On a perfect day for rugby, Blyth travelled to struggling Houghton and came away with a bonus point win.
Despite the visitors’ 20-16 win, the score did not reflect Blyth’s superiority and they were not helped by several questionable referring decisions.
Blyth thought they had taken an early lead but the referee over-ruled the home touch judge saying that the Blyth player was in touch.
He then disallowed another try for an unknown reason before Houghton took the lead with a converted try and then extended their advantage with a penalty.
The visitors replied with a try by Rose from a lineout before drawing level with a try by O’Niel.
Then a break by O’Niel from his own half nearly gave Blyth the lead but he was stopped by a dangerous high tackle and he had to leave the field. The referee did not issue a yellow card but instead chose to penalise Blyth for dissent.
Eventually Blyth got in front with a try by Reece and quickly got the fourth bonus point score with a try by Jarvis after taking a scrum against the head.
The referee then awarded several penalties to the home side and also disallowed another Blyth try for a forward pass, but they held on to record a win.
Next week’s game is away to league leaders Barnard Castle, and anyone wishing to travel on the coach needs to contact the club as soon as possible to book their seat.