NORTH Shields fielded three sides on County Cup quarter-finals day on Saturday.
Artisans were in action with Novos Centurians the visitors to Preston Playing Fields.
The home side fielded a mixed side with young and old players and were led by captain Tony Lion.
The first half was closely fought with the first score for the home side coming from a Scott Rendles penalty.
Novos retaliated against the run of play with a converted try to take a 7-3 lead.
Artisans, however, kept the pressure on for most of the half but some missed tackles let Novos in for a soft try, this was also converted and gave the visitors a 14-3 half-time lead.
The start of the second half saw Artisans pushing to get back on top, but again Novos broke away to score.
Artisans never gave up but were struggling to get first phase ball from the scrums and lineouts, which led to Novos running in two more tries, one of which was converted to extend their lead to 31-3.
The home side still pressured and Scott Rendles drove over from wide out to score a late try to make the final score 31-8 to Novos.
Special mentions went to Duncan Steed, who had his usual good game, and also Andrew Summers, who stood out on his comeback, with appreciation going to all the players who put their boots on and travelled to play.
This weekend Artisans are on the road with a trip to Bishop Auckland 3rd XV, kick-off at 2.15pm.
The club’s last side in the county cups are the Crusaders, who are through to the semi-finals.
They were due to travel to Alnwick Barbarians but the home side cancelled the game late in the week as they were unable to field a side.
The semi-final will take place on Saturday, March 9, and is away to either Medicals Serpents or Ashington 2nd XV.