Tynedale 24 Fylde 48

A CROWD of around 400 augmented by the adjacent Tynedale Beer and Cider Festival providing 1500 watchers witnessed a fine game of open rugby to welcome in the new season.

Fylde wasted no time in getting on the scoresheet with a try by Scott Jordan in the corner in the first minute of the game.

Greg Smith kicked the conversion from an acute angle.

This proved to be the first of seven tries which the visitors scored, all from passing moves creating overlaps out wide.

Tynedale hit back with a penalty after 10 minutes kicked by Ross Cooke after some spirited play by the pack which brought about the infringement.

Fylde then took advantage of an injury ravaged home squad with further unconverted tries by Tom Grimes and Tom Carleton with the Tynedale defence struggling to defend pacey passing moves.

The latter try was converted by Smith to bring the score to 19-3 after 25 minutes.

Tynedale came more into the game but could not breach the visitors’ defence and from broken play Scott Rawlings scored for Fylde from a breakaway try. Smith again converted.

Despite the home pack of forwards going stride to stride with the visitors the difference was being created through Fylde’s use of the ball to create numerous overlaps.

A sustained attack did, at last, provide the home side with a try by Ross Cooke which he also converted to end the half at 26-10.

Further tries by Jordan, Smith and Grimes all converted by Smith completed the misery for Tynedale although tries by Chris Wearmouth and Matty Outson, both converted by Cooke demonstrated their attacking capability.