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Sunday, 24 May 2015

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Tynedale's fight continues at Richmond

TYNEDALE’S fight for division one survival seems set to go right to the wire.

With two games left, they are eight points above the drop zone, but have a tricky trip to mid-table Richmond tomorrow.

Even a single point there will mean they can finish no lower than third from bottom – but all will still hinge on the last-day decider at home to fellow strugglers Henley Hawks on April 26.

After losing six of the first seven home games this season, Richmond have won five and drawn one of the subsequent seven home encounters since the end of November. The only blip was a 28-7 defeat by Rosslyn Park on December 21.

Tynedale lost 32-24 in the reverse fixture at Corbridge on December 14 despite leading 17-0 after 12 minutes.

Last Saturday, Richmond led 19-12 with 10 minutes left at Loughborough Students but a converted try followed by a penalty five minutes from time condemned them to a surprise 22-19 defeat.

That was only their third loss in 12 games since Christmas, with the other defeats coming away to high flyers Doncaster and Coventry.

With Hull Ionians already relegated, and second bottom Worthing favourites to join them, the third relegation spot is between Henley, Loughborough, Cinderford and Tynedale.

Cinderford have two games in hand on the rest, and on Saturday’s showing, should be safe.

Henley and Loughborough meet tomorrow in another 10-pointer.