Fylde v Blaydon 5th March 2022
After completing back to back victories in the past two weeks, Blaydon travelled full of confidence for their away fixture at The Woodlands only to be met by a home side, the league’s leading scorers, in superb form.
Overall, Fylde ran in 11 tries in a superb all round display with their backs and forwards combining well and entertaining the home crowd of near 1,000.
The early few minutes of the game saw Blaydon in constant possession but immediately they dropped the ball, it was quickly transferred to their former winger Tom Grimes who ran in from half way for their first try and a bazaar next 7 minutes saw Blaydon leak 3 more tries and the home side secured the bonus point by the 16th minute.
However, Blaydon were not to be outdone and did play their part when hooker Owen Chaplin finished off in the corner to reduce the arrears. During scoring Chaplin received a leg injury, leaving the field and taking no further part in the encounter. Immediately Fylde retaliated and added 2 further tries before half time but Blaydon were not to be denied and Ethan Clark touched down twice to reduce the arrears and put Blaydon in touch of their bonus point.
Immediately after the interval with the injured Jack Appleton having been replaced by Falcon flyer Iwan Stephens, soon saw that vital score when the same player ran in from 20 yards. Midway through the half he added to the score with a further touchdown and Blaydon had then, with conversions by John Clarkson, reached 31 points. Unfortunately the home side also scored at regular intervals and finished up totalling 79 points.
A heavy defeat but a travelling bonus point which puts us 6 points above basement club Harrogate and seemingly slowly we are avoiding last place.
Lastly many thanks to Jim Huxley for compiling this match report and Kev Dodds for the photos, both are very much appreciated.
We hope to see you all at Crowtree’s this weekend when our First XV look for another home win against Hull Ionians, kick off 2pm. Why not make a day of it and take in England v Ireland in the clubhouse after the game, kick off 4.45pm!