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Your News Esher 29 - Blaydon 14

Blaydon managed to escape from the icy grip of the weather but disappointingly the long journey south brought only more cold comfort as they suffered a second successive blow to their promotion hopes.

With their Molesey Road pitch in perfect condition Esher were quicker out of the blocks and with the benefit of a 3rd minute try dominated the first half to lead by 17 points, but then in a complete reversal after the break Blaydon looked to have pulled it back only to falter again near the end.

Pat O'Grady the Esher scrum-half scored the opening try when he shot through from a well rehearsed line-out move and Luke Daniels added the extras. Blaydon then hung on for 20 minutes despite their own line-out not functioning but eventually the pressure told and Andrew Baggett was yellow-carded for an offence under the posts and Daniels did the rest.

With the interval beckoning Tom Cheeseman broke through the middle to run in a second try, again converted by Daniels, and Esher were good value for their lead.

Realising how vital it was that they scored next a transformed Blaydon took the game to the home side and ran in two tries of their own in great style to reduce the deficit to just 3 points. The forwards stormed upfield, winning scrums, and from a maul near the line scrum-half Jonny Burn shot over for his first try for the club.

Charles Inceldon and then Burn again went close but it was the forwards once more that produced the next score with a trademark catch and drive for Chris Wearmouth to touch down. Baggett converted both efforts and it was anyone's game but when Blaydon missed a kick to the corner that might have brought futher success Esher took play back to the other end and the opportunity was gone.

The final 15 minutes were dominated by the slick back play of the home side with Daniels completing one move with a kick ahead for Johnny Hylton to chase and score, and the Esher winger was on hand again near the end to break on the blindside and touch down under the posts.

John Brennan.

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