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A late try from Ronnie McLean-Dents rescued SSE National League One leaders Ealing from defeat against second placed Blaydon. McLean-Dents 74th-minute try helped the west London outfit to a 12-11 win that all but confirms their promotion to the RFU Championship. Mike Cudmores men are now 18 points clear at the top with only five games remaining, and a win over struggling Sedgley Park this weekend could be enough to see them home.

Two penalties from Andrew Baggett handed Blaydon an early 6-0 lead before Ealing scrum-half Andrew Henderson powered over the visitors line for the first try of the afternoon, converted by Tom Wheatcroft. The home sides lead was short-lived, though, as Blaydon responded six minutes later with a try for Andrew Davies to open up an 11-7 advantage that they held until McLean-Dents struck from close range.

Charlie Broughtons two tries, one at either end of the game, helped Rosslyn Park to a 29-9 London derby win over Blackheath at Priory Lane. Neville Edwards and Tom Baldwin also crossed for tries in the bonus-point win which saw eased Park into third spot with Eshers game at Coventry postponed due to the weather.

The inclement conditions accounted for all bar three of Saturdays fixtures, with Tynedale versus Richmond the only other game to survive. Despite playing with 14 men for over half the game following the dismissal of lock Joe Robinson, Tynedale hung on to record an impressive 20-15 win over the Londoners. Both sides defied the arctic conditions to jointly score five tries all through the backs. Tom Bramwell, Alexander Fieldhouse and Chris Harris got on the scoresheet for Tynedale, while James Greenwood and James Falconer scored for the visitors.

Round 26 Results

Ealing Trailfinders 12 - 11 Blaydon

Rosslyn Park 29 - 9 Blackheath

Tynedale 20 - 15 Richmond

Round 27 Fixtures

Blackheath Vs. Macclesfield 15:00

Loughborough Students Vs. Richmond 14:00

Blaydon Vs. Cinderford 14:30

Sedgley Park Vs. Ealing Trailfinders 14:30

Esher Vs. Rosslyn Park 15:00

Fylde Vs. Tynedale 15:00

Old Albanians Vs. Cambridge 15:00

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