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Club tame Tigers in nine try mauling
Blackheath 53 Sedgley Park 17.
An emphatic victory in the end for Blackheath, keeping them in seventh-spot in National League One, although not without something of a wobble.
Finding themselves 28 points adrift at the interval, Sedgley Park entered the second period with renewed energy and, making the most of Blackheath having two men sent to the sin-bin, scored twice through Steve Collins and James Lloyd.
In fact the hosts weren’t really able to breathe easily until Rory Teague’s 69th minute interception try, the Club fly-half adding to his four conversions.
However, the pattern of the game had really been established in the opening half with the Tigers having no answer to the Blackheath pack’s ability to drive deep into the opposition off their dominant line-out, veteran tight-head Des Brett leading the charge.
Jack Walsh was first over on four minutes, scampering around the blind-side; Liam Gibson rounded off a fine cross-field move by the backs, Dave Allen crossed twice at the base of the maul and Gavin O’Meara was driven over on the stroke of half-time for a 31-3 advantage.
The Lancastrians showed a lot of spirit to get back within two converted scores but it was always a mighty hill to climb and ultimately the challenge would prove beyond them.
Tom Chapman’s grubber-kick fell kindly for Richard Windsor to ground shortly before Teague’s effort extinguished the game as a contest, and as Blackheath reverted to their driving game in the latter moments, Lee Covington and Richard Lankshear added the final gloss.
Next Saturday Blackheath make the short trip across South London to fourth-placed Rosslyn Park. Kick-off at Priory Lane is 3.00 pm.
Tries: Walsh, Gibson, Allen 2, O’Meara, Windsor, Teague, Covington, Lankshear.
Cons: Teague 4.
Try: Collins, Lloyd.
Conv: Riley 2.