Blay­don hold on for nar­row win

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BLAY­DON WIRRAL 29 24

BLAY­DON fi­nally got back to win­ning ways but, hav­ing made a blis­ter­ing start to make it 26-3, grad­u­ally saw their lead whit­tled away, and by the end it was down to a frag­ile five points.

With their backs run­ning riot, a try scor­ing bonus point was in the bag af­ter just 18 min­utes but, by the in­ter­val, the vis­i­tors had pulled back two tries and, with a su­pe­rior pack, were threat­en­ing to turn it round.

Alex Clark burst into the Wirral 22 in the third minute to hand on to Dan Mar­shall, who zipped past a be­wil­dered de­fence to touch down un­der the posts for the open­ing score with Jamie Guy adding the con­ver­sion. Six min­utes, later Keith Laugh­lin broke off from a short scrum to send in Mar­shall for a sec­ond try.

On 11 min­utes lock-for­ward Jack David­son went over from close range, Guy con­vert­ing, to make it 19-0.

James An­netts landed a penalty for the vis­i­tors but Blay­don quickly se­cured a fourth try af­ter run­ning from their own line, with Jack Ap­ple­ton rac­ing in from 30m, and Guy once more on tar­get.

And then the cracks be­gan to ap­pear, with Blay­don un­der the cosh in the scrums and leak­ing an­other try right on the in­ter­val to make it 26-17.

Guy ex­tended the Blay­don lead with a 53rd minute penalty but the home side lost Dan Tay­lor to a yel­low card.

Scent­ing vic­tory, the vis­i­tors piled on the pres­sure and were re­warded with a Matt Dal­ton try and An­netts con­ver­sion to nar­row their deficit – but Blay­don valiantly held on for a much-needed win.

JOHN BRENNAN

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