Coventry 15 – Blaydon 37

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Having lost just once at home thus far in the current campaign Coventry surprisingly were swept aside by the ferocity of the Blaydon pack and had no answer to their lively backs, who between them ran in 6 excellent tries. A crowd in excess of 1300 were silenced early on as Blaydon took control from the 13th minute to the end when a last ditch try gave the score-line a little more respectability for the home side.

Coventry centre Ollie Hodgson put over the first points of the game with a 3rd minute penalty but Blaydon were swift to respond and it was no surprise when No8 Jason Smithson touched down from a driving maul. With the dust scarcely settled Coventry fatally lost the ball in attack and could only stand and watch as Zack Kibirige hacked on and raced through to score.

Home pressure was rewarded when Barrie Davies grabbed a 17th minute try but the Blaydon onslaught continued and in no time Kibirige was over again in the corner for his 4th double in as many games, and at the break it was 8-15.

For practically all of the second period it was one-way traffic towards the Coventry line with Tom Penny scoring the first of 3 more tries following a superb handling movement. Full-back Nathan Bailey, on his return to the side after extended injury, was on hand to finish off another flowing move, this one converted by Andrew Baggett who then put over a penalty to take it to 8-30.

Flanker Harry Bate crowned a brilliant afternoon for the Crow Trees boys when he added try No6 from a rolling maul, and although Will Hurrell scored an 80th minute consolation for the home side, converted by Hodgson, it was another bonus point win for Baydon who now move above their Midlands rivals in the league.

John Brennan

Blaydon 19 – Rosslyn Park 18

The advantage swung back and forth in this exciting clash at Crow Trees with Blaydon finally taking a deserved lead midway through the second period but then Rosslyn Park pulling back the deficit to just one point late on only to fail with the vital conversion kick.

Scott Sneddon landed 2 early penalties for the visitors but Blaydon full-back Simon Barber latched onto an Andrew Baggett chip over the defence to score the opening try. By the interval Park were back in front when Adam Bellamy crashed over from a tap penalty move but Blaydon swiftly took control after the restart.

Electing to ignore a series of kickable penalties in favour of a line-out drive their enterprise looked to have been in vain until winger Tom Jeffery collected a loose clearance and stormed through a shocked defence for a fine try’

Seeking further success another penalty to the corner then resulted in a more fortuitous score  as they lost the line-out only for the ball to bounce kindly for Fran Entressengle, the replacement hooker having only just joined the fray.

Facing a 3rd defeat of the season Park were galvanised into attack and with time running out were rewarded with a tremendous solo effort by Tom Howe who picked the ball off his toes and set off cross field in a mazy run to  score wide-out. Sneddon, with thus far a 100% record, had the opportunity to win the game but his effort drifted well wide.

Star man:          Ben Morris (Blaydon)

Referee:            Darren Gamage

Attendance:      338

HT:  7-13          FT:  19-18



Tries:               Barber 18, Jeffery 56, Entressengle 63.

Conversions:   Baggett 18, 56.

Rosslyn Park

Tries:              Bellamy 25, Howe 77.

Conversion:    Sneddon 25

Penalties:       Sneddon 2, 20.


Reporter:       John Brennan

Esher 24 – Blaydon 20

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Disappointingly it only resulted in a losing bonus point but Blaydon’s long journey south produced a cracking game between two top sides that could have gone either way. Trailing 24-13 going into the final quarter Blaydon threw everything at the home side, Chris Wearmouth was driven over to reduce the gap to just 4 points, and in the five minutes of time added on they pounded the try line but Esher hung on grimly to the end.

Blaydon had started the better but a missed tackle let in Esher fly-half Mickey Wilson near the posts and full-back Luke Daniels added the conversion. The home side then lost Kris Chesney to the sin-bin but Blaydon could only take advantage with an Andrew Baggett penalty for handling in a ruck and that was soon cancelled out with a similar effort from Daniels.

With the interval approaching Blaydon looked to have survived a long period in defence but the pressure eventually told and home centre Tom Cheeseman crashed over near the posts with Daniels making it 17-3 at the break.

