Blaydon 45 – Worthing 14

Worthing were simply brushed aside on what was their first ever visit to Crow Trees, a rampant Blaydon side seemingly scoring at will with a bonus point in the bag after just 29 minutes. They did hit back briefly in an improved performance after the break but otherwise it was all too easy for Blaydon to extend an unbeaten run to ten games.

A trademark driving line-out score by Jason Smithson in the 3rd minute began the rout soon followed by good efforts from Tom Jeffery, Keith Laughlin and then Smithson again from another maul to make it 26 points without reply at the break.

Blaydon were badly disrupted by injuries in the second period but against the run of play ran in a 5th score by Sean Brown prior to the visitors finally making an impact. Sam Hewick went in from close range and within 3 minutes Alex Nielson had profited from a fortuitous bounce, Finlay Coxon-Smith converting both efforts.

But that was it for the Sussex side and Blaydon responded quickly with the forwards piling on the pressure in the 22 and hooker Fran Entressengle finishing make it 40-14, and still they were not done.

In time added on Jeffery shot clear from defence to scoot down the touchline and create a 7th and final effort for Tom Banks, the scoring completed with 5 successful conversions by Andrew Baggett.

Star man: Tom Jeffery (Blaydon)
Referee: Andrew Rawson
Attendance: 175
HT: 26-0 FT: 45-14


Tries: Smithson 3,29, Jeffery 7, Laughlin 11, Brown 55, Entressengle 76, Banks 80+2
Conversions: Baggett 7,11,29,55,76.

Tries: Hewick 68, Nielson 71
Conversions: Coxon-Smith 68,71

Reporter: John Brennan