Cup holders North Shields Artisans beaten by Ponteland Pythons

Rugby.
Rugby.

North Shields Artisans’ defence of their county cup came to an end with defeat in the semi-finals at home to Ponteland Pythons.

The match was played in muddy conditions after the previous night’s rainfall, but on the day it was a pleasant early spring afternoon.

Ponteland were quick off the mark and scored two early converted tries to take a 14-0 lead inside the first ten minutes.

Replacement lock Dave Griffith-Owen scored a try for the Artisans to reduce the arrears but the conversion was missed and the half-time score was 14-5.

In the second half the Artisans missed a penalty kick opportunity and while they were always in the match and put the pressure on, they were not able to put that into any points.

Ponteland sealed the victory with a third converted try in the final quarter to make it 21-5.

The first team were also in action at home where they entertained top of the table Redcar.

The visitors won 38-22 but it was a creditable performance from Shields.

Tries came from Mark Hall, Andrew Leitch and Leon van-Zandvliet. Jack Rendles added two conversions and a penalty.