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Durham 4th Team County Shield Final – Blaydon Bricks beat Houghton Boars to retain 4th Team Shield

Durham 4th Team County Shield Final – Blaydon Bricks beat Houghton Boars to retain 4th Team Shield

In what was a close encounter, Boars were beaten in the end by:
• youth coming through the Blaydon system, with 3 under 19s in the squad
• the strength of the Bricks bench, selection policy based on number of games, where we have multiple options for positions, meant we had players on the bench as good as players on the field
With scores like 12-12 and 17-17 at half time, Bricks defence had to be on its best and it was, throughout the team.

At half time Bricks turned around and spirits were lifted, as we now had the advantages, we were now down the hill, with the wind, with the sun in the Boars eyes and we knew we had a strong bench, but we still had a fight on our hands. Couple subs at half time, 3 more 10 mins in and you started to see the bench doing the damage.

Cup finals are always hard, with such a large squad (Brick’s have used 64 players so far this season) who work shifts, have other commitments, yet naturally all plan to be available for this one game, inevitably some people miss out. So we’re putting this win down to all 64 players, who got us through the season, got us to joint 2nd in the Blyth South league and through the previous rounds.

I’m not going to name the starting 15 or the finishers (thanks Eddie for that term) who came on and finished this one, remember all the hard work of the starters, we are just going to celebrate being lucky to have such a strong squad and being the Durham 4th team shield winners again and hope it continues.

Playing 4 cup matches on the same day in previous rounds stretched Blaydon’s resources, we didn’t have 7 subs as we had this day in previous rounds and got through. We could have strengthened the squad, but that would have made selection even harder.

I will single out the 3 young lads:
• Adam Turnbull U18 2nd row, who watched us play early in the season with his dad playing until injured, turned 17, signed papers to play senior rugby and has been ever present since December and MoM in ¼ final against a strong Ryton side.
• Two U19s, who brought their own shirts, as Bricks shirts were too big for them, who had previously injected pace for us, having helped us win games like top of the table clash against Gateshead 3s:
o Jak Tuck, with our scrum half away in Manchester Jak started, his tackling, goal kicking and speed caused loads of problems for Boars
o Ollie Wiliams, last year I almost wore out our front rows in the final, with a shortage of ‘fresh’ subs, so we were determined to have prop and hooker fresh on the bench to cover and Ollie covered the bench as Hooker. Our other two hookers seem to have semi-retired and didn’t make themselves available. His tackling was immense, he got round the park as fast as our back rows and what was it like, having a hooker who could throw in straight…. Well actually can’t remember now and not worth getting used too, is it…..
Three really good players destined for higher teams, the future is bright for Blaydon looking at these guys.

As far as the game, there are loads of pictures, take a look, our scrum was great against a bigger pack, line out with Mark and Adam took all our ball, forwards took the ball on well, backs lines of running had Boars scrambling in defence and everyone tackled like the shield depended on it, which it did.

Great to see Robin in the club after the game, he has patched our side up many times, as physio to keep us on the pitch in all games including finals

Photos, thanks to Derek for photos:

Talking to Marc , Houghton have a good Colts side this year and they will benefit from that injection next season, they will regroup and come back at us again next year.

So the season isn’t over, on 24th we have a hard game being a double header against Sunderland 2s on the AGP, which will finish our league off, assuming Gateshead win their remaining game they will take 1st place, but we will be very close if we can win that game and you never know, they may slip up!

A league and Cup double is still a possibility….

Trays: Toddy, Divers, Ollie 2, Matt G, Steve S ??  I missed a couple of try scorers
Conv: Jak 4+

Final score of 47-17 did not reflect how close this game was.

Durham Senior Cup – Blaydon v Darlington MP at Crowtrees

GAME CANCELLED – Tuesday 16th April

KO 7:30



Blaydon secure playoff spot in style, Vale of Lune 15 Blaydon 87

Blaydon will play Luctonians away on 27th April, winner takes the final promotion spot to National Two North



Vale of Lune  15   Blaydon  80
It was a case of mission accomplished for Blaydon yesterday when they picked up the 5 points needed to guarantee them a second place finish in the league and a play off for promotion.
Not that it took much accomplishing against a Vale of Lune side already doomed to relegation and that had shipped over a 1000 points in the league thus far including a 92-12 hammering at Crow Trees in the opening game of the season.
Blaydon will now travel to Luctonians, runners-up in the Midlands Division, on Saturday 27th April to determine which of them will return to National League Two North for next season.
Vale of Lune were outclassed from start to finish against a Blaydon side short of 7 regulars but still more then strong enough to take their try tally to 152, their league points to exactly 100, and in the process reach their own milestone of 1000 points registered.
Lock forward Jack Davidson got the scoreboard rolling in the 6th minute from good work by the pack and was quickly followed over the try line by Dan Marshall who skipped through the defence in typical style.
Hooker Sean Pyle was next, winger Jack Appleton raced clear from half-way when Vale dropped the ball, and by the interval Davidson had touched down twice more to secure his hat-trick.
Leading by 40 points to nil at the break Blaydon continued where they had left off with scores from Dan Taylor and Marshall his second before easing off and allowing the home side some territory and possession.
Fraser Stores, Tom Smith and Chris Haswell contributed 15 points between them for Vale but the tries were still coming thick and fast at the other end from Matt Charlton and 2 more from Appleton to make it another hat-trick hero on the day.
John Brennan


