Shields back to form against bottom side Winlaton

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NORTH Shields put the disappointing defeat last week in Hartlepool behind them and moved up to fourth in the league with a strong win at bottom of the table Winlaton.

Shields made changes with Carl Cramman, Dave Hardy, Dale Jones and Rhys Coltherd returning to the starting line-up. Youngster Cai Payne-Tait made his first start for the 1st XV in the back row.

Winlaton are currently adrift at the foot of the table and had nothing to lose, which showed in their strong start.

Attacking from the kick-off, they quickly secured a try.

However after the first ten minutes, the Shields pack started to take more control of the game.

With strong running from back rows Payne-Tait and Hardy and prop James Bland, combined with number eight Andrew Leitch’s usual dominance of line out ball, they moved the ball upfield and created lots of space for the backs to exploit.

This resulted in tries for wingers Steve Thompson and Coltherd and two great individual tries from centre Ryan Ramsey and full-back Dale Jones.

With the bonus point secured by half-time, Shields started the second half looking to increase the score.

But Winlaton came back strongly, putting Shields under a lot of pressure on their own five-yard line.

This resulted in captain Mark Hall and prop Cramman receiving ten minutes each in the sin bin for killing the ball, and for a while Shields found themselves down to 13 men.

Shields brought on Chris Allot in the front row, sacrificing winger Coltherd for the allotted ten minutes.

The Blues defended well though and managed to move the ball back upfield.

Hall rejoined the action and Shields quickly scored a fifth try from a well worked lineout move which saw stand off Gavin Duffy smashing over the line.

Winlaton did score another try before Shields scored their sixth and final try of the day.

After good work in the middle of the park from Pete Finlay and Coltherd, Ramsey collected a pass and powered over the line with two defenders in tow, for his second of the day.

A seventh try almost followed after a fantastic individual run from Payne-Tait, cruelly being stopped a few yards short.

Duffy added five conversions and a penalty with some superb kicking.

The final score was 43-12 to Shields.

This result sees Shields move up to fourth place in the league, with their next two matches against the second and third placed teams respectively.

Next week Shields entertain Novos at Preston Playing Fields, 3pm kick-off.

North Shields RFC is always looking to welcome new players to the club, young or old, experienced or novice.

Training sessions are at 7pm on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Or you can contact the club on (0191) 257 7352, via the website www.northshieldsrfc.co.uk or on the Facebook page. You can also now follow the club on Twitter @NorthShieldsrfc