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Your News Blyth 29 - Seghill 5

Blyth gained first bragging rights of the season, when they defeated local rivals Seghill 29-5 in a pre-season friendly at Plessey Road.

This local derby was played over 2 30 minute halves, and saw Seghill give debuts to forwards David Goldsmith, who later limped of with a leg injury, and Colin Ager.

Seghill looked rusty in the opening stages, as they faced Blyth's elite players, who were able to take advantage of the visitors slow start, and quickly ran in 4 tries, with two conversions.

Only then did Seghill begin to gel. Gordon Bailey intercepted a Blyth pass, and a super cross field passing sequence followed, only to be repelled by Blyth.In the next play, Captain James Goodwin made a long kick for the line. Winger Nick Heard made chase, but was narrowly beaten to the ball by the Blyth fullback. The Seghill pack then began to dominate, but the Blyth defence held firm until the break.

At half time, Blyth replaced their full fifteen. Now the sides were more evenly matched, and the Seghill side began to grow in confidence. Forward dominance and flowing passing should have resulted in tries on either wing, only the final pass on each ocassion went astray, when first Heard and then Liam Lonsdale were clear through to the line.

But Seghill didn't let their heads drop, and were rewarded with a try when Anth Lowry powered through from close range, though Dan Slater's conversion attempt hit the post and failed to drop over.

Despite utilising their 5 replacements, Seghill began to tire in the closing stages, and the fresh legs of the Blyth players carried them through to a try will the final play of the game, leaving honours even in the second half.

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