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Your News Blaydon 6 - Jersey 12

Blaydon had more than enough opportunities to put an end to their recent decline in form but lacked the precision to finish off when they were camped on the visitors try line time and time again. Even with a 2 man advantage, 2 Jersey boys in the sin-bin, one for a serious spear tackle on Matt Clark, they failed to break through and in the end got no more than they deserved.

The visitors started much the brisker and in the opening quarter Blaydon hands were rarely on the ball as Jersey swarmed forward in numbers. Something had to give and on 21 minutes Steve O'Brien was left with a simple run in after good interplay between David Bishop and Michael Le Bourgois.

At last Blaydon were stung into retaliation and with locks Shaun English and Chris Wearmouth prominent forced their way into the visitors 22 for the first time. Jersey were caught handling in a ruck and Gavin Painter gratefully landed the 3 points.

When Ashley Maggs was sent to the 'bin' for his reckless challenge that might have merited red rather than yellow, Blaydon responed with a second trip to the 22 and with the same outcome for Painter.

Taking a scarcely earned 1 point lead into the second period Blaydon were given a further numerical advantage when No8 Graham Bell joined his colleaue for 10 minutes on the touch-line.

This time Blaydon really did respond, kicking penalties to the corner and building up momentum from rolling mauls. Disappointingly an infringement occurred each time the try line beckoned, and then the ball went down at the crucial moment after the entire front row had stormed clear from half-way.

With nothing to show for all their pressure an aimless kick then allowed Jersey back on the offensive and the chance to clinch victory with a Le Bourgois try and conversion and just 5 minutes left on the clock.

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