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Your News Blaydon 27 - Wharfedale 35

When Blaydon lost out narrowly at Wharfedale in October there was a distinct feeling of injustice in that time was denied them for a potential match winning penalty to be taken. In this return meeting at Crow Trees however the result was a lot more clear cut with the Yorkshiremen well deserving of their win.

For the most part they were quicker to the breakdown, quicker to counter and from anywhere on the field, and with the ball in hand always looked likely to score.

In the end it was four tries each and a relatively close scoreline with Blaydon within touching distance of a second bonus point, but once Wharfedale had got their noses in front in the 10th minute another home defeat was on the cards.

Jason Smithson had forced his way over to give Blaydon an early advantage after a Brendan Daniel chip had rebounded for Charles Raynor to take it on. Raynor was then instantly back in action at the other end to prevent a score and clear his line.

The visitors ran it straight back however for their centre Chris Malherbe to cross for the first of his hat-trick, and Mark Bedworth with the conversion to land the first of his 15 points.

Back came Blaydon for Adam Dehaty to run in behind the posts, although there had been a hint of a knock-on, with Andy Baggett adding the points to make it 12-7 and a close game seemed in prospect.

But it was not to be with Wharfedale dominating to such an extent that they were to add another 28 points either side of the interval with only a Baggett penalty in reply. Bedworth struck three penalties, Malherbe steamed in twice more, full-back Adam Whaites was on the end of a long queue waiting to run in a simple score, and it was becoming very one sided in favour of the visitors.

And then up stepped Andrew Fenby, who had made little impact thus far, to collect on half way and embark on one of his trade-mark runs. Twisting and turning, checking and stepping, he had what seemed the entire Wharfedale side in full retreat and with little hope of stopping him.

And it almost turned the game. Baggett added the conversion and suddenly everyone was at it, forwards and backs alike running at the visitors and finding gaps of which previously there had been little sight, all inspired by the Fenby magic.

Smithson drove over from a line-out to clinch a try bonus point but Baggett was unable at the same time to take it within seven points with the conversion from wide out, and in the end justice was done,

Wharfedale had the win that they richly deserved.

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