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Your News Blaydon 19 - Stourbridge 10

Having been savaged by Tynedale 8 days earlier Stourbridge would not have relished a return to the north-east, and for the opening 15 minutes at Crow Trees it must have felt that a repeat was on the cards.

Blaydon with all the possession had scored twice and were looking comfortable when the Stourbridge forwards at last got their act together and for the next 50 minutes it was a one-sided game in favour of the visitors.

Tom Rock had scored the opener from a neat pass by No8 Paul Vinnicombe at a short scrum in the 3rd minute, Andrew Baggett converting, and then full-back Adam Armstrong was on the end of a slick handling move to score in the corner after James Fitzpatrick had set it up with a powerful break.

Stourbridge at this point introduced the rolling maul to their repertoire pinning Blaydon in their 22 for long spells and eventually something had to give, and it did due mainly to the efforts of Ben Hughes. The big lock proved unstoppable from close range and stormed over in the 22nd and 29th minutes to make it just a 2 points difference at the break.

Blaydon were still nowhere to be seen in the opening 25 minutes of the second period with the visitors ominously dangerous on the break, but they survived. A penalty to touch finally got them up field and with a re-organised front row making a difference, were back on the front foot.

At two short scrums in succession they marched the Stourbridge pack backwards before clinching the win at a third scrum when Rock fed Fitzpatrick for the centre to score near the posts and Armstrong added the points.

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