Blyth RFC’s league season got off to a bad start when seven of the previous week’s starting XV cried off from the game at Medicals on Saturday.
Worse was to come when almost from the kick-off a poor clearance kick allowed the home second row to gather the ball and score in the corner for a converted try.
Blyth hit back and after a period of pressure scrum-half Andy Raine took a quick tap penalty to score the visitors’ first try.
Against the run off play Medicals increased their lead when another mistake by the Blyth defence let the winger chase a kick to score under the posts.
The home side added another try before Liam Allen scored the try of the game for Blyth.
Another try and a penalty for Medics took the score to 3-12 and Blyth looked to be down and out.
New coach Steve Mullens brought on veteran prop Lee Dunwoodie and reshuffled the front row, which brought immediate effect as the forwards scored first from a rolling maul and then pushed Medicals off their own ball for another try, gaining at least a losing bonus point for four tries.
With ten minutes left Blyth were right back in the game and another drive by the forwards resulted in a touch down, but the referee thought differently and awarded a scrum.
Had this try been awarded there is no doubt Blyth could have gone on to win, but in the end they had to settle for the losing bonus point.
Next week Blyth entertain Morpeth for the first time in the league, kick-off 3pm.
Blyth have decided to fall in line with most other clubs in the league and charge for admission to all league and cup games.
Charges will be limited to £2 for non members and £1 for members, who must have their membership card with them.
This is half what some clubs are charging and is needed to cover the ever increasing costs of staging the games.