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Blaydon 61 Rossendale 10

 

 

Blaydon  61   Rossendale  10
Blaydon put the set-back of the previous week well and truly behind them with a more than comfortable 9 tries to 2 victory over opponents that were on a 5 match losing run. A try bonus point was in the bag before the interval but surprisingly it was the visitors that had the bulk of the first half possession.
Rossendale were quite proficient at breeching the home 22 but not so good at getting over the line, and having flattered to deceive were caught out time and time when the Blaydon backs ran at them.
A tremendous 30 metre break by Harry Borthwick set up the opening score for scrum-half Dan Taylor, and on 20 minutes Dan Marshall jinked his way into the 22 to initiate the move finished off by Jamie Guy. Full-back Nathan Bailey added a 3rd before the visitors finally crossed the line, lock-forward Tom Jones benefiting from a quick tap penalty.
Just before the interval Bailey went clear again to release Frazer Wilson, who was in again within seconds of the re-start.
Having trailed 28-5 at the break the visitors rather lost their way in the second period, their successful rolling maul was a thing of the past, and by the final quarter the Blaydon backs were rampant.
An attacking line-out went astray but having won possession Rossendale foolishly tried to run it from the 22 giving Marshall a simply interception for home try No6, and within a minute Rob Lenderyou was over for a 7th.
Davis Strong the visitors winger was on the end of a flowing move for a Rossendale consolation but a Borthwick effort at the other end brought up the half century for Blaydon.
The one-sided affair was finally brought to an end when prop-forward Alex Dodds with the neatest of off-loads released skipper Keith Laughlin to score in the corner, Guy, after 8 successes, failing with the difficult conversion, and the referee blew for time thereby saving the visitors from any further punishment.
John Brennan

14 man Blaydon unlucky to lose out in the last play of the game, Billingham RUFC 24, Blaydon RFC 22

Blaydon playoff campaign was dealt a big blow yesterday in a game where things just went against us; we lost 2 props so had to play with 14 players, (not being allowed to put on a sub when we went uncontested) a gale was blowing across the pitch so a penalty hit the post, we lost possession too cheaply in opposition 22 and then lost to the last play of the game.

Credit to Billingham their defence was good as Blaydon dominated possession and territory.

The playoff spot is now  3 team race with Harrogate coming into the mix, with Billingham holding the initiative, both Billingham and Harrogate have to play Hull. Blaydon have no remaining fixtures against top 4 teams, so Blaydon are not out of this yet

 

Billingham  24   Blaydon  22
The battle for the play-off spot in the North Premier League goes on after this close encounter that was only decided in the last play of the game. Billingham eventually took the honours with a score by Dan Burns, who appeared to have come from an offside position, and the final whistle was blown immediately after the Pete Evans conversion giving Blaydon no chance to respond.
Not only had it been a dubious winning score but Blaydon were reduced to 14 men for the last 5 minutes of the first half and all of the second because of injuries, prop Darren Fearn having gone off in only the 2nd minute with a serious knee problem.
The visitors made by far the better start and opened their account in the 4th minute after moving it through the forwards before full-back Nathan Bailey came in on the short ball to cross in the corner.
Jamie Guy was off-target with the conversion but put over a penalty on 18 minutes and then added the extras when Bailey went in again with an identical effort to his first.
Blaydon had dominated the first half up to the final minute when Billingham in a rare attack pulled back 5 points through winger Eldon Myers who found a gap at the end of a handling movement.
Trailing 5-15 at the break Billingham were immediately on the offensive and within 60 seconds of the whistle scored a second try when centre Luke Wilson went over, Evans converting, and then took the lead for the first time with a Sean Richardson effort.
Despite now playing against the wind and with a man short Blaydon were still the dominant force and regained the initiative with 8 minutes remaining. Great patience was shown in the build-up and after a long period of possession the ball was moved out to the wing and then quickly back again for second-row Harry Borthwick to touch down near the posts, Guy again on target.
With time running out they were still attacking but a wayward drop goal attempt was caught by the opposition and sent downfield. The home side now attacked and were twice repulsed but a Blaydon knock-on led to a ruck and the last minute try.
Billingham had started the game in 3rd position 1 point behind their rivals whom they have leapfrogged, but Blaydon with a losing bonus point are now 2 points in arrears with everything still to play for.
 
