NORTH Shields won an important fixture against Yarm 34-7 at the weekend.
The home side made a number of changes and made their characteristic slow start facing a strong wind and playing up the slope.
However, after the opening exchanges Shields were able to dominate possession.
Centre Adam Burbridge, who has impressed since joining Shields, scored a trademark try, blitzing through the defence to score under the posts.
Shields soon followed this up when Mark Hall crossed the line after a strong maul.
Yarm registered a score late in the first half. Shields thought Yarm had knocked on prior to the try, but Shields did not react to the situation and the fly-half scooped up the ball to score.
Mark Cryer was introduced at half-time and he made an immediate impact, securing the ball from the kick-off. This set the tone for the second half, and Shields began to play some decent rugby.
The forwards controlled the ball far better, and this gave the backs a platform to attack.
Burbridge scored his second when a switch with Gavin Duffy put him into space. Barry Elliot then scored two tries.
The final try resulted from the wily Tony Hansen taking a quick penalty and feeding the ball to Elliot who breached the defence.
This was a crucial bonus point win as Shields have now moved above local rivals Wallsend in the league and will look to move towards the top half of the league, having almost secured their position for next season.
On Saturday North Shields travel to league leaders Consett.