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MAY

With just one game remaining Blaydon are on course to finish in their highest ever position in League One, a highly successful season, whilst the unfortunate Manchester club must be breathing a sigh of relief that their annus horribilis is coming to an end.

When the sides met at Manchester earlier in the season Blaydon ran in a massive 145 points, and yesterday were remarkably just a try short of emulating that feat. It was still however a club record score at Crow Trees, achieved with 22 tries from 16 individual players and 15 conversions from fly-half Andrew Baggett.

They played it 'sevens style' throughout, running everything from everywhere on the park. By the interval it was 74-0, and the fate of the hapless but brave Mancunians was never better emphasised then when try number 13 was touched down by winger Kevin McShane within 30 seconds from the re-start.

Earlier McShane had scored the try of the half on a mazy run from his own 22, beating man after man on route to the line. An outstanding score but almost matched 3 minutes later by Aiden O'Brien who blasted in from a similar distance.

Director of Rugby, Tom Rock, scored twice to become leading club try scorer for the season with 14, whilst McShane, O'Brien, Adam Dehaty and James Fitzpatrick also grabbed a brace. Other try scorers were Gavin Jones, Keith Laughlin, Alex MacKenzie, Simon Barber, Chris Wearmouth, Paddy Dias, Jason Smithson, Matt Hall, Andrew Archibald and Scott Riddell, who provided most of the ammunition in the second period.

Ironically the game ended with Manchester in the Blaydon 22 for the only time, and only then from a kick to touch.

John Brennan.

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