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Blaydon seeking help from local rivals

BLAYDON flanker Rob Bell is hoping a favour from rivals Tynedale can propel his side to the top of SSE National One tomorrow.

BLAYDON flanker Rob Bell is hoping a favour from rivals Tynedale can propel his side to the top of SSE National One tomorrow.

Second-placed Blaydon travel to the Lancashire coast to tackle Fylde at the same time as Tynedale play host to leaders Ealing.

Bell, who scored the winning try when Blaydon won a nail-biter in Corbridge three weeks ago, said: “We will definitely be hoping Tynedale can do the business.

“It is a big journey up from London, which is never easy for those teams, and hopefully that will get to them a little. If we can do our bit down at Fylde and Tynedale extend us a bit of a favour then that would be ideal, and despite the respective league positions Ealing will get a really difficult game up there.

“When we went to Tynedale a few weeks ago they played really well, and their forwards put in a great effort that day.

“As the pitches dry up their backs will come into it more, and the fact they have the most bonus points in the league shows they are close in most games they play.”

The open-side is rightly more concerned with what his own team can do against a Fylde outfit beaten 41-17 at Crow Trees back in September, stating: “They are a decent side and have a very good set of backs.

“They are skilful, quick and not frightened to chuck the ball around. They play a wide-to-wide game, but when we played them at home we really backed ourselves up front.

“It was a hard battle for the first hour, but we kept doing what we were doing and in the last 20 minutes we ran in four tries to got the bonus point. It is a big wide pitch down there tomorrow, which suits the way they play, and their backs will definitely be looking to use the full width.”

In National Two North third-placed Darlington Mowden Park will be hoping relegation-threatened Westoe can topple play-off rivals Hull Ionians at Wood Terrace – Mowden travelling to Dudley Kingswinford.

Percy Park visit Lymm in National Three North, while West Hartlepool’s survival battle sees a tough home date with third-placed Sandal.

MARK SMITH

 

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