Shields fade after bright start as they slip to defeat

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NORTH Shields RFC made their first away trip of the season as they headed to Winlaton.

The visitors came out of the blocks well, putting Winlaton Vulcans on the back foot with some strong forward breaks.

Gavin Duffy tried a clever chip over the Winlaton defence which almost paid dividends but the home side scrambled well.

The early Shields pressure resulted in a penalty, which Duffy duly slotted over.

However, the game soon shifted strongly in the favour of Winlaton after a kick deep into Shields territory was not dealt with allowing the home side to score an easy try.

The half ended with another Winlaton score as their pack claimed solid ball from the set-pieces, providing a good platform for their back line.

In the second half Shields were unable to improve and allowed Winlaton to cross time after time, resulting in a resounding victory for the hosts, despite Mark Hall ‘bulldozering’ his way over the line from a penalty to claim a try for Shields.

The performance was equally as disappointing as the result, particularly for a young side that have showed in training they are more than capable.

The team will need to regroup quickly for this weekend’s fixture at home to Bishop Auckland.

Meanwhile the Artisans completed a fine victory by defeating Consett 3rd XV 66-5.

Gary Crombie converted all but two of his side’s tries on the day.

North Shields senior squad train every Tuesday and Thursday at 7pm.

Anyone interested in joining the club is more than welcome to attend.