Shields first XV well beaten by Wallsend

NORTH Shields lost heavily at home to Wallsend.

Shields got off to a disastrous start as Wallsend moved the ball a long their back line and coasted over.

The situation did not improve as Shields were 19-0 down within ten minutes.

But they fought back and looked dangerous when they had the ball.

Mark Hall and Ben Dalton both crossed to bring Shields within striking distance.

Wallsend scored their fourth try to secure a bonus point but Shields replied with another try from Hall to leave the match delicately poised 21-26 to Wallsend at half-time.

But after the interval Shields were unable to build on their first half show.

Shields did mount a sustained period of pressure resulting in a penalty try for persistent offending by Wallsend.

But by that time the game was gone and Wallsend added to their score before the whistle blew for a 68-26 win.

This was another disappointing performance from Shields, but they did take away a bonus point from the game and it is encouraging that Shields are crossing opposition lines, but the defence must be rapidly improved. Shields next fixture is against Redcar in a fortnight’s time.