Blyth well beaten at home by visiting Gateshead XV

Blyth lost at home to Gateshead on Saturday as the visitors scored more than 50 points.

The home side started well and after a series of penalties against the visitors they took the lead when player coach Smith forced his way over in the corner.

Gateshead hit back with a try of their own to level the scores on 15 minutes.

The visitors then took the lead with a well worked try as their centre carved his way through the Blyth defence for a converted score.

A bad mistake by the home full-back gifted the visitors their third try and stretched the lead to 19-5.

Gateshead then secured the bonus point with a chip through the Blyth defence for the winger to score in the corner.

The Blyth forwards picked up the pace and from a catch and drive lineout pushed the visitors fully 20 metres for an unconverted try.

Another drive from the lineout resulted in a try from No. 8 Davie.

Gateshead hit back with another try before Blyth scored their fourth try from yet another massive lineout drive, second row Rose getting the touch down.

At this stage Blyth were getting on top but they shot themselves in the foot when from an attacking five-metre scrum the visitors winger intercepted a pass to run the full length of the pitch.

This knocked Blyth for six and they quickly conceded again.

In the final minutes scrum-half Smithson scored a fifth try for Blyth, but by then they were well beaten as Gateshead won 57-27.

Next weekend is a rest week for Blyth before they visit Durham City.