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Harrogate win the Battle of the Bottom of the Table

The game started with 15 minutes of stalemate with the visitors Harrogate controlling possession and territory, without being able to break the Blaydon line. Frustratingly for the home side it took a poor pass from Harrogate scrum half to break the deadlock as full back Jack Haydock gathered the loose ball and fended off some poor Blaydon defence to score.  Scrum half Kit Keith converted.

That try seemed to wake Blaydon up as they quickly found themselves in the Harrogate 22, and some good handling in the backs got the Ball to Dan Marshall. The try was ably converted by Fly Half Jonny Dowell who was making his Blaydon debut.

For the next 20 minutes Blaydon were arguably the better side but a lot of enterprise counted for nothing as the last pass was often forced and Harrogate were let off. Saying Blaydon were the better side, that was apart from at scrum time where Harrogate were dominant.  Most scrums led to the home side being penalised which gave Harrogate good possession, and it was following a Blaydon penalty that Harrogate scored their second try which was a lineout which led to a catch and drive score for Hooker Steven Maycock.

Half time Blaydon 7 – Harrogate 12

Unfortunately for Blaydon the second half started how the first half left off with Harrogate kicking to the corner and driving over for a second try for Maycock which was again unconverted.

The next 15 minutes was played in Blaydon’s half with some resolute Blaydon defence stopping Harrogate scoring again but eventually centre Sam Fox crossed for Harrogate’s Bonus point try, this time converted by Keith.

Blaydon finally sparked into life and found themselves in the Harrogate 22 for the first time in the second half. Waves of attack ensued and eventually Drew Thompson went over for Blaydon’s 2nd try but Dowell missed the conversion.

There was still a glimmer of hope and Blaydon continued to look lively but errors when hammering away at the Harrogate line cost Blaydon some good opportunities with the line begging.

Harrogate then put the final nail in Blaydon’s coffin, taking the game from their own line to Blaydon’s 22 and in what was the last play of the game, scrum half Kit Keith scored in the corner.  This was a bad end to a miserable afternoon for Blaydon with Harrogate deserved winners.

Full Time Blaydon 12 – Harrogate 29


Blaydon: Appleton, Mongan, Marshall, Ashman, Cooney, Dowell, Clarkson, Dodds, Chaplin, Thompson, Phillips, Laughlin, Varley, Harrison, Clarke.

Replacements: Winter, Gray, Charlton, Clark, Horsfall


Harrogate: Haydock, Barnard, Cummins, Fox, Yates, Yates, Keith, Percival, Maycock, Dennis, Kitching, Brady, Coser, Dodds, Coser

Replacements: Harrison, Wurzal, Thompson, Raubitschek, Edwards


REFEREE:   Nikki O’Donnell


STAR MAN:  Harrogate’s Steven Maycock



Blaydon  12

Tries:  Marshall 17, Thompson 67

Conversions: Dowell 18



Harrogate 29

Tries:  Haydock 12, Maycock 36, 44, Fox 61, Keith 80

Conversions: Keith 13, 62


U16s CC SF


🏉 📆 Sunday 16th January 📆🏉
⏰. 11.30am Kick Off
📍 held at Consett RFC
Our fantastic U16 side are in County Cup Final action this Sunday playing Stockton at Consett RFC. It would be fantastic to see a sea of BRFC red supporting the lads this weekend. If you’re at a lose end and what to support some future BRFC stars please pop along, you’ll not be disappointed.

Happy New Year – RUGBY IS BACK!!

