LEAGUE leaders Acklam RFC arrived at Blyth RFC’s Plessey Road with a 100 per cent unblemished record and left with it still intact despite being given a searching examination by Blyth for the first hour.
Despite heavy overnight rain Blyth groundsman Nick Stafford did an excellent job getting the pitch ready for play.
Seizing the initiative the early running was made by Acklam with Blyth seemingly off the pace for the first ten minutes.
A try from the visitors centre Andy Davison on 15 minutes sparked Blyth into life, as backed by a strong wind, they began to ask questions of the Acklam defence.
The home backs were given little change to run with the ball and were largely ineffective.
Of five penalty attempts at a goal, Blyth converted two and spurned a further two in favour of kicking for touch.
A half-time lead of 6-5 hardly seemed enough but Blyth battled well with the forwards doing the bulk of the work with No.8 Wayne Davie having an excellent game, as did centre Callum Bradwell with some good covering and tackling.
Eventually Acklam’s pressure told and in the final 20 minutes they scored three tries, two of them gifts, and converted all three.
Blyth used all three subs in the second half: Kev Barratt, Andy Dunn and Karl Rose replacing Mike Barber, Craig Broadhead and Callum Bradwell, but to no avail.
Acklam deserved their win and looked a useful side, but the final score of 26-6 was harsh on Blyth who were far from disgraced.
For the record, to add to Dawson’s first half try, left wing Ben Dickinson scored two and full-back Danny Ashton scored one and kicked the three conversions with the visitors gaining a bonus point for scoring four tries.
Blyth’s points came from full back Graeme Sutherland.
Saturday’s fixture against Prudhoe and Stocksfield, originally away, has been switched to Plessey Road with a 2.15pm kick-off.