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Your News Blaydon 33 - Fylde 17

The Fylde bandwagon went off the rails in spectacular fashion at Crow Trees yesterday where Blaydon were in tremendous form, running in 5 tries against the previously unbeaten visitors.

In a ding-dong opening quarter Macclesield were seemingly determined to run everything and were a constant threat, but by the interval had started to run out of steam and were never the same after the break.

A delighted Blaydon Director of Rugby, Micky Ward, played down the result saying " We're pleased but its a long season and we're not getting carried away" adding " Credit to our lads, we stuck to our game plan, our lads were really sharp"

The Fylde approach was never more evident than in the 7th minute when they spurned an eminently kickable penalty by taking a quick tap only to lose possession and have to watch young Blaydon winger Fraser Wilson run the length of the field for the first of a brilliant hat-trick, and Andrew Baggett land the first of 4 conversions.

Back they came however for their equally dangerous wing-man Oliver Brennand to nip in under the posts, Steve Collins adding the points, and then grab the lead through the same combination with a score in the corner.

At this point in the extreme heat the Referee called for a water break but the pace continued unabated with Fylde repeatedly running from defence but Blaydon significantly taking control in both the set piece and in the loose. From a driving maul the home side kicked a penalty to the corner, marched the lineout ball to the line where Baggett chipped to the far corner for Gavin Painter to gratefully accept a lucky bounce and stroll over.

A Collins penalty made it 19-17 at half time and from then on it was one way traffic for Blaydon with the next 40 played almost exclusively in the visitors half.

On 64 minutes Fylde centre Chris Briers was sent off for a physical assault on Blaydon's Tom Catterick which might have been seen as a turning point but in truth the writing was already on the wall and the 2 further tries merely the icing on the cake.

Blaydon's other winger, Matt Clark, got in on the act just 5 minutes later when he twisted out of a tackle to cross under the posts after good work (fittingly) by Catterick and then came the moment of the game.

Fylde dithered in controlling the ball and when it went loose in mid-field Wilson pounced, spotted a gap and raced clear from 40 metres to secure a glorious hat-trick.

Star man: Fraser Wilson (Blaydon)

Referee: Ian Tempest

Attendance: 236

HT: 19-17 FT: 33-17



Tries: Wilson 7, 42, 71, Painter 28, Clark 66

Conversions: Baggett 7, 28, 66, 71


Tries: Brennand 10, 19

Conversions: Collins 10, 19

Penalty: Collins 36

Reporter: John Brennan

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