Good Morning All,
We have almost made it through the first week back at work/school and thankfully we have loads of rugby involving our BRFC sides this weekend!!
Unfortunately we don’t have any senior teams at home tomorrow, our First XV are looking for back to back wins following their fantastic derby win against Tynedale before Xmas, with an away fixture against Huddersfield RFC (Kick Off 3pm).
Slightly closer to home, our Second XV are in Candy League action away at Billingham RFC (Kick Off 2.15pm).
On Sunday, our Youth Sections are in action throughout the North East, the Academy face a tough trip over to Penrith and at the other end of the scale our fabulous Mini’s are playing at Houghton RFC. The Under 13’s have a home match against Gateshead and our Under 16’s are training in preparation for their County Cup Final next week, details to follow – support required!
Finally, we have two Redkite teams in action on Sunday afternoon. The First XV are in NC2 League action away at Scunthorpe, looking to start 2022 with a bang and hopefully retaining their top position.
The Second XV are at home in Inner Warrior League action against Hartlepool (Kick Off 2pm on AGP).
Both Redkites teams are playing some great rugby and they really appreciate all the supporters who come along to their games. As ever the bar will be open (hot drinks on sale also!) and it would be fantastic if a few more faces were seen at Crowtrees on a Sunday afternoon.
As is always the case, where ever you are playing/training/watching your rugby this weekend, enjoy it and I will see you at some point (Billingham Away for me and then Penrith Away on the Sunday!).

100 Club Results Update


Good Morning All,

Please find below the 100 Club Draw results for the period running from January 2021 through to August 2021. If you are in the winners enclosure, Stan (Peter Hails) is usually at the club on a Thursday evening. Peter and I will try to get the results posted every quarter moving forward and I will post the results for Sept 2021 through to Dec 2021 soon.



Festive Rugby – Part Two: Ryton XV v Blaydon XV Sunday 2nd January 1pm KO

Two traditional festive ‘friendly’ games between Blaydon XV & Ryton XV,

Return leg is Sunday 2nd January, 1pm KO at Ryton


Blaydon have a squad of 30 for the fixture, with full team substitution at half time


              First game was at Crowtrees on Boxing Day and Blaydon hold the advantage winning 56 – 35 after scoring 3 quick trys during a Ryton yellow card in the Boxing Day fixture


Winner is total of the scores across the two games

All support appreciated



Blaydon take the Festive Cheer in the National 2 North East Derby

Blaydon got off to a phenomenal start with fantastic try by Nathan Bailey in the first minute of the game. The try was created by a fantastic break by Jonny Ashman who turned a loose pass behind into a 50 metre break and a quick recycle and a few passes later Blaydon had crossed the line.
The next score followed just 8 minutes later, which came from a charge down on the Tynedale 22 which led to 5 minutes of Blaydon pressure which ended with Ethan Clarke crossing the Tynedale line. Both Blaydon tries were ably converted by Nathan Horsfall.
On 14 minutes it was Tynedale’s turn to attack Blaydon’s line and eventually it was Chris Wearmouth who went over from short range.
In complete contrast the remaining 25 minutes of the first half was much more of a war of attrition with the main events being Blaydon losing back row Paddy Cooper and then unbelievably his replacement Matt Charlton 5 mins later.
In this sustained period where both sides effectively cancelled each other out Tynedale went the closest to breaking the deadlock when hooker Dan Lowdon went over but he was brilliantly held up over the try line by James Cooney. And that ended up being the last excitement of the first half.
Half Time Blaydon 14 v Tynedale 7
The 2nd half continued like the end of the first, with 10 minutes of rugby between the two 22 metre lines with neither side breaking the others line.
After 15 minutes Tynedale found themselves in the Blaydon 22 but 10 -15 minutes of pressure came to nothing through culmination of excellent Blaydon defence and a few Tynedale handling errors.
25 minutes into the 2nd half it was Blaydon who nearly broke the deadlock with a Nathan Horsfall penalty which sailed just wide.
But five minutes later the deadlock was well and truly broken by a brilliant backs move which led to Jonny Ashman running a great line to again break the Tynedale line and this time it was Austin Phillips who was on hand to score an excellent try. Unfortunately, the conversion was missed but at 19 – 7 the home support were hoping that had sealed the game.
But frustratingly for the home side just 2 minutes later Tynedale kicked to the corner and a catch and drive led to ex-Blaydon player Chris Wearmouth scoring his 2nd try of the game. Which was again converted by James Blackett for his second conversion of the game.
Unfortunately for Tynedale that was too little too late and that ended up being the last score of the game, so Blaydon finished worthy winners.
Full Time score Blaydon 19 – Tynedale 14
Blaydon: Bailey, Cooney, Marshall, Ashman, Appleton, Horsfall, Clarkson, Dodds, Gray, Brantingham, Wright, Varley, Cooper, Harrison, Clarke.
Replacements: Pyle, Laidler, Phillps, Charlton, Clark
Tynedale: Cooke, Todhunter, Clark, Miller, Pike, Blackett, Outson, White, Lowdon, Haigh, Dunn, Wearmouth, Cousin, Bell, Wainwright
Replacements: Carmichael, Scott, Hanning, Robson, West
REFEREE: Alan Chandrichud
STAR MAN: Blaydon – Jonny Ashman
Blaydon 19
Tries: Bailey 1, Clarke 9, Phillips 57
Conversions: Horsfall 2, 10
Tynedale 14
Tries: Wearmouth 14, 75
Conversions: Blackett


