Shields on the wrong end of heavy league defeat

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NORTH Shields travelled to second placed Consett for this re-arranged league fixture after the two previous attempts were cancelled due to the winter weather.

Shields welcomed back Fen Taylor to the back row and Richard Sampson on the wing and Kris May came into the side at scrum-half.

Consett were the first to score with a converted try and on the 20-minute mark had doubled their lead with a further converted try.

Before the break they added a further try to give them a 26-0 lead at half-time.

In the second half and Consett added a penalty to their tally before Shields hit back with a try from prop forward Harry Watson, which was converted by Jack Jeffrey.

Former captain Jon Kenny came on in the second row, making a surprise Easter visit home from Australia.

But Consett then extended their lead with two converted tries to give them a 43-7 advantage.

Shields then took advantage when Consett were reduced to 14 men when one of their players was sent to the sin bin with captain Andrew Leitch scoring an unconverted try.

Consett then hit back with a penalty before Shields themselves saw a player sent to the sin bin and Consett finished the game with three tries, successful with one conversion to make the final score 65-12 to the hosts.

On Saturday North Shields play their final home league game of the season when second bottom Whitby are the visitors to Preston Playing Fields, the game kicks-off at 3pm.