Blaydon 36, Ilkley 10


Despite conceding a 3rd minute try Blaydon never remotely looked like losing and with a considerable advantage at both scrum and line-out went on to run-in 6 tries unopposed. Their Yorkshire visitors had a reasonable share of possession but ran most of it laterally and into the hands of a solid Blaydon defensive line, and more often than not were unable to guarantee their own ball at the set-pieces.
The home defence were however caught napping by an early Ilkley raid down the left, finished off nicely by left-wing Struan Connor, and took 5 minutes to respond. It came in the form of a line-out drive finished off by hooker Cameron Bell, and was then followed by 2 more first half efforts.
Jack Davidson stormed into the Ilkley 22 on 20 minutes, an infringement followed, Blaydon opted for the scrum and promptly drove the visitors backwards for Keith Laughlin to touch down and Jamie Guy add the extras.
Another prolonged attack  saw the ball moved one way and then the other until a long pass went out to Frazer Wilson who charged the line to set up a score for Davidson and make it 17-5 at the break.
The pattern continued and 4 minutes into the second period Laughlin, who as usual was ‘everywhere’ in the loose led a line-out break only to be stopped short. Prop forward Anthony Harvey was next to attack the line but likewise was held up and finally centre Alex Clark went over near the posts for the bonus try, Guy converting.
Try No5 started typically started with the visitors being robbed of their scrum ball leading to much possession in the Ilkley 22, Matt Jenkinson held up over the line before Laughlin touched down for his second and 2 more points for Guy.
In the closing minutes Blaydon were still looking dangerous and when Wilson was given possession just outside the 22 the right-wing simply put his head down and charged full pelt at the visitors line and went over despite the attentions of 3 defenders.
Having done little else since the 3rd minute the visitors at least had the satisfaction of also having the last word when No8 Sam Waddington scored in the final play.
John Brennan

Saturday 17th November – Blaydon Team News

Blaydon V Ilkley

Kick Off 2pm

Team selection


From the Touchlne – Blaydon Vs Ilkley

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 as spare seats are now in short supply.
Enjoy the game

Bill Locke

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From the Director’s Chair – Blaydon Vs Ilkley

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 29 Wirral 24


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.

John Brennan


Rossendale 27 Blaydon 19


 Rossendale  27   Blaydon 19
Blaydon’s poor run continued with this third consecutive defeat, due in part to some poor tackling and being caught on the breakaway by the home side. They scored first and were just 5 points adrift at the interval and then denied a losing bonus point in the final minute.
Winger Jack Appleton finished off a break by Jack Davidson for his 7th try of the season in the 4th minute but Rossendale were quick to respond, levelling through back-rower Phil Mills.
Constant pressure in the home 22 then brought reward firstly for No8 Keith Laughlin and then Liam Wright 4 minutes later, both from close range. Jamie Guy put over a couple of conversions to give Blaydon a substantial lead on quarter time but the rest of the half belonged to Rossendale.
Mills again, along with Dominic Moon and Jack Ward all took advantage of  ineffective tackles to race in for tries, two of them converted by Lewis Allen, and turn the score around 24-19 at half-time.
The 3rd quarter was then dominated by the Lancashire side without them being able to add to their lead and Blaydon came back into it, pressing hard to pull back the deficit. With time running out Rossendale appeared to collapse a maul on their own line but the expected penalty try was not awarded and to rub salt into Blaydon’s wounds Allen landed a last minute penalty to deny them a deserved bonus.
John Brennan


Blaydon 14, Billingham 18

Blaydon  14   Billingham  18
There was much at stake in this clash with Billingham, the sides being separated by just 2 points in 2nd and 3rd positions in the league, and going into the last 10 minutes of normal time Blaydon were encamped on the visitors line.
Needing a try to regain the lead they attacked and attacked again and again without finding a chink in the Billingham defence and when they were awarded a 5 metre scrum had the ignominy of being pushed off their own ball.
And that in a nutshell was the story of the game. Billingham excelled in retaining possession, took their chances when they came along, did not spill ball and did not concede many penalties – all in clear contrast to the home side.
It was against the run of play when Blaydon took a 12th minute lead from a Dan Marshall break with James Cooney putting Jack Appleton over in the corner, Jamie Guy converting. Billingham fly-half Evans pulled back 3 points with a penalty and his side were constantly on the front foot only for Marshall to intercept on his own 22 to race upfield for another Blaydon score.
Despite the reversals Billingham continued to press and with the last action of the half were rewarded with a try from right wing Hopley to make it 14-3 at the break.
The second period proved to be totally unproductive for Blaydon whilst the visitors were ever dangerous. On 45 minutes they were held up over the line but retained possession from the scrum to move it with trade-mark slick passing to the far corner where full-back Husband finished off.
Evans failed with the conversion but 5 minutes later their No8 Dixon broke from a scrum to storm upfield and set up more passing from which Kirby touched down the winning try.
Blaydon then had that great opportunity to grab victory from the jaws of defeat, and typically on the day coughed up possession 3 times in quick succession in the closing stages leaving the visitors to take the honours which they richly deserved.
John Brennan

Sandal 43 Blaydon 33

Sandal RUFC photos:

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.

John Brennan


Blaydon 1st team selection for Sandel game 13th October


Pump the Crow


Blaydon 42 Harrogate 36

Blaydon’s late rally secures 5 point win against Harrogate who led for a large portion of the game and sees Blaydon go top of the league, as Billingham lose at Rossendale
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Mid-way through the second half of this uncompromising affair, skipper Keith Laughlin was off  injured for 20 minutes following a late tackle, Blaydon were trailing by 15 points and looking to have nowhere to go. But then the game turned in dramatic fashion as the home backs were finally able to cut loose, resulting in 3 tries in rapid succession all converted by the reliable James Guy, and suddenly the boot was on the other foot.
Even then however the outcome was uncertain as Harrogate drove into the home 22 in the final minute only to be held up over the line.
Nathan Wyman, the visitors centre, struck an early penalty and was later to land 4 conversions but Blaydon began the try-fest when Dan Taylor ran round the defence to score under the posts. Sam Brady crossed for Harrogate but Taylor was in again when he robbed one of the opposition and on the half-hour it was 14-10.
The absence of Laughlin was now keenly felt and when Blaydon lost a scrum on their own line Brady pounced from close range, followed by Luke Edwards shrugging off some weak tackles to score in the corner to give Harrogate a 10 point lead at the break.
Nathan Horsfall scooted in just after the break but the visitors pack continued to dominate and lock-forward Andy Boyde made it 5 tries and that 15 points lead.
Hooker Cameron Bell touched down from close range to start the home revival, centre Dan Marshall jinked his way over from a tapped penalty and then streaked down the left wing to set up the winning score by James Cooney on the other flank.
Six tries for Blaydon, a 5 points win, but where did that late rally come from.
John Brennan