Welcome back everyone after our short and restful break in which most of us no doubt enjoyed the Internationals on TV. The weekend was then naturally dominated by the Remembrance Services for our fallen heroes and in particular the Great War. If you look at the Memorials in both Swalwell and Blaydon it is drastic how many young men,and no doubt members of Blaydon Rugby Club, died in the two World Wars. How lucky are we to have benefitted from their sacrifices.
On a lighter note it is our privilege to welcome our visitors Ilkley Rugby Club to Crowtrees for what I believe is their first fixture against us. I do hope you enjoy your visit and we look forward to visiting you in March
Their Club was founded in 1899, although there are records of a rugby club in Ilkley much earlier than that time
At the turn of the century the Club played in the Yorkshire Division 1 league until gaining promotion to the North 2 East League in 2008. However life was difficult at the higher level and after two tough years the club was relegated back to Yorkshire Division 1 at the end of the 2009/10 season.
At the close of the 2013/14 season the Club Won the Yorkshire Shield as well as being promoted once again to the North 1 East League.
In 2006 efforts began to raise sufficient money to replace the old grandstand and clubhouse. It took four years of tremendous effort to get the cash together but in September 2010 a contract was signed to build a new clubhouse and changing rooms at an estimated cost of £1.6million. The new facilities opened in August 2011 and according to their webpage they have done a wonderful job and have facilities to be proud of. They currently stand mid table with 4 wins and 22 points, but only 7 points behind us, so a win today is as vital for us as ever to keep pressure on the teams at the top of the table
Many thanks to all the volunteers on Bonfire night which was a great success for the Club and much enjoyed by the many spectators.
Our next home game is Kendal on 1st December, which is Mark Wilson’s first club, followed by the derby match with Alnwick on 15th December, which is being sponsored by Penny Petroleum. On the 15th we are having our President’s and Past Players Xmas lunch beforehand, with details being sent via email and social media. Anyone not aware please email Linda Barlow on firstname.lastname@example.org as spare seats are now in short supply.
Enjoy the game
I would like to give a warm welcome to our visitors Ilkley for today’s home clash. We had a first team week off last week to rest the walking wounded but our second team had a big fixture against Novos. It was one of the strongest second teams Blaydon have been able to field for some time which shows the strength in depth we are now developing within this young squad. After a scrappy opening our boys settled in to our high tempo style of play really challenging the opposition and starting to run the try’s in. We ended up 81-0 winners, but the most pleasing thing for me was that we were ruthless enough to keep them scoreless. It was a job well done. Shame the England lads could not get the correct result but it just shows how tight the International games are these days. Everyone I spoke to had a differing opinion of the “was it a try or not” incident. But it really look like Eddie Jones and his team have got over their blip and are back on the road building for the World Cup. A special mention must go to old Blaydon boy Mark Wilson for 2 stunning performances for England and hopefully many more to come.
Blaydon recently experienced a similar blip losing 3 games in a row, but the boys reacted extremely well in our last home game versus Wirral. We started extremely well, straight out of the blocks with 3 well worked scores, two from Dan Marshall and another well worked team score finished off by Jack Appleton. Wirral then built in confidence with simple but effective play which piggy backed them up the field. They came back making a real game of it but we showed huge character to see the game off at the end with great team defence eventually winning 29-24. A win in the bag, a good confidence builder and a springboard for us pushing on until the Xmas break.
Hope you enjoy the game, then watch the international with us in the bar.
Blaydon finally got back to winning ways but having made a blistering start to lead 26-3 gradually saw their lead whittled away and by the end it was down to a fragile 5 points.
With their backs running riot a try scoring bonus point was in the bag after just 18 minutes but by the interval the visitors had pulled back 2 tries and with a superior pack were threatening to turn it round.
Alex Clark burst into the Wirral 22 in the 3rd minute to hand on to Dan Marshall who zipped past a bewildered defence to touch down under the posts for the opening score with Jamie Guy adding the conversion. Six minutes later winger Frazer Wilson made a searing break leading to a short scrum from which Keith Laughlin broke off to send in Marshall for a second try with a neat diagonal run.
On 11 minutes lock-forward Jack Davidson went over from close range, Guy converting, to make it 19-0, three tries having been conjured from three attacks.
James Annetts landed a penalty for the visitors but Blaydon quickly secured their 4th try when they elected to run from their own line with some excellent passing for Jack Appleton to race in from 30 metres, and Guy once more on target.
And then the cracks began to appear with Wirral spending a long period in the home 22 culminating in a try for prop-forward Ryan Higginson on the half-hour. Blaydon were now regularly under the cosh in the scrums and leaked another try right on the interval, live-wire Wirral fly-half Annetts strolling through a massive gap and adding the extras himself to make it 26-17 at the break.
Guy extended the Blaydon lead with a 53rd minute penalty but the home side were no longer an attacking force, constantly finding themselves on the back foot mainly through failures to secure possession and then losing Dan Taylor to a yellow card.
Scenting victory the visitors piled on the pressure and were rewarded with a Matt Dalton try and Annetts conversion to narrow their deficit but Blaydon valiantly held on for a much needed win.
Sandal RUFC photos: https://www.flickr.com/photos/onionbag/albums/72157672315575867/
Blaydon slumped to a second defeat of the season with a disappointing performance at Sandal in which they woefully failed to exploit the conditions when it was their turn to have use of the wind.
The home side were sharp out of the blocks and took the lead with a splendid solo effort by Colin Johnson who raced clear from half-way and then scored again through lock-forward James Whittaker and then Jon Gillespie.
When Blaydon finally got going centre Dan Marshall finished off a multi-handling movement to touch down under the posts with Jamie Guy on target with the conversion and by the break were just 5 points adrift.
Inexplicably they were then hemmed in their own half for long periods and some poor decision making and handling errors saw Sandal advance their lead to 36-14 with further tries from Gillespie, Alistair Johnson and Tom Johnson.
With defeat staring them in the face Blaydon at last began to assert with full-back Nathan Bailey on the end of some slick passing to race in from 30 metres. Skipper Keith Laughlin went over from a forward drive and then a Cameron Bell effort from close range brought it back to 36-33 and everything to play for.
With 4 minutes remaining another swift attack produced a 3 on 1 overlap and an almost certain try only for the referee to stop play for an injury. The chance was lost and to add insult to injury they then lost possession allowing Jon Wainwright to add another late try for Sandal.
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