Under-17s finally get playing and earn a good win

BLYTH RFC Under-17s in only their second match since the end of October had a good 17-5 at Acklam.

The home side attacked in the opening 15 minutes and Blyth’s defence had to be at their best.

But on 14 minutes Acklam got the try they deserved but failed to convert giving them 5-0 lead.

That seamed to spark Blyth into the game and the play was moved into Acklam’s 22.

Blyth had to be patient and after 23 minutes Sean Dowling, captain for the day, crossed over to even things up and Cori McCardle converted to put Blyth 7-5 ahead.

Straight from the restart Blyth took the ball and pressurised Acklam again to be awarded penalty after penalty, before finally the ball was played out to the wing where Jake Towers went over in the corner to give Blyth a 12-5 lead at half-time.

The second half started as the first with Acklam putting Blyth under pressure, but the visitors defence was strong. Dan Arrowsmith and Sean Dowling were in top form keeping them at bay. Adam Blackwell was having the game of his life in the centre and Devon Rees as scrum-half, not his usual position, was commanding.

Blyth eventually got on the attack and Liam Oats, replacing Lee Jefferson at full-back, helped Blyth with fresh legs to pressurise a tiring Acklam.

Eventually Towers went over in the corner for his second try which Jonathan Grey had a hand in making, as he had with a lot of Blyth’s play.

That took it to 17-5 in Blyth’s favour and that is the way it stayed until the referee blew for full-time a couple of minutes early as a serious looking injury to Kraig Moore had stopped the play with a couple of minutes left on the clock.

Blyth’s next game is at home to second placed Mowden Park on Sunday, January 20.