Under 14s Rugby News

Blaydon U14s in Durham County Cup semi-final – Sunday 14th April


Blaydon U14s take on Durham City
in Durham County U14s Cup semi-final
at Crowtrees
Sunday 14th April, Kick off 11am



Durham County – 4th Team Shield Final – Saturday 13th April

Blaydon Bricks take on Houghton Boars

for Durham County 4th Team Shield

Game to be played at Ryton

Saturday 13th April, Kick off 3pm



Durham U20’s to play at Blaydon this Sunday, 14th April

Durham U20’s take on Surrey

in semi-final of Tier 2 playoff of the

Jason Leonard U20 County Championship

at Crowtrees this Sunday, 14th April
Kick off 2pm


Current table standing:

Saturday 6th April – Durham 3rd Team Cup – Blaydon Development 21, Winlaton Saxons 25

A great game, that could have gone either way, played hard, physical but in good spirit, what an entertaining edge of the seat game right to that last whistle when Blaydon nearly won it with a break out of the 22, all in all, a great advertisement for Durham County Cup Rugby.

A game of 2 differing styles; Winlaton with a big pack and forward dominance, and Development with pace in both backs and forward that put fear into the Saxons every time they got the ball, but for a few decisions, some our own, it could have been very different, it was just a shame that someone had to lose and really hard to swallow that it was this bunch of lads. The youth with complete lack of fear to try anything from anywhere, the ability with the ball, the fitness and the never give up attitude on display in this team (with about 9 of this squad U20s) is a great sign for the future of Blaydon RFC.

We lost by a score to a team who knew their strength was big forwards and used them well, who continuously slowed the game down (can’t blame them for that!) and Blaydon with ball in hand looked capable of scoring from anywhere, just a shame we left a couple of trys out there, not capitalising on overlaps, a stray foot in touch when running a try in, penalised for what was a charge down, which instead of taking the conversion for what was a good score, we were back defending a penalty against, for a judged deliberate knock on from a Winlaton kick!!!!. To be fair to the officials, aside from yellow carding the wrong player in the first half and this decision. the officials did a good job on the day and helped make the game the spectacle it was.

It would be wrong to single anyone out, the whole squad contributed to what was a great effort and you were unlucky not to come away with the win, well done all.

Congratulations to Winton Saxons, enjoy the year, these lads will take the cup back from you next year.

Photos by Derek Turnbull:


Trys: Jak 2, Max 1
Conv: Jak 3



1 Damien Martinez
2 Oliver Williams
3 Jake Jobey (Scott Kelly)
4 Ewan Lowry
5 Will Daniels (Matt Johnson)
6 Rob Pyle
7 Jake Armstrong
8 Andrew Steinburg
9 Jak Tuck
10 Mark McCallan
11 Craig Oliver (Tom Allway)
12 Max Nellis
13 Damien Ameer-Beg (Capt)
14 Ewan Prichard
15 James Murray (Andrew Savory)
16 Cameron Richardson
17 Brett Hanratty
18 Scott Kelly
19 Matthew Johnson
20 Adam Tunrbull
21 Tom Allway
22 Andrew Savory

Blaydon 52 Kirkby Lonsdale 0

Blaydon  52   Kirkby Lonsdale  0
With just one game remaining Blaydon remain on schedule to clinch the all important runner-up spot in the North Premier League. Yesterdays 6th successive win over a disappointing Kirkby Lonsdale side was never in doubt from the 5th minute onwards when James Cooney, making his 100th appearance for the club, finished off a smart move to secure the first of Blaydon’s 8 tries.
That said however, what happened next was 20 minutes with lots of possession, lots of passing and lots of short scrums but nothing to show for it. Hooker Cam Bell eventually got the scoreboard moving again after Jamie Guy had stormed into the 22, and by the interval centre Alex Clark  with blistering pace shot through  the visitors defence to make it 19-0.
Just 90 seconds into the second period Guy Graham made a positive break into the 22 to send in Dan Taylor for the 4th try and the only question was how had it taken so long to secure what might be a vital bonus point.
Three minutes later Keith Laughlin, who had been involved in much of the first half pressure, broke from a set-piece to send in wing Jack Appleton for his 16th try of the season.
The try of the game arrived on 47 minutes with full-back Ryan Foreman running from his own 22 to release Cooney who in turn went past his man with ease, and second-row Liam Wright finished it off from 30 metres with the speed of a winger.
The one-sided affair continued and try No7 was scored, a second for Taylor, after much good handling and a bit of juggling, with the scrum-half then laying on the final score for Robert Lenderyou to make it 8 in the game and 140 for the season.
Just as they had in the first period the visitors had a spell on the front foot at the end of the half but all to no avail and they remained pointless at the end, just as they had in the home game between the 2 clubs.
Blaydon now travel to Vale of Lune in 7 days time where success will guarantee a promotion play-off with the second placed side in the Midlands Premier League.
John Brennan

