Ayr 32 – Blaydon 12 Pre Season Friendly

Despite several late changes in the travelling squad Blaydon were well in control in the first period after absorbing early home pressure which resulted in an easy three points from in front of the posts, After both Tom Jeffery and Frazer Wilson had gone close the visitors went into the lead following a simple 9 to 14 move which saw the former touch down in the corner for an unconverted try on the half hour.

Forward momentum kept Blaydon in the home 22 and a neat Rhoderie Adamson break allowed Andrew Archibold to go over between the posts for the scrum half to add the extras.

Injuries then upset the Blaydon continuity and three mistakes presented the home team with three tries in eight minutes. A Blaydon revival saw a spell of pressure and a five metre lineout, strangely moved five metres back by the 14 year old touch judge after a word from a helpful Ayr player.It must be pionted out that no touch judges were appointed and each side were asked to do the duty. Consequently the referee had a difficult task and offsides were at a premium.

With time running out two late tries widened the margin and gave the home team a somewhat flattering scoreline.

Jim Hux