Tynedale's bid to survive the National One relegation race kicked on again as they humbled third-placed Fylde 26-7 in Corbridge.
The visitors only managed to get on the scoreboard with the final play of an afternoon in which they were dominated in every department, Tyne’s rampant scrum, eager breakdown work and superbly-organised defence standing firm throughout.
It was a real nuts-and-bolts performance in difficult conditions, centre Ben Frankland continuing his fine scoring form with a pair of tries from rolling mauls.
On each occasion a line-out in the left corner saw the midfield man assessing his options from 15 metres back before joining the drive and steering it towards the corner, now scoring six tries from the same play in his last two home games.
Sep Visser’s try in the right corner secured a 19-0 half-time lead as the Dutchman supported scrum-half Greg Illingworth’s blind-side break, teenage hooker David Nelson putting in a big performance only a week after making his Newcastle Falcons senior debut.
Full-back Craig Willis wrapped up the four-try bonus point with nine minutes to spare when Visser played him in down the left, visiting lock Paul Arnold sin-binned in the closing minutes but replacement prop Mark Rylance providing a consolation try at the death.
Blackheath’s victory ensured Tynedale remained in the relegation spots, albeit a place higher as Cinderford were rained off at home to Blaydon. The Crow Trees club had Gavin Jones, Robbie Kalbraier and Chris Wearmouth in the England Counties squad beaten 16-15 by their French counterparts, Darlington Mowden Park’s Pierce Phillips and Cameron Mitchell also selected.
Mowden stay top of National Two North, winning 19-15 at Caldy, while in Cup action Consett were denied a crack at York – the visitors deemed Consett’s pitch to be unplayable.