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Lymm 28, Blaydon 34

🔴⚫️ Match Report 🔴⚫️

Saturday 15th February 2020


Both teams emerged into a howling gale and driving rain which continued throughout the game.
With the benefit of the wind advantage Blaydon kicked off , Freddie Lockwood gathered, gained ground, and passed to Elliot Beattie who scored in the corner in the 1st minute. Ably converted by Ryan Foreman, who then followed up with two long range penalties, Blaydon led, rather against the run of play, 0-13 after 25 minutes. Lymm pressure finally told and before the half was over poor defending and a little good fortune with ball bounces, allowed them two tries by Pilkington and Kimber, both converted by McCormack. At 14-13 down at half time Blaydon were looking at a struggling second half into the gale against an increasingly dominant Lymm. This was quickly exacerbated by yellow cards to fly half Carey and centre McMillan within five minutes of each other, and immediately followed by an injury to Captain Jack Davidson which saw him leaving the field. Two further Lymm penalties and an unconverted try by full back Nolan gave Lymm an apparently unassailable lead of 25-13 as the game entered the last ten minutes. However with Blaydon back to full strength a series of drives on the Lymm try line allowed prop David Lyall to score an unconverted try , which was then rather unluckily followed by a Lymm penalty. 28-20. Into the last 5 minutes and despite the elements, an increasingly determined Blaydon then repeated their driving forward efforts resulting in a converted try under the posts by the impressive Freddie Lockwood.
Could Blaydon come back again with the clock running down on the last play of the day ?. Gathering the kick off in their own half the forwards individually slowly drove their way upfield to the Lymm line after 37 passages of play and no handling errors which finally enabled Elliot Beattie to score under the posts from close range much to all Blaydon supporters and players delight. Converted by Ryan Foreman the score ended 28-34 and 5 points to take Blaydon to the top of the Northern Premier League table
This was a truly remarkable victory and credit to the whole squad who believed in their ability to turn things round right to the very end.

Bill Locke

This Weekends Fixtures Subject to Storm Dennis!!

We have three senior teams in action this weekend and a full Youth programme at BRFC on Sunday.

Blaydon 1st XV are away at Lymm RFC in the North Premier League, kick off at 2.15pm

Blaydon Georgians are in Candy League action against Tynedale Raiders at BRFC on Saturday kick off 2.15pm

Blaydon Spartans are playing Westend RFC at BRFC on Saturday kick off 2.15pm

Please keep an eye out for updates on postponements on the Blaydon RFC and Players Facebook pages

The Club wishes all teams the best of luck in their matches this weekend.


As expected, Rossendale proved a handful and the game was a close encounter which was much like our first way back in October.   Whenever opened up a lead, the visitors immediately replied with with still 15 minutes remaining, Blaydon’s three point lead looked precarious but unlike previous matches our game plan was to get into the opposition’s 22 and see out time.   A task which Blaydon achieved as the opposition visibly tired.
Early exchanges were controlled by the home side this, despite losing prop Daz Fearn with a shoulder injury which saw him retire from play and eventually after 20 minutes scrum half Sam Stuart, soon himself to go off injured and take no further part in the match, put in Elliot Beattie from 30 metres ( he tells me) but probably nearer 12, over between the posts for the former player to add the points.
The home side continued to hold the initiative despite good work by the visiting pack and eventually winger Jack Appleton capitalised on a poor bit of visiting play and shot between two players to add to Blaydon’s score with an unconverted try.  Soon after, however, thing were to change and on only their second visit to the Blaydon half, prop Dan Rylance barged over after good forward play for fly half Lewis Allen to kick the first of his three conversions.
Half time arrived with a 12 – 7 scoreline and everything to play for and sure enough it was enterprising visiting back play which saw winger Tom Waring (also soon to leave the field of play) score an excellent try and Allen converted to put Rossendale two points in front.
Blaydon however were not dismayed and patient patterns of play eventually saw hooker Frazer Wilson and James Cooney combine from the half way line for the former to put Blaydon in front, a lead which they never lost with replacement Ryan Foreman adding the extras with an excellent touchline kick.
Immediately from the re-start, a 60 metre handling movement saw Wilson again, this time combining with Alex Charlton to outpace the visiting defence again on the right hand side and Jack Appleton finished off in style for his second try of the match to widen the gap to 10 points.   However, the marauding visiting pack had other ideas and their outstanding No. 8 Dominic Moon drove over for a converted try to immediately reduce the arrears only for Dan Marshall to thread through on the hour for his first try since before Christmas.   Sloppy play in the backs on their own 22 allowed Chris Mayor to gratefully take possession and shoot over for an unconvered try and narrow the gap to 3 points with 15 minutes remaining.   Squeeky bum time!!
However, Blaydon kicked off and continued to run down the clock in the last 15 minutes from inside the visiting 22.   At this stage the visitors were visibly tiring and not able to mount any worthwhile attacks and in the final seconds Ryan Foreman gratefully kicked a late penalty to widen Blaydon’s victory.
Both sides would wonder at the scoreline – Rossendale for not appearing in the first half and Blaydon during this period wasting several good opportunities.   In the end the home side triumphed in a game which last year they would have lost.
Next week we travel to Lymm who are comfortably lying in mid table and like us have an AGP.


