NORTH Shields RFC’s 1st XV returned to league action with the visit of South Tyneside College to Preston Playing Fields for a re-arranged fixture.
The home side won the game by a clear margin but their opponents were well drilled and hard to break down.
It took 25 minutes before North Shields got their first points on the board, but it was a well taken try by winger Ryan Ramsay which got the ball rolling. Gavin Duffy converted with a good kick from the touchline.
It was almost half-time before Shields scored again when second row Mark Hall crashed over for an uncoverted try.
North Shields’ pace in the backs gave them the edge and centre Dean Harrison went over for a converted try at the start of the second half.
They kept up the pressure and were rewarded when back row Ben Dalton scored an unconverted try.
Next on the score sheet with another unconverted try was the other winger Rob Dixon.
With the bit between their teeth North Shields started to throw the ball around in the backs looking for more tries, but as often happens they had a lapse in concentration and the College outside centre intercepted a pass and raced away to score under the posts, giving a simple conversion.
This slip gave North Shields new impetus and when they were awarded a penalty a quick tap was taken and the ball was moved through three pairs of hands before Mark Hall went over for his second try.
Dalton then scored his second try which Duffy converted to complete the scoring.
On Saturday North Shields travel to Hartlepool BBOB in the league with the match kicking off at 2.15pm.