The second period was quite a different story with Zach Kibirige showing once again what a tremendous prospect he is with a 3rd brace of tries in as many games. The young full-back fielded a long kick and broke from the 22 to release winger Tom Jeffery who beat his man and skated down the left to draw the home full-back and there was Kibirige in support to touch down.

His second try soon followed from umpteen phases of possession when he joined the three-quarters line and cut loose into the 22 only to be tackled a metre short. Showing great awareness however he held onto the ball and had the presence of mind to reach over the defenders and touch down over the line.

All the good work was sadly negated when a mistake let in Esher centre Andrew Wright who with a smart dummy was away in a flash and their lead had been extended.

Blaydon’s never say die approach could and maybe should have secured the points in the pulsating final quarter, and when lock-forward Wearmouth was driven over and Baggett on target with the extras it looked very likely.

John Brennan

Blaydon 51 – Tynedale 7

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The records show that derby games between these local rivals are generally close affairs but yesterdays clash at Crow Trees was most definitely not as Blaydon romped to the most emphatic of victories.

Tynedale did have their moment of glory, 45 seconds to be precise, when their kick-off ball was shipped back to Andrew Baggett who dropped it under pressure allowing Chris Harris to nip in and score. Gavin Beasley added the conversion and the home crowd must have wondered what else would befall them.

Nothing was the answer. Blaydon simply took control and went on to run in 7 tries of their own, dominating in the set-pieces and pouncing whenever Tynedale coughed up possession or fell off in the tackle.

Director of rugby Micky Ward declared himself to be well satisfied, saying afterwards “We owed them one from the start of the season when they beat us by 1 point” adding “We needed to get back on track after losing at Fylde last week, we did a little bit of everything, we drove a couple of line-outs and the backs got their hands on the ball and caused some havoc”.

Lively flanker Ben Morris got the ball rolling when he burst through a line-out to storm over in the corner and by the half hour Chris Wearmouth had crossed from a tap penalty move and Tom Banks went in following good work by Tom Jeffery.

In the dying seconds of the first period full-back Zach Kibirige stood off a scrum on the visitors 22 and when released casually brushed aside 2 half-hearted challenges to run in the bonus try. Five minutes after the break he was in again, after another fine Jeffery run had been squandered, and the score had advanced to 37-7.

Tynedale thereafter had a better share of the possession for a while but never seriously looked like breaking through and it was left to Blaydon to show them how.

Baggett, redeeming himself for the early error, ran in try No6 to add to his 2 penalties and 5 conversions, and Tom Penney brought proceedings to a close with a score in the corner after Simon Barber had ran the length of the field.

John Brennan

From the Touchline – Sat 21st December

Today we welcome near neighbours Tynedale for this the first match of the second round of fixtures. The clubs met way back in early September with our visitors gaining a narrow 25 – 24 victory. Since that day, they have been beset by injuries and have only two further wins both at home against Hull Ionians and Worthing.

However, in the past few weeks, their form has improved and with a little luck they could have beaten both Cinderford and Richmond in the last two matches. No doubt today they will hope form goes out of the window and they can put one over on us!

As we all know, from games in the past few years, the results are often close and the current record is that Tynedale have won twelve to Blaydon’s ten in the past thirteen seasons.


The result last week saw the end of our ten match unbeaten run and ironically it was Fylde who ended our ten match unbeaten run last season when we lost over there 23 – 19. The record between Blaydon and Fylde shows that Fylde have only won three times out of thirteen fixtures but upon reflection, last week they just about deserved the victory although the journey over Shap (gail force winds and driving rain!) did help to disrupt normal patterns of play and no doubt we will be looking to get back to winning ways today.

Other league results last week saw leaders Doncaster see of challengers Coventry, second placed Rosslyn Park demolish Hull Ionians, surely confining them to relegation, easy wins for both Esher over fourth bottom Cinderford and narrow victories for Old Albanian, Loughborough Students and Wharfedale over Worthing, Henley and Blackheath all of which sees Doncaster out in front three points clear of Rosslyn Park with Esher in third followed by Wharfedale and Fylde. At the bottom are Hull Ionians with nine points, Tynedale with nineteen, Blackheath with twenty five and Cinderford with twenty six all of whom needing victories – but remember, there are still sixteen games to go after today.

