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Your News Blaydon 7 - Cinderford 21

With this fourth consecutive defeat Blaydon continue to slide down the table and are now perilously close to the relegation zone. In what from start to finish was a scrappy affair between two poor sides, Blaydon had ample possession and opportunity to have got back to winning ways

Despite a succession of forceful individual breaks however they either knocked on or gifted it back to the opposition whenever the line was in sight.

In the opening 15 minutes they were nowhere to be seen as an attacking force, and were then hit by a serious looking neck injury to their No8 Matt Green. Blaydon were in retreat near their own line when a ruck went down and Green was thrown backwards. Play was held up for 25 minutes whilst he was attended to and then stretchered off to be taken to hospital.

Territorially the game was then transformed with Blaydon grabbing the initiative to produce raid after raid into the Cinderford 22. Adam Dehaty, Brendan Daniel plus forwards Ross Batty and Selwyn St. Bernard all stormed clear but to no avail.

A Tim Stevenson penalty gave the visitors a slim lead at the interval and the fly-half was then on target twice more to make it 0-9 as Blaydon conceded a string of penalties.

And then on 68 minutes Blaydon at last got it right when the visitors ran it from defence only to infringe. Andrew Fenby took a quick tap penalty, and in his customary manner beat 4 defenders and crossed for a try. Andrew Baggett with the conversion reduced the deficit to just 2 points and Blaydon looked to be in the ascendancy.

Sadly they made little further progress and Cinderford were to have the last word. Stevenson had an opportunity to stretch the advantage with a penalty attempt that fell short but in the final minute they were able to put the issue beyond doubt.

Their winger Andrew MacRea ran from broken play in his own half, Jake Carter took it on and when he was held up,replacement Adrian Duncan, a hooker playing in the back row, was on hand to touch down

The conversion was missed but Cinderford had done enough to leapfrog over Blaydon in the league and consign them to fifth from bottom.

John Brennan.

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