Blaydon Complete the Double Over Bourneville

Blaydon started the brighter in the early exchanges and on 7 minutes nearly scored from a 5m scrum when Ethan Clarke went over from a scrum but was brilliantly held up by scrum half Harrhy.

On 14 minutes from another 5 metre scrum on the Bourneville line the ball went out to Blaydon backs and James Cooney went over under the posts. The try was well converted by Scrum Half John Clarkson

Just five minutes later Blaydon were back in the Bourneville 22 and again from 1st phase ball the backs scored, this time Alex Clark the scorer again under the posts

Blaydon were growing in confidence and ran the ball from a scrum in their own half, the ball was quickly recycled and Ethan Hall-Lyon released Jonny Ashman down the right wing and over the line to take the score to 21-0.

Only a few minutes later Jack Appleton made another break this time down the left wing and fed John Clarkson to score Blaydon’s 4th and bonus point try with only 23 minutes gone.

Bourneville finally got off the bus and thanks to a few Blaydon offsides found themselves in the Blaydon 22 but this time it was Blaydon’s defence that impressed forcing the knock on and Blaydon cleared the lines.

The next 15 minutes was all Blaydon but they didn’t score and just before half time a loose pass by Cooney was intercepted by Bourneville right wing Tom Burrows who ran in under the posts.

From the kick off Blaydon pressured well and won a penalty In front of the posts which Clarkson kicked to take the half time score to Blaydon 29 v Bourneville 7.

The second half started nothing like the first with both teams showing a lot of intent but mistakes and good defence causing the first 20 minutes to drift by with no change to the scoreboard.

Then a perfect cross kick from Marshall was well taken by Appleton who’s shrugged off 3 or 4 defenders to finish an excellent individual try which was ably converted again by Clarkson taking the score to 36 – 7

That score was followed Another 17 minutes of good endeavour from both sides again but all the hard work came to nothing, Blaydon probably looking the most likely to score with a few kicks just bouncing the wrong way.

The deadlock was finally broken with Blaydon on the attack but a wild long pass by Clarkson was intercepted by winger Michael Ho for Bourneville’s 2nd try frustratingly both gifted by Blaydon and converted Mitchell McGahan

Full Time: Blaydon 36 v Bourneville 14


Blaydon: Bailey, Ashman, Cooney, Clark, Appleton, Marshall (C), Clarkson, Fearn, Gray, Brantingham, Phillips, Hall-Lyon, Chaplin, Cooper, Clarke.

Replacements: Winter, Dodds, Dowell, Richardson, Mongan


Bourneville: Williams,  Burrows Coulson Craven, Ho, McGahan, Harrhy, McArthur, Weaver, Smeilus, Roach, Handy, Dawson, Scriven, Thompson

Replacements: Fanning, Burgoyne, Sigley, Drake-Lee, Walker

REFEREE:   Daniel Woods


STAR MAN:  Blaydon – John Clarkson



Blaydon  36

Tries:  Cooney 12, Clark 16, Ashman 20, Clarkson 22, Appleton 59,

Conversions: Clarkson 13, 17, 21, 60

Penalties: Clarkson 40


Bourneville 14

Tries:  Burrows 38, Ho 78

Conversions: McGhahan 39, Craven 79