Whitley Bay Barbarians make it three in a row

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Whitley Bay Barbarians made it three wins from three games with a 54-28 victory at Wallsend Eagles A.

Several players were missing from the line-up, leaving Whitley with an 18-man squad including a first game of the season for Jonathan Kidd. David Sears returned to captain the side.

It was not long before the Babas were on the scoresheet. A knock-on by Wallsend from the opening kick-off give Whitley a scrum, which Kyle Wharton picked up from and crashed over for the try, Matthew Padden added the extras to make it 6-0.

Whitley added to their lead moments later when newcomer Aled Jones made a 70-metre break to score.

The hosts got themselves back into the game taking the next score with an unconverted try in the corner.

Ian Hardisty grabbed the next try with the prop making one of his trademark runs, throwing defenders out the way to power over, with Padden’s conversion making it 16-4.

Whitley added the try of the game after Jeff Burke and James Grant combined well to put Mark Sanderson through to score under the posts.

Padden then outpaced his opposite number to score to the left side of the posts, and added the two points for 28-4.

After trapping Wallsend within their own 20, the Babas were then awarded a scrum. Gary Redshaw received the ball and threw it out wide to Padden who scored in the corner.

If Whitley thought the second half was going to be like the first they were mistaken.

Wallsend added the next three tries, with two converted to bring them to within 12 points.

But the away side got the next points through a Wharton break to score in the corner with Padden adding the extras.

Another powerful run from Hardisty in similar fashion to his score in the first half saw the former body builder get his second of the game with Padden kicking the conversion for 44-20.

Grant was the next to score, stepping in and out of the opposition to make it four tries from four games.

The Barbarians passed the half century mark when Matthew Dale ran a solid line making a 30-metre break to score his first try of the season with the conversion taking the score to 54-20.

The home side finished off the scoring grabbing two more tries before the end, firstly through a 50-metre run by their prop and then kicking over the top and chasing from a scrum to score with the final play to make the final score 54-28 to the Barbarians.

Another game where the Blue and Whites could be very happy with the performance as a whole, however, credit went to Wallsend Eagles A who never gave up.

harton was named as man of the match by the home team.

Next up sees the Babas’ first home game of the season against Warriors RL on Saturday (May 16).