BOTTOM club Peterborough Lions brought the worst out of Tynedale in an error strewn encounter at Corbridge on Saturday.

On a perfect day for rugby, with a light breeze and unseasonal sunshine, Tynedale produced one of their sloppiest displays of the season as they ran out 31-5 winners. 

And while they still ran in five tries to secure maximum points to retain seventh place in National League Division Two North, there was not the euphoria which might have been expected after their eighth home victory on the bounce.

A sizeable crowd was looking forward to a feast of the free flowing attacking rugby which has delighted supporters all season, but instead Tynedale served up a succession of knock-ons, forward passes, missed tackles and more.

Five times they kicked the ball directly into touch from outside the 22, handing the advantage to the visitors, even when the normally deadly finisher Will Miller danced his way over the line for what seemed a certain try.

But he somehow failed to ground the ball, and instead kicked it dead when under no pressure.

It was hard to put a finger on what went wrong although there may have been a little complacency against a side who seem prime candidates for relegation after just one season at this level.

With teenage number nine Cam Kelemeti on duty with the Newcastle Falcons senior squad, skipper Matty Outson reverted to scrum half.

Ben Hutton wore the number 10 shirt, as well as assuming goal-kicking duties.

Hutton has a siege gun of a boot, but needs a little more control when going for touch.

A colour clash meant that the Lions took to the field wearing Tynedale’s Stay Strong Stu change strip, and it was good to see such a show of affection for the young Tynedale player who so sadly lost his battle with a brain tumour a few short years ago.

Tynedale started brightly enough, and took a deserved lead on seven minutes, when the ball was played out wide to the imperious tight winger Morgan Passman, who brushed off a couple of tackles to touch down in the corner for his 24th try of the season.

Hutton was unable to add the extras, but seven minutes later, he was lining up another pot at goal. It followed a good break by Outson, followed by a clever chip through for Passman to swoop on and secure his 25th try.

Again, the conversion attempt failed, and it was from this point that Tynedale seemed to lose their way with a series of knock-ons and misplaced passes

Little had been seen of the Lions as an attacking force, but on 33 minutes a speculative cross kick from close to halfway caught Hutton on the hop, and right wing Allen Carr was able to gather the ball and stride through to score an unexpected try.

The conversion attempt from fly half Nico Defeo came back off the post to make the score 12-5.

Several Tynedale chances went begging before a scrum on the five metre line saw Outson dart through on the blind side for the third try. The kick was tricky, but Hutton slotted it with aplomb to make it 19-5 at half time.

Left wing Guy Pike produced a couple of dazzling runs at the start of the second half, before Miller’s howler on nine minutes, and the errors continued to pile up until the 67th minute, when a scrum deep inside the Lions 22 saw 18-year-old number eight Rob Farrar get the touchdown to a pushover try converted by Hutton.

And it was another of Tynedale’s young guns, 19-year-old replacement Will Montgomery, who gathered the ball on halfway before galloping away to score the fifth try deep into injury time to ring down the curtain on a poor afternoon’s fare.

Nevertheless, it was another win for Tynedale, who will hope to cut out the errors on Saturday, when they head for Lancashire to take on Preston Grasshoppers.

The Hoppers hammered Macclesfield 14-50 on Saturday, and are now two points and two places behind Tynedale in mid-table.

In the reverse fixture between the sides earlier on the season, Tynedale won 31-29, in a good game between two well matched teams.