Blaydon v Birmingham Moseley game re-arranged for Saturday 25th February




The postponed game from the 14th January has been rescheduled for Saturday 25th February, with a 2pm KO



Macclesfield 7, Blaydon 15

If ever there was a must win game it was this clash between the two sides at the bottom of National League One and when push came to shove it was Blaydon that defended the better, used their possession the better, and in the second period crossed for a couple of well earned tries.

Macclesfield however had all the early pressure, much of it gifted by poor kicking by the visitors, and on the half-hour were rewarded with a try from a line-out drive by lock forward Ryan Parkinson to which full-back Alan Morton added the conversion points.
Having absorbed the pressure and easily contained the Macclesfield attacks Blaydon gradually came more into it and with the interval approaching Brett Connon put over a penalty to make it a 7-3 score-line at the break.
The improvement continued in the second period and from a series of pick and drives Blaydon took the lead through prop-forward Andrew Foster who was driven over, but disappointingly the conversion kick went astray. Now playing a more open game the visitors backs became a regular threat with excellent breaks from Frazer Wilson and Tom Small and in particular full-back James Cooney who was voted man of the match by the opposition.
lt took until the 74th minute however to settle the issue and deny Macclesfield a losing bonus point, the Blaydon forwards leading the way for skipper Keith Laughlin to crash over from more good re-cycling work.
This time Connon was spot on with the conversion kick from wide out to bring Blaydon’s 6 match losing run to an end and gain valuable points in the battle to avoid relegation.

John Brennan

Unfortunately the ‪First team game v Moseley postponed tomorrow due to uncertainty around weather ‬

Details will be provided as soon as the game is re- arranged

Blaydon team news for Saturday 29th October

This weekend Blaydon opt for a more experienced feel to there side. In the forwards Matthew Thompson and Andrew Foster partner the ever-present Trevor Davison in the front row, while Scotland u20’s lock Andrew Davidson makes his first start in the second row, Gavin Jones is also back after a week off. In the backs we bring back Andrew Baggett at fly half, Tom Grimes in the center, then wingers James Cooney and Frazer Wilson along with Brett Connon form a new look back three. We are aware how important points are at the stage of the season, so a win is pretty important!
1. Trevor Davison
2. Matthew Thompson
3. Andrew Foster
4. Chris Wearmouth
5. Andrew Davison
6. Andrew Archibald
7. Jack Davison
8. Harrison Orr
9. Nathan horsfal
10. Andrew Baggett
11. Frazer Wilson
12. Tom Small
13. Tom Grimes
14. James Cooney
15. Brett Connon

16. Cam Bell
17. Robbie Morris
18. Jason Smithson
19. Max Connon
20. Ryan Forman

Esher 71 Blaydon 24

Another terrible day at the office for Blaydon, particularly their defence which has now leaked 177 points in the last 3 games.

Esher, who started the game just 4 places above Blaydon in the table, simply ran the show from start to finish scoring 11 tries in the process and were superior in all departments. Blaydon on the other hand were far less mobile, failed to control most of their own line-out ball and were only in the game for a short spell at the start of the second half.
Esher set off at a cracking pace and by the 6th minute had ran in 2 tries through prop forward Tom Furey and a try bonus point was in the bag by the 18th minute, further scores coming from Gabriel Ibotoye and Spencer Sutherland.
When Blaydon finally got to exert some forward pressure they moved it out to centre Tom Small who shot over in the corner and by the interval hooker Jack Beckwith had crossed from a catch and drive with Brett Connon adding the conversion. Meanwhile however Tom Yellowlees and Brown with his second and third had taken it to 45-12, leaving Blaydon a monumental task to salvage anything in the second period.
For a while things did improve and 2 further tries meant they at least had the consolation of their own try bonus. Several phases of good possession saw Connon put out a long pass for winger Dan Marshall to cross in the corner and then add the extras before getting on the score-sheet himself when he raced over in the corner.
That was as good as it got however on what was a black day for Blaydon, with the home side running in further tries through Tom Gentles, Tom James and Callum Monks, and fly-half Stephen Boatman on target with 8 conversions.

