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Your News Blaydon 11 - Southend 24

Things started to go wrong for Blaydon when an already depleted side were hit by the late withdrawal of leading try scorer Andrew Fenby, and then went from bad to worse in the game itself.

They failed to penetrate the Southend 22 in the opening 20 minutes, and very little thereafter, contrived to give away possession at key times, and greatly contributed to their own downfall in what was a miserable defeat.

Blaydon were somewhat unfortunate to be robbed of the ball by an opposition player lying blatantly offside in the build up to the opening try, but Mark Billings the Southend centre was then allowed to stroll past 3 woeful tackles and touch down under the posts with Andrew Frost adding the points.

Penalties were being conceded thick and fast and try number two resulted from one of Southends' many kicks to the corner, when from a rolling maul their scrum-half Rhys Powell nipped over near the flag.

Blaydon had their best spell so far in the last 10 minutes up to the interval but failed to make an impact until No8 Jason Smithson, with the final kick of the half, took a quick tap penalty and put over a monster drop goal to make it 3-12.

A Richard Windle penalty 4 minutes into the second period took them to within 6 points but then having worked their way up-field to a good position, lost possession and were pushed back 70 metres. A poor clearance was then run straight back by Southend for lock forward Andrew McLintock to score in the corner, Frost converting.

Once more Blaydon fought back but once more they gave it away, this time a Martin Shaw pass failed to reach its target and Frost hacked on for the visitors. A Blaydon back gave chase only to be bundled out of it, Billings got the touch for his second of the game, and at 6-24 the away victory was in the bag.

With 2 minutes remaining however Blaydon finally grabbed a consolation when Windle found distance with a penalty to touch and Smithson was driven over from the line-out. Sadly it was was far too little and far too late.

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