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Your News Nottingham 33 - Blaydon 22

Blaydon were within six minutes of pulling off a shock EDF Trophy win at League One side Nottingham, only to be hit by two late hammer blows. They had held out against everything the home side could throw at them but their three point lead sadly disappeared when Ashley Eltingstone and David Jackson scored from close range.

It was Blaydon who had opened the scoring in the 12th minute when Simon Barber brought off a great tackle and then hacked on to win the chase and score in the corner, Charlie Raynor adding an excellent conversion.

The lead was to be short lived however as the bigger Nottingham forwards gradually took control for Jackson to take advantage of a Blaydon missed tackle, and then second row Nick Rouse was driven over.

By the 23rd minute it was starting to look bleak for Blaydon when Andy Savage the Notts full-back touched down for a third try, all converted by Craig Tonks. The visitors however showed great spirit, a Raynor penalty making it 19-10 at the break, and then the game was transformed.

Flanker Scott Riddell, a half time replacement, made an effective blindside break to touch down and then Andrew Fenby broke from his own 22 to score the try of the match. The winger had gone close in the first half, but this time pounced when Notts dropped the ball and raced 80 metres beating man after man for a sensational score to which Raynor added the points.

It was now Notts who looked down and out but when Blaydon had a forward yellow-carded the advantage finally proved too much and it was the senior side that scraped through to the next round.

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