Crusaders win with second half show

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NORTH Shields Crusaders welcomed Seghill Deputies to Preston Playing Fields for their county league match, looking to build on last week’s league win against Ashington.

The Crusaders welcomed back Scott Rendles and Chris Newcombe while Kris May at scrum-half and James Bland in the second row both returned to the side from previous duties with the first team.

In the first half Shields were playing into the wind but still put a lot of pressure on the Seghill line.

Some good defence from Shields saw Seghill unable to use the conditions to their advantage and the score at half-time was an unusual 0-0.

With Shields now enjoying the wind advantage they put a lot of pressure on Seghill who conceded three penalties early on trying to keep them out.

Jack Jeffrey was successful with each attempt giving the hosts a 9-0 lead.

Shields then attacked from their own half to score a try through Dale Jones.

Jeffrey was again successful with the conversion.

In the final quarter Shields took their foot off the accelerator which allowed Seghill to come back with a try, but Shields then settled down to run away comfortable victors with the final score 16-9.

The first team were away to Whitby in the league and were 27-15 victors.

Tries came from Daniel Persson, Andrew Leitch and two for Mark Hall ensuring the bonus point victory.

Gavin Duffy added two conversions and a penalty.

This coming weekend both teams are at home.

The first team host Winlaton Vulcans in the league while the Crusaders have a match again Barnard Castle second XV, with kick-offs at 2.15pm.