This week’s results see no change in the league top three but Billingham, who lost again and have not won since Christmas, have now dropped down to 5th place by virtue of Sandal leapfrogging them into 4th place.



U15 County

BRFC U15s provide 10 Players for County Squads

More fantastic news from the Youth Section, 10 of Blaydon’s County Cup U15s Finalist Squad have been picked for Durham (Nate Forrest, Ewan Brown, Josh Chapman, Charlie Gray, Matthew Stewart, Lloyd Hall, Sam Green, Dylan Kidd and Aiden Ferguson) and Northumberland (Taylor Hannant) County Squads.

They are playing in a Festival this Sunday at Kingston Park then a squad of 22 will be selected for matches against Cumbria and Northumberland. This clearly shows again what strength in depth the youth section are producing at present and congratulations must also be given to their coaching team of Paul Vinnicombe, Charlie Brown and Matthew Purdy. Good luck to all the lads from BRFC 👍👊🏉💪


U15 County

Blaydon Car Boot Sale



  • 2 Plots for hot food and beverages
  • Plot for ice cream
  • Plot for fruit
  • Plot for sweets



Tenders must be submitted on the form provided BEFORE 12 NOON ON FRIDAY 14th FEBRUARY 2020 and all parties will be notified BY FRIDAY 21st FEBRUARY 2020 of the outcome.

Selection will be made purely on the written responses provided and the Selection Committee will include members of Blaydon Rugby Football Club’s Executive Committee and the Car Boot Management Team.

The main factor in the decision will be remuneration offered, but the club will take into account how the companies tendering are willing to support the wider entity that is Blaydon Rugby Football Club.


Further details available:


Blaydon Rugby Football Club have formalise the approach to allocating the above-listed plots for each year’s Car Boot Sales.   The Car Boot Sale is held 39 Sundays each year from the beginning of March until the end of November and in addition, to the maximum number of stalls – 400 – the attendance can be as high as 5,000 people, obviously depending upon the time of year and the weather.


It is the responsibility of the tenderer to ensure that the opportunity is fully understood and the club cannot guarantee any attendance or expected takings values for the plots.   It should be noted that the sale of chocolate is excluded from all vans, this being allotted to the ice cream van.


It must be accepted and understood that certain months will have different attendance to others, but the club request that the tenderer submit a fixed offer per month for the nine month operational period.


These payments will be settled on the first Sunday of each month and all tenders are for the full nine month period.


The process will be one of sealed tenders submitted to the Assistant Secretary of Blaydon RFC, with four pieces of information provided:

  • Monthly value offered.
  • Details of willingness to be /or current involvement with the rest of the club/sponsorship.
  • Other influencing factors, e.g.previous experience of working with Blaydon RFC


Please complete question on Mid-Week Car Boot Sale on tender doc.


Please download form or email the ‘Contact’ email and tender form will be emailed to you. All completed forms to be submitted to following email address:






BRFC U15’s Reach County Cup Final

County Cup Semi Final Result – Bishop Auckland 8 – Blaydon 64

Try Scorers: Ewan Brown 3, Matthew Stewart 2, Dylan Kidd 2, Lloyd Hall 1, James Hill 1, Sam Green 1.
Conversions: Dan Tedstill 4 from 5, Dylan Kidd 3 from 4, Harry Campbell 0 from 1

Summary from Paul Vinnicombe

The first thing we talked about when we went into the changing room was our mental approach, and from the moment we left the changing room it was clear to see with all of the lads they were really up for this match and as the KO approached and they got in their huddle you could feel the intensity that was about to be unleashed by the mighty Roar of the squad!!I think we may have been a bit too worked up for this as we seemed very panicked for the 1st 5-10 minutes which saw Bishop Auckland benefit from a string of little mistakes and silly penalties which led to us going down by 3 points.

