NORTH Shields travelled to Yarm expecting to do well against a side that had failed to score a single point so far this season.
Shields got off to a decent enough start, controlling possession and territory.
From a line-out deep in Yarm territory, the forwards controlled the drive well and Mark Hall crashed over to open the scoring.
The second try followed shortly. The ball was worked wide to back row Fenwick Taylor who found Gav Irving in space. Irving showed good pace to beat the last man and make the score 10-0.
Ryan Ramsey added a third try after a move from a Shields line-out carved open the Yarm defence.
Skipper Andrew Leitch and Ben Dalton both got their names on the score sheet before half-time. At this point Shields looked comfortable enough despite playing well below par.
Shields added a further score almost immediately after half-time. Gav Duffy’s chip over the defence was kicked through and Peter Finlay pounced to score.
However, after this Yarm came back strong moving the ball with pace and speed, which allowed the home side to score 17 unanswered points. Shields’ own unforced errors, poor handling and ill-discipline contributed largely to the capitulation.
When the final whistle did go, despite a bonus point victory, Shields left the field a much then less satisfied team.
Shields will look to find their form from last week when they take on league leaders Consett at home next week.