Blyth RFC begin new year with a strong performance

Blyth RFC opened their league programme for the year with a good win over Gosforth at Plessey Road.

But the home side had started slowly and allowed the visitors to score a converted try within the first couple of minutes followed by a penalty in the tenth minute.

It is not the first time Blyth have given their opponents a head start this season.

But this did seem to motivate Blyth into attack and in the 12th minute they were awarded a penalty for a Gosforth attacker not rolling away, which was converted by Andrew Sutherland.

A couple of minutes later an interception gave Blyth’s captain Tony Smithson an opening and he ran in a try, converted by Sutherland.

With the scores level, Gosforth raised their game and Blyth No.8 Jack Eastman was penalised for preventing the ball to be played and was yellow carded.

Gosforth failed with the resulting penalty kick, and playing a man down spurred Blyth on and the home team were awarded two penalties, both converted by Sutherland to make it 16-10 to Blyth.

The home side were by now in control and some direct running from both backs and forwards produced an overlap for Jarvis to run in a try, again converted by Sutherland.

Gosforth were rarely in Blyth’s half but still looked threatening in possession, and they were awarded a penalty but it was too long, giving Blyth a 22 drop out. Sutherland spotted Blyth’s winger free and executed a perfect drop kick which Jonathan Grey collected at full pace then managed an inside pass to Jarvis who ran 50 meters to score. The conversion by Sutherland gave Blyth a 35-10 lead at half-time.

In the second half Gosforth again came out strong but were not able to penetrate the excellent Blyth defence which put in some strong tackling.

The Blyth forwards were in full control and their driving was awesome. Their inter passing and support play was a pleasure to watch.

Two further tries by the Grey brothers, first by Chris from a nice break by Liam Allen and then one for his younger brother Jonathon when supporting a run by Liam Heslop.

With Darlington losing to Guisborough, Blyth regained second place in Durham Northumberland Division 1.

On Saturday Blyth travel to Consett.