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26 October 2015
An enthralling game in the North East ended in a disappointing defeat for Preston Grasshoppers as Tynedale came from behind to claim a late victory.
It had all started so well for Hoppers with a Sean Taylor penalty and tries from Scott Jordan and Harry Moulding giving the away side a 15 point advantage with half time approaching. But Tynedale found a way back into the game when Ashley Smith crossed the line just before the break to give the home side a glimmer of hope.
That try seemed to spur on Tynedale who came out all guns blazing at the start of the second half, reducing the deficit with a Smith penalty, and then closing the gap to within just two points with a try from Daniel Marshall after Hoppers’ Ally Murray had been sent to the sin bin for a high tackle.
Hope was restored with another Taylor penalty, but a late flurry from Tynedale saw Sam Gaff burst over the line to bring the teams level. The referee initially ruled out the try, believing the ball had been held up, but then awarded it after consulting with his assistant. Smith duly converted to put the home side in the lead for the first time, and they then rallied to see out the game and claim all four points.
It was a valiant effort from the Hoppers against a side who came down from National League One last season, but remains to be very much the story of their season so far.
The defeat leaves them 12th in the table, now level on points with Tynedale, and seven points behind their next opponents Otley, who travel to Lightfoot Green on Saturday 7th November after a week off for all teams.
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