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Your News Blaydon 21 - Waterloo 7

Two typical No 8 efforts from man of the match Jason Smithson not only helped Blaydon leap-frog close rivals Waterloo, they also made certain that the Crow Trees outfit will again be operating in National League Two next season.

Conditions were appalling and scoring opportunities few and far between but Blaydon had the lions share of possession throughout and were good value for a 5th win from their last 8 games which has transformed their league position.

Two impressive rolling mauls kept the home side in the Waterloo 22 for the opening 10 minutes but it was not until the ball was cleared to touch that a breakthrough was achieved. Blaydon failed to secure their line-out ball but hooker Matt Hall latched onto a rebound and shot off towards the try line where Smithson in support slid over for the touchdown.

Little was seen of Waterloo in attack but from their first visit to the Blaydon 22 in the 33rd minute, lock forward Ali Davidson was driven over from a maul. An Alex Davies conversion made it 5-7 and that was how it stayed until the interval.

With the strong wind now behind them Blaydon did most of the pressing but it was a series of penalties that edged them in front. Fly half Richard Windle confidently ignored the option of kicking for position to put over 3 long distance kicks in quick succession which took it to 14-7, and was then instrumental in securing the victory.

Waterloo had briefly threatened a come-back but Windle relieved the pressure with a massive punt upfield, and winger Simon Barber gave chase. A short scrum resulted and Smithson broke off to storm over for his second try and Windle added the simple conversion.

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