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JOHN SHOTTON hopes Tynedale can use Saturday's Sedgley Park drubbing as a springboard for a concerted National League One table climb.

Tynedale dispatched sorry Sedgley 41-0 in Corbridge at the weekend, shaking off the shivers of five weeks without rugby in fine style.

Relishing their first game since December 12, Tynedale blasted into a quickfire lead through two Peter Cole tries and another by fly-half Gavin Beasley. After that Hamish Smales, Jamie Murray, Jack Harrison and Dominic Shaw rounded off proceedings as the home side out-muscled as much as outmanoeuvred the forlorn visitors.

Despite losing first Dave Whitehead then Peter Browne to the sin-bin, Tynedale still shut Sedgley out completely, and rugby chairman Shotton hopes the Corbridge men can use the win to catapult them up the league table.

Shotton said: "Now we have a fair few guys back from injury, we are hoping we can push up the table, and this is a step in the right direction.

"We played to a pretty good tempo, and even though their heads obviously dropped fairly early on it was still a good achievement to stop them scoring at all.

"Sedgley WHITEHEAD are not a bad side so this was a good result, and I think more than anything the players were just delighted and a bit relieved to get a game."

Fortune went missing as far as Blaydon were concerned though, as despite their best efforts they were left fixtureless once again.

Their league clash with Cinderford fell foul of the weather as early as Friday thanks to continued snow in the Forest of Dean, but administrators and coaches had hoped they might be able to pick up the slack of an earlier postponed fixture.

Manchester's home clash with Wharfedale was another threatened by the weather, and had it been called off Blaydon were primed to host them at Crow Trees.

However, after much deliberation and countless conversations, Manchester and Wharfedale got through their game on Sunday instead.

So that means when Redruth come calling at Swalwell this weekend, Blaydon will host them without a fixture since December 12 - while their visitors have played three games in that time frame.

Blaydon secretary Jim Huxley said: "The situation was mighty frustrating, but there was nothing more we could have done about it and, quite rightly, Manchester had to play their scheduled game if at all possible.

"It was worth the calculated gamble we might be able to make up one of the games, but unfortunately it did not pay off."


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Publication:Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)
Date:Jan 19, 2010
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