Fylde 50 Tynedale 10

THERE have been few more comprehensive maulings on the Lancashire coast than this since young Albert Ramsbottom met Wallace the Lion at Blackpool Zoo in days of yore.

Second placed Fylde needed no encouragement from a stick with a horse’s head handle to swallow Tynedale whole, as the Blue and Whites suffered their heaviest defeat of the season so far in National League Division Two North.

Fylde ran in eight tries, as the previous week’s win over third placed Sedgley Tigers proved to be something of a false dawn for Tynedale.

They were heavily outgunned, as Fylde dominated both possession and territory. The home side had the four try bonus point in the bag with only 25 minutes gone, and were already 29-5 up by half time.

It wasn’t all bad news for Tynedale though, as after a shaky start the forwards held their own in the set scrums and even pinched two or three Fylde throws at the line-out through the lively Finlay Magowan.

After a long time on the sick list, the free-scoring Tom Bramwell started his first game in the centre in months - but on two minutes, had to leave the field with a blood injury, although he did return after being patched up.

Tynedale also welcomed back Jonny Burden on the wing for teenager Seamus Hutton, and Joe Richards was given a start in the second row.

However, the visitors lost ever dependable lock Graeme Dunn with a head injury on the half hour.

The game was only five minutes old when Tynedale went behind as hooker Ben Gregory crashed over in the corner, and although the conversion attempt failed, winger Tom Carleton doubled the lead on 24 minutes with another unconverted try.

Almost straight from the restart, Carleton was over again as he pulled off a neat interception, and fly half Greg Smith had no trouble with the conversion for a 17-0 lead.

A fine solo effort from full back Connor Wilkinson secured the bonus point on 25 minutes - Smith again converting to make it 24-0.

Tynedale eased their blushes two minutes later when fly half Jake Rodgers opened their account with a try, but he was unable to convert, and the half ended with Fylde centre Chris Briers touching down for an unconverted try that made it 29-5 at the break.

The irrepressible Carleton completed his hat-trick on 48 minutes, and then set up left wing Tom Grimes for the seventh try on 66 minutes for a 43-5 lead.

Tynedale kept plugging away and got their reward when replacement Ben Haigh - playing as a flanker instead of his usual front row role - powered over for a consolation try with 10 minutes left.

But this was Fylde’s day, and on 73 minutes Carleton went in for his fourth try, Smith’s conversion completing Fylde’s half century.

Tynedale will hope to bounce back on Saturday, when their visitors will be the league’s bottom club Scunthorpe, who have lost all 18 of their fixtures so far this season.

Tynedale could certainly do with a big win, as they have slipped uncomfortably close to the fringes of the relegation dogfight.

They currently occupy 10th place in National League Division Two North on 44 points, with Otley 43, Wharfedale (41) and Huddersfield (40) all hot on their heels.

Below them are bottom three Luctonians (39) Preston Grasshoppers (29) and Scunthorpe (6).

Saturday’s game at Tynedale Park, Corbridge, kicks off at 2pm.