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


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.

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



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

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

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

Blaydon Development 47 Vs Ryton IIs 42 – Development secure maximum points league win

Good to see some old and new faces in a Blaydon shirt:
• Scott Kelly has returned to the club and was a handful for Ryton
• Jake Jobey has also returned, having been in Blaydon youth and will certainly strengthen our front 5 capability

• Ewan Lowry from last years U18 played for both the 2s and the Development on the day
• Lee Guest has returned after his travels and work commitments and fitted straight in
• Anth has returned to playing, from not turning up to carry the water bottles and played his part in the victory

Some thanks:
• First to Ryton, who came a long with 13 so we both got a game
• Next to Jake Jobey and Paul Winter for playing a half each for Ryton

Few points on the photos above:
• You can see our forwards looking at Scott holding the ball, thinking, well there’s only 3 of them, no hurry
• Good to see Jake back playing, although first thing he did was play first half for Ryton……
• Doesn’t Paul look good in blue… we may be able to trade him for a box of Stella… a full case 24 * 330ml mind…
Photos: Click here for Flickr – Sorry only 21 photos this week, was me taking the photos and we know that doesn’t work…

Other highs & lows from the game:
• Blaydon forwards were in the ascendancy with good lineouts, driving, interplay and support play
• You could tell it was early in the season and first game for the Development side, tackling wasn’t where it should have been, as can be seen from the sharing of 89 points.
• Good tackling in the backs from Savs and Divers
• Not sure where Anth was going, on one of the defensive, he got all excited and I think he took the inside centre….
• Guesty wanted me to mention his try saving tackle on the big Fijian and seemed hurt I didn’t get it on camera, reality is I hardly got anything photos, too busy watching the game…. Given he asked, we will watch more closely to be able to report any of his howlers next game….
• Bit confusion at a kick off, with Arran, Hopey and Stracks all looking at each other and a Ryton player running in a stealing the ball.
• Paul Winter dropped a kick off in the second half, we assured Ryton he does it all the time when he’s playing for us
• Hopey did well with Conversions; 5 from 7

Summary; first game for the Development, a hard fixture against a very quick Ryton side and a clash of 2 styles, Blaydon with forward power and Ryton with youngsters capable of scoring from anywhere, but a win with maximum league points, couldn’t ask for any more

Next week Development travel to Berwick

• Trys: Arran 2, Hopey, James, Divers, Stracks, Savs
• Convs: Hopey 5

1. Scott Kelly
2. Tom Hirst
3. Paul Winter (Jake Jobey)
4. Arran Poad
5. James Knox (Ewan Lowry)
6. Cameron Richardson
7. Stracks
8. Stu Bailey
9. Hopey
10. Phil Divers
11. Damien Shaw
12. Lee Guest
13. Peter Andrew Bath
14. Anth
15. Savs

Lymm 13 Blaydon 26

Despite being in arrears for much of the first half Blaydon pulled off a comfortable bonus point win on their trip to Cheshire. With the pack generally on top they had the lions share of possession throughout and with better application might have won by a much bigger margin.
They got off to a perfect start when Jamie Guy broke from half-way to send in Dan Marshall but failed to capitalise further and it was the home side that grabbed the initiative. Callum Nolan the Lymm full-back put over 2 penalties in quick succession and was then on target with the conversion when winger Ali Sutherland crashed over in the corner to make it 13-5.
That was to be last scoring by the home side however and with the interval beckoning they incurred a yellow-card and Blaydon put the numeric advantage to good use. From a prolonged attack in the 22 the ball was fed out to Marshall from a ruck and the centre finished in style for his second score with Guy adding the extras.
Trailing by just one point at the break Blaydon had their best spell in the second period and added a 3rd try following four phases of excellent possession with hooker Cameron Bell finishing off in front of the posts.
Lymm rallied and spent some time at the other end but then spilled the ball in attack allowing Blaydon to move it through the hands and release winger James Cooney who raced in for the important bonus point try.
John Brennan

Blaydon 24, HULL RFC 26


There was a carnival atmosphere at the Crow Trees ground yesterday with the Mayor of Gateshead Councillor Jill Green plus representatives from the RFU in attendance for the official launch of the new all weather pitch, but the party was spoiled by the efforts of a very determined Hull side and Blaydon had to be content with a couple of bonus points.

Hull took an early 2 try lead only to trail narrowly at the interval but then shocked the home side with another 2 try blitz and remained in control until the end. It never looked like being Blaydon’s day and their 100% record disappeared under the weight of too many penalties conceded and too many passes going to ground.

Hull scrum-half Harvey Harding nipped in to score the opener after considerable pressure on the Blaydon line which had resulted in a yellow card for Darren Fearn. Simon Humberstone failed to convert but was on target when Hull hooker Mike Jobling touched down from another short scrum.

Blaydon finally got going on the half-hour and from a second tap penalty in the 22 Nathan Bailey crossed with Jamie Guy adding the points. Then with the interval beckoning Jack Appleton was held up short and Fearn was on hand to crash over.

Despite having had just the 2 meaningful attacks Blaydon were 14-12 up at the break but there was to be a dramatic turn-around early in the second period. Dan Marshall broke from defence at speed to release Appleton who twisted this way and that on his way to the line but somehow the ball went down, Hull hacked on and winger Mike Adlard went in unopposed at the other end.

Barely had the dust settle when their centre Alex Heard went over equally unopposed down the other wing and with 2 conversions it had now become 14-26.

Blaydon picked up the pace for Bailey to squeeze over for try number 3 and Appleton secured the bonus point after a tremendous break by Harry Borthwick but significantly neither effort was converted and the game was gone.

John Brennan

Alnwick 13 Blaydon 28

Blaydon comfortably made it 2 wins out of 2, both with a try scoring bonus point, but found Alnwick a much sterner test than the opposition 7 days earlier. They led from the 15th minute onward and were generally in control despite being down to 13 men for the final 10 minutes, having lost the services of 2 prop forwards.
Try scorer Darren Fearn went off injured whilst fellow prop Dan Lyall was red-carded for a second yellow card offence.
It was very much nip and tuck at first but Blaydon gradually turned the screw and from a spell of pressure the ball was whipped out to winger Jack Appleton to touch down in the corner.
Dan Taylor landed an excellent conversion to make it 0-7 but Alnwick hit back with 2 penalties by their fly-half Alex Robson and there was just 1 point in it as the interval approached. Blaydon however were able to restore their advantage with a second try coming after more good possession from the pack and Rob Lenderyou finishing off in the corner, Taylor on target once more to make it 6-14 at the break.
The second period began slowly with little of note until the 60th minute when yet more good work by the forwards from a line-out produced a 3rd Blaydon score, this time Fearn crossing the line and Jamie Guy adding the extras.
At which point the visitors went off the boil,  and roared on by an enthusiastic crowd at what was Alnwick’s first home game in the Northern Premier League centre Callum Burn crossed for a try and landed the conversion himself.
Despite their shortage of personnel in the closing stages Blaydon controlled the ball well and were rewarded with the important 4th try in the final minute when Harry Borthwick went over from a line-out and Guy was again on target with the conversion.
John Brennan