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Tuesday, 26 May 2015

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Tynedale's search for crucial points

DESPITE their epic win over third placed Coventry on Saturday, there will be no complacency when Tynedale travel to already relegated Hull Ionians on Saturday.


Chairman of senior rugby John Shotton said this week: “Unless we come back from Humberside with the points, the Coventry win will mean nothing.
“From being dead in the water at Christmas, we have put ourselves in a position where our fate is in our own hands.
“Although Hull are bottom of the league, and already relegated, we will certainly not be taking this game lightly.”
Fears that all-action flanker Harrison Collins had broken his leg in the Coventry game proved mercifully groundless, as a scan revealed only bruising.
He could possibly figure in tomorrow’s game, along with prop Joe Anderson and hooker Stephen Ridley who missed Saturday’s win.
Despite painfully dislocating his finger in the Coventry game, skipper Jack Harrison should also be available.
Ionians’ relegation to National Two North after just one season in National One was confirmed a few weeks ago.
They have only scored 32 tries in their 13 home games whilst conceding 64 tries, an average of five per game.
Two of their three wins have come at home, 31-20 against Worthing Raiders in November and 37-24 against Fylde three weeks ago.
They lost 25-15 at Loughborough Students last Saturday, despite leading 10-0 after 15 minutes following early dominance in the scrum.
They have some experienced campaigners in the pack and caused Tynedale plenty of problems in the reverse fixture with their trademark rolling maul before Tynedale eventually won 40-29.
However, Tynedale are a much improved outfit since then. Their next home game is another relegation dogfight against Cinderford in a week's time..