BLAYDON just can’t stop winning. Saturday’s 24-10 victory at Cinderford was their sixth in succession and fourth on their travels in what looks like developing into their best season in SSE National One.
With Andrew Baggett again in splendid kicking form (a seventh 100% record in the current campaign) they held a 10-3 lead at the break following a Robbie Kalbraier try under the posts.
The second period was then very much one-way traffic, although the home side did manage a Nev Coglin try, the renowned Blaydon pack twice marching it on from line-outs for flanker Robert Bell to help himself to a brace of tries.
Also in National One it was good news for Tynedale, who were on the end of an unwanted six-match run of defeats when they took on Fylde at the Corbridge ground.
A confidence-boosting, eight-try demolition job was the outcome in a 45- 10 victory in which the back row played a prominent part.
Flanker Sam Reynolds ran in two tries, No8 Ollie Steadman added another and, fittingly, Peter Cole, the other flanker, also crossed the whitewash in what was his final game for the club before heading for the bright lights of London.
Chris Harris, Stu Johnson, Dave Dickinson and Ben Frankland were the other scorers and the only disappointment was an off day for goal-kicker Mattie Outson, who could only manage one out of eight conversions.
Westoe also had a much-needed 17-13 win at home to Luctonions in Two North but were grimly hanging on at the end in the face of a barnstorming finish by the visitors.
Fly-half Jordan Carey touched down under the posts for the opening score, but a brace of penalties by Jake Newman had them restricted to a four-point advantage at the interval.
Despite being a man down in the second half after a yellow card for Haydn Richards, Westoe extended their lead when Ryan Beattie secured a loose ball to burst through the heart of the visitors’ defence.
Going into the final quarter, however, Paul Hulland, the Luctonion No 8, bundled his way over from a well-worked scrum and the stage was set for a nail-biting finale.