It was higher league opposition for the second week running against higher league opposition in the shape of National League club Blaydon.
West struck first after strong forward drives, Luke Mallinson popped up in the middle of a ruck (no doubt trying to keep warm) and scored. He converted his own try. 7-0.
West were next to score again with Matty 'self proclaimed Cipriani' Siddle making a super break through the broken Blaydon defence to score.
Blaydons strong pack took control of the next period of the game and came back with some quality support play and excellent set piece, especially at lineout in the terrible conditions.
After a mainly dominant first period of dominance, West faced continued pressure after the break from the reds who scored again. At this point Noah arrived in his Arc from the Catcote Road shops end and it became a tad damp.
Surprisingly the mild mannered Hamilton was yellow carded for an offence which seemed nowt nor summat.
West scored again through Mallinson who also slotted 2 penalties - only a drop goal missing from a full house.
In weather of biblical proportions at times the Stags held out at the end after an onslaught from Blaydon and the weather.
Final score West 28-19 Blaydon.
Great credit should go to all of the players who grafted and stuck together to achieve the win in difficult conditions against tough opponents.
The Stags will play Durham City at home in the quarter finals on February 18th 2017.
West: - Hadwen, Hamilton, Hunter, Tyers, Corbett, Rafferty, Brown, Miller (c) Quinn, Siddle, Mould, Thorne, Butcher, Mallinson.
Reps: Leighton, Simpson, Fleet, Southern, Allott.
Tries - Mallinson (2), Siddle
Cons - Mallinson
Pens -Mallinson (2)
Referee - Tony Jenkins (Durham)
Food - chicken curry and rice - 8/10 - mild yet enticing.