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Saturday, 30 May 2015

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Tynedale have nothing to fear

FROM being relegation certainties at Christmas, Tynedale are now one of National Division One’s form teams.


Five wins in their seven games in 2014 have seen them climb out of the relegation zone – and hopes are high that they can keep up the good work when Esher come calling tomorrow.

The Surrey side put on more than 50 points in thrashing Tynedale in November, but the Corbridge club are a very different prospect now.

Esher won nine of their first 10 league games this season, and looked to be serious promotion candidates but seven defeats in the last three months has seen their challenge fizzle out.

They currently lie fifth, 22 points behind leaders Rosslyn Park, and have lost all three of their away matches this year – 31-8 at Old Albanians, 38-10 at Blackheath and 33-7 at Fylde.

Their leading points scorer is full back Luke Daniels with 200, comprising 46 conversions and 36 penalties. and their pack includes 40- year-old lock, Kris Chesney, formerly with Saracens and Toulon.

Tynedale are sweating on the fitness of several players, but will definitely be without the talismanic Hamish Smales, who is at a family wedding.

The game kicks off at 3pm as do Tynedale’s other three home games as the season draws to an exciting close – against Coventry on March 22, Cinderford on April 5 and finally HenleyHawks on the last day of the season, April 26.