Fylde 10, Blaydon 8
Wet and windy conditions on the Blackpool coast meant few scoring opportunities for either side in a dour battle. Blaydon led for most of it but failed to cement their position and paid the price when conceding a late penalty that cost them the game.
The Blaydon forwards took most of the honours in the first half and had built up a number of promising moves before clinching the opening try. Good possession was finally moved through the hands to the wing where hooker Victor Guignouard popped up to finish off in the corner.
Fly-half Andrew Baggett failed with the conversion attempt and was also off target with an easier penalty kick just before the interval that was to prove costly.
Trailing by 5 points going into the second period Fylde quickly turned things around when the forwards finally got up a head of steam and rumbled into the 22 for their hooker Phil Mills to get the vital touch. Home fly-half Chris Johnson successfully added the extras and Fylde had a 2 point advantage but then lost scrum-half Jordan Dorrington to the sin-bin.
During his absence Blaydon regained the lead when Baggett put over a penalty but otherwise failed to grasp the opportunity and twice lost possession at attacking line-outs.
It was still nip and tuck in the final 10 minutes but the visitors knocked-on when running it from their 22 and Fylde won a penalty at the scrum which Johnson converted to leave Blaydon with only a losing bonus point from a game they could have won.