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Your News Blaydon 11 - London Scottish 29

Blaydon fielded the kick-off only to be penalised after 30 seconds, Frank Neale the visitors full-back landed the 3 points, and the tone was set for a one-sided game.

The Exiles, in their first ever visit to Crow Trees, were considerably quicker in thought and deed than the home backs, and when Blaydon did have possession they were rarely given any time to develop it.

A drop goal via an upright from Elliott O'Brien levelled the score after 5 minutes but the remainder of the half belonged entirely to the visitors. They were held up over the Blaydon line on the quarter hour but then from a short scrum, centre Gary Trueman burst over, Neale converting.

Trueman was also instrumental in creating a try for flying winger David Howells, and when Blaydon No8 Jason Smithson was yellow carded for not releasing, another lightening break was finished off by Ian McInroy, Neale again on target to make it 3-22.

An O'Brien penalty doubled the Blaydon account in the final minute of the half but after prop forward Robbie Kalbraier became a second visitor to the sin-bin the Exiles piled on the pressure. In an attempt to turn it around Blaydon elected to run from their own 22 only to see a wayward pass intercepted by Neale who gleefully ran through and then added the points himself.

Their work done, London Scottish took their foot off the throttle and in the closing 15 minutes Blaydon at last became an attacking force. Their first foray into the 22 ended in disaster when a simple pass went down with the line beckoning but they finally got it right when Smithson took a quick penalty, Scott Riddell progressed it over half-way, and after two more pairs of hands had been involved James Fitzpatrick crashed over in the corner.

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