Buccanners run in the tries to defeat Ravens

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Blyth RFC Buccaneers finished their season with a fine 32-12 win against the improving Newcastle Ravens at Seagull Park.

Blyth captain Mel Cole won the toss and the Buccs kicked into the sun.

Ravens ran the ball back to Blyth but firm defending saw the visitors penned in their half for long stretches of the first half.

Blyth’s forwards won ample ball for their backs to exploit, however, Ravens tackled strongly to deny them until nearly 30 minutes had gone.

A sweeping move one way then back to the opposite wing saw Blyth hooker Jim Smith score a fine try.

Blyth continued to press and a surging run from centre Gary Sinton released Cole Charlton to score the final try of the half.

The half-time changes saw Dave Walker introduced at scrum-half for Blyth, and he sparked the forwards with some trade mark runs from the scrum.

After one such break Walker scored his first try, rounding the defence.

It was not long before he scored again, this time No. 8 Cole picked up to set the scrum-half through the gap for his second try.

Midway through the second half the Buccs were hindered by enforced changes due to injuries, the disruption and subsequent lack of concentration allowed the dangerous Ravens backs the opportunity to show their pace, and two well taken tries were just reward for their hard running.

Scott Robinson came on to the field for Blyth after two years out with injury to turn the clock back with some powerful, dynamic runs from centre, and combined with Sinton, Barrett and Steve Roberts in a very experience back line.

After one Robinson line break the forwards combined to put Andy Wilkinson over to score, with Ken Barratt converting.

Ravens continued to press Blyth but could not, stop a further try when wing forward Stu Lamont scored on possibly his final game as he leaves soon to work on the Scottish Isles.

There were no further scores from either side in the last ten minutes and the game ended with a fine win for Blyth Veterans, but credit to Ravens who are improving with every game.