Bonus point victory gets Shields back winning again

NORTH Shields RFC returned to winning ways with a bonus point victory over Redcar in the Northumberland and Durham League division two match.

The opening encounters were evenly contested but on 13 minutes the North Shields pack got a good drive going at a maul inside the Redcar 22 and captain Andy Leitch finished the move off by going over for an unconverted try.

Redcar were keen to come straight back at North Shields and applied continual pressure on the home line.

Redcar, finding that they could not penetrate the well organised North Shields defence, elected to take penalty kicks at goal, and one penalty given against the home side for holding on when on the ground was converted to move the score to 5-3.

Both sides continued to probe each others defences but the scoreboard was not troubled until the 35th minute when North Shields centre Matt Cornfield finished off a good three-quarter handling move with a try converted by Gavin Duffy to give a half-time score of 12-3 to North Shields.

The second half continued in a similar vein to the first with both sides attacking each others line but the defences held firm.

It was going to take something special to break the deadlock and that was provided by Peter Finlay, the North Shields fullback, who timed his entry into the three-quarter line to perfection and broke through the gap in the Redcar defence and race to the corner for an unconverted try.

Cornfield then scored his second try, converted by Duffy, to give North Shields a comfortable 24-3 lead.

However, Redcar refused to lie down and a nice move which started in their own 22 resulted in them scoring an unconverted try.

They also had the last word when on the stroke of full-time they took a quick tap penalty and raced over the line for a second unconverted try.


THE Crusaders were in Northumberland Junior League action against local rivals Seghill Deputies.

Whilst the Crusaders have not been performing as consistently well as last season they returned to some semblance of form in this game running in five tries through Adam Burbridge (2), Gareth Ruddle (2) and Dale Jones. Lee Austin converted two tries and Adam Burbridge one.