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Your News Blaydon 29 - Stourbridge 20

High-flying Stourbridge, currently second placed in League Two and on a roll of seven straight wins, were brought down to earth with an almighty crash at Crow Trees yesterday.

Apart from a five minute purple patch that produced a couple of tries mid-way through the first half, they had to play second fiddle to a Blaydon side that were in rampant form.

With a surfeit of good ball at their disposal Blaydon chose to run it through their backs from the start to finish, and but for the odd spillage and occasional poor tactical kick would have well exceeded their 4 try tally.

It was the forwards however that produced the opening score in the 3rd minute with lock Dave Whitehead twice involved in the driving play that forced a hasty clearance. Good possession was secured at the line-out, and from the rolling maul No 8 Jason Smithson touched down with Dan Kyle adding the conversion.

Seven minutes later it became 14 points from two visits to the Stourbridge 22 when Nick Gandy darted through with Kyle again on target, but the visitors hit back with a vengeance and briefly looked likely to take control.

Their right wing Alistair Bressington put over a penalty and then added the points after centre Marcus Cook had latched onto a cleverly placed grubber kick under the posts.

When fly half Sam Robinson ran in a fine solo effort,again enhanced by Bressington,the visitors were ahead 14-17 but Blaydon had regained the lead by the interval and were not to relinquish it again.

A superb break by Adam Dehaty, one of many from him in the game, had Stourbridge in disarray and from a short scrum Hall Charlton neatly switched the direction of the attack to put Andrew Fenby over in the corner.

It then took Blaydon just 5 minutes of the second period to secure a 4th and bonus point winning try, a replica of his first half effort by Gandy. Dehaty once more was the catalyst, Smithson on the charge almost got over, and when they moved it back and forth from the 5 metre scrum Gandy was quick to spot the gap and Kyle's conversion took it to 26-17.

That was to be the end of the try scoring but Blaydon with the ball in hand were a constant threat.

Bressington struck another penalty to temporarily move Stourbridge into a bonus point position, but so commanding were Blaydon in defence they comfortably survived the 20 minutes when they were a man short, Fenby and then Eni Gisende in the sin-bin.

A Kyle penalty in the 81st minute moved Stourbridge back out of their comfort zone, and at the whistle a rousing cheer celebrated a 3rd consecutive and very memorable league win.

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