We restarted and with a tremendous back line racing up underneath the kick we forced an error and got the ball in our hand and from that moment all we done is show our physical dominance with every scrum, tackle & ball carry, everything we done we went forward.
Today’s game had it all, our set piece was solid- our forwards carried very well and defended fantastically. Our backs ran some great lines cutting through their defence like a hot knife through butter and when Bishop did manage to scramble back to make the tackle we had a support runner to take the offload.

– driving past the ball in the rucks so we can get quicker ball
– Scan and communicate, there was a few times after 3/4/5 phases Bishops front row found themselves out on the wing….. we need to recognise this and get the ball out to these areas for our backs to exploit the situation.

My Best Bits:
– Matty bounding 40 yards up the wing with his short line out, great strong run 💪🏃‍♂️
– Dan T’s great chip over into the corner for Dylan to finish off, good game sense Dan 👍
– Sam & James’s try, both fantastic running lines and finished off with great support play.

I’m very proud of the effort from the lads today I always say the only thing anyone can ask is for 100% effort and that’s what we got and the amazing rugby we seen was a definite bonus. The final is to be played on May 3rd against Westoe RFC who beat Darlington MP 12-7 in a tight affair! Venue/kick off times to be posted in due course.
#pumpthecrow #blaydonno1 #myrugbyfamily


Billingham 5, Blaydon 24



Match Report:



With a superb second half display, Blaydon blew away Billingham in an emphatic fashion with their pack which included winger Frazer Wilson at hooker due to the injury situation and their backs posing a constant threat to the home side’s lack of direction.
The first half was fairly even with both sides nullifying each other in forward exchanges and when the ball eventually reached the three quarters, the windy conditions did not help.   However, a late James Cooney try gave Blaydon the lead and the second half display took the game away from the home side.
The game evolved slowly with firstly the home pack testing their visitors who stood firm and repulsed several attacks.  Blaydon then came more into the game with their three quarter attacks making good ground and looking dangerous.   However, two injuries in quick succession just before the half hour saw Captain Jack Davidson retire with a leg injury and then centre Alex Clarke suffered a severe hand injury necessitating a hospital visit.  Blaydon then changed their team with second row Alex Charlton making a welcome return after a four month lay off and new signing Sam Stuart making his club debut at scrum half with Dan Taylor moving to 10 and Jordan Carey into the centre.
For some reason, the enforced changes saw Blaydon up their game and five minutes of forward pressure in the home 22, eventually saw the ball smartly released and James Cooney popped up in the centre to score the first of his two tries.
After the interval, Blaydon continued to dominate, and a superb Harry Borthwick run from 22 to 22, breaking several tackles, began another siege of the home line and eventually influential scrum half Stuart darted over for Carey to add the points.   The expected home revival did not materialise, continually losing possession and struggling in the tight, and it was again three quarter initiative and a series of fast attacks which saw Keith Laughlin burst over from ten metres to increase the lead and Carey again to add a successful kick.
The home side then had a period of territorial advantage and after a Darren Fearn yellow card, they reduced the arrears with an unconverted try in the corner but gradually the Blaydon depleted pack regained control and finally upon Fearn’s return to the field, Blaydon scored their bonus point try when scrum half Stuart cleverly kicked over his forwards for the home opposition to be caught in possession, dispossessed of the ball, and that man Cooney again popped up to race in from 15 metres to increase the lead to 24 – 5.
This was the final score line with the Blaydon side arguably producing their best display of the season, particularly in the second half, with a combined team display.   The win sees Blaydon now in joint second place behind new leaders Macclesfield who emphatically beat Harrogate with Billingham slipping down to fourth having recorded their fourth successive defeat.
Well done lads!!  Keep it going!!
U15 Girls Team Jan 20

Historic First for Blaydon Youth Section

Another historic first for Blaydon Youth takes place this Sunday at Billingham RFC, where 8 or our fantastic U15 Girls squad are taking part in the County Durham U15s Girls Rugby Trials.

Most of the squad have only been playing for 12-18 months’ and this recognition shows how much effort, enthusiasm and immense determination the girls have put in. A special thanks should also be given to the coaching team, Damien, Paul Foster, Paul Vinnicombe, Chris Millican and Tim Murphy for their passion to get a girls team up and running at the club.

