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Your News Wharfedale 15 - Blaydon 14

For the second week in succession Blaydon lost out away from home but had ample opportunities to have wrapped it up long before the end, and then in the final play of the game were controversially denied the chance to turn around a 1 point deficit.

Charles Raynor was about to take a kick-able penalty when the ball fell over in the wind whereupon the referee blew the final whistle, not allowing it to be re-instated.

Wharfedale, whose forwards were on the back foot throughout, had taken an early lead when their flanker Alistair Allen touched down after three catch and drives from a line-out.

They held it until the 23rd minute when Blaydon, with a man advantage, drove on through the forwards for Jason Smithson to cross near the posts with Andrew Baggett adding the points.

By the interval Blaydon were ahead by 5-14, prop forward James Isaacson applying the finishing touch to more driving play, Baggett again on target, and little had been seen of the home side. Their centre, Mark Bedworth, landed a penalty soon after the restart but then it was back to one way traffic at the other end.

Blaydon however somehow contrived to twice knock-on with the line at their mercy, and then dropped the ball when another try seemed certain.

Having failed to take their chances they then paid the price when Bedworth jinked over and added the conversion himself to give his side that precious 1 point advantage.

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