NORTH Shields suffered a home defeat to Winlaton Vulcans at the weekend.
The home side got off to their usual slow start when they lost a scrum on halfway and several weak tackles allowed the visitors an early 7-0 lead.
After 15 minutes further sustained pressure by Winlaton through their backs created an overlap where they scored under the posts.
North Shields finally began to fight back and had a good period of pressure on the visitors line.
Two tries were disallowed as the referee was unsighted, but Cornfield did scored an excellent try to bring North Shields back into the game.
Shields’ forwards led by Watson and Elliot drove forward and lock Mark Hall crashed over to score and bring North Shields back 12-14.
In the second half again North Shields failed to defend the kick-off and all of the hard work was undone as Winlaton scored to make it 12-21.
North Shields put in a spirited performance and absorbed some heavy pressure from the Winlaton pack.
Another try pushed the score to 12-28 and North Shields lost their fly-half Gav Duffy to a leg injury.
North Shields continued to push forward but a last counter attack gave Winlaton the win at 12-35.
This was a decent performance from a young North Shields side who again had to make last minute changes.