Blyth’s disappointing run continued on Saturday as they suffered a third consecutive defeat in losing at Guisborough 54-15.
Three weeks ago Blyth were in second place some six points clear of the chasing pack.
Now they are in fourth place still needing to play league leaders Horden in two weeks time.
Guisborough proved to be too strong, scoring five tries in the first half.
Blyth struggled with the strong direct running of the Guisborough centres who seemed to be able to carve their way through the defence time after time.
The only score from Blyth in the first half was a Cliff Brooks penalty kick to make the half-time score 33-3.
In the second half, Guisborough continued their pressure, scoring two further converted tries to extend the lead to 47-3.
Blyth did then have their best period of the game.
Some good running from Blyth forced a five-metre scrum, and the forwards then managed to drive the home pack over the line and No. 8 Graeme Smith touched down for a try which Brooks converted.
Some five minutes later Blyth were again putting pressure on the home side, this time from a lineout, and again Smith was able to drive over the line to score his second try.
Unfortunately the home side lifted their game and scored the final try.
But credit went to the Blyth players who never gave up and even with only a couple of minutes of the game left were able to put some eight or nine phases of attacking rugby together.