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Feversham Lens
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Oct 29, 2011, 10:46 PM

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Saturday 29th October 2011
Blaydon 6 Jersey 12 (HT 6-5)
National League One
Admission 10 (including 28pp programme - 24pp glossy shell, 4pp photocopied insert)
Attendance 210 (h/c)


Crow Trees (in Swalwell rather than Blaydon) is worth a visit for an old grandstand and grass covered terracing. The corrugated iron stand and its slatted wood bench seats are some architectural and aesthetic contrast to the vast clubhouse, which opened in 1996. As well as two bars and a shop on the ground floor, the clubhouse has three function suites - doubtless raking in valuable income for a club struggling for support. A chav wedding reception (high heels, tattoos and bad language) was just getting under way when I arrived. The programme talked of opponents Jersey attracting a 1,900 gate for their last home fixture, and suggested the Channel Islanders are lucky because they don't have football providing stiff competition. That's rather like saying rugby union is so rubbish (which frequently it is) that people will watch it in numbers only when there's nothing else on offer. Blaydon's spacious site has three pitches. The first XV pitch is railed off, floodlit and fringed by (what else?) trees. There is an enormous amount of parking space, most of it surplus to requirements.

This was a desperately poor game. Jersey won it with a converted try five minutes from time. The visitors dominated the opening stages and, having unaccountably missed an early penalty in front of the posts, went ahead with a 21st-minute try too wide to convert. Blaydon's full-back kicked two penalties to give the hosts a 6-5 half-time lead they barely deserved. Jersey had a player sin-binned either side of half-time for one-on-one spear tackles, but Blaydon were unable to capitalise. Just when it looked as if Blaydon would hang on in a dire second half, Jersey's left-wing broke clear and passed inside to his fly-half, who had the pace and strength to make it to the line for a converted try.

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