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Harrogate RFC 17 v 12 Blaydon RFC

Blaydon lost their third successive National 2 North game in a row in what was a close encounter at Harrogate. Blaydon were promoted with Harrogate from Northern Premier via the COVID curtailed 2019/2020 season.  The Clubs have had a long recent history of closely fought games and this was no exception.


Blaydon started brightly but an early Blaydon breakdown offence just inside their own half was penalised and Sam Fox, kicked Harrogate into a 3-0 lead.  Blaydon were quickly back in the Harrogate half by retaining numerous phases of possession and mounting streams of attacks but failed to break the home defence.  Eventually on 18 minutes Harrogate’s defence were penalised for being offside, Blaydon kicked to the corner and Alex Dodds was driven over from a driving maul to make it 3-5.


Soon after that score some Blaydon mistakes and indiscipline gave Harrogate an attacking line out of their own.  A number of waves of attack followed and eventually Hooker Aarin Yorke, was driven over the Blaydon line, which Fox converted.


A period of Blaydon dominance followed but Harrogate’s defence held out in spite of conceding repeated penalties, which led to Harrogate number 6 being binned for 10 minutes.  Despite numerous attacks as Blaydon tried to take advantage of their numerical advantage, poor decision making and handling errors meant the half time score stayed at 10-5.


Blaydon started the second half strongly and eventually broke the home defence with Alex Charlton picking up a loose ball to score under the posts, which was ably converted by John Clarkson taking the score to 10-12.


Frustratingly the Blaydon lead did not last long, as Harrogate launched a rare attack in the Blaydon half and following some strong defence we were awarded a penalty but some Blaydon indiscipline resulted in the penalty being overturned and Mike Newstead sent to the bin.

This proved a crucial moment in the game as Harrogate kicked to the corner and following a number of phases attacking the Blaydon line, 2nd Row Sam Brady scored under the posts which was easily converted by Fox.


There were still 28 minutes remaining and all to play for but although the majority of remaining 28 minutes were spent in the Harrogate half similarly to the Huddersfield game, poor decision making, handling errors and indiscipline from Blaydon assisted by some strong home defence meant that the score remained at 17-12 in a very frustrating afternoon for Blaydon.



Doherty, Graham, Knowles, Cummings, Edwards, Fox, Keith, Baxter, Yorke, Dennis, Hannam, Brady, Martin Dodds, G Coser, Declan Thompson.  Subs:-  Maycock, Larder, Lansdall, Wickham, Mercer



Bailey, Richards, Cooney, Greenlaw, Appleton, Ashman, Clarkson, Alex Dodds, Newstead,

Drew Thompson, Wright Laughlin, Charlton, Harrison, Clarke.  Subs:- Gray, Beattie, Inglis, Cooper, Devereux



Pete Conor (RFU)



Man of the Match—Martin Dodds (Harrogate)


Score Breakdown



Tries–Yorke 27, Brady 55

Conversions—Fox 27 and 56

Penalties—Fox 4




Tries–Dodds 19, Charlton 45

Conversions—Clarkson 46

Blaydon RFC 11 v 29 Huddersfield RFC

Blaydon RFC were well beaten by a resolute Huddersfield side who took their opportunities extremely well running in 4 tries to Blaydon’s 1.  In terms of possession Blaydon played three quarters of the game in the Huddersfield 22 but mistakes, poor decisions, indiscipline and strong Huddersfield defence meant that time and again Blaydon failed to capitalise on field position and possession.


The game started fairly evenly with the first points going to Blaydon through Fly Half Ryan Foreman who kicked a penalty from his own half way line.  Unfortunately for Blaydon he went off injured shortly afterwards, which was in the build up to the first try of the game for Huddersfield.  The try was started with a break from their own 22 by Fly Half Joe Potter.  Blaydon failed to kick to touch which led to the ball being spread out wide to Hooker, Liam Stapely, who ran in uncontested. The try was converted by Milner, who quickly added a penalty a few minutes later to take the score to 10-3.


The rest of the first half was played with Blaydon in the ascendency but a lot of pressure only resulted in another penalty, this time by Scrum Half Clarkson, taking the score to 10-6 at half time.


The 2nd half started as the first half ended with Blaydon attacking the Huddersfield line but each time Huddersfield were able to clear their lines, due to Blaydon errors and solid defence.  After one such clearance Huddersfield mounted their first attack of the half and some strong direct running by 2nd Row Pearson led to an easy try for Huddersfield blind side Liam Parfitt, converted by Milner.


Blaydon returned to attacking the Huddersfield line but it took them 15 minutes and some sharp thinking by Ashman taking a quick line out to Nathan Bailey to put in Clarkson to cross the line for what turned out to be Blaydon’s only try of the game.


