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Blaydon 29, Chester 14


Trailing 10-0 at the interval a lively Chester side that never stopped running and passing got themselves back into the game with 2 quick tries from forwards Colin Campbell and Ross White that gained a 4 points lead.

The game was now in the balance but Blaydon hit back immediately and with youthful enthusiasm abounding tore into the visitors creaking defence, racking up 3 tries in an 8 minute purple patch to run out deserved winners.
Just 2 minutes after the second Chester score Blaydon centre James Cooney secured possession to get his side going forward and then popped up again to make a diagonal break. Pulling defenders with him he slipped an inside pass to lock-forward Harry Borthwick who had little difficulty in crossing the line and Ryan Foreman added an excellent conversion.
Chester continued to throw it around but when Blaydon attacked again Foreman and Tom Small combined to release Jack Appleton and the winger was in no mood to be stopped as he stormed over, Formeman once more on target.
Two minutes later and the result was virtually secured when Small again was the provider to send replacement Tom Gorman skipping down the other wing for the bonus point try.
Chester monopolised possession from the off, seemingly determined to run everything, and spent long periods on the home 22 line passing it back and forth. Disappointingly for them they dropped the ball 3 times when in a good position and it was Blaydon that struck first.
Anthony Harrison was heavily involved in taking them forward before Foreman kicked a penalty to touch. Skipper Keith Laughlin set up a rolling maul and the lighter home pack drove on to the line for prop-forward Alex Dodds to touch down with Foreman converting.
By the interval a Foreman penalty had made it a 10 points lead and although they allowed the visitors to gain the initiative for a while the Blaydon fighting spirit was much in evidence, and this 5 point win moves them closer to a mid-table position.

Match Report – John Brennan

Pictures – Iain Clyne

Wharfedale 19 Blaydon 27

Inspired by a superb kicking game by fly-half Joel Matavasi Blaydon raced to a 24-0 half time at fellow strugglers Wharfedale and whilst the home side made a better fist of it after the break Blaydon ran out well deserved winners.
Not only was this an important league fixture it was also the inaugural playing of the Andy Baggett Cup, a tribute to the fly-half whose long and distinguished career playing for both Blaydon and Wharfedale ended at the end of last season.
From the outset Matavasi kept his side on the offensive with some astute kicks into the bottom corner from which Wharfedale struggled to escape, and Blaydon took full advantage. Second row Harry Borthwick went over from a catch and drive early on, Matavasi adding the extras, and then in a remarkable burst ran 45 metres to outstrip the home defence for a second score.
With the visitors well on top Matavasi landed 3 penalties and then on the stroke of half-time put over a 42 metre drop goal to make it 0-24 at the break.
Wharfedale had the use of the slope in the second period and were soon on the score-board thanks to a Tom Barrett try, the fly-half also converting. On 64 minutes flanker George Hedgley added a second following a 7 minute siege on the Blaydon line in which the visitors were penalised on 4 occasions and also received a yellow card.
When Blaydon got back up-field inevitably it was Matavasi who secured 3 more points when Wharfedale infringed at a ruck, moving the score to 14-27. The home side then had the final word when winger Oli Cicognini grabbed a 3rd try for them but it was that Blaydon secured the win, leap-frogging their opponents in the process.

John Brennan

Blaydon 11 Stourbridge 40



The score-line suggests a crushing defeat for Blaydon, predictably enough considering their opponents were Stourbridge who had won all 6 games so far and each time with a try scoring bonus point. Points scored do not tell a lie and the visitors with their massive weight advantage deserved to win but for long periods it was Blaydon that looked the more likely to trouble the scorers.

