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Your News Blaydon 37 - Stourbridge 16

Blaydon bounced back from last week's reversal in Cornwall with a convincing 5 tries to 2 win over a Stourbridge side that probably had the better share of the possession and looked just as lively for the full 80 minutes.

The vital differences between the sides however was that whilst Blaydon took every chance that came along, Stourbridge managed to waste all of theirs until late on when they had a numerical advantage, and also that whilst the Blaydon scrummage was rock solid, the visiters were usually in retreat

From a quiet opening 15 minutes the game burst into life with a Blaydon purple patch in the next 15 during which they ran in 3 tries. Flanker Matt Green, making his home debut, crashed over for the first after a superb break by Ben Mercer and was quickly followed by an Andrew Fenby solo effort in which he completely bamboozled the defence with a series of jinks and side-steps.

Alistair Bressington the Stourbridge full-back pulled back 3 points with a penalty but Blaydon at this stage were irrisistable and soon on the mark again, this time due to the efforts of Michael Young. The scrum-half booted a clearance upfield and gave chase to such good effect that a hasty line out was conceded on the 22 metre line.

At the resulting scrum Blaydon wheeled the visiters pack and Green came round to mop up and head for the line where James Isaacson was in support to finish off. Andrew Baggett who had converted the Fenby effort was off target this time but then made it 20-3 with the last kick of the half.

The second period started with a bang when Brassington landed a Stourbridge penalty in less than a minute after the whistle and then within another minute prop forward James Kalbraier stormed over at the other end for Blaydon's fourth and bonus point winning try.

Along with two more conversions and a penalty from Baggett, replacement No8 Selwyn St Bernard completed the Blaydon scoring when diving over in fine style but with the game in the bag at 37-6, some of the gloss disappeared when lock forward Dave Whiteside was red carded for fighting and Stourbridge took full advantage with two late tries.

Bressington went over in the corner from a flowing move and then their centre Ben Barkley with a similar effort in the final minute gave them some deserved consolation.

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