Blaydon took a large , strong squad down for there first run out of the season to Middlesborough who are coached by Blaydon stalwart Andrew Baggett. DoR Matt Thompson was looking forward to seeing on show a few new faces and a few old ones returning from injury. A freak collision during the warm up saw Fraser Wilson on his return hurt a shoulder which could see him out for a few extra weeks.
The game saw both teams play a good brand of attacking rugby allowing Blaydons Dan Marshall score a first half hat trick as well as some great team efforts finished off by James Cooney and Nathan Bailey.
The 2nd half saw Middlesborough come out and put together 2 well executed scores but Blaydon finished the day off with a total of 9 tries. A big Thank You to Middlesborough for hosting us, good luck for the coming season and hopefully this fixture can be made an annual event.