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Southend 14 Blaydon 24

Although much weakened by the absence of a number of regulars Blaydon pulled off their second away win of the season in wet conditions at Southend that made handling extremely difficult.

Southend, who by contrast were seeking their second home win, were put under pressure from the start but kept their line intact and broke out to open the scoring entirely against the run of play. They secured good line out ball middway in the Blaydon half and moved it slickly through the hands for Tyson Lewis to crash over for them and Jake Sharp added the conversion.

Richard Windle was soon to pull back 3 points with a penalty, but when Southend infringed again in front of their posts the decision was taken to opt for the scrum and it paid dividends when full-back Charlie Raynor joined the line to coast in for a try. Windle's conversion made it 7-10, a lead that Blaydon held to the interval.

The home side had their best spell in the opening 15 minutes of the second period but having failed to take advantage were hit by 2 more Blaydon tries. Fly-half Windle cleverly chipped over the Southend defence and when the full-back spilled the ball Ed Mercer was quickly in to get the touch. The dust was hardly settled from that effort when Jason Smithson drove over for a typical No8 try from a short scrum.

Windle was successful with both conversations to stretch the lead to 7-24 but at that point Blaydon took their foot off the throttle and paid the price when Isaac Crook, a replacement Southend prop, burrowed over for a try to which Sharp added the points.

Fortunately the lesson was well learned and by the end Blaydon were once more calling the shots, with hooker Matt Hall just denied a bonus point try.

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