Members may be pleased to know that after several months of protracted negotiations and planning applications, the club has been granted a one year temporary planning permission for a WEDNESDAY MID WEEK CAR BOOT SALE with a view to re-consideration for permanent approval following satisfactory operation this coming summer.

The Boot Sale will operate for twenty weeks a year between May and September on a Wednesday commencing at 9.30am until 2.00pm.

Today’s match is sponsored by CALL CONNECTION LIMITED and the club would like to thank Graeme Kalbraier for his continued support of Blaydon Rugby Football Club and also thanks to Howie Gillfillan for Ball Sponsorship.

Thanks also to Ian Coonie and AWS for their season’s MAN OF THE MATCH SPONSORSHIP.

The annual President’s Lunch takes place today and we hope that all the attendees enjoy the festivities. Amongst the attendees are former Captain Eddie Mullin (1956/1960) chauffered today by another former Captain Russ Teasdale (1965/67).

Finally, can we wish all players, supporters and spectators the compliments of the season.

Jim Huxley



Fylde 9 – Blaydon 5

All good things must come to an end and Blaydon’s 10 match unbeaten run floundered in the driving wind and rain on the Lancashire coast. Conditions were so bad that line-outs were a lottery throughout and neither side was able to make use of the end to end gale when it was behind them, almost the entire game being played out between the 22’s.

In the second period when it was Blaydon’s turn to have the so-called advantage they were just 4 points adrift and sensibly kept the ball in hand but still could make no progress and got no closer to scoring than an Andrew Baggett penalty that rebounded from the woodwork.

Fylde to their credit looked after the ball slightly better, took their penalty points when available and overall just about deserved to win.

Chris Johnson the home fly-half was on target with penalties in the 6th and 23rd minutes but Blaydon grabbed the only try of the game, not surprisingly in the circumstances by the efforts of the forwards They moved it rapidly through a number of hands for skipper Keith Laughlin to finish off in the corner but then disappointingly saw Baggett’s conversion attempt heading for the posts only to be dragged wide by the wind at the last moment.

Leading 6-5 at the break Fylde defended superbly to hold their advantage and went on to put the issue beyond doubt with another Jackson penalty.

John Brennan

Blaydon 45 – Worthing 14

Worthing were simply brushed aside on what was their first ever visit to Crow Trees, a rampant Blaydon side seemingly scoring at will with a bonus point in the bag after just 29 minutes. They did hit back briefly in an improved performance after the break but otherwise it was all too easy for Blaydon to extend an unbeaten run to ten games.

A trademark driving line-out score by Jason Smithson in the 3rd minute began the rout soon followed by good efforts from Tom Jeffery, Keith Laughlin and then Smithson again from another maul to make it 26 points without reply at the break.

Blaydon were badly disrupted by injuries in the second period but against the run of play ran in a 5th score by Sean Brown prior to the visitors finally making an impact. Sam Hewick went in from close range and within 3 minutes Alex Nielson had profited from a fortuitous bounce, Finlay Coxon-Smith converting both efforts.

But that was it for the Sussex side and Blaydon responded quickly with the forwards piling on the pressure in the 22 and hooker Fran Entressengle finishing make it 40-14, and still they were not done.

In time added on Jeffery shot clear from defence to scoot down the touchline and create a 7th and final effort for Tom Banks, the scoring completed with 5 successful conversions by Andrew Baggett.

Star man: Tom Jeffery (Blaydon)
Referee: Andrew Rawson
Attendance: 175
HT: 26-0 FT: 45-14


Tries: Smithson 3,29, Jeffery 7, Laughlin 11, Brown 55, Entressengle 76, Banks 80+2
Conversions: Baggett 7,11,29,55,76.

Tries: Hewick 68, Nielson 71
Conversions: Coxon-Smith 68,71

Reporter: John Brennan

Blackheath 20 – Blaydon 20

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Blaydon remain undefeated in a run of 9 games but were somewhat below par on their trip to Blackheath and were denied a win in the final play when the home side crashed over for a converted try to draw level

They had all the early play however, spurning 3 kickable pursuit of a try which finally came on 19 minutes when Zach Kibirige put Sean Brown clear to race in from 25 metres.

Blackheath then made a first incursion into the Blaydon 22 and from some good handling levelled the scores with a try from right wing Chris O’Neill and went on to grab the lead when scrum-half Sam Eydman burst clear to touch down near the posts.

