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BLAYDON go into a crucial National Two relegation clash against fellow strugglers Henley with three men making their debuts.

Loan signings Ross Beattie, Andrew Buist and Tom Dillon will all be in the team facing a side just one place and three points shy of the Crow Trees men.

The game also sees Eniola Gesinde return to the back row, Andrew Harrison coming back at prop and James Kyle moving to scrum-half to partner Nick Gandy.

Tynedale have pressures of a different kind as they try to continue their promotion push in National Three North.

The side needs to make sure complacency doesn't set in as they host Bradford and Bingley. Half-backs Rob Miller and Ross Samson will be rested ahead of the Under-20s Six Nations. With Micky Young and Gavin Beasley on hand, the resources are not too stretched.

Novocastrians travel down to the coast in Durham/Northumberland Division Two to take on Whitley Bay Rockliff hoping looking to make it six league wins in a row.

In the same division, Winlaton Vulcans take on North Shields, while Medicals travel to Yarm.

Westoe host Cleckheaton in North One, while Morpeth head to Durham City and Gateshead host Old Crossleyans in North Two East.

Northern host Alnwick in Durham/Northumberland One, while Percy Park host Gosforth and Wallsend take on Ryton. In Durham/Northumberland Three, Blyth host Whitby.

Meanwhile, RGS Newcastle eased into the quarter-finals of the Daily Mail Schools cup with a14-7 win against Lancashire side Stonyhurst.

Andrew Hall opened the scoring with a sweet drop-goal from 35 metres after 12 minutes following good work from the pack, and the lead was stretched with a Todd Harrison penalty.

The defining moment of the match came on the half-hour mark when RGS were awarded a penalty and Stonyhurst shuffled back to their posts expecting the shot at goal.

But quick thinking from Harrison surprised them, rapping the ball forward 10 metres. Magowan scooped up a difficult bounce and two well-timed passes later, Ben Young crashed over.

After the turnaround RGS played probably their best cohesive spell for five minutes, with continuous phases producing a penalty 35 metres out, which Harrison stroked over. They now play the winners of the Wellington School v St Peters, Gloucester.


NEWCASTLE FALCONS (away v Leicester Tigers, tomorrow): M Tait, T May, J Noon (capt), T Flood, Jo Rudd, J Wilkinson, J Grindal, J Golding, A Long, C Hayman, An Perry, M Sorenson, B Wilson, B Woods, R Winter. Reps: M Thompson, M Ward, G Parling, P Dowson, L Dickson, T Visser, O Phillips.

BLAYDON (home v Henley): J Isaacson, P Winter, J Clarke, A Harrison, M Hall, M Darlington, D Guthrie, D Whitehead, P Desmond, A Buist, S St Bernard, J Burns, A Wright, J Smithson, R Beattie, E Gesnide, J Kyle, N Gandy, A Fenby, T Dillon, M Shaw, M Sutherland, R Smith, D Kyle.

BLYTH (home v Whitby): L Baxter, C Bradwell, G Sinton, C Brooks, A Dunn, G Sutherland, D Little, L Dunwoodie, K Barratt, M Morris, D Baxter, S Long, Jon Smith, B Harnett, S Henderson.

NORTH SHIELDS (away v Winlaton): D Irving, P Findlay, T Rendles, J Thompson, D Herbert, J Carr, A Hansen, C Crammen, G Irving, M James, B Elliot, J Kenny, A Lietch, A Knowles (Capt), A Burrows. Reps: B Lemmons, C Spedding, S Rendles.

NOVOS (away v Whitley Bay Rockliff from): Matt Bradford, Rich Mitchell, Rich Lamb, Chris Fife, Angus Walker, Shaun Stewart, Tom Daniels, Ricky Connor, Mo Finlay, Pete Douthwaite, Gus Graham, Paul Walker, Seamus Kelleher (Captain), Dave Tate, James Desmond, Steve Gittins, Ben Merrett, Andy Borthwick.

RYTON (away v Wallsend): A Brett, H Convery, D Cork, P Davidson, M Jackson, M Jeavens, M Lynch, L. McIntyre, T Oliver, D Owens, C Oxley, S Parkinson, M. Roberts, R. Scott, A Ushaw, R Ward, S Watson, A Williamson.

TYNEDALE (home v Bradford and Bingley): Jack Smales, Jack Harrison, Phil Belgian, Ben Duncan, Gavin Beasley, Mark Laycock, Jake White, Micky Young, Douglas Jupp, Peter Southern, Rupert Harden, Johnny Williams, Aaron Charlton, Ben Marshall, Stuart Walker, Tim Swinson, Grant Rastall, Graeme MacGilchrist, Matthew Fieldhouse, Andrew Murray, Grant Beasley.

WINLATON VULCANS (home v North Shields): R Spoors, P Burr, I Fleming, A Horsfall, T Albassam, J Reddihough, N Stevenson, G Allison, G Clarkson, S Macleod, M Bly, A Moore, S Urwin, K Scott, M Bowles, D Hunter, A Robinson.
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Title Annotation:Sport
Publication:The Journal (Newcastle, England)
Date:Jan 25, 2008
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