Rampant Tynedale jump up table
Published at 10:16, Monday, 31 March 2014
RELEGATION favourites for most of the season, Tynedale's momentum has lifted them up to 11th in National League One.
A rampant performance in their 45-21 victory over already doomed Hull Ionians saw them open up a healthy six point gap above the drop zone.
The prolific Ben Frankland got the ball rolling early on but were pegged back courtesy of a Mark Wigham try after they had influential flanker Dan Temm sent to the sin bin.
The first half remained nip and tuck as Sep Visser's score for Tyne was ruled out by another at the other end for Wigham as they turned around at 14-14.
When Hull gained the lead for the first time in the game courtesy of a try from Joe Martin, Tyne may have been left fearing they were to be sucked back into the dog fight.
But, with Wigham yellow carded, the visitors came roaring back and made the most of the numerical advantage by running in three unanswerable tries as Temm got two and Jack Harrison the other.
With the result realistically beyond doubt, it was over to popular winger Hamish Smales to put the gloss on the vital victory as he ran in two tries in the corner in the final 10 minutes to boost his team's chances of holding on to their National League One status.
*A full report will appear in this week's Hexham Courant.
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