Development & Bricks through to Durham County Cup Finals

Confirmation of dates for the two finals:

3rd Team Cup Final:
Saturday 6th April – Durham 3rd Team Cup
Winlaton Saxons v Blaydon Development at Gateshead, KO 3pm

4th Team Shield:
Saturday 13th April – Durham 4th Team Shield
Houghton Boars v Blaydon Bricks at Ryton, KO 3pm

Saturday 23rd Feb. – Gateshead 3rds 3, Blaydon Bricks 21

Both sides had a sizable amount of youth in their sides with many Bricks not available following the bruising cup quarter final against Ryton 2s previous week. Gateshead had 3 games at home, so the game was played on a sizable pitch at Dryden School. Good to have a number of last seasons U18s on the pitch, to play a game with their coach Matt, it gave us a load of pace and ability, just as well given the size of pitch.

Scorers:
• Trys: Jak, Matt G & Rob Pyle
• Conv: Jak 3

 

Photos, thanks to Derek & Rob: 100 or so more online:  https://www.flickr.com/photos/26086313@N08/albums/with/72157706895656514

Highs & Lows:
• Lewis and Jak gave Gateshead loads of headaches both in attack and defence
• As did Max, when Matt passed…… 😊
• Craig had a good few breaks from deep.
• We stole Rob P from the Development changing rooms when Jon C was lost chasing cows, him, Jake and Toddy were all over the park.
• Tom wanted me to mention his delicate pass to Matt G for his run in try, from half way… Shame it knacked his ribs and we had to take him off, next time Tom, no passing, Keith will tell you its dangerous and not encouraged in the cuddle club
• Think Paul was picking up daisies at one of the kick offs, certainly the ball went through his hands on the floor…
• And Keith must have knocked on, as well as being penalised many times for not straight
• Craig Y followed a kick, stopped Mick (Gateshead fullback) in his tracks and Savs ran in and stole the ball, unluck not to score
• Jon Curry showed up after chasing cows, owning up to hurting for days after last weeks game, but he was back for another game, once rugby gets you, there is no escape. Gateshead’s youngsters faces were a picture when he came off the bench.
• Gateshead never looked like scoring throughout the match, our defence was immense, but for a few wrong options we would have got max points from 5 trys and overtook Gateshead.
• Good to see Derek making a come back from injury

Nest week 2nd March Cup Semi-final Seaton Carew 2 at home

Team:

1 Paul Winter
2 Keith Winter
3 Tom Hirst
4 Matthew Johnson (Derek Turnbull)
5 Mark Todd (Jon Curry)
6 Jake Armstrong
7 Callum Gascoigne
8 Rob Pyle
9 Lewis Sinclair
10 Jak Tuck
11 Craig Youngmn
12 Matt Goodall
13 Max Nellis
14 David Reay
15 Savs

Bricks through to Durham 4th team Shield semi final on 2nd March

Match report by Criag Barlow…..

A game of 2 halves

The team were down on numbers due to fielding 4 teams for the cup games but the fight in all of the players made up for that.

Blaydon lost the toss and played up the hill in the first half. A tough first half but we knew what we needed to do – suck up the pressure, keep it tight, have a big defence, and don’t give too many penalties away.

Blaydon did most of that well, except for the penalties. Too many penalties from a whistle happy man in yellow had Blaydon pinned back in their 22, with strong winds stopping the ball getting cleared. What didn’t help was Keith Winter getting a 10 minute rest in the first half for failing to release the ball, which in his defence was hard due to a man in blue lying on top of him.

Half time, Ryton 12 Blaydon 0

Second half and Blaydon had all the advantages. Down the hill, wind with us, and sun behind our backs.
Game plan: ball in the corner, play the rest of the game in Ryton’s 22.

The forwards were dominating at every play. Stronger in the scrum, and stealing line outs for fun.
The backs did their part, strong running and great hands.

4 great tries in the 2nd half sealed the win for Blaydon, and we now move onto the semi final.

