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Your News Blaydon 13 - Redruth 13

In the end a draw was probably the fairest result but for 70 of the 88 minutes played Blaydon gave every indication that they were about to inflict what would have been only a second defeat of the season on the league leaders.

Unfortunately in 10 of the other 18 minutes, directly after the restart, they conceded 10 points to let Redruth back into it, and then in the 8 minutes of time added on found themselves under serious pressure in their own 22 and grateful for the final whistle.

Joe Shaw had set them on their way with a penalty, which was a disappointing return from some pounding of the visitors line, Peter Phelan, Jason Smithson and Andrew Fenby all held up. Their efforts were finally rewarded however when Martin Shaw cut loose from half-way, and Brendan Daniel scooted in to score from Adam Dehaty's clever reverse pass.

Mark Scrivener, the Redruth fly-half put over the penalty when Phelan was yellow carded for preventing release, but with 2 minutes of the half remaining persistence from Fenby brought further success for Blaydon.

The winger broke from the base of a scrum and after two others had taken it on, turned up again to wriggle over in the corner to make it a deserved 13-3 lead.

Blaydon were then disastrously caught cold after the break. A poor pass out of defence let in Nathan Pedley, the Redruth winger knocking-on with the line at his mercy, but from the resulting scrum No8 Mark Bright stormed over. A second try was then conceded when Blaydon lost possession when trying to maul it up-field, and Alan Thirlby crossed in the corner.

Neither effort was converted and with the scores level Blaydon hit back in the strongest possible way. For fully fifteen minutes they battered and probed their way back and forth in the Redruth 22 but disappointingly without ever finding a chink in the visitors magnificent defencive line.

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