Hull’s power was the difference as they steamrollered over Blaydon’s line on 6 occasions to take a bonus point win.
Hull started early and two early penalties led to Hull’s first score which came from a catch and drive scored by Hull Hooker Jobling which was unconverted.
The next 10 minutes was honours even until on 13 minutes another Hull Penalty and kick to the corner led to another catch drive from a 5m line out with Jobling again the scorer.
Blaydon reacted well to that try and Ethan Clark stole the restart and 2 phases later Marshall put in Nathan Bailey 20 yards out for the homes sides first try which was ably converted by Horsfall to make it 7-12.
Unsurprisingly another Hull kick to the corner led to yet another yet other catch and drive, and again it was Jobling for his hat trick.
Blaydon nearly replied quickly through Ethan Clarke but he was adjudged to be held up over the line on 34 minutes, following that led to a scrappy period where Blaydon lost two from their front row to injury and those two substitutions were closely followed by a Red card for head high tackle by Hull’s number 6 Makaafi on Blaydon Centre James Cooney.
Half Time Blaydon 7 – 17 Hull
Hull started the second half pressing hard at the Blaydon line and after 8 minutes they finally crossed the line with Kivalu going over from close range.
After 10 minutes of stalemate and exchanging of errors Blaydon ran the ball from their own try line, an excellent kick ahead by Nathan Bailey was picked up by winger Jack Appleton who ran in from 70 yards out for the best try of the game by far.
A Blaydon missed touch in attack led to Hull finding themselves back in their own 22 and from a 5m scrum the massive Hull pack drove over the Blaydon line which was easily scored by number 8 Will Hall.
Blaydon looked to respond positively but a loose pass by Blaydon winger Appleton led to an interception try for Hull Winger Naylor.
Blaydon played all the open rugby and on 75 minutes they were rewarded again and Nathan Bailey went over for his 2nd score of the game after Blaydon built a number a phases in the Hull 22 which stretched the Hull defence.
Unfortunately for Blaydon that was the last score of the game as they searched for a bonus point try.
Full Time Score Blaydon 19 – Hull 38
Blaydon: Bailey, Mongan, Cooney, Marshall, Appleton, Horsfall, Clarkson, Dodds, Pyle , Thompson, Wright, Phillips, Cooper, Hall-Lyon, Clarke.
Replacements: Gray, Beattie, Varley, Swede, Ashman
Hull: Dean, Naylor, Heard, Johnson, Turner, Humberstone, Harding, Beech, Jobling, Kivalu, Jones, Regardsoe, Makaafi, Cowen, Hall
Replacements: Crane, McColl, Cullen, Evans, Dias
REFEREE: Elliott Lewis
STAR MAN: Hull – Michael Jobling
Tries: Bailey 16, 76 Appleton 57
Conversions: Horsfall 17, 77
Tries: Jobling 4, 13, 23 Kivalu, Hall, Naylor
Conversions: Humberstone 14, 50, 68, 73
U16s CC SF