Full time, Ryton 12 Blaydon 24

Highlights:
– Injured and tired bodies all over the pitch but never stopped going
– Game plan worked perfectly
– Toddy and Steve S being extra versatile and playing in the forwards and backs
– Guesty announcing to everyone that we were a much better team with 14 players and we didn’t need Keith
– Well deserved Man of the Match to Adam Turnbull

– Keith’s regurgitation post the man of the match drinking race, sorry correction, Keith’s involvement was as ‘Dick of the day’…more hits than Brexit on Facebook

Tries: Divers, K Winter, Savs 2
Cons: Divers, Twinny

Team:
P Winter
K Winter
T Hirst
K Oliver
A Turnbull
S Bailey
C Harrison
M Todd
L Bradley
A Twinn
C Barlow
L Guest (S Palmer)
P Divers
S Sewell
A Savory
D Turnbull

 

Sat 12th January, Winlaton Saxons 17, Blaydon Bricks 55

 

Winlaton chose to play up the hill in the first half and were 3 scores down at half time. They always claim the hill is worth 12 points, so they we a little behind at turnaround, but the youngsters we unleashed in the second half, ran up the hill for fun and Bricks won both halves.

This was a double header league game, so good bag of points for Bricks to stop the downward slip in the league.

Highs & Lows:
• Lost a few players at last minute; Strachs to 2s, Arran to sickness and Jake just went AWOL
• Lewis, Charlie, Alex and Cam were late due to car trouble, so all 4 played the 2nd half, Sorry Saxons
• Lee was saving himself for his Ski holiday, sideline counted/announced 3 missed tackles, bar it was all about staying on his feet to cover outside men, ankle tapping props, just get down and get tangled in their legs.
• Hopey actually tackled well in the centres, Steve Sewell chopped people down
• Bricks forwards had the upper hand in scrum and line out with Adam jumping (Turnbull, not Knox)
• First half was a master class in forward play, Scott did some damage, Adam T was everywhere, Stu was back and played as an extra forward at 9

• Savs & Divers lines had Saxons asking, which way did he go

2nd Half
• Didn’t look good for Saxons, when shortly after the KO our backs ran the ball from just outside the 22 for Alex to score.
• Saxons 9 (Mick) was heard to say, I couldn’t catch him in my car’
• Charlie (9) Cam (12 and Alex (13) played first game for Bricks (had played 2s & Development) and fresh legs with that speed and ability cut Winlaton up, but as you’d expect Saxons heads didn’t go down.
• Dags had a good half at 8 and did the damage for Saxons later in 2nd half, but poor tackling from the Bricks didn’t help, not just Lee and Hopey wasn’t on!

Photos, thanks to Derek Turnbull, see them all via link: hhttps://www.flickr.com/photos/26086313@N08/albums/72157702653548832

Comments on 6 photos selected above:

  • Damien making new friend
  • Keith, what you doing right up there and passing…. For youngens to score
  • Caught on camera, one of Lee’s missed tackles
  • Divers taking Dags for a walk, also nice shot of Brick’s Tour socks on Charlie
  • Forwards looking relaxed, NOT

Lee looks like he’s reading the tackling manual

Scorers:
• Trys; Goggle, Adam T 2, Divers , Savs, Charlie, Alex 3
• Conv. Hopey 2, Lewis 3

Team:
1. Paul Winter
2. Keith Winter
3. Tom Hirst
4. Scott Kelly
5. Adam Knox (Adam Turnbull)
6. Steve Sewell
7. Adam Turnbull (Stu Bailey)
8. Harry
9. Stu Bailey (Charlie Mandley)
10. Savs (Lewis Hill)
11. Damien Shaw (Lee Guest)
12. Lee Guest (Cam Moore)
13. Hopey (Alex Young)
14. Craig Barlow
15. Phil Divers

Festive Rugby – Blaydon XV V Ryton XV – 1 win each

Overall score over the 2 legs was win to Blaydon 74 to 39, but great respect to Ryton who won the Boxing Day game and had a lot of good young talent on display, as well as turning up short for the 2nd leg, to make sure that game went ahead.

