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Your News Blaydon 35 - Westcombe Park 22

Whilst life on the road continues to be something of a roller-coaster ride for Blaydon their home form is 100% solid, this latest win making it 5 out of 5 for the season - but it was never easy against a lively Westcombe side.

The visitors made much the more impressive start yet found themselves in arrears at the break, fought back to take the lead and were threatening to run away with it when Blaydon, who were not at their sharpest, somehow regained their composure to land a couple of late blows.

Westcombe had grabbed an early lead when No 8 Tom Hayman took a quick tap and stormed over from close range, Sam Naden converting, and it was against the run of play when Andrew Fenby responded with a penalty.

The visitors were still on top when out of the blue Blaydon ran in 2 tries in 2 minutes in a purple patch middway through the half. Jason Smithson bulldozed his way into the visitors 22 to set up the drive that brought success for flanker William Welch and then direct from the restart Fenby was released to run through in typical style, the winger converting both efforts.

Westcombe deservedly hit back with a Doug Abbott try before the interval, drew level through Luke Baldwin, and the game seemed to be theirs for the taking. Richard Windle, Blaydons replacement fly-half then put over a penalty to restore the home advantage, but not for long as Richard Lankshear was soon to touch down at the other end.

With time running out and the visitors constantly on the front foot, a loose ball was hacked on by Chris Wearmouth, Windle put out a floating pass to the wing and Fenby did the rest, his 10th thus far, and Blaydon were back in front.

More breathing space was gained on 79 minutes when Ben Mercer made an incisive break from good line-out possession and full-back Adam Dehaty was in support to secure a 4th and bonus point winning try.

Windle was successful with the conversion and then in injury time finally put the issue beyond doubt with a drop goal - but it had been a mighty close thing.

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