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Your News Blaydon 30 - Cambridge 35

A feast of entertainment was served up at Crow Trees yesterday with both sides contributing equally and neither deserving to lose.

In the closing minutes of an absolute thriller however Blaydon were holding a 5 point advantage only to be hit by the double whammy of conceding tries in the 76th and 83rd minutes.

It was end to end stuff from start to finish with 9 tries resulting from a combination of Blaydon's grit and determination, and moments of brilliance, and Cambridge's delightful off-loading game and a never say die attitude.

Ed Yarnton and Paddy Dias were early try scorers for Blaydon who raced to a 15-3 lead only to see it wiped out by 2 tries in 7 minutes from Cambridge winger Will Martin, the second from a pin-point accurate cross-field kick.

Blaydon then added a 3rd score through second-rower Chris Wearmouth from close range after tremendous pressure on the visitors line had resulted in them twice deliberately infringing which brought a sin-binning for their winger Mike Ayrton.

With a 22-18 advantage at the break Blaydon were quickly out of their blocks to secure a bonus point 4th try when centre Matt Clark cut through after an attack had swung back and forth.

At the other end Cambridge scrum-half Ben Spencer was just as sharp when he produced an outrageous dummy to score under the posts, and with Dan Kyle and Tom Wheatcroft each contributing 2 conversions and 2 penalties it was 30-25 to Blaydon with 4 minutes left on the clock.

Back came Cambridge to score through flanker Darren Fox and then after Blaydon had possibly erred in not attemptting a kick-able penalty, Matt Edison, the other flanker, was adjudged to have grounded the ball over the line in the 5th minute of time added on - breathtaking stuff.

John Brennan

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