1st Team Match Reports
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
5 point win for Blaydon RFC puts us back in playoff spot, as Billingham Lose at Wirral
Blaydon give up second place with a loss away at Harrogate
Harrogate 24 Blaydon 13
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.
Blaydon move into the playoff spot with a 5 point win, as Billingham lose at Ilkley
North Premier league 2nd place still a possibility for Blaydon.
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
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