HARTLEPOOL BBOB .......................17
NORTH SHIELDS ...........................42
BOYS Brigade Old Boys gave a creditable performance before losing to red-hot North Shields at the Old Friarage.
BBOB gained the highest points total so far this season against the unbeaten Durham Northumberland Three leaders.
The visitors demonstrated their league supremacy with a flourish of open play which brought a try within minutes of the start, followed by a penalty.
Brigade’s defence withstood a number of further attacks before Evens sent his threes away after breaking from halfway.
The ball reached the speedy Peter Howe whose pace took him past the cover defence for a try in the corner.
The pace and support play of the Shields back row, a dominant feature throughout the game, again tested Brigade’s defence and three tries and a conversion gave the visitors a 20-point advantage.
However, BBOB developed a number of attacks during this period with forwards Craggs, Frank and Egglestone driving play into the away 22.
Atter came close after driving from 10 metres, only for the ball to be dislodged in the tackle on the line.
Brigade’s second score came when quick hands sent Peter Howe away down the right flank and his pass put brother Shaune in for the touchdown.
A further try by Shields concluded the first-half action.
The pattern of the game continued in the second period, but Brigade’s defensive efforts restricted Shields to just two further tries and one conversion.
Brigade took every opportunity which came their way to turn defence into attack and Evens was held on the line after his break from halfway looked certain to take him over.
A persistent forward effort finally brought the reward and quick ball after a series of drives up to the Shields line put Reid over for Evens to convert.
A number of further attacks were held up and Brigade were denied a fourth try which would have earned a deserved bonus point.