John Brennan

Blaydon Team news for Saturday 22nd October

Blaydon first team away to Esher

Blaydon’s team for their visit to Esher again sees a number of changes. In the pack Jack Beckwith starts at hooker with Anthony Davies coming into the second row, Newcastle Falcons back row Harrison Orr makes an appearance in the back row for the concussed Gavin Jones. In the backs Ruaridh Dawson starts at scrum half, Brett Connon comes in at 12 and Tom Small taking a starting spot at 13 after a few weeks out with injury. Our back three also had a reshuffle with Dan Marshal back on the wing and Andrew Lawson at full back. We are fully aware of the importance of the next few weeks and our lads have showed a heightened focused to get a win on the road.

1 Robbie Kalbraier
2 Jack Beckwith
3 Trevor Davison
4 Chris Wearmouth
5 Anthony Davis
6 Andrew Archibald
7 Jason Smithson
8 Harrison Orr
9 Ruaridh Dawson
10 Ryan Foreman
11 Kris Bratton
12 Brett Connon
13 Tom Small
14 Dan Marshal
15 Andrew Lawson

16 Cam Bell
17 Robbie Morris
18 Jack Davidson
19 Nathan Horsfal
20 Max Connon

Blaydon make 7 changes for the visit of Hartpury.

In the pack Matthew Thompson comes in to makes his first home start of the season alongside Robbie Kalbraier who returns at loose head. In the backs Ryan Foreman starts at 10 with Tom Bramwell slotting back in at 12, this pushes James Cooney to the wing; Kris Bratton joins him there after being away last week. On the bench Anthony Davies return after a dead leg, and Ruaridh Dawson features after a few weeks off.


Kick off 2:30 pm at Crowtrees


1 Robbie Kalbraier
2 Matthew Thompson
3 Trevor Davison
4 Chris Wearmouth
5 Andrew Archibald
6 Jack Davidson
7 Jason Smithson
8 Gavin Jones
9 Nathan Horsfal
10 Ryan Foreman
11 Kriss Bratton
12 Tom Bramwell
13 Frazer Wilson
14 James Cooney
15 Max Connon

16 Jack Beckwith
17 Robbie Morris
18 Anthony Davis
19 Ruaridh Dawson
20 Andrew Lawson


Darlington Mowden Park 15 Blaydon 14

Having lead from the 3rd minute of the game to the 10th minute of time added on Blaydon were pipped at the post when Darlington full-back Caolin Ryan put over a penalty with the very last kick. In a much improved all-round performance they held a 0-14 lead going into the final quarter but somewhat ran out of steam in the face of constant attacking by the home side who with 2 late tries deservedly took the game.
Chances were few and far between in the first half with Darlington moves snuffed out well short of the line and it was Blaydon in front at the break with a brace of penalties from Andrew Baggett.
Soon after the restart Baggett was on target again to make it 0-9, and in their best spell Blaydon grabbed their only try of the game. A catch and drive had just been repulsed but when the visitors pack tried again they moved it on to scrum-half Nathan Horsfall who made progress to find Tom Bramwell, and the winger shot between the centres for an unconverted score.
Ryan got Darlington on the score-sheet with a close range effort after some excellent inter passing and then added the conversion himself and with the home side scenting blood they piled on the pressure.
Blaydon tackled non-stop but lost 2 players in quick succession to the sin-bin and it was no surprise when lock-forward Talite Vaioeti was on hand to touch down a second try and reduce the gap to just 1 point.
With time running out and Darlington still pressing a late tackle was penalised and the reliable Ryan made no mistake with the winning kick.

John Brennan

Blaydon team for pre-season friendly v Tynedale

Blaydon squad for Tynedale game:

Starting XV:

1 Trevor Davison
2 Jack Beckwith
3 Robbie Kalbraier
4 Chris Wearmouth
5 Anth Davies
6 Keith Laughlin
7 Jack Davison
8 Gavin Jones
9 Nathan Horsefall
10 Andrew Baggett
11 Kris bratton
12 Tom Bramwell
13 Tom Grimes
14 James Cooney
15 Max Connon

Remainder of squad:
Robbie morris
Matthew Thompson
Andrew foster
Andrew Archibalid
Jonathan Hames
Rory dawson
Brett Connon
Dan Marshal
Andrew Lawson
Ryan Foreman
Ben Stevenson
Frazer Wilson