With an average age of under 21 they threw caution to the winds, at times attacking relentlessly, only to come away empty-handed through their penchant for dropping the ball at a crucial time or passing it forward.
At the interval it was 8-14 to the visitors thanks to a penalty try and even after Dan Rundle had secured a 3rd try for them it was all Blaydon and it was not beyond the realms of possibility that they could go on to win.
But Stourbridge broke out to score again though Nick David, a bitter pill to swallow in the circumstances, and that was the end of the Blaydon challenge. By now a weary home side were cut down by breakaway tries from Sam Wilkes and Afeafe Haisila and thus the one-sided final score.
Earlier Joe Whyman had opened the scoring with a penalty and after a Joe Heatley try for the visitors when a Blaydon forward had thrown out a disastrous long pass,the home side stormed into the 22. Stourbridge eventually cleared but Keith Laughlin charged it down and Nathan Bailey raced through to score.
With the interval beckoning and Blaydon deservedly ahead 8-7 Rob Lenderyou was yellow carded for persistent off-side and when the scrum went down a penalty try was awarded and the tide was turned.

Match report by John Brennan

Photos by Iain Clyne

Saturday 30th September – Blaydon secure first league and season win against Winlaton Saxons

Normal service was resumed for the Bricks, good discipline, forwards and backs linking, players being supportive when things went wrong, ( like the passing and offloading of the lot ball by the backs) Keith knocked on a number of times, even Goggle looked like he hadn’t done a 10k run before the game, Cliff was bellowing from the sideline, any advice offered by me was ignored, so normal service resumed and back to wining ways and a weight off the shoulders as I had my first win of the season as Bricks manager (Grumpy was in the back ground reminding me he believes he’s still unbeaten ( me thinks he lost at Sunderland last year) and crediting our win to the fact he told me what was wrong last week…, I had so many Moretti I don’t even remember talking to him…. he may of!)


Thanks to Chris Morton for refereeing the game when Durham could not provide a ref. He did a good job, better than a number of referees we have experienced on our travels… but then, he’s spent his career telling refs what they got wrong!


Highs & Lows:

  • Great forward play taking the ball to Winlaton Saxons
  • Good yards from Tom, Knoxy, Arran, Keith, Harry and Stracks
  • Good earlier possession and handling had Chris loop round and score
  • Following a very good forward platform Divers took a great line through the middle to score
  • Keith pealed of back of a maul, actually passed it to Liam and Arran scored
  • What a hash we made of the kick-off; it’s your, it’s his, it’s anyone’s, maybe not
  • What were Divers and Damien A doing passing interplay, being very courteous; to you, to me, to you, to me, ……………………run man!
  • Liam coming off the back of a scrum, must have thought Dingley 2 was 6ft 6” or taller from the pass he gave.
  • Good running from Knoxy through the middle
  • Backs went blind off a set piece, Coatsey to Damien A, to Divers, Coatsey on the return to score
  • Keith felled Dale in his stride, ouch! That must have hurt.
  • Dags for Winlaton made some good runs, only good tackling kept him at bay, he was a little isolated, in need of friends, most of the time.
  • Keith to Chester, return to Keith good hands, EHHH!!!  (little bit of a juggle to entertain the crowd) to Harry and Divers scores
  • Kick through scrum and Liam reacts quickest to score
  • Goggle made a good break through the middle, out to Dingley 2 to score
  • Savs returns a ling kick offloads to Damien A and Liam scores
  • Liam did the Honorary thing and bought the jug for 3 tryst, well done that man!
  • Real Low – Winlaton have took out San Miguel and have Carling and Coors light, what were they thinking…..

Much more like a Bricks performance, great discipline, team work and determination, 1 out of 2 wins in the league.

Good to see Chris Coates back after about a season and a half following a hip replacement, caused by a clumsy Steve Kane, who fell on him. Steve walked round the pitch while Chris was playing, but disappeared (we perceive) under threat of dis-assembly by power tools!

Speedy recovery to Ian, who damaged his knee, there is some debate as to wether he was dropped by Tom and Harry or wether they just didn’t bring him down, a technicality lost on me, but I’m sure Windy would want me to say ‘welcome to his world’      – Days like this you find out that the individuals in this team would definitely put their bodies on the line, when Ian realised we had gone uncontested (while using the spectator rail to support his weight) he offered to go back on and scrummage, as long as he didn’t have to jump in the lineout….

