NORTH Shields Crusaders were looking to cement their position at the top of the county league table with a match against Jarrovians at Preston Playing Fields, but their opponents were unable to raise a side so a replacement fixture was found against Blaydon Bricks.
Crusaders were led by Iain Pearson, who filled in at hooker while Rob Sykes made his debut at prop alongside Paul Nancarrow. Arnie Wilson moved to the second row and Ben Cockburn the back row where Bob Johnson was at No.8.
In the backs, Shields were delighted to see the father and son combination of Tommy and Jack Rendles occupying the half-back positions.
Blaydon had the wind and sun advantages in the first half and after a slow start got their first try on the board.
It was one-way traffic as the strong Blaydon side showed their superiority to take a half-time lead of 36-0.
The second half was the same story as Blaydon clearly the stronger side ran out 74-0 winners.
Crusaders are unlikely to face opposition of this quality again this season and can hold their heads up high with the performance they put in.
This weekend sees a return to league action with a trip to play Consett 3rds, kick-off 2.15pm.