John Brennan

Blaydon 69 Sandal 12

 

5 point win for Blaydon RFC puts us back in playoff spot, as Billingham Lose at Wirral

 

 

 

Blaydon  69   Sandal  12
Blaydon put their disappointing recent form well and truly behind them with this 11 try romp over a Sandal side that simply had no answer whenever the hosts made a clean break, and it all started within 60 seconds of the whistle.
Sandal fluffed the kick-off ball just outside their 22 and when the Blaydon half-backs moved it on from the scrum Dan Marshall put Frazer Wilson over in the corner, whilst spectators were still taking their seats.
Jamie Guy added the conversion and then added the extras again in the 6th minute after Marshall had scored a contender for ‘try of the season’. The centre set off on a mazy run from his own 22 weaving in and out of a bewildered defence, and not a hand had been laid on him when he touched down at the other end for a fantastic score.
And so the pattern of the game was set – Sandal coughing up possession and then parting like the Red Sea in the face off some slick Blaydon running.
Nathan Bailey started and then finished off the next score to make it 21-0 but in a rare attack full-back Jack Townend pulled one back for the visitors.
Matt Jenkinson then did a ‘Marshall’ when he intercepted and raced in from 50 metres for the try bonus point, and by the interval Marshall was in again, collecting his own chip ahead, and Sean Pyle had added a 6th right on the whistle.
Leading 31-7 at the break Blaydon were quickly back into their stride with Pyle crossing for his second 2 minutes after the restart. The hooker was then prominent in the build-up to a Guy Graham effort whilst prop forward David Lyall went in from a line-out drive following a high tackle.
Another penalty for a similar offence led to an almost farcial 10th try when Harry Borthwick took a quick tap and whist everyone stood still simply set off up-field to run 50 metres unchallenged.
Sandal scrum-half Bill Morecombe took advantage of a long pass to score a second for his side but basically it was one-way traffic and when Foreman broke from a scrum in the visitors 22 Graham strolled in for his second, with Foreman (4) and Nathan Horsfall (1) adding to the 2 earlier Guy conversions to complete a more than satisfactory result that takes Blaydon back up to 2nd place in the table.
 
John Brennan
 

Harrogate 24, Blaydon RFC 13

Blaydon give up second place with a loss away at Harrogate

 

Match report

Harrogate 24 Blaydon 13

After seven bonus point victories in the last eight games, Blaydon were given a reality check when a well organised home side completely dominated play scoring four tries in the process and Blaydon’s only try coming in the final two minutes after first half penalties from Jamie Guy made the score 14 – 6 at half time.

Blaydon opened brightly for the first ten minutes but failed to break down a resolute home defence and gradually the tide turned and hooker Aaron Yorke was driven over after several minutes of forward pressure for Nathan Wyman to add the first of his two conversions.   Immediately after, Jamie Guy reduced the arrears with an easy penalty before Yorke and Wyman combined to add a further seven points.   Guy’s second penalty made it 14 – 6 at the break however in the second half the pattern was the same with Blaydon failing to keep control of the ball when they could not penetrate the well organised home defence.   At this stage, Blaydon’s only player of note was second row Harry Borthwick who several times led charges at the home defence but without support nothing was achieved.   Midway through the half, the home side added a further two tries through second row Sam Brady and No. 8 Jonny Coser.   Towards the end on a rare attack, Blaydon’s Captain Keith Laughlin went over near the corner for Jamie Guy to add the extras and give some respectability to the score.

Jim Huxley

Blaydon RFC 33, Lymm RFC 18

Blaydon move into the playoff spot with a 5 point win, as Billingham lose at Ilkley

Another try bonus win for Blaydon that keeps them in contention in the top three but this was not one of their better days and they were somewhat flattered by the final score-line. Many a pass went astray and many an opportunity went begging, whilst the visitors belied their lowly position with a confident approach that saw them just 3 points adrift deep into the second period.
Lymm it was who scored first after an aggressive run from right wing Tom Baker had been halted only for a poor clearance to be handed onto second-row Aaron Rashid and a simple try.
Harry Borthwick led the Blaydon response with a length of the field break and when he was held up Dan Marshall went in under the posts. Jamie Guy converted that effort and was on target again when prop Darren Fearn crossed from close range to make it 14-5.
Lymm fly-half Scott Redfern grabbed a second for the visitors but good work by James Cooney who hung onto a sharp pass put Guy in for a 3rd Blaydon effort and added the extras himself, and 21-12 seemed a decent advantage.
Penalties just before and just after the interval by Nolan however reduced it to 3 points and that was how it stayed until late on when a mistake at either end could have influenced the result.
Fortunately for Blaydon flanker Guy Graham effectively settled the game when he stormed into the 22 and was heading for the line when brought down by a high tackle. The culprit, Lymm full-back Nolan, was yellow carded, the penalty kicked to the corner and possession whipped through the hands for Nathan Bailey to touch down in the far corner.
Now with an 8 point advantage Blaydon were able to breath more easily and in the final play Marshall raced in for his second and Guy landed his 4th conversion.
John Brennan
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Hull RUFC 16, Blaydon 14 – Blaydon secure a losing bonus point at Hull RUFC

