Shields move top after big win away to College XV

A NORTH Shields victory in their penultimate league game against South Tyneside College took them to the top of Durham and Northumberland League division three.

They were always in control of the game and if they had taken all their opportunities to score they would have repeated the previous week’s century of points against Hartlepool Athletic.

As it was they spurned three-man overlaps on quite a few occasions but still managed to score ten tries.

The first came after seven minutes when hooker Gavin Irving used his strength to crash over for a try converted by fly-half Gavin Duffy.

Three minutes later winger Peter Finlay finished off a flowing three-quarters move to score an unconverted try in the corner.

South Tyneside reduced the deficit with a penalty but North Shields captain Barry Elliot increased their lead with another unconverted try.

On 22 minutes fellow second row Mark Hall powered over for a fine individual try, but in doing so he suffered a leg injury and was not able to continue.

Tony Lion came on as his replacement.

The scoreboard was not troubled further before the interval, making the half-time score 22-3 to North Shields.

Five minutes into the second half flanker Oliver Randall got the scoreboard moving again with a fine try converted by Duffy.

Two minutes later centre Dean Harrison sliced through the South Tyneside defence for a score which Duffy also converted.

Then number eight Andy Burrows got in on the act with an unconverted try.

However, there then followed an altercation, which proved the point that referees can often only see the retaliation, when North Shields flanker Dale Harrison was sent off for throwing a punch.

Down to 14 men with more than 20 minutes remaining, the North Shields team resorted to the adage of attack being the best form of defence and it was centre Dale Jones who led the way with two tries, with Gavin Duffy converting both for North Shields to move ahead 55-3.

Lax defence let South Tyneside College in for an unconverted try before Daniel Persson completed the scoring with the tenth try converted by Duffy.