Next week is a rest weekend for the Bricks as the week was allocated to Vets on Friday – sure a number of people will be needed to support the Development team at Ashington 2s

Final Score 68 -7 to Blaydon Bricks, Scorers:

  • Trys; Chris C 2, Divers 2, Arran, Keith W, Damien S, Liam B – jug bought, Stracks, Goggle
  • Conv: Divers 2, Savs 2


  1. Tom
  2. Ian Bennie
  3. Keith W
  4. James Knox.
  5. Arran P                   (Will)
  6. Cameron                (Arran)
  7. Harry
  8. Stracks
  9. Liam B
  10. Chris Coates
  11. Damien A             (Craig B)
  12. Chester
  13. Divers
  14. Damien S              (Paul Dingley)
  15. Savs







Luctonians 17, Blaydon 7

A much changed Blaydon side made a 550 mile round trip for their first ever encounter with the Herefordshire side and in a tight game were within 2 minutes of gaining a bonus point only to come away empty-handed.

Conditions were far from ideal, deep mud and driving rain making scoring opportunities few and far between. By the interval Lewis Silver the Luctonians scrum-half had put over a couple of penalties to give his side a 6 points advantage and then landed 2 more after the break.
At 12-0 Blaydon were far from out of it however and after defending well finally woke up and put some decent moves together. Success was eventually gained when winger Dan Marshall made a lot of ground with a typical barnstorming run with full-back Nathan Bailey on hand to finish off.
Joe Whyman’s conversion took the deficit to just 2 points with 15 minutes left on the clock and Blaydon sensibly kept it tight with a losing bonus in mind. Four minutes into time added on however they chose to run it toward the home 22, lost possession and could only watch on as Luctonians hacked it downfield for Adam Knight to cross for a try.

John Brennan

Saturday 16th September – Westend 28, Blaydon Bricks 15

One that got away……..

Should have known things could go wrong, when the forwards introduced spelling into the line out calls – no one jumped on the first practice as both worked out it was the other’s ball…..


Game started well with Blaydon forwards taking the ball on, keeping possession from Westend and our backs making good yards with some good lines of running. We were soon two scores up and it could/should have been more.


You could tell it was early in season with a number of mistakes being made, balls dropped, running across the pitch instead of forward/direct, but we were on top and looking to our first league win. A yellow card gave us a bit of a set back and Westend took advantage and scored a try, although very good defence from Blaydon kept them out time after time.


Half time gave Westend the opportunity to bring on fresh legs, unfortunately we started the game with only 1 sub and not longer after half time we had 3 walking wounded; Harry, Keith O and Steve Palmer who given we had no subs remaining had to carry on.


There was an apparently deliberate trip, for one of their trys’ but given it was Dingley 2 on Divers we really couldn’t complain to the ref….


This is going to be a hard league this year and this was one that got away, but for a couple subs with fresh legs!



Trys: Harry, Knoxy & Hopey


  1. Steve Palmer
  2. Keith Winter
  3. Tom Hirst
  4. Will
  5. Keith Oliver
  6. James Knox
  7. Mark Todd
  8. Harry
  9. Stu Bailey
  10. Savs
  11. Steve Sewell    (Hopey)
  12. Chester
  13. Damien A
  14. Paul Dingley
  15. Divers



Blaydon 35, Otley 24

Blaydon put their disappointing start to the season well behind them with this well deserved first win but it was never plain sailing. Fielding a side with 9 players under the age of 20 they ran up a half-time lead of 18-7 which they extended to 28-14 by the 53rd minute only for a fitter looking Otley side to run in 2 late tries and reduce the deficit to just 4 points.
It was then nip and tuck until the dying seconds when replacement Joel Matavesi latched onto a loose ball in mid-field and cut through a gap to take it up to the 22 where winger Dan Marshall finished off under the posts. Fly-half Joe Whyman, who already had landed 2 conversions and 3 penalties, added the extras and a win and a bonus point were in the bag.
“We stuck at it all the game and made the ball do the work” said a delighted team manager Jim Huxley “Now that we’ve won things can only get better”.
Prop-forward Jack Beckwith got them off to a flying start after Otley had messed up the kick-off, sending the ball dead, and Blaydon from the scrum spent the next 3 minutes in the opposition 22 until the young prop stretched over for the score.
Otley then had their best spell of the game encamped at the other end and after a series of line-outs Christian Pollock touched down in the corner.
Blaydon regained control when scrum-half Andrew Miller made a neat break into the 22 to be held up just short but Beckwith in support grabbed his second and his side took an 11 point lead into the break.
Back came the visitors 2 minutes into the second period with an excellent try from their winger Henry Roberts, but when they pulled down a Blaydon maul Matt Thomson was driven over from the line-out.
Just when victory looked to have been secured they were twice caught out by speedy attacks that resulted in Otley ties for Joe Graham and Jack Mackie.
The gap was narrow and the result at the cross-roads until the late Matavesi intervention which lifted Blaydon off the bottom of the table and up 3 places.