With a 3 day turn around, the sides in the games were always going to differ over the 2 games and with the depth of players we have at Blaydon, the 2nd game was always going to be a harder game for Ryton, great respect to them fielding 2 teams in 3 days.

Blaydon used 30 players over the 2 games.

Scrum gave Ryton loads of problems, which it was bound too, with Paul & Keith Winter and Tom Hirst in the front row, Ryton must dread seeing those guys come out onto the park. They must have had higher hopes when they saw Tom wasn’t on the pitch on the 29th, but Adam Keeler was, neither day was good for Ryton’s scrummage.

Blaydon Firsts have a critical game on the 5th January against Hull in top 3 clash, so none of the players in that squad were available, much to their disappointment, such is the thirst in the club to play this fixture.

See pictures below, but for the hats and the snow, identical…

 

Pictures from both games:

 

Boxing Day 2018 – Ryton XV 34 Blaydon XV 26

Photos, thanks to Billy Inglis
https://www.facebook.com/1835450646/posts/10210852178700592/

This game had everything; a nice sunny day, a large crowd supporting both sides, two evenly matched sides and two referees who were determine to keep it that way…

 

Blaydon started and finished the strongest, with a 14 point lead with try’s from Dan Turland and Lewis, both converted by Lewis in first half. We could and should have had more trys before halftime, but for various reasons, that was the score as we changed ends. We then had a disastrous 20 minutes at the start of the 2nd half, Ryton were playing down the hill now and with fresh legs in the pack started to break through tackles and managed to starve Blaydon of ball. What little ball we got was kicked away, one such kick resulted in the young Ryton fullback running in from half way.

Highs & Lows:

  •  Good to see Jack Inglis and Lewis Hill back playing in Blaydon shirts
  •  The Winters were doing festive juggling and dropping, nothing new there…
  •  Scrum gave Ryton loads of problems, which it was bound too, with Paul & Keith Winter and Tom Hirst in the front row
  • First half forwards dominated and made good yards, but struggled a little when Ryton brought on fresh legs for the 2nd half
  • Jack, Ewan and Jake were all round the park
  • Jak Tuck had a good game at 9, with good distribution
  • Lewis and Dan made big yards when in possession
  • James ran us out of trouble from the back

Scorers:
• Trys; Dan, Lewis, Jack Inglis, Rodders
• Conv. Lewis – 3off

Team:
1. Paul Winter
2. Keith Winter
3. Tom Hirst
4. Jack Inglis
5. Ewan Lowry    (Steve Palmer )
6. Harry                (Ewan Lowry)
7. Jake Armstrong
8. Paul Strachan
9. Jak Tuck
10. Lewis Hill
11. David Reay       (Paul Dingley)
12. Lee Guest          (Phil Rayson)
13. Dan Turland     (Peter Andrew Bath)
14. Hopey                (James Murray)
15. James Murray  (Rodders)

 

2nd Leg – Blaydon XV 48 Vs Ryton XV 5

Photos, thanks to Billy Inglis
https://www.facebook.com/1835450646/posts/10210861934544482/

 

Highs & Lows:

  •  Excuse me, I have to believe this game was played by aliens, this double of Keith Winter in photos is shaped in what looks like a passing position, that surely didn’t happen
  •  Not sure how long have I been away, thoughts I was there Boxing day but this report in rugby has to be the equivalent of walking into the starwars bar – Can’t really believe what you are seeing …..

• See photos:

  •  Not being there I had to consult Keith, who confirmed my thoughts from the photos, that James thought he’d scored a try over the 22, although Keith remembered it may have been the halfway, it’s in colour take a look.
  •  Adam Keeler takes on Ryton pack, it wasn’t fair… try
  •  There is not a lot of conviction in scrumhalfs eyes on talking Sean on the hoof
  •  James shows a number of cleans sets of heels…
  •  Keith too hung over to run, he passed.
  •  Matt Thompson as flyhalf running with the ball perfectly held (NOT) to release the backs or bring in the forwards on the inside. He may have scored, but let’s not let the truth get involved/in the way of a match report…. Never have before!
  • Look Andy giving a penalty to Blaydon, M.J. take note on how to do that….

