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Friday, 29 May 2015

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Tynedale boosted by Temm's return

THE euphoria of three wins on the bounce for Tynedale collapsed on Saturday like a punctured souffle.


For not only were Tynedale well beaten at Worthing, but all their fellow strugglers in National League Division One also picked up points.

There were surprise wins for both Blackheath – beefed up by several signings from London Welsh – and Cinderford, and even bottom club Hull Ionians managed to draw with high flying Blaydon.

And that has left Tynedale in the same spot in the league they occupied before Christmas – second bottom and back in the relegation zone.

Looking on the bright side though, they are only one maximum points win away from safety – and six of the remaining 10 games are at home.

The battle for survival continues tomorrow, when Fylde are the visitors to Corbridge.

Tynedale lost 38-3 to the Lancashire side in October in one of their worst performances of the season and will be looking to exact revenge.

They will have Kiwi Dan Temm back in the side after his Newcastle Falcons debut on Sunday, and also hope to have fellow flanker Harrison Collins back in the side after two months out with injury.

It is also hoped both Andy Buist and Graeme Dunn will have shaken off their injuries so that Tynedale reassert the forward dominance that had served them so well in their recent purple patch. However, it won’t be easy against the Lytham St Annes side, who have won seven of their last eight games – the only blemish being a 25-17 defeat at Tynedale’s conquerers of last week, Worthing Raiders.

They scored eight converted tries in a 56-22 hammering of Loughborough Students on Saturday, and the previous week dispatched leaders, Doncaster Knights more comfortably than the final scoreline of 25-17 might suggest.

They lie third in the league, and are the second highest try scorers in National One with 84, 49 home and 35 away.

More than a quarter of Fylde's tries have come from Oliver Brennand (14) and Paul Arnold (10).

Although they have won nine of their 10 home games, Fylde have not been as dominant on the road, losing six times at Cinderford, Coventry, Esher, Doncaster Knights, Loughborough Students and Worthing.

The games kicks off at 2pm.