Tynedale's Escape to Victory continues
Published at 10:59, Thursday, 09 January 2014
HAVING both survived the drop by the skin of their teeth last term, Tynedale and Saturday’s opponents Wharfedale have enjoyed contrasting fortunes this time around.
While Tyne are again dicing with danger and remain second bottom, their hosts have been the surprise package in National One in 201-2014.
Things have improved dramatically since narrowly escaping relegation by just the one point last season, the Yorkshiremen currently lying in fifth after winning 11 of the last 14 games.
Their revival has seen record crowds flocking back to their picturesque ground in Threshfield with recent scalps including Esher, Coventry and Doncaster Knights.
Second half domination at every scrum saw them win 40-27 at Corbridge in September, with three first half tries and six penalties after the break.
Most recently, they scored three tries in a comfortable 27-7 victory at Loughborough Students.
Their fly-half and ace goal-kicker, Tom Barrett is the league's leading points scorer on 218, comprising 34 conversions, 46 penalties and four drop goals.
Tynedale go into the enounter on the back of their fantastic win over Old Albanians, the club’s 200th at Tynedale Park since the leagues started in September 1987.
It was also the least amount of points conceded by Tyne in any match since the winning at Sedgley Park 12 months ago.
However, it's a different story on the road and Tynedale have lost 41 of the last 50 games, including 16 in a row since their last away win at Sedgley on January 5, 2013.
The following week, Tyne host third bottom Blackheath as their fight for survival steams ahead.
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