Blyth RFC fail to make the most of gale force conditions

Blyth travelled to North Shields with a strong side and were confident of a good result, but things did not go their way and they suffered a 36-8 defeat.

From the kick-off Blyth, playing with the gale force wind at their backs, pressurised the home team into conceding a penalty, duly converted by Reece.

The Blyth forwards were dominating their opponents and it looked like it was only a matter of time before the tries came, but a bad mistake by the winger allowed Shields to score an interception try from inside their own half.

The visitors regained he lead when Smithsonite darted over from close range.

Again the Blyth supporters waited for the flood gates to open, but it did not happen, and a combination of poor handling and stout defence stopped Blyth from adding to their lead.

In the second half Shields’ big forwards took over and ran in four tries for a deserved bonus point win.

This disappointing result coupled with a five-point deduction for fielding a non registered player earlier in the season drops Blyth into the lower half of the league and they will be looking for a better display when entertaining Wallsend next weekend, kick-off 2.15pm.