Blyth’s unbeaten run came to an end at Bishop Auckland on Saturday when they were well beaten by the better side on the day.
After only eight minutes the home side broke the Blyth defence to score a converted try before adding a penalty soon afterwards to lead 10-0.
Blyth’s first attack came after a period of pressure by Bishops. Liam Allen breaking out of defence chipped the ball behind the home defence but was late tackled resulting in only a penalty when everyone was expecting a yellow card.
Every time Blyth had the ball it was dropped or knocked on and nothing was going right.
They were not helped by the referee’s interpretation of the scrummaging laws, eventually having to replace the loose head prop.
At half-time Blyth were still in the game but the day was summed up when from a defensive scrum the fly-half’s clearance kick hit the posts and rebounded into the hands of the opposition. Fortunately the referee spotted an infringement and awarded a scrum to Blyth, but again a poor clearance kick gifted the home side another try.
Blyth eventually got on the score board with a trademark catch and drive touched down by player-coach Smith.
But they then conceded again when the home flanker, who had been causing mayhem all day, ran through the defence to complete the scoring.
This was a bad day at the office for Blyth and the least said the better. Next week’s game is at home to league leaders Hartlepool with a 3pm kick-off.