Third win in a row lifts Tynedale out of National One drop zone

Four tries from Tynedale's Ben Frankland helped heap the misery on London visitors Blackheath

Tynedale V Blackheath
Tynedale V Blackheath

Four tries from Ben Frankland helped Tynedale climb out of the National One relegation zone, beating Blackheath 31-10.

In a solid team performance, the centre was the man on the spot to round off a barrage of close-range scores, using his skills as a former flanker to cause havoc from both the maul and ruck.

In the end it was enough to leapfrog Saturday’s London visitors as well as Cinderford, who still have a game in hand to play after the postponement of their own match with Richmond.

However, with three wins on the spin, Tynedale are now generating serious momentum when they need it most, their resurgence coinciding with the return to fitness of experienced back-line campaigner Hamish Smales.

His captaincy from out wide set the tone for a sensible performance in difficult conditions, full-back Craig Willis gaining big chunks of yardage with the boot and his side’s scrum ensuring front-foot possession.

 

Having gone behind to an early penalty Tyne led 12-10 at half-time, a pair of rolling mauls in the left corner from attacking line-outs seeing Frankland steer them home.

The half ended with forward pair Andy Buist and Dan Temm in the sin-bin for pulling down a maul and punching respectively, the former having seen the award of a penalty try as Blackheath mounted a length-of-the-field counter-attack.

It was one-way traffic in the second half, Frankland’s hat-trick arriving on 51 minutes before scrum dominance led to a penalty try and the bonus point. Frankland wrapped it up with his fourth as an attack down the left came infield, his side’s great escape much in motion.

A day of positives for the region’s top sides continued with Blaydon winning 37-15 at promotion contenders Coventry, Micky Ward’s men running in six tries.

Newcastle Falcons wing Zach Kibirige grabbed two of them, centre Tom Penny, full-back Nathan Bailey, No 8 Jason Smithson and back-row replacement Harry Bate all touching down one each.

Darlington Mowden Park remain top of National Two North after a routine 53-10 drubbing of bottom club Dudley Kingswinford, Shaun McCartney scoring four of their nine tries.

Durham and Nothumberland One front-runners Horden were 30-24 winners at home to Gateshead, Division Three leaders Winlaton losing 12-6 at Richmondshire.

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