 

  •  Ewan Lowry, Paul Strachan and Adam Turnbull scored conversions – what was the selection for kicking, furthest away from the try scored?
  •  James Murray didn’t get the jug in for scoring 3 trys…. Judge Paul Winter to deal with this at next Court session…..

Some input from those attending:

  •  Lewis Hill scored Sean Pyle missed the kick
  •  Someone else scored, Sean Pyle missed the kick
  •  Hopey knocked on
  • Someone else scored, Sean Pyle missed the kick
  • Hopey thought he would enter into festive spirit and change the rules to match NFL and threw a few forward passes
  •  Someone else scored, Sean Pyle missed the kick

***Half Time ***

  •  Harry split Strachs head open and Windy played Nurses. Strachs splitting his head because it’s as soft as a peach
  •  Matt Thompson played 10 and refused to pass to anyone within 10m, opting for a “Miss 3” every time
  •  Ewan scored from Lewis Hill’s crossfield kick, Matt missed the conversion
  •  Paul Winter started a fight with the Ryton 8, Owen Reed jumped on his back and tried to drag him to the ground by his beard, then wanted to chin him
  •  Someone scored and Strachs slotted the conversion.

 

Scorers:
• Trys; So suspected scorers:
o James Murray 3
o Adam Keeler 1
o Ewan Lowry 1
o Ewan Pritchard 1
o Lewis Hill 1
o Matt Thompson 1

• Conv.
o We must have started with someone sensible, surely ???
o Sean – missed a boat load
o Matt missed one at least
o Adam Turnbull 1
o Paul Starchan 1
o Ewan Lowry 1

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Team:
First half:
1 Paul Winter
2 Keith Winter
3 Adam Keeler
4 Steve Sewell
5. Paul Strachan
6 Ewan Lowry
7. Cameron Richardson
8 Harry
9 Owen Reed
10 James Murray
11 Ewan Prichard.
12 Lewis Hill
13 Sean Pyle
14 Peter Andrew Bath
15 Hopey

Second half

Team:
1 Paul Winter
2 Keith Winter
3 Steve Palmer
4 Steve Sewell
5. Adam Turnbull
6 Ewan Lowry
7.Jake Armstrong
8 Stu Bailey
9 Owen Reed
10 Matt Thompson
11 Ewan Prichard
12 Lewis Hill
13 James Murray
14 James Toward Adams
15 Hopey

 

 

Saturday 6th October – Blaydon Bricks 17 Vs South Shields Mariners 10

Big thank you to Mariners who loaned us 2 players so we had a full side, as well as a 3rd when we got an injury later on, thank you Ray, Jack and Screech. Thanks also to Ian Bennie for making a return and Keith Oliver and Toddy for forgetting about injuries and playing.

Shields lost loads of players over the summer and are struggling getting two teams out presently, but their spirits are good and they never took a backward step in this game, we wish them all the best for their recruitment/recovery and look forward to the return game on 19th January.

Have to say immensely proud of the attitude of the Bricks players on the day, following cry offs and loads of unavailability, we were warming up with 13 players, knowing we would get some players, but not what positions, facing a large squad from Shields, a lesser side could have been disheartened, but the Bricks, just looked around at the quality of players which were there and got on with the job in hand, people played out of position to help the team (Harry in centre, Lee at 9 and Ian on the wing) and Bricks were deserved winners on the day.

