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Sat. 16th December – First Team Game postponed, Presidents Xmas lunch going ahead.

With our visitors not travelling, several seats are now available for the lunch.

Contact Sharon on 07748605549

Blaydon v South Leicester –  lunch time inspection of the pitch for tomorrows game has been undertaken by qualified official today, and the decision made that in view of the current state of the pitch and the adverse overnight forecast, that the match be cancelled.

The  date for re-scheduling the fixture is Saturday 24th February 2018.

Could you put the cancellation on the web site please but informing all that the lunch is still on.

 

 

Sale 54, Blaydon 12

 

Blaydon were unable to build on last weeks dramatic late victory, going down heavily against a powerful Sale side in what was a first ever meeting between the two clubs.
The home side had a massive advantage in the forwards, driving Blaydon back at every scrum to create scoring opportunities at will with Andy Hughes and Dan Burchall crossing for the first 2 early on with 6 more to follow.
As half-time approached however Blaydon finally got their hands on the ball which they retained for 3 phases before second-rower James Zino dummied his way between the posts. Fly-half Ryan Foreman added the easy conversion to make the interval score-line of 35-7 slightly more respectable.
The turnaround made little difference to the balance of play but Blaydon did well to grab a second score when skipper Keith Laughlin was driven over wide out but this time Foreman’s conversion effort was off target.
Sale remained well on top to the end and with their fly-half Chris Johnson adding the extras to 7 of their tries took the final score over the 50 points mark, showing exactly why they are so close to the top of the table.

John Brennan

Blaydon 36, Sheffield Tigers 34

Blaydon left it more than just a ‘bit late’ to secure their 5 point win, winger James Cooney touching down with the final play of the game. Trailing by 3 points going into the last ten minutes they attacked incessantly only to be repelled by some desperate defence, the Sheffield side losing 2 players to the sin-bin in quick succession, and until a last minute penalty was kicked to the corner the opportunity to end a losing run looked to be beyond them.
The visitors struck first when they ran it up-field after Blaydon had collapsed a scrum and Henri Packard finished off in style. The lead was short lived however as home prop David Kilpatrick stormed into the opposition 22 to send in hooker Matt Thompson who held off 2 defenders to cross under the posts.
Back came Sheffield with a smart effort by man of the match James Broadley but this was quickly cancelled out by Blaydon winger Jack Appleton after good work by Nathan Bailey and Keith Laughlin. Thompson then completed his hat-trick with 2 close scores from driving mauls and a try bonus point had been secured by the 36th minute.
Leading 24-12 Blaydon were in the ascendancy only to concede a try to Broadley in the last play of the first half.
And then things went from bad to worse when within 3 minutes of the re-start lapses in concentration let in Peter Swatkins and Packard for Sheffield scores and in the 55th minute their scrum-half Ryan Holmes nipped over from a set-piece for a 6th try.
A 24-12 lead had now become 24-34 deficit but Blaydon responded well and went on to dominate the final quarter. A prolonged attack that went back and forth with some excellent handling looked to be ended when the ball went down. Scrum-half Andrew Miller reacted first, quickly securing possession to burst into the 22 for Rob Lenderyou to finish off and Ryan Foreman to land a 3rd conversion.
The late line-out ball was moved cross-field by Thompson, Foreman and Dan Marshall to send in Cooney for a 6th and winning try but it had been a mighty close thing.

John Brennan

Sedgley Park 43, Blaydon 26

Sedgley Park 43 Blaydon 26

Blaydon were simply not at the races in the first half in which they lost out 26-0 to 4th placed Sedgley Park, contributing much to their own downfall in the process.
Time and time again their clearance kicks were misdirected, allowing the home side to counter quickly and run in tries through scrum-half Callum McShane (2),centre Matt Riley and winger Jamie Harrison.
Influential fly-half Steve Collins was on target with 3 conversions and at the interval it would have looked to a casual observer that there was no way back for a disappointing Blaydon side.
Whatever was said at half-time however certainly had the desired effect as the game was transformed within 5 minutes of the restart. Possession was retained through countless phases with Sedgley now on the back foot, and Blaydon hooker and head coach Matt Thompson was first to pierce their defence when he stormed over from 20 metres out.
Ryan Foreman added the conversion as he did for the second try, this time scored by scrum-half Andy Miller who was driven over from the tail of a line-out after a spell of constant pressure. Prop forward Dave Kilpatrick was next to cross the home line and with another Foreman conversion it was now 26-21 and almost a complete turnaround.
Rob Lenderyou secured a try scoring bonus point for the visitors but Sedgley avoided any further set-backs and near the end added further scores through Callum Chapman and Ben Lloyd but if Blaydon had only competed in the first half it might well have been a different story.

John Brennan

Saturday 16th December 2017 – Presidents Christmas lunch at Blaydon RFC

Arrive at 12:00 for 12-30 for table served 2 Course Christmas Turkey dinner with all the trimmings, followed by Christmas Pudding and heaps of Christmas Cheer

 

Dress code – Christmas Jumpers,

the louder the better…..

 

Meal cost is £10.00 to be paid to Sharon Reed, let her know if you want to book a meal by Wednesday 13th December Please.

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1st team game against South Leicester follows, KO 2pm, entry paid separately at gate.

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Last year’s President’s lunch was an event to remember, so, for a great time to catch up with past team mates and cheer on the current Blaydon 1st team, book early!