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Your News Blaydon 28 - Southend 43

On paper it looked a home banker - Blaydon, needing just a few more points to guarantee their place in League Two against a Southend side with nothing to play for having already been relegated after winning just 2 games all season.

The wind was a problem to both sides and at the interval the visitors surprisingly held a one point advantage. Blaydon immediately took control after the restart, scoring twice in 6 minutes to change a 16-17 scoreline to 28-17 and the pre-match forecast was at last on track.

And then it all went wrong. Passes went down, tackles were missed that allowed Southend to run in 4 tries un-apposed and by the end Blaydon heads were down and the team in disarray - a remarkable turnaround.

Blaydon had initially made the better start and opened the try fest when hooker Matt Hall was driven over. Fly-half Rory Clegg's conversion into the cross field wind was just as impressive as his earlier penalty, but Southend winger Andrew Frost was to be just as accurate.

By the interval Clegg had landed 2 more penalties but significantly the visitors had responded with 2 tries. Frost grabbed the first from an excellent floated pass and then the centres combined for Luke Sloan to touch down under the posts.

Andrew Fenby romped in from a tap penalty 2 minutes into the second half and was quickly followed by Brendan Daniel after good work by Clegg. Southend might have wilted in the face of these reversals but quite the opposite happened as they set up camp in the home 22 and began to capitalise on the errors.

Simon Hoult, Luke Irvine and Tyson Lewis in turn put them out of sight, denying Blaydon even a losing bonus point, and then in the final minute they ran in a 6th try that epitomised the plight of the home side. A speculative punt up field was allowed to bounce into the 22, the full-back failed to make it secure and Sloan strolled in unchallenged.

John Brennan

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