This game had everything:

  • Mariners were great sports and the players they loaned us really put themselves about
  • We got the loan players just as the game started, so had no time to warm up with them, but you wouldn’t have been able to tell, they fitted straight in.
  • Lee Guest at 9, yes 9, after Thacks bailed on Saturday and Stu B was called up to the 2s
  • Ian Bennie out of retirement (not sure he ever truly announce it anyway)
  • Harry playing in the centre, he gave his shirt back at the end of the game and announced it didn’t need washing
  • Justin was back from injury – think he decided whatever it was couldn’t get any worse
  • A large crowd, Mariners brought a number with them and it was a nice day and lots of Blaydon support turned out
  • David Reay with outrages blue laces, it was determined, these being too tight were the cause of his current injury
  • Forwards played as a unit, lineout worked well, scrummage was dominant, every maul made good yards and we had runners standing off everywhere. Shields tackled loads, but must have been sick of seeing red shirts running into them. Never understood our foreheads, why they don’t avoid contact is beyond me, be hey thankfully they are on our side and I never had to play against them.
  • Defence was immense from forwards and back
  • Keith Oliver on the side line injured caught game fever and went on, again on basis he knows it will hurt next day, but he wanted to be involved, good to have him back
  • Toddy stripping Guesty on the side line for his gear, after he decided his injury wasn’t that bad and wore a knee brace to cure anything/everything. He’s definitely one of the taller 9s around.

Highs & Lows:

  • Keith got a try dis-allowed for crawling over the line with tacklers on his back and legs, it was more of a elbow shuffle really and the referee announce a ‘double’ movement was under selling (more quadruple) it!
  • Savs & Harry broke the gain line, time after time
  • Divers cleared everything up at the back and ran back at the Mariners gaining loads of yards
  • Damien scored a good try down the side line
  • Guesty must have ESP, he was heard attracting attention (screeching), loudly at a ruck, just before he got injured at the next breakdown….
  • After in a previous exchange he was being high tackled, Craig Oliver (our new Mr Angry) was pulled up for a ‘Cliffy’ trademarked handoff, continued on so well by Paul W (although he doeth protest he is just clumsy) well more of an arm off, he protested his innocence, but then Cliff & Paul always did…
  • Keith W managed to conquer his issue with the trifecta (breathing, running and passing) by catching the ball, stopping and passing, a good pass to Harry to score, whatever next, maybe Paul will catch a kick off.

Scorers:
• Trys; Divers, Damien S, Harry
• Conv. Divers

League: www.northumberlandrugbyunion.com/clubs/county-leagues/river-blyth-south-league

Photos: https://www.flickr.com/photos/26086313@N08/albums/72157701983515344

Thanks to Derek Turnbull for 141 pictures

Few comments on the selection above:

  • It looks like Guesty is willing that pass to get to someone…… remember he asked for praise on his tackling in the last match report…..
  • First Mariners encounter with our stand in centre, Harry hanging just off Savs shoulder, a couple didn’t get up from those tackles in the middle of the park
  • Any clue what Keith was doing on the flyhalf channel, well he caught it….
  • Divers running from fullback was a little of ‘which way did he go’ at times
  • Not sure how Stracks got left behind, looks like he must have ran backwards to get up steam, coming off the back of the scrum!
  • Justin certainly looks focused
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Team:
1. Paul Winter
2. Ray – Loan player (Ian Bennie)
3. Keith Winter
4. Steve Sewell
5. Cameron Richardson
6. Jack – Loan Player
7. Justin Clarke
8. Stracks
9. Lee Guest (Mark Todd)
10. Savs
11. Ian Bennie (Screech – Loan Player)
12. Damien Shaw
13. Harry
14. Craig Oliver
15. Phil Divers

Durham County Cup Draw 2018/19


 

First round: 13th October

Quarter Final: 16th February

Semi Final: 2nd March

 

2nd Team Cup

Saturday 13th October – Georgians have a Bye

3rd Team Cup

Saturday 13th October – Development away to Hartlepool IIs

4th Team Shield

Shield starts at Quarter Final stage as there are only 8 teams involved

Saturday 16th February, away to Ryton 3rds

 

2017/18 League tables for National Two North, Candy and Northumberland

 

