. This is open to all ages, male or female. You do not need to be a rugby player just come along and enjoy this non-contact form of rugby and get fit. Contact Carlos at the sports centre.