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Your News Blaydon 21 - Newbury 17

With the sides separated in the league by just one point this was a must win game for Blaydon, but in the opening 40 minutes that result looked anything but certain.

Trailing by 11-17 they steadied the ship however, gradually grew in confidence, and inspired by the efforts of Simon Barber stormed on to the victory that put an end to a three match slump.

With three-quarter time approaching they were hammering away at the Newbury line but not finding a gap until the game swung when a poor clearance was gobbled up by Barber.

The winger saw space in the corner, chipped ahead and raced through unchallenged to touch down near the flag and the deficit was down to a single point.

Then with 6 minutes remaining Barber found touch deep in the Newbury 22 with a superb kick. Newbury cleared badly and at the next line-out Blaydon gathered in, Scott Riddell had a dart at the line before the recycled ball was whipped through the backs for Barber to finish it off in the other corner.

In the first half Blaydon had started much the better only to lose their way. James Fitzpatrick made the break that led to an Andrew Baggett penalty and then again put the Crow Trees outfit on the front foot that resulted in 2 short scrums. Pressure told and flanker Riddell stormed over to make it 8-0.

And then Newbury took over, particularly at the line-outs, and front rows Paul Fincken and Chris Rowlandson were driven over with Waylon Gasson converting both scores.

Gasson and Baggett exchanged penalties, the visitors held their advantage to the interval, but the second period was to be all Blaydon.

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