North Shields Crusaders through to last four of county shield competition
North Shields Crusaders are through to Northumberland Junior Shield semi-finals after a home win over Medicals Serpents in their re-arranged quarter-final.
Chris Allot led the side from the back row alongside Mark Greenwood and the returning Sam Hodgson.
Crusaders scored first through a try for centre John Lee, with Jack Jeffrey adding the conversion.
A try for Matthew Padden and Medicals with a penalty and try made the half-time score 12-8 to the hosts.
In the second half the first try came from a pushover for Crusaders, Mark Greenwood taking the score.
Medicals then scored to maintain the four-point gap at 17-13.
Kyle Wharton was next on the scoresheet, but again Medicals hit back with a converted try to close the gap to 22-20.
A second try for Wharton, converted by Matthew Padden, gave Crusaders some breathing space at 29-20, but again Medicals were not finished and went up the other end to score a converted try.
A penalty kick from Jeffrey extended Crusaders’ lead and a try-saving tackle from Joe Mehaffey saw them grind out the win and make the final score of an entertaining cup tie 32-27.
Man of the match was given to Wharton and a special thanks went to Alan Millar for making himself available for the important cup tie.
Next week Crusaders return to league action with Seghill Deputies the visitors for a 2.15pm kick-off.
The first team travelled to Bishop Auckland for a re-arranged league fixture and came away with a credible losing bonus point.
They lost 15-13, with the points for Shields coming through tries for Ben Marshall and Andrew Leitch and a penalty kick from Gavin Duffy.