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Your News Blaydon 22 - Wharfedale 17

Two tries within 10 minutes of the kick-off gave Blaydon just the start they needed to put an end to what had been a disastrous run of defeats, but in the closing minutes were grimly hanging on to a narrow advantage. Wharfedale were trailing 22-3 going into the final quarter but showed great spirit in pulling back 2 converted tries, and were inches away from denying Blaydon the win they craved.

Director of rugby Micky Ward acknowledged the closeness of the outcome saying "Warfedale did well to come back. We were massively under the cosh but fair play to the lads they had to pull their socks up, they stuck at it and I'm very very pleased with the result"

Lock forward Chris Wearmouth got the scoreboard moving in the 3rd minute, crossing from close range following a brilliant break upfield by Matt Clark. Wearmouth was then involved in the move leading to No8 Gavin Jones crashing over in the corner, and it was 10-0.

For the remainder of the half however Wharfedale had all the possession but little to show for it other than a Tom Davidson penalty, and in the final play the home forwards struck again through prop Robbie Kalbraier.

The second period began with the Blaydon pack entrenched in the visitors 22 and opting for another scrum each time Wharfedale pulled it down. On the 5th occasion referee Wayne Falla had no option but to award a penalty try.

Andrew Baggett's conversion made it a 19 point advantage and surely a victory was in the bag but Wharfedale to their credit had other ideas. Dan Solomi and then replacement Mark Tampin crashed over for tries, Davidson converting both efforts, and suddenly it was Blaydon's turn to desperately defend their line.

Heroically they held out, but it was a mighty close thing.

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