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Andy Richards reports...
Jersey's recent dominance in National League One came under close scrutiny in the opening 25 minutes of their home game against Blaydon.
The visitors were very strong in attack and came close to scoring with a rolling maul, but Herculean efforts by Jersey kept the scoresheet clean.
After 25 minutes, against the run of play, Jersey broke clear and were awarded a penalty in front of the posts which Ross Broadfoot scored to make it Jersey 3 Blaydon 0.
At that point Jersey were down to 14 men as David Felton had been sin binned.
Moments before half-time Blaydon, who looked the most threatening side in the first half, scored a try through Andy Baggett right under the sticks. It was converted to make the half-time score Jersey 3 - Blaydon 7.
Whatever the Jersey coach Ben Harvey had to say at half-time had an instant effect as Jersey scored a try within the first 45 seconds of resumed play. A David Felton chargedown led to captain Steve O'Brien dive over the line. Broadfoot converted from a difficult angle and was on target again with a successful penalty a few minutes later.
A resurgent and lively Jersey scored a further try, which was not converted, to make the score 18 - 7. After 11 minutes Ashley Maggs scored Jersey's third try of the match making the score 23 - 7. There was no conversion.
Blaydon fought back into the game but rarely looked threatening. Just seconds ahead of the final whistle, Man of the Match Ed Dawson scored Jersey's 4th try to pick up a vital bonus point. The final score Jersey 28 Blaydon 7.
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