Holders North Shields Artisans through to County Cup semi-final
North Shields Artisans began the defence of their County Cup in the quarter-finals as they hosted Novos Centurions at Preston Playing Fields.
Chris Allott led the side at prop alongside Shaun Wonders, returning after a few years. In the backs, Kris May was at scrum-half, Rhys Coltherd on the wing and Daniel Persson at full-back.
In the first half, Novos had the wind in their favour but it was Artisans took the lead through a try from centre Kyle Wharton, which was converted by winger Matthew Padden.
Allott added a second try for 12-0 before Novos got their first points on the board through a penalty to make it 12-3 at the turnaround.
Novos scored a converted try early in the second half to reduce their arrears before a second try for Wharton extended the hosts’ lead to 17-10.
No.8 Gareth Ruddle then scored his first of the afternoon, which was converted by Padden, but again Novos hit straight back with a converted try for 24-17.
Two further tries from Ruddle sealed the tie for Artisans with Padden adding the conversion to the first of them.
Novos did get the final try of the match to make the full-time score 36-24 to the home side.
Artisans will be at home in the semi-finals and host Ponteland Pythons on Saturday, March 4.
Meanwhile, North Shields first team were in league action and on the road at bottom of the league Seaton Carew.
Despite the hosts scoring first, it was a comfortable victory for Shields who secured the try bonus point before half-time. Lewis Boyle scored four tries for Shields and the other try scorers were Ben Dalton, Mark Hall, Dale Jones and Dom Foster all went over with Jack Rendles adding six conversions.
A busy day saw three sides in action for the first time this season with Crusaders also in county cup action, facing a tough trip Berwick Bears.
A strengthened Berwick side ran out 49-0 victors and Crusaders never gave up and were unlucky not to get a consolation try at the end.
Next week they return to county league action at home where they are currently the league leaders, Newcastle Ravens are the visitors, kick-off 2.15pm.