Penalty try is frustrating for Tynedale

TYNEDALE paid the penalty against Esher on Saturday as referee Wayne Falla decided the outcome of their National One encounter.

TYNEDALE paid the penalty against Esher on Saturday as referee Wayne Falla decided the outcome of their National One encounter.

The man in the middle blew for an 80th-minute penalty try to hand the visitors a 29-26 victory on a day of frustration in Corbridge.

Falla had already awarded an earlier penalty try and shown home lock Graeme Dunn a straight red for a tip tackle, Tynedale having led 12-10 at the 40-minute mark after tries from Hamish Smales and Peter Moralee.

Back-row pair Sam Reynolds and Ollie Steadman added further five-pointers for the home outfit, who took away a pair of bonus points.

However, with Ben Frankland in the sin-bin late on, the 13-man side conceded a try to ex-Toulon and Saracens lock Kris Chesney before the second penalty try sealed the deal.

Blaydon remain level on points with second-placed Rosslyn Park at the other end of the table ahead of the Londoners’ visit to Crow Trees this Saturday.

Micky Ward’s men were 17-8 winners at mid-table Coventry, second-half tries from Chris Wearmouth and Andrew Baggett helping them back from an 8-3 interval deficit.

In National Two North, Westoe remain four points adrift of safety following a 20-19 home loss to Otley.

The early departure of Samoan international Lome Fa’atau with injury did them no favours as they fell 17-0 behind.

Even tries from Ryan Beattie, Scott Powell and Gareth Nesbit were not enough to claim anything other than a losing bonus point.

Darlington Mowden Park leapfrogged Preston Grasshoppers into third place with a 31-12 triumph at Sheffield Tigers - scrum-half Jack Neville with a hat-trick of tries and Rory Duff adding the other.

Percy Park’s 21-13 home loss to Bradford and Bingley saw them slip to fourth in National Three North, while West Hartlepool’s 25-14 defeat at Lymm has them deep in relegation trouble.

Darlington gave themselves a fighting chance of staying afloat in North One East following their 26-22 victory at fellow strugglers Middlesbrough, and in Durham and Northumberland Two second-bottom Prudhoe and Stocksfield recorded a 14-13 win at Novos.

 
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