Artisans make changes which allows Auckland back in

NORTH Shields Artisans lost a friendly to Bishop Auckland third team, who sent a big squad as their first team were without a fixture.

The Artisans saw Bruce Parker playing his first game of the season forming a centre partnership with the returning Steve Robson whilst Daniel Persson was making his first start for a year at full-back.

The Artisans got on the score sheet first with some good pressure resulting in a penalty by Jack Jeffrey.

The team started well with a revamped back line and scored two early tries, the first for Persson which was converted by Jeffrey.

The young back line once again showed pace and saw debutant Richard Kirkwood crashing over for a try, again Jeffrey was successful with the conversion.

Bishop Auckland retaliated with a penalty to make the half-time score 17-3 to the hosts.

In the second half Artisans changed tactics which was a result of Bishop Auckland getting back into the game through their forward play as tey scored four unanswered tries and two successful conversions.

Despite the disappointing second half this was a good display from the Artisans.

In particular from flanker Cai Payne-Tate, prop Chris Allot and Bruce Parker for his solid attacking game.