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Blackheath secure safety with league upset

A bright sunny afternoon welcomed Saracens to Rectory Field and a large crowd of supporters who gathered for both home and away sides created a fanatic atmosphere for what promised to be an exciting match. Saracens are placed second in the league to Club's second from bottom and it was a tough a challenge for Blackheath who so desperately needed the points for survival.

From the whistle it was apparent that Blackheath had not read the form book and attacked the visitors from all quarters and Blackheath scored after 20 minutes as Helena Train picked up a pass scrum half, Dee Mcdonald off a 3rd phase ruck ball before exploiting a gap in the midfield and sprinting to the line with full back Terri Newman converting the points.

First team debutante Sally Appleton fielding a loose kick showed the pace that had earned her selection as she sliced through the Saracens midfield setting up a strong second phase position. Fly half, Becky Carlton kicked for territory and a Saracens error let Appleton in for a well deserved try. Moments later Appleton's game was cut short as she tried to outrun the defensive line and was hauled down on the opposite wing. Appleton was carried from the pitch with what turned out to be a serious leg fracture.

For the remainder of the half Club thwarted the expected Saracens fight back and sadly one such encounter led to the first casualty of the day when second row, Becky Watling, took player and ball and whilst stopping the drive suffered a serious shoulder injury.

The second half started promisingly for Club as they resumed the attacking creativity that had served them so well in the first forty minutes.

Saracens again fought back and their inside centre, Louise Gilbert attacked the Blackheath midfield evading tacklers to score under the posts and revive Saracens spirits. Again Club defended with everything they had and centres Gemma Athorn and Gina Iqanello snuffed out several attacks. Replacement wingers Danni Fugler and Elaine Jaxon made last ditch sideline tackles continuing to deliver in attack and defence.

The Blackheath pack and particularly the front row dominated the set pieces with an awesome display of technical expertise and brute force and determination. Mandy Brunet and Jenny Craggs at prop and Kelly Sonthental at hooker forced their opposite numbers into submission and from midway through the second half Club forwards were in control. As time ticked on the nerves kicked in but Club pushed forward to finish strongly with halfbacks Mcdonald and Carlton combining for Carlton to wrong foot the defence and score the final try of the game.

It was victory but at a price and the team wish their injured colleagues a speedy recovery as both underwent surgery for their respective injuries.

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