North Premier league 2nd place still a possibility for Blaydon.

  • Blaydon lose at Hull RUFC but secure a bonus point for points difference being less than 7
  • Billingham win at Sandal but don’t secure try bonus point., so their lead is 4 points.
  • Billingham still have to play Hull RUFC on 6th April
  • Blaydon go to Billingham on the 9th February.

It’s not just about these games, there are good sides in this league that will have a say in 2nd place, but It does look like the race for 2nd will go all the way to end of the season.

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Match report: Hull  16   Blaydon  14

 
Blaydon travelled to league leaders Hull for their first game in 2019 and went mightily close to reversing the narrow defeat they had suffered in the earlier meeting at Crow Trees. The home side took the field on the back of a 13 match winning sequence but were rocked by conceding a first minute try and at the whistle were hanging onto a 2 point advantage with Blaydon hammering away at their try line.
Overall Hull just about deserved their win on the balance of play but this was an impressive performance by Blaydon who were on top for some long spells.
Hull kicked off and immediately found themselves 7 points adrift when Blaydon caught the ball and moved it quickly through the hands and up to the home 22 where Jack Davidson was given possession, the second row forward outstripping the cover defence to touch down and make it a sensational start. Fly half Jamie Guy landed the conversion and no Hull player had yet touched the ball.
When the home side did get going considerable pressure was applied in the Blaydon 22 and the scores were levelled when Hull winger Keane Naylor was bundled over the line and influential fly-half Simon Humberstone added the extras.
Blaydon were almost in again when Harry Borthwick went clear only to be recalled for a forward pass but then some tremendous defence was needed to keep out the Hull forwards who were encamped in the 22.
By the interval Humberstone had edged Hull in front by 10 points to 7 with his second penalty, and was on target again in the 58th minute. Despite all the Hull pressure however their line breaks had been few and far between and going into the final quarter Blaydon were becoming the dominant force.
With the visitors in charge at the line-outs and the more positive in the loose a second try was secured when Guy kicked a penalty to the corner. Good possession was driven on by the pack and skipper Keith Laughlin rumbled over to make it 13-12 with Guy then kicking Blaydon into the lead.
Inevitably it seemed yet another Humberstone penalty gave the advantage back to Hull but it was the visitors who were closest to scoring in the final minutes.
 
John Brennan

 

