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Your News Birmingham & Solihull 31 - Blaydon 18

Blaydon were unrecognisable from the team that turned over the league leaders last week, going down to a Birmingham side that had the edge in all departments.

There might not have been much in it on the scoreboard for most of the game but the Midlanders were generally in control, particularly at half-back where New Zealander Warwick Lahmert and Dan Hawkes ruled the roost.

Blaydon struck first with a Gavin Painter penalty although Hawkes was quick to level, and then secured the opening try when Tom Catterick kicked a penalty to the corner and flanker Robert Bell was driven over from the line-out.

The remainder of the half belonged to Birmingham however who hit back firstly through their centre Greg Evans from a spirited counter attack and then full-back John Lowden after smart work by Lahmert to lead 17-8 at the interval.

Blaydon picked up the pace in the early stages of the second half but having failed to capitalise on their possession went on to concede a 3rd try, Jack Ponds finishing off another slick move in the corner.

Brief hope of a revival were raised when the Blaydon forwards finally gained the upper hand for a spell and second-row Chris Wearmouth crossed from close range. Catterick added the conversion and then put over a drop goal after a clearance had been run straight back at the home side, and the deficit was down to 24-18 going into the closing minutes.

The opportunity was there for a grandstand finish but Birmingham had other ideas and when they fielded a poor Blaydon kick the gaps were there for Lowden to grab his second try when applying the finishing touch to a brilliant attack and Hawkes put over his 3rd conversion.

John Brennan

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