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Westoe 20 Blaydon 3

THE handsome trophy is back in the Westoe clubhouse for the seventh successive year - a remarkable feat that is unlikely to ever be equalled, writes Ken Reay.

Derek Tighe’s side were 3- nil down after a bitterly contested first half against a strong Blaydon side at Houghton le Spring’s Dairy Lane ground, fly half David Lowes kicking a penalty after being the victim of a foul tackle.

But they went ahead when Richard Elliott gathered the second half re-start kick, made ground with a trade mark mazy run, linked with 17-year-old full back Stuart Woodhouse who cleverly fed centre David Fairlamb who scored near the posts - Woodhouse converting.

Ten minutes later Woodhouse again featured in an attack that ended in Fairlamb’s second try to which the youngster added another two points.

Westoe’s scrummaging gained strength with every encounter until the heavier Blaydon pack began to crumble, referee Alan Temple losing patience with their spoiling tactics which led to three long range penalties, two of which the undoubted man-of-the-match Woodhouse converted.

He had shown some sublime touches and great maturity under pressure and seems only to need to put on some weight to challenge for a first team place.

Skipper Tighe praised a fine allround team effort and acknowledged the part played by a teenage trio of distinct promise - Woodhouse, Andrew Kirton and Sean Ramsey.

Team manger Lol Calvert said: “Our opponents were conspicuously gracious in defeat and accepted that on the day they were beaten by a better side.”

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