Daniel McKay’s hat-trick helps South Shields maintain 100 per cent start

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South Shields maintained their 100 per cent record, and ended Hartlepool BBOB’s in the process, with a 45-13 win.

The Hedworth Hall sponsored side have never won at the Old Friarage but took the Durham/Northumberland Three spoils.

The away side were camped in the Hartlepool half for the first 20 minutes, however it was the home team who added the first points after a quick tap from their No 9.

South Shields replied instantly and Daniel McKay picked up the loose ball from the back of the ruck and barged over to take them into the lead after Jake Arnold added the extras.

The away team stepped up the pace and began putting BBOB under massive amounts of pressure causing Hartlepool to illegally disrupt the game. From the resulting penalty, Clayton Fox caught the ball in the lineout and a training ground move saw Grant Borrill score from the back of a maul after some fantastic work from the Shields pack.

Moments later, Borrill added another try, identical to his first, dedicating it to his recently born son Freddie who came into the world on Thursday lunchtime.

Before the break, Shields added another try through Liam Newall after some excellent work from prop Matty Stephenson.

The second half saw the backs really take control and look like were really enjoying their rugby. Michael Heap was instrumental in the centre and caused Hartlepool issues in defence and attack.

Newall and McKay added their second tries of the afternoon after some fantastic work from the 10-12-13 combo.

BBOB never gave up and fought right to the end, and added another try and a penalty on the board.

Jordan Wright was given a yellow card for a late challenge on the home side’s No 9 but Shields had the final say as man of the match McKay went over in the closing seconds under the posts to complete his hat-trick and cap off a fine personal performance.

Attention now turns to the weekend’s clash with table-toppers Newton Aycliffe who are the only other to take maximum points from their opening three games.