Blaydon 47, Alnwick 22

Blaydon ended the year with a convincing 7 try win over Northumberland visitors Alnwick that keeps them in contention near the top of the table. A brace of tries each for Hugh Mongan and Guy Graham provided the bulk of the scoring with Blaydon generally on top, although the opposition played their part and also picked up a try bonus point.
Skipper Keith Laughlin got the ball rolling when he touched down in the 4th minute and was quickly by Mongan who finished off some excellent interplay between backs and forwards.
Alnwick then hit back through John Bird and Paul Moralee who scored wide out, but Blaydon’s 3rd was secured when flanker Guy Graham went in under the posts and by the interval Jack Davidson had put the seal on a fine break by Alex Clarke.
Alnwick added to their total soon after the re-start when Bird grabbed his second but the half again belonged to Blaydon who were quick to snuff out any further attacks. Graham crossed for his second and  more pressure resulted in a penalty try before Mongan came in off his wing to score the 7th under the posts with Jamie Guy completing the home scoring with his 5th successful conversion.
With the game in the bag it was left to Alnwick to achieve their bonus with a stylish effort by Sean Hutchinson in the dying seconds.
John Brennan
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Blaydon had little difficulty in registering a 5th successive victory, dominating from start to finish and scoring 6 tries in the process whilst denying the home side a single score.
They were on the front foot from the kick-off and after a number of attempts to cross the line had been thwarted ran in their first try when Nathan Bailey collected a poor clearance. The full-back made progress into the 22, moved it on to Nathan Horsfall and was then on hand to take a return pass and touch down, James Guy adding the conversion.
Ten minutes later Kirkby were hit with a replica score, Horsfall and Bailey again combining with the same outcome and Guy once more on target.
The home side  then held out for the remainder of the half which ended with the score at 0-14 but had little by way of territory and possession after the break despite Blaydon now facing the severe elements.
Try No3 was secured when Keith Laughlin picked up a loose ball near to his own line and moved it onto Horsfall who in turn released James Cooney on the 22 metre line, the centre  taking off at pace and racing 70 metres for a superb score.
At this point both sides lost a player to the sin-bin but Blaydon wisely moved a back into the forwards to retain their domination and run-in 3 more tries.
Alex Clark finished off a flowing movement and then from some excellent interplay between backs and forwards front-rower Anthony Harvey drove over from close range.
In the closing minutes the scoring was completed when Bailey made a decisive break to release wing-forward Rob Lenderyou and from his pass Clark crossed for a second time, Guy landing a 3rd successful conversion to put the seal on what had been a more than comfortable win.
 
John Brennan

Blaydon 31 Kendal 15

 
The visitors proved to be a bigger stumbling block than their league position might have suggested, 3rd top versus 3rd bottom, and it took Blaydon deep into the second period to finally assert some authority. The visitors were lively throughout and a number of solo breaks kept Blaydon on their toes but ultimately they only had themselves to blame as the home side ran in a couple of tries on both occasions when they were facing 14 men.
Blaydon were caught napping in the 8th minute when Steve Nelson and Kirk Chettleburgh easily penetrated the home defence to send in fly-half Nathan McCloy who also added the conversion.
On 20 minutes the home side hit back with a tap penalty move that took them over the try line but unable to ground the ball and from a line-out prop forward Anthony Harvey squeezed over. Chettleburgh was yellow carded for his part in that action and Blaydon were soon in front when a long pass out gave Jack Appleton a simple score.
A McCloy penalty made it 10-10 at the break but in the 46th minute Kendal lost a second player to the ‘naughty step’, Chris Downham for a flying tackle, and from some constant pressure on the visitors line Blaydon skipper Keith Laughlin dived in to secure try No3, James Guy converting.
With the dust not yet settled Blaydon broke quickly down the right through James Cooney, play was switched to the left and with the visitors defence wide open Guy Graham strolled in for the bonus point try, Guy again on target.
There then followed a severe battering of the Kendal line with seemingly everyone having a go until Laughlin was sent in under the posts for his second, Guy completing the Blaydon scoring at 31-10 with his 3rd conversion.
The game was now virtually wrapped up but the visitors were still going forward in the closing minutes and were rewarded when replacement Jack Lashley broke off from a line-out drive to score in the corner.
John Brennan
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Wilmslow 5 Blaydon 38

A first half hat-trick by winger Jack Appleton put Blaydon comfortably on the road to a 3rd consecutive victory but after racking up a 31 points lead made very little of their advantage in the second period.
Facing a Wilmslow side on an 8 match losing run the visitors  stormed into a 10th minute lead when Appleton got possession from a flowing move and found himself confronted by 3 defenders but beat them all on route to the line, Jamie guy converting.
On 15 minutes the lead was doubled by centre Dan Marshall who intercepted on half-way to race clear and give Guy another simple conversion kick. Lots of forward pressure then led to a 3rd score, the move finished off by Appleton, who then crossed for his hat-trick and the bonus point try on 26 minutes when finishing off another smart handling movement that started in the Blaydon half.
Guy again added the extras and at the break it was 0-26 with the home side having made very little impact. Five minutes into the second half hooker Cameron Bell added a 5th try from a catch and drive but with the game effectively won by that point Blaydon seemingly lost concentration and wasted a number of scoring opportunities.
When the visitors lost possession on half-way Wilmslow took full advantage with their fly-half Brendan McCullum scoring a fine individual try to bring it back to 5-31 but Blaydon should have been much further ahead.
Nathan Bailey did secure a 6th Blaydon try when he finished off a move in which he had twice been involved, Guy landing his 4th conversion, to complete the scoring in what had been a disappointing second half.
 
John Brennan