 

 

FINAL LEAGUE COMPOSITIONS FOR SEASON 2017-18

 

CANDY 1  (12 team) CANDY 2 (12 team) ALN LEAGUE (12 team)
Alnwick 2

Blaydon Georgians

Billingham 2

Darlington Mowden Park 2

Gateshead 2

Middlesbrough 2

Morpeth Reivers

Northern Wanderers

Novos 2

Percy Park Lions

Tynedale Raiders

West Hartlepool 2

Acklam 2

Barnard Castle 2

Bishop Auckland 2

Consett 2

Durham City 2

Darlington Mowden Park 3

Hartlepool 2 (NEW team)

Hartlepool Rovers 2

Horden and Peterlee 2

Medicals 2

Stockton 2

Westoe 2

Alnwick Lions

Ashington 2

Blaydon Development

Corbridge Centurions

Gateshead 3

Gosforth Phoenix

Morpeth Edwardians

Novos 3

Ponteland 2

Ryton 2

Sunderland 2

Whitley Bay Rockcliff Vikings

 

 

 

 

BLYTH LEAGUE  (8 team) COQUET LEAGUE  (8 team) NEW MERIT TABLE
Berwick Bears

Blaydon Bricks

Morpeth Stags

Northern Panthers

Percy Park Pumas

West End

Winlaton Vulcans Saxons

Northumbria University Team (Jack Lamberts team – NEW)

 

Blyth 2

Consett 3

Houghton Boars

Medicals Serpents

Novos Centurions

North Shields Crusaders

South Shields Mariners

Whitley Bay Rockcliff Rangers

 

Ashington 3

Blyth 3

Border Park

Chester le Street 2

Gosforth Falcons

Jarrovians 2

Newcastle Ravens

North Shields Artisans

Ponteland Pythons

Ryton 3

Seghill Deputies

Sunderland 3

Wallsend Warriors

Westoe 3

 

 

 

Blaydon Bricks regain the Durham 4th Team Shield

Bricks secured a 6th Shield win in seven years in a tightly contested game against Houghton Boars (2nds)  with final score 18-3

 

Bricks, bring back the Shield…….. and it’s back where it belongs:

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Thanks to Houghton Boars for what was a great final, contested right to the end, they was definitely sighs of relief when Rodders scored his second try a few minutes from the end, to make it 18-3.

Thanks to everyone who travelled to watch the final, support from the side line was fantastic, it was like a home game….

Thanks to Robin and Richard for covering Physio

Game was a double header, league and cup game.

It’s always hard to write a cup final match report, as you all know I HATE cup matches, don’t get me wrong it’s fantastic winning the shield, but the build up, who to select, subs to make and then when you are pushed all the way as were yesterday, once the final whistle went the game just went out my head and drinking started, what a relief ……

Some headlines:

  • Scrumage was excellent
  • Rob Pyle and Drennon were everywhere
  • Line out worked well
  • Forwards took the ball on well
  • Defence from the whole team was immense, what ball Boars got they got knocked back
  • Positional kicking was good
  • Rodders took his two trys well
  • Ref could have given us advantage rom our scrums instead of constant penalties and Owen would have scored, as it happens he was brought  back and we were given a penalty
  • We scored more points and won!

After game entertainment:

  • Buchanan room was packed
  • Pennies game was legendary
  • Songs were flowing
  • As was Moretti, Guinness & John Smiths, bar staff struggle a little with the concept of just keep bringing beer, we’ll drink it and we did…

Biggest thanks to those in the squad, who travelled, help get the team ready in warm up, supported from the sideline and did not get on, to a man everyone of the them was a true squad player, thank you.

We are so fortunate to have a squad of this capability, we truly had real finishers on the bench and non of the the substitutions weakened the side.

We did it, we brought the Shield back, it’s defence starts with training once the Lions test finish. There is a Vets game next Friday at Ryton, so they will be no game for the Bricks, I’ll check what the Development are doing.

