LEAGUE leaders Consett visited Preston Playing Fields at the weekend and left with a 56-19 win over North Shields.
The game kicked off in glorious sunshine and it was Shields that made a bright start.
The Shields backs were given quick ball and cut the Consett back line to shreds in the opening exchanges.
This allowed Shields to gain a lineout near the Consett line. The maul was set up and stand-in captain Gav Irving bundled over to get Shields off to a sensational start.
However, Consett rallied and their well organised pack made steady yards culminating in a try.
From this point Consett began to dominate and they built a steady lead, crossing the Shields line several times.
However, when Shields did get the ball they looked dangerous.
A good run by winger Stephen Thompson, and several quick pick-ups from the forwards, got Shields close to the Consett line, where the returning Carl Cramman showed the necessary force and strength to cross the Consett line.
After half-time Consett scored several quick tries, effectively ending the contest.
Ben Dalton gave Shields some hope with a try resulting from his own charge down.
Unfortunately Shields could not build on this and some late penalty kicks from Consett finished off a considerable victory for the visitors.
Overall it was a similar story this season for Shields.
Signs of promise and potential but only in brief periods of the game.
Shields will need to ensure they can sustain the ability they have shown for a full 80 minutes when they take on an undefeated Blyth side at home on Saturday.