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There is plenty of rugby taking place at Blaydon RFC this weekend, pop along and watch some potential stars!!
🔴⚫️ Match Report 🔴⚫️
Saturday 29th February 2020
SANDAL 51 – 5 BLAYDON
Throughout the home side were dominant with their abrasive pack on top and consequently their three quarters finished off in style. By half time the game was won.
The game began on a bright if somewhat windy day with the home side not fielding Blaydon’s kick off and for the first 7 minutes Blaydon probed but a determined home defence kept them at bay. The home side’s first meaningful attack on the clubhouse side saw Blaydon penned in the corner and despite winning the line out, indecision allowed No. 8 Declan Thompson to brush off several would be tacklers to open the scoring and Greg Wood slotted the first of his 3 conversions.
A period of mid field play saw the scoreline unchanged until the 21st minute when James Eller finished off a mid field break and the home side then began to dominate with 2 further tries following in quick succession. However, just before the interval, Blaydon had a short spell of enterprising play and the forwards drove over Alex Charlton to reduce the arrears. Not for long however, as Joe Allott burst through to give a scoreline of 22 – 5 at the break.
After the interval the pattern of play was the same with the home forwards continually providing good ball for their three quarters and by astute use of the elements, they always had territorial advantage. Scrum half Joe Bedford a late replacement from his coaching duties, finished off a forward drive followed shortly after by scrum half Tom Baxter. Sandal then lost direction and Blaydon had their best period of the game handling errors saw them continually coughing up possession and the home team weathered the storm and in the final minute a good forward drive saw another try with Wood adding the conversion.
Sandal now move up into third place behind ourselves who are still top and Harrogate second
Next week we are at home to second bottom Morpeth – kick off 3.00.p.m. and we need to get back to winning ways.
What a fitting way to bring to a close this 2nd session of Justin’s rugby Career as his shoulder goes under the knife on Monday 17th February, 25 years playing for Blaydon, we wait to see what next, good things usually come in 3s, so he should be back… certainly as a minimum coaching to share all that experience and knowledge, watch this space…. Update surgery went well and he’s recovering with biscuits and stacks of well wishes to a great gent in the game!
The squad, although a Spartans (3s) game was a mix of players who just wanted to play in Justin’s last game:
- 13 Bricks players, naturally as he’s played for us for a number of season and captained the side, without loss, whilst Paul has been injured.
- 8 guys who move between 2s & 3s depending on selection
- Paul Crampton making his 2nd appearance for Blaydon, getting his 1st try, he’s a big lad, good player and a handfull for the opposition
- Vinnie made his first appearance of the season outside of Vets, started at Prop and ran around the back row in the 2nd half, showing he would not be out of place for our 2s, till he was taken out and had to leave the field after an unintentional kick to the knee, I’ll put it out there, soft or what! – would say he needs more contact and game time!
- Horse (James Houghton) club coach making a return to playing, injured in warm up but soldiered on, but also forgetting at times he has no match day say on the side line when ‘allowed’ to play for Spartans…
- Matt Tucker (full back 2nd half) and Ewan Lowry turned up on the day as 2s game was off and they wanted game time;
- Matt was playing his 2nd consecutive game for Bricks/Spartans as he comes back from injury and ran some tremendous lines from full back
- Ewan (Backrow) at 19 just loves playing rugby and has played many times for Spartans & Bricks
The game ended with Justin kicking a conversion as the last act of his retirement game, one he will never forget.
Game highs & Lows:
- Keith Winter making his 3rd appearance in a row, following his return from his 1st retirement put a superb kick in that I would have been proud of, it may have been to save him from having to run too far!
- Good to see Ewan Pritchard playing back at Blaydon, although he had the wrong colour shirt ion and was playing backrow, where he had a good game as he always does.
- Good to have Savs back from injury, playing well at both 10 and 13, he may even of got on the score sheet, if Guesty had pasted to him as he was idling outside of him, waiting for a pass that never came
- Good forward domination and power resulted in a good controlled driving maul and a score for Paul Crampton
- Stu Bailey made a good return on his 2nd appearance form suffering an injury to his sternum, after a first half in at centre he made a comment about wanting to get more into the forwards, his face was a picture when I named him as hooker, it had gone uncontested by then.
- 2nd half following the introduction of Horse, he had a number of issues, problems passing with the fetlocks, lost a ball in contact and then showed what he’s still capable of doing on the hoof!
- Ewan’s first activity after coming on at the interval was to send the Westend 8 backwards at a rate of knots
- Guesty took his opportunity well to score from short range in a what could be seen as a typical scrum half snipe, but it was more of a flop over the line, which he’s still talking about and the distance of a metre keeps multiplying
- Keith continued to enjoy his return, scoring a short range try, throwing an outrages dummy that was taken, a good break and an offload to Ewan that deserved a try when he subsequently put Adam in and over, but it was cancelled out for, if I remember correctly a forward pass.
- By now fresh legs for the Spartans was making a difference and what had been very closely contested game saw Blaydon making breaks and starting to pull away with a good long range try finished by Ewan
Last words on Justin, he showed what a good player we will be missing, he was everywhere, so competitive, aggressive legally and playing with a big smile on his face which stayed there well into the night in the bar, just enjoying the whole event – thank you for your 25 years of great service throughout the teams and look forward to seeing you back, in some remit soon. Speedy recovery sir!
Trys Paul C, Keith, Matt, Adam, Guesty, Ewan,
Conversions; Hopey 3,
FINAL CONVERSION: JUSTIN
1. Vinnie Steve Palmer Paul Crampton
2. Cameron Stu Bailey
3. Keith Winter
4. Paul Crampton Adam Turnbull
5. Matt Johnson James Houghton
6. Arran Poad Paul Vinnicombe
7. Justin Clarke Ewan Lowry
8. Paul Strachan Justin Clarke
10. Savs James Murray
11. Damien Shaw Matt Robertson
12. Peter Andrew Savs Peter Andrew
13. Stu Bailey Lee Guest
14. Callum Gascoigne David Reay
15. Lee Guest Matt Tucker
🔴⚫️ Match Report 🔴⚫️
Saturday 15th February 2020
LYMM 28 BLAYDON 34
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.
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.
BLAYDON 32 – 26 ROSSENDALE
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 👍👊🏉💪
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