Ben Frankland double keeps Tynedale survival hopes going

Centre Ben Frankland steers two late mauls to the try-line for a dramatic Corbridge triumph

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Points machine Ben Frankland put Tynedale a step closer to National One survival with two late tries in a 36-35 home win over Coventry.

Tynedale had lost by the exact same scoreline when the two teams met in the West Midlands earlier in the season and looked to be facing defeat again until two late line-out drives.

The flanker-turned-centre has made a real speciality of steering the rolling maul to the try-line and delivered when it mattered as his side battled back from 35-17 down on the hour.

Hooker David Nelson and scrum-half Greg Illingworth scored their two first-half tries as they trailed 25-17 at the break – the latter a superb solo score.

Jaques Le Roux’s second try for Coventry looked like putting Tynedale out of reach with Dan Temm in the sin-bin, but Hamish Smales’ try and Gavin Beasley’s conversion gave the hosts the platform to launch their assault.

That came courtesy of two trademark tries from Frankland, the clincher a 13-man maul as the sheer weight of bodies proved enough to take the points.

Blaydon, too, returned to winning ways, ending a run of five straight defeats with a 37-13 triumph at Wharfedale. Two tries from Newcastle Falcons centre Tom Penny helped them on their way after a week in which the squad had taken a good look at the reasons behind the disappearance of their fine mid-season form.

Penny’s first and a try from England Counties lock Chris Wearmouth had Blaydon 18-10 up at the break, the boot of fly-half Andrew Baggett having supplemented that tally.

The visitors were totally dominant in a one-sided second half and had the bonus point by 53 minutes thanks to Penny’s second try and one for Tom Grimes. Their Yorkshire hosts could not manage a point after the interval, full-back Nathan Bailey scoring his side’s fifth and final try around the hour mark.

Darlington Mowden Park maintained their place on the shoulders of the top two in National Two North with a game still in hand, thumping Leicester Lions 52-10.

Mowden boasted seven different scorers for each of their tries, Guy van den Dries crossing the first and being followed by Henry Robinson, Chris McTurk, Callum McKenzie, Ross Doneghan, Chris Campbell and Ollie Hodgson. Percy Park, meanwhile, climbed out of the National Three North relegation zone, 32-25 winners at Rossendale.


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