On a hot July afternoon at Kingston Park, home of local professional side’s Newcastle Falcons and Newcastle Thunder, Whitley Bay Barbarians extended their lead at the top of division two with a 42-26 win over a strong Wallsend Eagles A side.
Gavin Duffy put the opening score on the board after a good supporting run following a line break.
Eagles responded from the resulting kick-off with some judgement errors gifting the away side a converted try.
Ben Dalton restored the home side’s lead after dancing his way through to touchdown with Duffy again adding the extras for 12-6.
Duffy added his second try of the game touching down in the corner after another good supporting run and then captain Jonny Dubois extended the lead by going over to for another four points.
The last score of the half again went to the Blue and Whites with Mark Hall powering over, followed by a Duffy conversion to make the half-time score 26-6.
Wallsend hit back after the break by adding an unconverted try to make it 26-10. Dalton added his second try of the game, finishing off a run starting in his own half then kicking the extra two to make it 32-10.
Again Wallsend hit back with a try of their own before Chris Yeoman got himself on the score sheet after some good work by the home side which ended with the full back going over in the corner.
The teams added a try each soon after, firstly with Eagles going over for their fourth of the game followed by Duffy completing his hat-trick in the corner then kicking the conversion.
Wallsend finished off the game by adding another six points to make the final score 42-26.
Both sides put in solid performances with some big hits in defence whilst also both showing what they could do with possession.
For the Barbarians, the performance can be looked back with positives whilst still providing areas which can be worked on.
But the most important thing was the result with Eagles A, like Whitley, hoping to end up in the Grand Final, it was a vital two points for the Blue and Whites.
Next up sees Whitley travel across the water to face local rivals Winlaton Warriors on Saturday, July 11, for a 2.30 kick-off.