Tremendous tackling by the home side kept Blaydon out until the 4th minute of the second period when the pressure finally told and centre Tommy Banks broke through, Andrew Baggett converting to make it 10-12. Almost immediately from the restart Blaydon were again encamped in the home 22 and deservedly went further ahead through No8 Jason Smithson from close range.

Blackheath full-back Mike Canty responded with a penalty but an offside gave Baggett a similar opportunity and going into the last 5 minutes Blaydon were hanging on to a 7 points lead.

When Baggett was yellow-carded the 14 men were under severe pressure and in the 3rd minute of time added on Jeff Griffiths crashed over in the corner and Canty with a last kick of the game touchline conversion gained Blackheath a share of the spoils they probably deserved.

John Brennan

Blaydon 51 – Wharfedale 14

On the end of a six match winning run Blaydon disappointingly could only manage a draw last week but roared back to top form with at times a brilliant performance against a side 2 places above them in the league and themselves on a winning sequence.

They had to recover from a 3rd minute set back when Wharfedale with all the possession scored an impressive try through scrum-half Philip Woodhead but from then on it was all Blaydon. Not only did they successfully snuff out the many Wharfedale attacks long before they reached the danger zone but were absolutely irresistible going forwards, scoring 7 tries in the process.

A penalty try was inevitable when the visitors pulled down a rolling maul as it crossed their line, and then came a burst of 2 tries in 6 minutes by on loan full-back Zach Kibirige. Having squandered 2 lineouts near the line they were handed a third opportunity further out and this time held on to their own ball to move it through the forwards and Kibirige to finish off with the neatest of side-steps.

Quickly they then found themselves under pressure at the other end and having turned it over were unable to get in a clearance kick and left with no choice but to run from their own line. They wisely shipped it out to Kibirige who set off on a length of the field run leaving defenders for dead to touch down what will be a contender for ‘try of the season’.

A delighted Director of rugby Micky Ward afterwards described the young winger as ‘international class’, adding “He gets a touch of the ball once or twice and he scores”. Ward went on “:.We were very wary of them coming up here but the lads stood firm and we earned the right to enjoy ourselves”.

An early score-line of 0-7 had progressed to 22-7 by the interval after which the tries came thick and fast.

with Harry Bate combining to put Chris Wearmouth over and then scoring himself after Keith Laughlin had gathered in at a line-out.

Wharfedale finally pulled one back through Christian Georgiou but Blaydon were unstoppable, Tom Jeffery racing in from half way, followed by a barnstorming man-of -the -match Ben Morris, and Andrew Baggett completing the rout with 5 conversions and a brace of penalties.

John Brennan]

Old Albanians 27 – Blaydon 27

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The importance of yellow cards was never better exemplified than in this close encounter, with Blaydon conceding 14 points whilst Gavin Jones was on the naughty step for not rolling away at a ruck.

Blaydon had been leading 13-17 before the turn-around, having taken a 4th minute lead when Andrew Baggett floated a kick to the wing for Tom Jeffery to race 30 metres and send in hooker Fran Entressengle.

Baggett added the extras and then a penalty but home fly-half Lawrence Rayner replied twice to reduce the deficit.

Old Albanians were moving the ball nicely at this point and grabbed a first try through winger Chris May who shot over in the corner and touched down behind the posts to make it an easy conversion.

Blaydon’s forward power regained them the lead before the break when the home side pulled down a scrum that was marching towards their line and a penalty try was awarded.

Unfortunately Jones was off the field for the start of the second period and Old Albanians took full advantage. May broke blindside from a ruck 30 metres out to race in for his second score and centre Johannes Lombard crossed from close range with Rayner converting both efforts, and the score had swung to 27-17.

It took Blaydon some time to recover from the set-back but eventually the pack regained control and from a catch and drive lock-forward Chris Wearmouth was driven over, soon to be followed by flanker Harry Bate to level the scores.

The home side pressed hard without ever looking like scoring and it was Blaydon who thought they had won it when they crossed the line again in the closing minutes. The referee blew for the score only to be consulted by his assistant and then reversed the decision so bringing to an end Blaydon’s 6 match winning run.

John Brennan