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Your News Blackheath 32 - Blaydon 26

Blaydon rebounded from a heavy defeat on the road last week with a fighting performance in the face of adversity at Blackheath, and were good value for their two bonus points in a narrow reversal.

It could not have started worse for them when scrum-half Dominic Shaw went off with a serious injury in the first minute and had to be replaced by Nick Gandy playing in an unfamiliar position. Their response was immediate however with Adam Dehaty finding a gap to shoot through in typical style and Richard Windle added the conversion.

On 15 minutes they scored again when Dehaty put out a long pass to Andy Fenby and the winger raced in for his 17th try of the season to make it 0-12.

Blackheath were well and truly on the back foot at this stage but with 7 minutes of the half remaining they hit a purple patch to run in tries through Brian Thiron and Richard Roane, and their fly-half Frank Neale was on target with both conversiona and then a penaly to turn it around to 17-12 at the break.

After a poor start to the second period Blaydon got their noses back in front when Dehaty finished off a flowing move in the corner, Windle converting, but another penalty from Blackheath's Neale again swung the advantage.

With time running out and Blaydon suffering a string of injuries the home pack took control and improved the gap with a penalty try and then a push-over.

Reduced to 14 men for the last 7 minutes but spurred on by rousing support from the Blaydon cricket team, also in the Capital to defend their ECB National Indoor 6 a side Trophy, Blaydon finished strongly and Fenby stormed over in the dying seconds to secure both a 4 try bonus and also a 'within 7 points defeat' bonus.

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