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Blaydon inflicted a second straight defeat on Ealing after edging out their opponents in a nine-try thriller at Crow Trees. Micky Ward’s men conceded the first try of the game but then took control, scoring 35 points before the visitors fought back to set the home supporters’ nerves jangling. Ealing were sparked into life by full-back Peter Hodgkinson’s second try with half an hour of the contest to run, which prompted a run of 17 unanswered points that got them to within a point of their hosts at 34-35. But Blaydon held on to record their fifth win in a row.

Ealing remain in second place, just three points ahead of Blaydon and two behind leaders Rosslyn Park, who came away from Blackheath with the points after a hard-fought battle. In a dramatic game where the lead changed hands five times, Park eventually prevailed, 20-15, thanks to 15 points from the boot of fly-half Samuel Katz and a try from winger Neville Edwards to record their first win in 13 years at Rectory Field – and their ninth victory in a row this season.

Esher are still within touching distance of the leading sides, Robert Kirby’s kicking helping them to a 27-10 win at home to Coventry. Full-back Kirby contributed 17 points through five penalties and a conversion. Esher’s victory came despite the loss of three men to the sin-bin – two of the yellow cards being awarded in the final six minutes.

Loughborough Students are now finding their feet at this level, winning their fourth game in five weeks in emphatic style. Sedgley Park were blown away in the Midlands, crashing to a 70-14 defeat as the students ran in 10 tries. Left wing Alex Davies crossed for a hat-trick, while fly-half Andy Hall added seven conversions and two penalty goals for a 20-point haul.

The victory sees Loughborough Students leapfrog the Tigers who now find themselves in the bottom three alongside Cambridge, who prop up the division, and 15th-placed Macclesfield. Full-back Christian Georgiou scored 26 of Wharfedale’s points in their 51-23 win at home to Cambridge, through two tries, five conversions and two penalty goals. Macclesfield also lost on the road: 36-22 to a Fylde side who achieved their sixth try-bonus point of the season.

Richmond overcame a slow start to beat struggling Tynedale 44-31. The sides were level at the interval at 17-17, but three second-half tries and 12 points from the boot of Luke Cousins saw Richmond to a comfortable victory.

Finally, Old Albanians backed up their impressive win over Ealing from the weekend before with a 28-25 victory at home to Cinderford.

Round 10 results

Blackheath 15 - 20 Rosslyn Park

Esher 27 - 10 Coventry

Fylde 36 - 22 Macclesfield

Old Albanians 28 - 25 Cinderford

Loughborough Students 70 - 10 Sedgley Park

Richmond 44 - 31 Tynedale

Blaydon 35 - 34 Ealing Trailfinders

Wharfedale 51 - 23 Cambridge

Round 11 fixtures

Rosslyn Park Vs. Esher 17:30

Richmond Vs. Loughborough Students 12:30

Cambridge Vs. Old Albanians 14:00

Tynedale Vs. Fylde 14:00

Cinderford Vs. Blaydon 14:30

Coventry Vs. Wharfedale 15:00

Ealing Trailfinders Vs. Sedgley Park 15:00

Macclesfield Vs. Blackheath 15:00

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