Crusaders fight back to earn victory in the second half

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NORTH Shields Crusaders lost several players to the first team but with John McFarlane, David Shield and the Allot twins putting their boots on, the game at Jarrovians went ahead.

With a mixed side and a lot of players playing out of position, the first half was even with North Shields failing to turn pressure into points.

Lee Austin missed a penalty in front of the posts before Jarrovians broke the Shields defence twice, scoring two tries to take a 1-0 lead at half-time.

With several players carrying injuries it was a relief to see the late arrival of the Crusaders captain Fenwick Taylor with players Chris Spedding and James Bland to bolster the squad.

The second half saw North Shields put a lot of pressure on the Jarrovians line with powerful running from James Bland, Bruce Parker and Mark Greenwood.

One of these runs saw Iain Finlay break through the Jarrovians defence and score North Shields’ first try, which was converted by Austin.

Jarrovians lost their prop to their first team, which meant going to uncontested scrums, but this did not stop North Shields applying pressure on Jarrovians.

A move by Bruce Parker, breaking several tackles, saw him score a try against his old club to make it 12-10 to the visitors and North Shields held their hosts late rally to try and win the game and finished on the Jarrovians line.

A good team performance which saw another league win.

On Saturday Crusaders are at home to West End with the match kicking-off at 2.15pm.