Write up by: John Brennan

Photos by: Iain Clyne

Macclesfield 41 Blaydon 15

When Blaydon last visited Priory Park both clubs were fighting to avoid relegation from National One. Blaydon came out on top in that encounter but both subsequently failed to survive and Saturday’s renewal would suggest that Macclesfield have settled much the better in the lower division.

Despite the score-line however this was probably Blaydon’s best performance so far with tries from hooker Cameron Bell and winger Jack Appleton that kept them in contention at 20-10 mid-way through the second half.
But pressing for more success led to their downfall when a couple of passes went down, handing the initiative to the home side who gratefully accepted the gifts and ran in 3 tries in a 5 minute purple patch to settle the outcome.
John Brennan

Blaydon 12, Tynedale 33

On paper Tynedale who had won well the previous week looked to be favourites to win this first renewal of a local derby for 3 years whilst Blaydon who had started badly seemed likely underdogs. And so it proved with the visitors displaying the crisper passing and the better eye for a break, and most importantly making fewer mistakes.

They were 2 tries ahead in 13 minutes, led 7-21 at the break, and seemed on course for a substantial victory. Blaydon however had other ideas, pulled back a try and won the 3rd quarter with some much tighter defence that kept the visitors quiet for long periods.
But they failed to create any more chances and by the end Tynedale had taken their tally to 5 tries and thoroughly deserved the 5 points they earned.
Blaydon had been on the back foot from the off and having failed to clear properly from a Tynedale penalty to the corner attack conceded the first try from the next line-out when Robert Palmer went in from a movement off the tail, Ashley Smith landing the first of his 4 successful conversions.
When Blaydon lost possession in attack the visitors moved it swiftly upfield to winger Guy Pike who rounded the last line of defence to run in try number two but on the half-hour Blaydon full-back James Cooney launched a counter with a brilliant burst up-field for Rob Lenderyou to storm into the 22. The forwards laid siege and from a penalty to the corner Matt Charlton went over for a well deserved try, hooker Matt Thompson adding the extras.
By the interval Tynedale had restored their advantage through Joe Mills from more smart line-out work and it was 7-21 at the break.
Blaydon quickly made that 12-21 after Jon Tindle-Hames had carried well into the 22 and Thompson touched down from a rolling maul, but this time there was to be no conversion from the number two.
Tynedale comfortably avoided any further set-backs and went on to grab a bonus point try with some more excellent passing that put Will Miller in from close range, and then in the final minute and from no apparent danger a superb one-two sent Jamie Blamire clear to put the icing on the cake for the Corbridge side.

John Brennan

Hinckley 52, Blaydon 28


Blaydon made an inauspicious start to life back in National League Two North, going down heavily to Leicestershire side Hinckley. Since losing Nat One status they have lost 7 members of their illustrious pack, mainly through retirement, and a re-building exercise is very much the order of the day.
In yesterday’s encounter they scored first when second rower Jonathan Haynes crashed over but poor tackling had them permanently on the back foot, and by the interval were trailing 38-7.
A much improved second half performance brought them 3 more tries and some respectability to the score-line. Fly-half Ryan Foreman finished off some good work by the forwards with a try in the corner, Haynes crossing for his second and near the end winger Dan Marshall showing the opposition a clean pair of heels when going clear from half-way.
John Brennan