Tynedale within a whisker of valuable win

Missed kicks cost Tyne dear as Cinderford hold out in National One tussle.

Rugby action
Rugby action

Tynedale produced a pair of bonus points from their National One trip to Cinderford, but remain second-bottom of the table after falling on the wrong side of a 28-27 scoreline.

Converting only one of their five tries in the Gloucestershire countryside, the Corbridge outfit had two late kicks to steal victory as Matthew Charters’ late try and a penalty at the death went begging.

Now two points and seven places from safety, the early signs had seemed promising as centre Chris Harris and wing Sep Visser dotted down for a 10-0 lead at the quarter mark.

Conceding three tries in 10 minutes after the break to trail 20-10, Visser crossed twice more for his hat-trick to get within shooting distance. But it was not to be as Charters’ try went unconverted, leaving Tynedale continuing to swim against the ride.

Blaydon, in contrast, extended their unbeaten run to 10 games in the division, thumping Worthing 45-14 in a comfortable home win.

The hosts had the four-try bonus point inside the half-hour, Jason Smithson steering a rolling maul to the right corner for the first. Tom Jeffrey raced in for number two after being put away by Tom Penny’s pace and vision, Keith Laughlin pumping his legs in the left corner for the third.

Smithson’s second try, again from a rolling maul down the right, brought up the bonus point and a 26-0 half-time lead, Sean Brown starting and finishing an 80-metre counter-attack try as Blaydon withstood early second-half pressure.

A pair of consolation tries got the visitors on the board, but hooker Fran Entressengle and centre Tommy Banks both crossed late on as Blaydon’s disrupted line-up coped with a raft of injuries and substitutions.

The National Three North Shields derby went the way of Westoe, scoring four tries in the opening half of their 25-16 win at Percy Park.

Mark Wilson scored twice, Lome Fa’atau and Nathan Horsfall adding the others.

Darlington Mowden Park, meanwhile, maintained their National Two North promotion push, scoring five tries in a 31-5 triumph at Otley.


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