5 point win for Blaydon RFC puts us back in playoff spot, as Billingham Lose at Wirral
This last fortnight has been a rollercoaster of emotions for the 1st XV lads.
We ground out a 5 point result against Lymm 2 weeks ago, boys feeling it was an error riddled game. The sign of a strong team is playing poorly and winning. In the huddle afterwards emotions were mixed as we won but the performance was not up to our standard we demand from each other. We then get the great news that we moved into second spot with our rivals Billingham slipping up. We feel promotion is in our own hands.
We then have a hard fixture for both our 1s and 2s at Harrogate. The home fixture was a tight affair with their forwards really getting a role on and the backs being very capable. Unfortunately last Saturday was not our day and give credit where credit is due, they deserved the 5 points. They did their homework on our lineout denying us any clean ball. That was a first for the season as it has normally been exceptional. From that they gained vital field position and really pressurised us in that respect. When we got possession they attacked our breakdown well and we did not really get our normal expansive wide game up and running. With this loss we relinquish playoff spot.
We welcome today our visitors from Sandal, located on the edge of Wakefield. We lost there in October so now is the time to make amends. Whilst they have had poorer form recently, they have nevertheless in the last three games lost narrowly to Billingham, beaten Rossendale away, and last week lost narrowly to Wirral 28-31. Another close game is therefore expected and it is a pleasure to have their team and supporters with us today.
For our part following a reasonably comfortable win at home to Lymm we went to Harrogate with high expectations for both our 1s and Georgians teams but lost both games. Frankly we were 2nd best on the day and Harrogate deserved their 24-3 win. Let’s put that behind us and see what we can do today
The team bus stopped in Harrogate on the way back and we had a drink or two at Weatherspoons Winter Gardens pub, formally part of the Royal Baths – built so that visitors could relax and stroll in any weather.. During the 1920s, people could relax there, amid potted palms, listening to music from a grand piano. In the 1930s, the Municipal Orchestra played every morning throughout the year, with free admission for the patients of the baths. Nobody had a dip whilst we were there, but I for one enjoyed the experience. It really is a lovely town.
Disappointingly we have been advised that the game against the RAF on 13th March has been cancelled (they are playing a Junior team called Coventry on that date ! ) but we anticipate that they will fulfil their promise and come to Blaydon during the 2019/20 Season .
Money is always tight for us at this time of year, so if anyone can persuade a Sponsor to celebrate a game with his clients and staff at Crowtrees please let me know . They would be made very welcome
Finally we have produced a thorough Safeguarding policy concerning Youth players in particular which will be available on the Web site for all those interested. It is vital that we act in a professional manner to ensure our standards in all areas remain at the highest level
Our next game is on 9th February away to Billingham. Travel is by cars rather than a team bus, but I hope as many supporters as possible can be there for this important derby game
Blaydon give up second place with a loss away at Harrogate
Harrogate 24 Blaydon 13
Blaydon opened brightly for the first ten minutes but failed to break down a resolute home defence and gradually the tide turned and hooker Aaron Yorke was driven over after several minutes of forward pressure for Nathan Wyman to add the first of his two conversions. Immediately after, Jamie Guy reduced the arrears with an easy penalty before Yorke and Wyman combined to add a further seven points. Guy’s second penalty made it 14 – 6 at the break however in the second half the pattern was the same with Blaydon failing to keep control of the ball when they could not penetrate the well organised home defence. At this stage, Blaydon’s only player of note was second row Harry Borthwick who several times led charges at the home defence but without support nothing was achieved. Midway through the half, the home side added a further two tries through second row Sam Brady and No. 8 Jonny Coser. Towards the end on a rare attack, Blaydon’s Captain Keith Laughlin went over near the corner for Jamie Guy to add the extras and give some respectability to the score.
Pitch inspection complete, both 1st & 2nd team games at Harrogate confirmed for today
Blaydon move into the playoff spot with a 5 point win, as Billingham lose at Ilkley
Blaydon RFC Vs Lymm RUFC
Kick Off 2pm
1. Gav Woods
2. Adam Bray
3. Matty Hand
4. Matty Connelly
5. Aaron Rasheed
6. Joe Watson
7. James Pitcher
8. Jake Ashall
9. Tom Shard
10. Scott Redfern
11. Tom baker
12. Ben Stansfield
13. Richard Halford
14. Ali Sutherland
15. Cormac Nolan
16. Jordan Widdrington
17. Rob Makin
18. James Lewis
Referee : Thomas Hurdley
Happy New Year.
Hope you all had a great Christmas break. Our last outing at home was a very tough contest versus local rivals Alnwick. In tricky conditions our lads played an exceptional brand of expansive hard running rugby against some big boys. After 80 mins we came out convincing winners through hard work not only on the day but throughout the last 6 weeks previously setting ourselves hard targets in training and in games.
Moving on to last week’s game at Hull after a well deserved rest, was going to be the toughest test of the season. We started the game exactly how we wanted with a early try from Jack Davidson’s hard running breaking a tackle and rounding the full back. Hull were always going to have their period in the game when they got their big pack rumbling and they did for 15 mins either side of the half. They scored a well constructed try through their powerful 12 but other than that did not threaten. Hulls experienced 10 slotted 3 pens after half time but other than that the game was evenly balanced. Blaydon’s pack then started dominating using their driving lineout creating sustained opportunities for Captain Keith Laughlin to put us right back in the game. Going into the last 10 mins 19-17 down we had full belief that we would come away with the win. Great impacts off the bench from Dan Taylor and Harry Borthwick moving the ball wider got our danger runners into the game and Borthwick breaking a tackle in our own half nearly went all the way. Two phases later a Blaydon walk in was only halted by an unfortunate handling error. Hull won but we could not of asked anymore from the lads. They gave everything and only lost by the smallest of margins.
We are still in the hunt and eager to chase down top spot, taking each game as it comes knowing we have to be at our best week in week out to achieve our end goal for the season supported by our fans.
Lymm today offer a different challenge but one equally as tough. We have to be focused for the full 80 mins and hopefully come away with the win.
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