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Your News Blaydon 35 - Macclesfield 22

Blaydon bounced back from last weeks 'derby' reversal with a 5 try hammering of unbeaten league leaders Macclesfield, and it could have been even more convincing. With 10 minutes remaining they were comfortably leading by 25 points when they were hit by a lethal combination of injuries and yellow card resulting in 2 late and almost identical tries for the visitors.

They were reduced to 13 men for the first and then 12 for the second with both scores coming from tap penalties whilst the referee was still in the act of brandishing a yellow card, to give the Macclesfield scoreline an air of respectability it scarcely deserved.

Blaydon's dominance in the scrum was evident from as early as the 4th minute when a penalty was awarded for persistently pulling down and Andrew Baggett put over the first of his 5 conversions. Macclesfield at this point hit back with their best spell of the game with both Mulcrone brothers crossing from close range to make it 7-10. That was to be it for the visitors however until the late rally with Blaydon piling on the pressure and taking their chances.

Lock forward Shaun English scored the try of the match when he broke from his own 22 and after interlinking with two backs was on hand to finish it off, and by the interval Jason Smithson had been driven over to make it 21-10.

Within a minute of the restart Blaydon had secured a bonus point try from a break by Matt Clark to send Fraser Wilson clear, the young winger skating round the full-back in fine style, and then Clark completing the home scoring with a fantastic effort. After Blaydon had cleared their lines the centre secured possession on half-way to set off on a mazy run beating man after man, and the game was in the bag

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