 

Well done Bricks;

 

Thanks to Finnas for around 400 photos https://www.flickr.com/photos/26086313%y40N08/collections/

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Scorers:

Trys Rodders 2

Conv: Rodders 1

Pen: Rodders 2

Squad for match:
Forwards: Paul W, Brett H, Grumpy, Keith W, Tom H, Arron P, Keith O, Horse, James K, Steve P, Windy, Rob Pyle, Drennon, Stracks, Cookie, Steve S, Cameron R, Ian B

Backs: Stu R, Owen R, Alex T, Steve D, Matt G, Liam B, Craig B, Lewis H, Rodders, Damien S, Mickey B, Craig O,

Saturday 1st April – Morpeth Stags 28, Blaydon Bricks 7

A depleted but battling Bricks side lost to a 30 man (or thereabouts) Stags squad who were out to enjoy their last match of the season in a well contested match where the Stags just had a bit too much firepower.

Morpeth opened the scoring early on with a well worked try finished by their (quite quick) supersized centre – apparently a former Penrith 1st teamer and quite a handful. The conversion made the score 7 – 0 to the Stags. Blaydon responded well at the restart with a good attack down the left wing initiated by Damian Ameer-Beg who had a good game all round. Good handling support from several players led to a lineout in the Stags 22 and a catch and forward drive led to a try by Keith Winter.  James Murray (another who had a sound game) landed a great conversion from wide out on the left to make it 7 – 7.

The game developed into an entertaining match that was mainly contested in the middle of the park with good play from both sides in both attack and defence. The Blaydon scrum stood up well in the face of a big Morpeth 8 and Rob Pyle was prominent in making any number of big tackles from the back row.  Eventually pressure from the Stags led to a 5metre scrum which was duly won by Morpeth and a try followed after powerful short range break from the scrum half. This was converted 14 – 7 to the Stags.

Aaron Poad made a surging break after picking up a Morpeth error and combined well with Damian A to make good ground for the Bricks. Unfortunately they could not capitalise on this and the game returned to the pattern of before only to be broken by another powerful attack down the middle of the field by the Stags backs resulting in another try. Again this was converted. 21-7 to the Stags.

A couple of changes were made at half time – one positional – but options were limited for the Bricks whereas a lot of fresh legs appeared for the Stags after half time.

On the restart the game quickly re-established itself as a tightly fought contest albeit with a lot of pressure on the Blaydon line. GREAT defence from the Blaydon side kept the Stags at bay (corny but couldn’t resist it!) and the home side were repelled several times when a try looked certain. Everyone played their part in this and it was great to watch. Then Windy ‘entered’ a maul from the side and, having been previously warned (so said the ref in a post-match interview!) a yellow card was shown. A very aggrieved Bricks captain left the field followed by the Stags forward who had formed an inviting doorway (or as Windy explained … an offside target) for his drive into the maul. Neither would return to the match.  Stu Reay took over the captaincy and marshalled his team well to provide stiff resistance.

More Morpeth pressure followed and, almost inevitably a try was scored following a 5m scrum – this time through an outnumbered centre field. Converted again. 28 – 7

Keith Oliver replaced Windy after the 10 minute sin bin was completed and the game continued as a good contest until the final whistle with both sides keen to play good hard rugby.

Well done to the Stags – you played well and were sporting opponents. Great stuff from the Bricks – an enjoyable game to watch lots of pride and determination shown all round.

Match report by Phil Partington – going to have to get this stopped, it actually reflects what happened in the game…….

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Team:

  1. Tom Hirst
  2. Keith Winter
  3. Brian Penny
  4. Arron Poad
  5. Jack Inglis
  6. Ian Bennie
  7. Rob Pyle
  8. Windy (Keith Oliver – about 55 mins)
  9. Stu Reay
  10. James Murray (Lewis Hill – half time)
  11. Mickey Bell (James Murray – half time)
  12. Steve Davidson.
  13. Phil Divers
  14. Damien A
  15. Hopey