Saturday 6th April – From the Director’s Chair

From the Director’s Chair

It has been a long season and here we are at the last home league game. I hope it has been as an enjoyable one for you as it has been for me.


Getting our brand new AGP has really been a game changer for the way Blaydon as a whole play and train. A big thank you must go out to the RFU and everyone involved in the process of getting it to the Crowtrees. For me it has allowed us to play a brand of rugby that is enjoyable for the spectators as well as the players as shown by a record number of try’s scored this season and we are still going.


Another pleasing aspect to this season is the huge development of the players joining and coming through. Some mentions have to go out to Alex Clark who I met for a coffee to try and convince him Blaydon was the place for him to play his rugby. He was a little apprehensive to begin with as he did not know if he was up to the standard but he really has developed into a cracking player and is pivotal to our very exciting backline. Alex Dodds is another who has pleased me with his work ethic on and off the rugby field. His willingness to learn has seen him play many times for the 1st XV and is looking like a great asset for the future. Rob Lenderyou has come on leaps and bounds from first joining the Club developing into a future leader with an outstanding skill set.

It was brilliant for the club to have two International rugby players in Anthony Harvey (Malta) and Andrew Steinberg (Latvia) recognised. Well done lads.

We have also a great amount of blaydon youth players who have come through overtime and after a hard last two seasons have really learnt a lot and grown into exciting rugby players hopefully for many years to come. Such players as Cam Bell, Liam Wright, Jack Davidson, Matt Charlton, Frazer Wilson, Nathan Horsfall, Hugh Mongan, Dan Taylor, Alex Charlton, Matthew Jenkinson, Nathan Bailey, Jack Appleton and Dan Marshall as well as many others. Our defence coach and Captain Keith has coached and led the team tremendously all year and am hoping he decides to continue for at least one more season as he has been outstanding.

This then leads me into a special mention to our centurion today, James Cooney. Although he constantly drives to the club even though he lives 100 yards door to door he is ever present and brings so much enthusiasm and energy at training and game day. James is a future Blaydon captain for certain. He is a pleasure to have at the club and hope to have him for another 100 games in the future.

Finally I would like to welcome Kirkby to Crowtrees. Our away fixture was in my opinion our best performance all season in very testing conditions. Hopefully we can match that performance and result this Saturday and get one step closer to a playoff place.

Saturday 6th April – From the touchline – Kirkby Lonsdale

A warm welcome to one and all in this our last home game of this season.

I am sure you will agree we have seen some magnificent tries and it has been a real boost to win so many games after two successive relegations. Congratulations to all those players who have entertained us so well and lets hope it continues to the very end of the season.

In total we have scored 132 tries including last weekend at Kendal. Of these 78 were from the backs and 51 from the forwards with 1 penalty try.

The leading try scorers( as provided by John Brennan) are as follows;

  • Dan Marshall 23
  • Jack Appleton 15
  • Keith Laughlin 13
  • Nathan Bailey 12
  • Cam Bell 7


By comparison Morgan Passman of Tynedale leads National 2 North with 28, and Craig Holland of Chinnor with 22 in National 1.

Our total of points scored at 884 is less than some earlier years but I believe we will have surpassed our highest tries scored

Today we welcome Kirkby Lonsdale and their supporters and I know we will give them the courtesy of a fine welcome as they did when we went there in early December where we played in incessant rain throughout. Its all very well celebrating our past performances but we will have to again be at our best to overcome difficult opposition today who have beaten Wirral and Billingham in the last 3 weeks

Much can happen in all leagues in terms of promotion and relegation before the end of the season and it will be fascinating to see who goes up and who goes down.

I expect a number oy you may wish to go to the Vale of Lune next week but there will not be additional places on the Bus, and thus those who do wish to attend, and I hope it is as many as possible, must make their own transport arrangements.

Have a good summer !
Bill Locke


I am grateful to Jim Huxley for the following helpful synopsis of the present state of play on Promotion Run In: