NORTH Shields RFC Crusaders lost away to Blyth Vets at the weekend.
The home side kicked off and were immediately awarded a penalty for North Shields coming in offside at a ruck.
Inside the Shields 22 they took a quick tap penalty and the ball was transferred to one of their second row forwards who crashed over for a try.
The conversion was missed but the Blyth kicker made amends a few minutes later with a well struck penalty kick.
The rest of the first half was evenly contested, even though North Shields had one of their props sin binned for using his foot to stop the ball coming back on the Blyth side at a ruck.
North Shields then got some points on the board with a penalty by Lee Austin to make the half-time score 8-3 to Blyth.
The second half started with the Blyth backs being caught offside at a maul and Austin duly slotted the penalty for 8-6.
There then followed a long period of play when neither side could gain an advantage until Jack Jeffrey scored a superb drop goal from 30 yards to put North Shields ahead for the first time.
However, Blyth came back and a period of pressure on the Shields line resulted in them regaining the lead with an unconverted try.
Another penalty from Austin brought the score to 13-12, but just before the final whistle Blyth won a scrum on the North Shields five-metre line and the ball was passed down their three-quarters for a try in the corner making the final score 18-12.