The club wishes Georgia Grey, Georgia Donnelly, Millie Sampson, Grace Johnson, Emily Bambrough, Zara Lawrence, Erin Beyer and Rebecca Howell all the best for Sunday. #pumpthecrow

BRFC U15 Girls

BRFC Scrummaging on Three Fronts this Weekend

BRFC have three senior sides playing this weekend, all away from home:

BRFC 1st Team v Billingham (A) Kick Off 2.15pm

BRFC Georgians v Billingham Lions (A) Kick Off 2.30pm

BRFC Bricks v Sunderland 2’s (A) Kick Off 1.00pm

The Georgians and Bricks play in the Candy and Blyth Leagues respectively and we wish all three teams well #pumpthecrow

Finally a special mention to BRFC U15’s who are playing Bishop Auckland RFC away in the semi final of the County Cup on Sunday Kick off at 11.00am, please pop along and support the youth. Good Luck men, further updates on this exceptional squad to follow next week.

Northern Panthers 31, Blaydon Spartans 31

31 all draw, no one could have seen that coming….   What a game, it had everything; good crowd, nearly as many officials as subs, a large Northern squad, a Spartans squad with strength in depth, having 6 subs, with a great mix of youth, (5 academy players picture below) experience players to close game out when it needed to be and speed to score from anywhere. Oh to be an independent spectator watching this game!

Thanks go to:
• academy guys, with Ethan and Karem making debuts,
• Ash, Liam and Mick from Winlaton,
• George now at Tynedale
• Michael Sturla making his Spartans Debut.

Photos, thanks to Derek Turnbull:

Full squad and Academy players:



These guys from Winlaton, even the cheeky looking one, looks better in red…..   thanks for playing, always welcome!



Trys: Scott 3, James M,  Michael Sturla

Conv: James M 3


High & Lows

• The buzz around the squad was very good, everyone jelled into a squad quickly and Paul Winter brought focus, James M captained and Ewan led the pack, both led by example.
• Great double try saving tackles on the line from Davy and Thomas
• Ash, Cameron & Liam Beck bossed the scrums, well supported by 2 sets of 2nd rows
• Ewan, Liam and Sturla were all over making hits in defence and good yards going forward
• At half time we put every sub on so everyone got a half, people were disappointed to come off, but the attitude was great, everyone just accepted it was time for other to have their turn!
• Winlaton Saxons had only just lost out to the Panthers the previous week, Panthers were please we showed up with a full squad but; weren’t so happy to see Ash, Liam and especially Mick, who had completely wound up Panthers scrum half the previous week and put him off his game, who would have thought, eh!
• Northern announced they had a couple of new guys trying out, like a South African backrow who was looking to join their 1s, but as there was no 2s game……, (which was fine as we had some 2s players) they were having a run out. I bet the SA backrow wished he’d waited a week as our back 5 forwards, both halves, just battered the Panthers, forcing mistakes.
• The sideline/dugout was just good fun, the guys on the pitch were doing their stuff and the bench were supporting them.
• Scott’s hat trick of Trys, including a good interception and foot race.
• Just as Liam had done the week before, Ethan and Karem did the academy proud on their debuts, both did way more than held their own and showed what a bright future Blaydon have coming through the youth system.
• Our trys were predominantly from distance and Crusaders were so concern about our ability to score from distance, when given opportunity to continue with the game, they kicked it off and took the draw.
• James M running a foot race in from just outside of our 22
• Lee Guest’s face, when he asked if he could wear his own testicles and go on to play rugby          :-)                      Mrs Guest said NO! and gave me a ‘look’, I wasn’t going there!

• El Capitan had a kick from about 30m out, that could have won this, but he decide to kick to the corner, that could have been something to do with his chosen kicking tee ‘implement’ which wouldn’t have looked out of place in a torture chamber or novelty garden ……

A draw was a very fair result for this game, 2 well matched sides, played at 100mph a times, with a lot of good young players on display, suppotred by a few older heads, from both sides.

1. Ashley Merritt
2. Cameron Richardson.
3. Liam Beck.
4. Adam Turnbull (George)
5. Matthew Johnson (Ethan King)
6. Ewan Lowry
7. Liam Hills. (Nic Eatch)
8. Michael Sturla

9. Thomas Reay. (Michael Wharton)
10. James Murray
11. James Miller (Karem Toprak)
12. Peter Andrew
13. Scott Whitfield.
14. David Reay (Paul Dingley)
15. Matt Robertson (Thomas Reay)