WALLSEND Eagles returned to Peterlee Pumas, and the scene of their cup win against Durham, for their first game since that final.
The home team kicked off and the Eagles’ lack of match practice was soon apparent with numerous mistakes and knock-ons giving the home team the opportunity to score the game’s first try.
Then only a great tackle by Reece Lambert stopped them scoring again.
But against the run of play a charging run from Lambert was stopped close to the line he passed to Tom Wood who switched it back to him to cross the line for a try, with the conversion bringing the scores level.
Peterlee responded with more sustained pressure and they crossed to take the lead again.
The second half saw some strong running from Kyle Bradley and Ben Mahdoul in the centre, pushing the home team hard, but again a mistake let to another Pumas counter attack and try.
But back came Wallsend and Wood scrambled over the line to put the Eagles back in the game as the conversion made it 14-12.
Just when they thought they were back in with a chance Peterlee hit them with two quick tries.
Wood then burst through a couple of tackles to cross the line to make it 24-18, then with the clock running down Lambert made a barnstorming run to score under the posts and Matty Smith kicked the extra points on the final whistle to make it 24-24.
After a brief chat between the referee and the coaches it was agreed a golden point – the first to score any point – would win.
Peterlee kicked off and the Eagles kept possession with the plan to make some yards deep into the home half and get the ball to Smith to kick for a drop goal.
All was going to plan when the ball was knocked on and Peterlee broke down the pitch to score in the corner, despite Danny Atkinson’s brave efforts to tackle the player twice his size.
A great effort from all of the players who have gave there all.