Blackheath celebrated a third win on the bounce with a 23-7 win over Darlington Mowden Park.

But having led 20-0 at the interval, the club will be frustrated to miss out on their bonus point after a try-less second half.

Despite dominating the third quarter, the precision and accuracy of the opening 40 minutes was soon replaced with spilt possession, poor decision-making and line-outs going astray.

But enough damage had been inflicted in that first period to ensure that nothing would interfere with a home victory, despite the visitors’ better showing later in the match.

Having knocked the ball forward at the kick-off, DMP collapsed the first scrum, allowing Freddie Gabbitass to grab three points with a penalty.

The fly-half grazed the outside of the upright with a second penalty attempt, but it wasn’t long before the hosts had extended their lead.

Geoff Griffiths was involved in the start of a move which, after play moved back-and-forth across the Mowden Park goal-line, he finished in the right corner for the first try.

DMP’s best opportunity of the first period came as Dave Allen was yellow carded for having illegally thwarted a breakaway, but with lost ball at the subsequent line-out, and the concession of a penalty, the chance was lost. Within moments the Durham side were also reduced in numbers with hooker Santiago Socino despatched to the sin-bin.

With Tom Baldwin outstanding at blind-side, Blackheath continued to control both set-piece and breakdown. A massive shove down the left flank was followed by Jack Walsh dummying his way under the uprights on 22 minutes, before an excellent touch from Gabbitass enabled Allen, restored to the field of play, to peel blind off the maul from the resultant line-out for a third score and a substantial half-time advantage.

Early pressure, and a second Gabbitass penalty, suggested more of the same after the break. But although George Edgson and Kieron Scutt came off the bench to continue the fine work of Aston Croall, Scott Wright and Terry Read at the set-scrum, Blackheath could not find the final execution to increase their tally further.

As the number of unforced errors increased, DMP second-row Rob Conquest rumbled over for the visitors’ only try of the match.

Fly-half and skipper Gary Law drop-kicked a speedy conversion from out wide in anticipation of further gain, but the game petered out.

Next Saturday Blackheath make the short journey to face current National League One leaders Rosslyn Park on their new 4G playing surface.

Kick-off at The Rock in Priory Lane is 3pm.