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Both sides contributed equally to a cracking finale to the season - a game that could have gone either way until the final quarter when with Blaydon tiring, the more powerful Westcombe forwards assumed control.

It was a fast and furious start with Blaydon on the attack from the moment they secured the kick-off ball in their own 22. No8 Jason Smithson took it on and two short passes later, full-back Ralph Smith, playing in his last game for the club, embarked on a 50 metre run that was only halted inches short of the visitors line. Twice Blaydon went wide from the resulting short scrums and eventually Smithson was over for the try and Richard Windle added the conversion.

Westcombe were just as keen to show their prowess in attack and drew level in the 18th minute when the pack made progress from a line-out before switching direction and Rory Damont went in from some slick passing, James Whittingham converting.

It was still 7-7 at the interval and everything to play for with Whittingham then putting over a drop goal, and Windle responding with a penalty.

The Westcombe forwards were then held up when a try seemed certain, but were awarded the put in at the 5metre scrum and promptly pushed the Blaydon pack over their own line for Tom Wayman, a replacement, to get the touch.

Whittingham converted that effort and then struck another penalty to make it 10-20 and probably out of Blaydons reach, but just to make absolutely certain they added another in the closing minutes when winger Jacobus Dutoit wriggled over between the posts, Whittingham as ever on target.

In the end Westcombe Park were deservedly clear winners but both clubs can look back on a satisfactory debut season in League Two.

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