On a perfect day for rugby, Blyth RFC Under-15s travelled north to Alnwick for the Northumberland County Cup semi-final and came away with a comprehensive win.
Alnwick started the game with a short kick only to be gathered well by Blyth forwards and the ball was taken strongly as Blyth hit the breakdown quickly giving fantastic quick ball.
Blyth went through the phases of play gaining ground every time, Richard Harland and Chris Paterson were brutal at each ruck giving us clean ball every time.
Owen Nicholson ran in the try but the angle was a little too tight for Tom Marshall to convert, however it was a fantastic kick.
Alnwick again kicked short for Kai Atkinson to catch and run straight through the Alnwick defence.
Quick work at the breakdown from Blyth’s streetwise pack gave Tom Marshall, Scott Bates and Kieran Colwell quick ball and Arron Davis made an outstanding break down the blindside to score.
Yet again the angle was a little tight for Marshall and the conversion was missed.
The home side chose to kick deep this time only for Brandon Allan to take the ball well and run at Alnwick without fear and passed to Marshall who combined well with Kieran Colwell.
Elliott Moore led the pack from the front hitting phase after phase with Owen Nicholson, Harland and Paterson in support.
Allen passed the ball back to Arron Davis who ran down the touchline only to be forced out.
Alnwick had the lineout but pressure from Kristan Corner forced the knock-on, giving us a scrum in an outstanding tactical position.
The Blyth pack dominated the scrum giving Nicholson the springboard to pick and go, Harland supported him well to gave him the try. Marshall was unable to score the extra points.
Alnwick kicked too short this time giving Blyth a scrum in the middle of the park.
Allen picked up the ball and passed to Marshall who passed it through the hands wide to Callum Atkinson who ran across the pitch gaining a few yards.
Alnwick won the breakdown and the ball and attacked down the sideline only to be tackled by Daniel Foster and put into touch.
An intelligent lineout from hooker Ethan Hall to Elliott Moore gave Blyth the advantage.
Kai Atkinson carried well to gain yards and Frazer Tarn Chapmen, Colwell and Callum Atkinson combined well as Davis ran through Alnwick’s defence with three amazing side steps to score the try, dragging two Alnwick players with him.
This time Marshall was able to score the extra points with a well deserved conversion.
To start the second half, Blyth kicked deep but Alnwick came ran it back with renewed fight and caught Blyth napping, putting in some great phases of play, pushing the visitors deep into our own 22.
Blyth’s defence held their nerve and tackled hard, Antony Connelly , Matthew Oram and Morgan Shepherd made great tackles, keeping the Alnwick advances at bay.
Jake Bowman kicked deep but Alnwick kicked it back. Marshall cleared the lines kicking deep into to Alnwick’s 22.
Tarn Chapman and Harland worked the ball well and the former scored the try under the posts and Marshall added the extra points.
Blyth’s backs and the forwards combined well with both pack leader Moore and captain Marshall leading the charge.
Keaton Allan was denied a try after it was knocked on, however the Blyth pack won the scrum and the ball was expertly passed by Bowman to Marshall who scored and converted to make it 36-0
Minutes from time Blyth kicked deep and collected the ball and Colwell scored the final try with Marshall converting.
Blyth will face Tyndale in the final at Druid Park, Gosforth on Sunday, April 27.