Tynedale Centurions got back to winning ways with a comprehensive 43-26 victory over Blaydon Development XV.

The game, which took place on the main pitch at Tynedale Park, got under way after an impeccably observed period of silence ahead of Remembrance Sunday.

The Centurions took the lead after five minutes when, after good handling in the back line involving Mark Smales and Andy Harvey, new recruit Seb Jansen found space on the right wing to outpace the Blaydon defence to score a well-worked try.

Captain Jake Sloan then added a second score to extend the lead and when Jansen scored a further try, Adam Todhunter added the conversion.

Far from giving up, the Blaydon side began a spirited fightback and ran in two quick tries in five minutes, one converted, to reduce the arrears to just five points. The Centurions front five of Jonny Pape, Charlie Rutherford, Ed Weir, Jason Armstrong and Keith Johnson had to work hard to contain the Blaydon scrum, including former Tynedale first team tight head Paul Winter.

With good support from George Hendry, Rhys Loughead, Martyn Hutton and Jacob Brown, the hosts scored the next decisive try through classy fly half Todhunter. He added the extra points to give Tynedale a 24-12 lead at the interval.

With a few changes at the break to allow the strong reserve bench to get an opportunity, Tynedale quickly got back into their stride. Jansen completed his hat-trick of tries and Todhunter added the conversion to extend their lead.

Once again the Blaydon side fought back and, despite the efforts of Rory Craney, Toby Clifford and Ryan Laverty to stop the attack, the speedy winger burst through to score and, with the conversion completed, the Tynedale advantage was reduced to one score.

After the restart, some strong runs by Adam Telfer, young full back Adam Shane, Ollie Hillary, Ben Common and Jonathan Gormley tested the Blaydon defence and, finally, Jansen received the ball in space to allow him to race home for a further try. Todhunter converted to give Tynedale a two score advantage.

After Jansen added a further try to round off his man of the match display, he was replaced on the wing to receive plaudits from officials, spectators and replacements.