1st Team News
After an eventful journey down which saw us stopped at Wetherby Services by the police looking for attendees at a racial demonstration in Dewsbury and then being held up for 15 minutes on the M62 with traffic problems and roadworks, we eventually arrived at our destination to find perfect conditions for running rugby.
Following last week’s defeat to Billingham, we made several changes due to players returning after injury and unavailability. The game began with 10 minutes of Blaydon pressure but failure to finish off saw the scoreline blank and then on their first visit to the Blaydon half, a second good handling movement saw No. 7 Rob Bramhall brush off two tackles for a try which influential flyhalf Lewis Allen added the extras.
However, Blaydon immediately counter-attacked and further pressure saw good hands and Jack Davidson put in Jack Appleton for an unconverted try. At this time the game was end to end and the scoreline changed rapidly with Rossendale looking better than their league position and penalties by both sides saw the scoreline move on before full back Brad Cave put the home side into a 7 point lead. The game continued with Blaydon backs still dominating and No 8 Harry Borthwick finished off a good move to reduce the lead and Jordan Carey converted and then added a further penalty to see Blaydon 23 – 15 up at the break.
After the interval, the home side attacked and Allen scored a second penalty and Bramhall’s second try saw the scores level on the hour but at this stage the home side forwards began to tire and they struggled to repel Blaydon’s slick handling. Blaydon began to take territorial advantage and with 15 minutes to go a converted try by Freddy Lockwood again saw Blaydon go clear and the game finished with Blaydon cleverly running down the clock by forward domination and coming away with an excellent 5 points.
We were losing 19-22 and pressing with 2 mins to go. Awarded a penalty 20m out Billingham went for a scrum and not a line out which they may have lost. With the ball up their jumpers, they then repeatedly recycled until seconds from time when we were awarded a penalty – this raised the temperature more than somewhat.
Our 5 m line out then led to 20+ drives at their line without success until awarded another penalty, a quick kick to the opposite wing then started the whole cycle all over again.
Spectators and players were then given a very necessary breather with an injury (the whole affair was more than a bit exciting by this stage) but there was more to come
Back to the original corner, this time with most of the backs joining in time after time until – you guessed a penalty for not releasing brought affairs to an end, many minutes over the 80, at 19-22
Possibly the best match at Crow Trees for a year or two with both teams exchanging the lead on several occasions. Billingham will be a threat to most teams and some of their attacking play was powerful and extremely original matched by the best defensive display seen at Blaydon for some time.
Blaydon now have several players who would get on to most teams in this league. Harry Borthwick was outstanding at No8 while Keith Laughlin wasn’t far behind.
The league seems to be settling down already with Billingham, Harrogate and Blaydon looking likely to be thereabouts by the end of the year
Rossendale away next week.
Today we welcome North East rivals Billingham who also bring with them their 2nd team who will be kicking off on the riverside field at 2.30.p.m.Last season Billingham completed the double over us in two highly competitive matches, clinching their home victory with the final play of the game touching down between the posts to give them a narrow two point victory.Currently Billingham sit top of the table undefeated on 19 points followed by ourselves on 16 points, we having lost a close game at Blackburn after leading until the last five minutes. Close behind us are Macclesfield and Harrogate with the latter having a game in hand due to last week’s cancellation because of adverse pitch conditions at Carlisle. The league sees ourselves, Billingham and Harrogate in the top four the only alteration from last season being relegated Macclesfield taking the place of last season’s promotion side Hull.On our travels last week we went to Wirral and came away with a narrow 19 – 15 victory which saw Harry Borthwick on his return from injury score the match winning try with 15 minutes to go. Other players returning last week were Cam Bell bulking up the front row and Jack Appleton on the wing having just returned from The States and scoring the opening try. Our third try was scored by Fred Lockwood with Nathan Horsfall getting two conversions.This coming Friday 4th October sees the first round of the new Vets Cup when we entertain Darlington at 7.00.p.m. Please come along and see how the game used to be played 20 years ago!Last Sunday our highly successful U16’s accounted for Durham City at Hollow Drift in the first round of the cup and now meet Sunderland on Sunday 17th November.Finally, the World Cup is now well under way and we hope Sharon our House Manageress is enjoying her trip to Japan with her family. We wish our former player Mark Wilson every success on England duty.Just a note on future events the ANNUAL BONFIRE EXTRAVAGANZA will be taking place on Saturday 2nd November and any help would be much appreciated. Please contact Bruce Costello our Chairman.Jim Huxley
We undertook our longest trip of the season and after a highly competitive game, came away with a narrow victory seeing us move up into second place in the table with leaders Harrogate having their game cancelled at Carlisle due to floodwater.
The game began with the Blaydon backs looking sharp and it came as no surprise when after twelve minutes winger Jack Appleton finished off in the corner for an unconverted try. However, whilst in control of lineouts the home pack were proving a handful and a yellow card midway through the half to Jack Davison saw us down to 14 men for ten minutes. It was during this period that the home side went in front when after a period of good possession, their wing forward Robbie Pearl touched down wide out for Craig Henry to convert. The home side retained their lead but immediately after the interval Blaydon scored a fine try when a three-quarter movement was finished off near the posts by second row Fred Lockwood, a late replacement for Keith Laughlin who withdrew from the game two hour before kick-off. This try was converted by Nathan Horsfall.
Despite now dominating exchanges and looking good in mid-field, Blaydon failed to make use of their possession and an unconverted try by home centre Craig Harvey brought them level after 46 minutes. During this period Wirral were on top and ten minutes later the same player added a penalty when Blaydon strayed offside. However with 20 minutes to go Blaydon finally got on top, Harry Borthwick finishing off another three quarter movement when he touched down near the posts for Horsfall to again add the points. This score then brought the home side to life and Blaydon defended admirably during the last ten minutes and with the game nearly finished and entering its last minute, a home player was badly injured and it took 15 minutes to remove him from the field of play. The game resumed with a penalty to the home side who kicked for the corner needing a try to claim victory. Five minutes of extra time saw Blaydon defending and repulsing home attacks. During this period we were penalised three times and on each occasion the home side went for the line-out and the pattern continued until the home side got over the line but Blaydon’s defence held them up and the referee blew time to conclude a very even contest.
Saturday 14th September
Kick off 15:00pm
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