Battered but not disgraced
BLAYDON STOURBRIDGE 11 40
IT was a crushing defeat for Blaydon, one which on paper should have been predicted given Stourbridge had won all six of their games, each time with a bonus point.
While the visitors, with their massive weight advantage, deserved to win, for long periods it was Blaydon who looked the more likely to trouble the scorers.
With an average age of under 21, they threw caution to the wind, attacking relentlessly, only to come away empty-handed through their penchant for dropping the ball at a crucial time, or passing it forward.
At the interval, it was 8-14 to the visitors thanks to a penalty try and even after Dan Rundle had secured a third try for them, it was all Blaydon and it was not beyond the realms of possibility that they could go on to win.
But Stourbridge broke out to score again through Nick David, and that was the end of the Blaydon challenge. By now a weary home side were cut down by breakaway tries from Sam Wilkes and Afeafe Haisila.
Joe Whyman had opened the scoring with a penalty and after a Joe Heatley try for the visitors when a Blaydon forward had thrown out a disastrous long pass, the home side stormed into the 22. Stourbridge eventually cleared but Keith Laughlin charged it down and Nathan Bailey raced through to score.
With tBlaydon deservedly ahead 8-7, Rob Lenderyou was yellow carded for persistent offside and when the scrum went down, a penalty try was awarded and the tide was turned.