FOR their first ever league game on a full size pitch and with posts rugby league side Wallsend Eagles made the long journey to Sunningdale Leisure Centre in Shildon, County Durham, to play Durham Tigers.
The Eagles quickly took the initiative scorching into a five-try lead with a touch down from Reece Lambert and two tries apiece from Tom Wood, and Matty Smith, who also slotted over one of the resulting conversions while another unluckily rebounded of the crossbar.
But Tigers fought back with a try before the interval.
Wood, who was having an excellent game, was then forced off injured with a dead leg as the half-time whistle blew.
The second half started with Tigers having all the play and they were breaking through Eagles tackles, with the fast number 12 especially causing problems.
The scoreboard soon showed Durham in the lead as it turned into a close game.
Gaining some possession at last Eagles’ Reece Lambert broke free and made a lung bursting three quarters of the pitch sprint to score a great try, and Matty Smith put the conversion over to level the score 28-28.
There was still plenty of action as both teams tackled furiously.
Danny Atkinson tackling the huge Tigers number one, who must have been twice his size, was one to mention.
With the clock ticking down the ball was fed to winger Connor Lawson who used his blistering pace to head down the line.
With the line beckoning a Tigers player appeared from nowhere to tackle him a metre short.
This turned out to be the last action of the match as the referee blew his whistle to signal the end.
Both teams walked off to rapturous applause from the crowd in what had been an excellent match played in the right spirit by both teams.
Wallsend Eagles train Saturday at 10.30am at Benfield School, and anyone interested in joining is welcome to go along to the sessions.