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Tynedale 8 Blaydon 5

Tynedale remain unbeaten in league games at home since September 2006, when Blaydon beat them 38-17, but came perilously close to losing that record to Blaydon on Saturday and the margin could have been even greater.

They mounted an attack in the opening minute and then spent the next 39 in retreat as Blaydon pounded their line with attack after attack. Adam Dehaty and Andrew Fenby were both stopped inches short, passes went down at the vital moment, Joe Shaw struck the woodwork with a drop goal attempt, and somehow Tynedale survived intact almost until half-time.

Blaydon were awarded a very kickable penalty but elected to set up a line-out near the corner from which No8 Jason Smithson was driven over. Those five points separated the sides at the break, but had the visitors been able to convert their pressure into scores they could have been out of sight.

Andrew Murray pulled back the deficit with a penalty two minutes into the second half and Tynedale began to make a better fist of it. On 55 minutes however they looked to have conceded a second try when Blaydon's Scott Riddell dived over, hitting a post in the process, but the score was disallowed.

The storm was weathered and Tynedale eventually put together an attack, and from a ruck following a chip ahead Jamie Murray dived over in the corner to make it 8-3 against the run of play.

And then with 2 minutes remaining Blaydon were awarded a penalty just 20 metres out and in front of the posts, an opportunity to at least take a share of the points. Disappointingly for them Andrew Baggett put his kick wide, a game was lost that should have been won and Santa Claus had come early for the home side.

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