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Club relegate rivals Combe

PUBLISHED: 18:14 29 April 2009 | UPDATED: 16:36 25 August 2010

BLACKHEATH S four-try defeat of Westcombe Park last Saturday sent their nearest neighbours down to Division Three for next season following Blaydon s annihilation of Waterloo, writes Jack Kay. For the first 40 minutes though, it was Combe in the driving

BLACKHEATH'S four-try defeat of Westcombe Park last Saturday sent their nearest neighbours down to Division Three for next season following Blaydon's annihilation of Waterloo, writes Jack Kay.

For the first 40 minutes though, it was Combe in the driving seat. The visitors certainly looked more up for the contest than Blackheath and they went ahead after just two minutes.

A lineout on the home 10m line was taken cleanly by James Linfield and fed to flanker Gareth Inches who scampered over. James Whittingham comfortably slotted the conversion.

They went further in front four minutes later - this time No 8 Tom Hayman went over for an unconverted effort in a near carbon-copy move.

Blackheath's only reply in a dismal first-half performance was a penalty by full-back Tom White.

Whatever happened at half-time certainly worked for Blackheath though, as a different XV emerged after the interval.

White kicked a penalty inside the first minute before Combe got a fortunate score. Centre Tyron Child took advantage of a lucky bounce to dot down, Whittingham kicked the extras.

It was then party time for Blackheath with 30 minutes of exhilarating rugby. The home side's first try came from flanker James Catt, whose dummy down the left flank left the visitors completely flat-footed.

Ten minutes later, try number two arrived as a great run through the middle by hooker Jack Knight set up centre Steve Hamilton, with White adding the additional two points.

With Blackheath now just one point behind, nerves played a part when White scuffed an easy penalty kick.

It mattered little for Blackheath, who moved into safe territory with a try by wing Sam Smith. The final nail was put in Combe's coffin when full back White chipped ahead and was first to reach the ball to touch down; Matt Leek converting.

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