NORTH Shields Crusaders kept up their winning streak even after again losing players to the first team on Saturday and giving Barnard Castle two players.
The Crusaders made several changes from last week due to injury and non-availability, which saw John McFarlane come out of retirement and the Colts helping out with Bradley Glenie putting on the No. 9 shirt, Mathew Latimer the No. 15 and Dan Allott at 11 – all three making their senior debuts.
The three showed their talents and are players for the future.
The Crusaders started well and Rhys Coltherd, back from his first team debut, showed his pace to score in the corner to open the scoring for Crusaders.
Then the home side kicked possession away to one of Barnard Castle’s key players who broke through to level the score at 5-5.
Young Glenie showed his talent with a fine break and then he chipped the ball over the defence and caught it to score a fine individual try with Jack Jeffrey converting to put the Crusaders in front 12-5 at the interval.
Half-time saw Ryhs Coltherd come off with a leg injury and Bruce Parker replaced him on the wing.
The Crusaders started the second half with some strong powerful runs from full-back Latimer and prop Carl Cramman.
One such run saw Cramman power his way over for a try which Jeffrey converted, Iain Finlay then showed his talents to score a try to make it 24-5.
Barnard Castle did not give up and made a good break through the centre to score a converted try and make the final score 24-12.
A good team performance from the Crusaders with the young colts making a big contribution to the game and back from injury Sam Condie putting in some good tackles.
Also congratulated was Keith Grey for, once again, getting a team out on to the pitch during difficult circumstances.