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Your News Blaydon 21 - Macclesfield 14

An ugly game in difficult conditions eventually produced the right result for Blaydon, but it took them well into the final quarter to assert themselves. Having pushed the visitors pack sharply backwards the revitalised home forwards took it on again for hooker Ross Batty to be driven over, and the outcome was settled.

Blaydon were safely through to the 4th round of the EDF Energy Cup but until that late score, the Three North side, which had held an 8 points lead just after the break, were looking quite likely to cause an upset.

It had been 3-3 in the first half with Macclesfield breaking the impasse with a penalty from their full-back Jonathan Lowdon after they had re-cycled the ball time and time again in shipping it up-field. Unable to play their normal running game on the sticky ground Blaydon were further hampered by losing Martin Shaw and then Stephen Trench to the sin-bin.

By the interval Richard Windle had put over a penalty but Macclesfield then hit them with a double whammy on the restart. A second Lowdon success was quickly followed by an excellent rolling maul that took play back to the home line where flanker Chris Jones drove over to make it 3-11, and Blaydon were in disarray.

Positional changes were made and replacements introduced to the pack, and after a second Windle penalty Blaydon at last got their act together. An Andrew Fenby break from defence with a kick and chase set up a short scrum from which Chris Clark darted over, and it was back to a level game.

With club captain Dave Guthrie, one of the replacements, galvanising the forwards, prop Robbie Kalbraier grabbed another try. On paper at least, Macclesfield were still in with a chance when Lowdon completed his hat-trick to bring it back to 16-14, but Blaydon were now in the ascendancy and Batty made certain of their victory.

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