Sin bin offences cost Blyth against Hartlepool Rovers

With several first team backs returning from injury, Blyth started their home game with hopes of copying the Spartans and beating a Hartlepool team for the second time this weekend.

However, Hartlepool Rovers took the lead early in the first half with a penalty.

But Blyth quickly hit back when pressure on the visiting scrum resulted in wing forward Long pouncing on a loose ball for the first try giving the home side the lead 5-3.

Both sides then traded penalties leaving things evenly balanced at 8-8 all going into the second half.

At this stage Blyth were being penalised every time they got near the ball and could not understand the referee’s interpretation of the laws and ended up with two men in the sin bin for technical offences.

Although reduced to 13 men Blyth defended well but eventually conceded a try.

Back to full strength for the final five minutes the home team threw everything at the visitors but could not get the try which would have given them the draw and the game ended 15-8 to Rovers.

If the team can steer clear of any more injuries they still have a chance of avoiding relegation on this performance but face a difficult game away to league leaders Morpeth next week.

Saturday’s game was sponsored by long serving member Stuart Bainbridge and his wife Anne to celebrate 50 years of playing and supporting Blyth.