Date for the Diary – 16th January 2022 – County Cup Final

U16’s Power Through to County Cup Final
On a wintery Sunday morning our fantastic U16’s side beat Durham City 29-13 at BRFC in the Semi Final of the County Cup. A hard fought contest between two strong sides, well done to both teams for battling on in the horrendous weather.
The final is being held on 16th January 2022, however the venue has yet to be decided as the other semi final (Darlington RFC v Stockton RFC) was postponed due to a frozen pitch. Thank goodness we have the AGP!!
The other Semi Final has now been rearranged for Sunday 12th December, so no doubt Scott Gordon will keep me posted on the result and venue for the Final as it would be fantastic to see some travelling support!!
Well done men!!

Saturday 18th December 2021 – Presidents Christmas lunch at Blaydon RFC

Arrive at 12:00 for 12-15 for table served 2 Course Christmas Turkey dinner with all the trimmings, followed by Christmas Pudding and heaps of Christmas Cheer


Dress code – Christmas Jumpers,

the louder the better…..


Event Costs:

  • Meal cost is £10.00 to be paid prior to the lunch – please advise when paying for your booking if anyone in your party needs vegetarian option, in place of Turkey.  

  • Game Entry is £10.00, free to Season Ticket holders  

  • Selection of wines are available for the table, please assist by pre-booking the wine

Tables seat 8 to 10 people. Please provide list of names on your table to Barry at the club, via Face book on Blaydon Rugby Club Functions or by email to

1st team game against Tynedale follows, KO 2-30pm.


Last President’s lunch was an event to remember, so, for a great time to catch up with past team mates and cheer on the current Blaydon 1st team, book early!


Blaydon RFC v Fylde Match Report – Saturday 30th October

Fylde’s class out wide is the difference

Blaydon started well with an early Nathan Horsfall penalty following two early infringements at the breakdown by Fylde.

Fylde responded quickly with good break blind by centre Forster putting in winger Sam Fisher for unconverted try.

Blaydon’s response came from a clever short line out to 2nd Row Phillips, who provided a good quick return to hooker Sean Pyle who finished well in the corner.

Blaydon continued to compete well and a sustained period of Blaydon pressure led to a yellow card for number 8 Fairbrother and penalty by Horsfall, taking the score to 13-5.

Fylde replied quickly and slick backs move put centre Forster through the middle and ex Blaydon winger Tom Grimes finished off well.

Then straight from the kick off openside Phil Mills made a strong run and put in Winger Fisher for his 2nd try again unconverted.

Half time 13-15

Fylde started the 2nd half brightly and were attacking the line when Blaydon 2nd row Phillips was yellow carded and from the resulting scrum, scrum half Matt Sturgess went over for their first converted try of the game.

Blaydon replied brilliantly, Jonny Ashman putting in Owen Chaplin under the posts for another converted try bringing Blaydon back to with in 2 points

A long period of Blaydon pressure frustrating resulted in nothing for the home side but a couple mistakes resulted in Fylde having an easy penalty for Greg smith which was quickly followed by another penalty by Smith.

Fylde continued in the ascendency and a produced a well worked 2nd try of the game for Tom Grimes.

Blaydon pushed hard for a score running out of their 22 and lost the ball under the posts leading to an easy score for Tom Carleton.

From Blaydon’s perspective a frustrating afternoon coming away with nothing when their performance deserved so much more.

Final score 40 – 20

Blaydon Bailey, Richards Cooney, Clark, Appleton, Horsfall, Clarkson, Dodds, Pyle , Thompson, Wright, Phillips, Cooper, Chaplin, Clarke.

Replacements: Beattie, Inglis, Hodgson, Foreman, Ashman

Fylde: Carleton, Fisher, Forster, Rawlings, Grimes, Smith, Sturgess, Barrow, Gregory, Bowker, Parkinson, Garrod, O’Ryan, Mills, Fairbrother

Replacements: Kyle-Clay, Lewis, Blake, Partington, Lanigan


REFEREE:  Michael Harris


STAR MAN: Fylde – Phil Mills