That was Blaydon’s last score, but Huddersfield however were not finished and went on to add an opportunist try by scrum half Mason, which was a typical scrum half break from the base of a ruck on the Blaydon 22 which the home side should have defended better.


Then the visitors final try of the game went to Man of the Match number 8 Lewis Bradley who rounded off a very good away day for Huddersfield with a try from close range following another Blaydon mistake when trying to score from inside their own 22.


Full Time Score: Blaydon 11 – 29 Huddersfield

Referee: Ben Rayner

Attendance: 232

Half Time Score Blaydon 6  – 11 Huddersfield

Man of the Match: Lewis Bradley

Line ups:

15 Nathan Bailey 15 Lewis Workman
14 Jake Richards 14 Arthur Wilkinson
13 Jonny Ashman 13 Matt Law
12 Alex Clark (Capt) 12 Will Milner
11 Jack Appleton 11 Cameron Catleugh
10 Ryan Foreman 10 Joe Potter
9 John Clarkson 9 Jonny Mason
1 Drew Thompson 1 Callum Thompson
2 Michael Newstead 2 Liam Stapley
3 Elliott Beattie 3 Jack Smith
4 Liam Wright 4 Luke Pearson
5 Austin Phillips 5 Nick Sharpe
6 Keith Laughlin 6 Liam Parfitt
7 Ethan Hall 7 Jacob Glover
8 Ethan Clarke 8 Lewis Bradley (Capt)
16 Danny Gray 16 Leighton Davies
17 Alex Dodds 17 John Sedgwick
18 Ryan Kirkbride 18 Aaron Brook
19 Ethan Hall-Lyon 19  
20 Jonathan Devereux 20  



Tries: Clarkson 69


Penalties: Foreman 2, Clarkson 33



Tries: Stapely 15, Parfitt 53, Mason 72, Bradley 78

Conversions: Milner 16, 54, 73

Penalties: Milner 29

BRFC v Loughborough

Blaydon RFC 23 v 27 Loughborough Students

Blaydon’s first game back in National Leagues ends in narrow defeat.

The game started fairly evenly with the first 20 minutes finishing 6 – 3 to Blaydon RFC with Ryan Foreman kicking two penalties for Blaydon and Charlie Titcombe replying with one for Loughborough Students.

As the first half progressed Loughborough began to gain the ascendency and the first try of the game came on 23 minutes through scrum half Iwan Burgwin. Loughborough were the better team for the rest of the first half but it was a turnover on their own line, that led to a length of the field try for winger O’Leary-Blade. This took Loughborough’s lead to 17-6 at half time as both tries were converted by Charlie Titcombe.

The start of the second half continued the same as the end of the first with Loughborough edging things, but it was Blaydon who scored first with Foreman adding another penalty. On 53 minutes the students made pressure count and substitute Ben Smith scored a 3rd try for Loughborough which was again converted by Charlie Titcombe.

This score led to a Blaydon revival, 5 minutes later and Liam Wright scored Blaydon’s first try following a driving maul. Blaydon were starting to get a foothold in the game now and another try followed, scored by Ethan Clarke making his debut for Blaydon, both tries were converted by Foreman taking the score to 23-24.

Loughborough extended their lead with another Titcombe penalty and although Blaydon pushed very hard for the winning score Loughborough Students defended well and ran out 23-27 winners in a well contested first game of the season.

Full Time Score: Blaydon 23 – Loughborough Students 27

Referee: Michael Harris

Attendance: 248

Half Time Score Blaydon 6 – Loughborough Students 17

Man of the Match: Charlie Titcombe (Loughborough)

Celebration of life: John ‘Gypsy’ Davidson – Saturday 28th August from 2pm

Celebration of life: John ‘Gypsy’ Davidson – Saturday 28th August

John’s family and Blaydon RFC are hosting a celebration of Gypsy’s life, at the club from 2pm on Saturday 28th August.


It would be great to see current & former players, coaches, supporters, friends and anyone he greeted as you entered our bar, turn out to share this day.

Don’t think anyone will ever forget the turn out on the day of his last drive through Blaydon RFC.

Message from his family:

You can arrive anytime that suits you from 2:00pm onwards.

There will be a number of rugby games on; with; 1s, 2s and Bricks all having games.

At around 4:30 we are playing an old video of the famous Sugar Plum Fairies routine.

We aren’t fundraising as such, but one thing John really hated was dropped litter and fly tipping. We thought as a little nod to this we would have a few collection tins dotted about for Keep Britain Tidy. We feel he would have seen the funny side in that.

It’s just a come and go as you please fun day to remember this lovely man who brightened so many people’s lives, look forward to seeing you if you can make it.

New Matchday Volunteers Required

Good Afternoon All,
As you know the new rugby season will soon be upon us, as BRFC First Team are due to play against Loughborough Students on Saturday 4th September 2021.
The club needs some new volunteers for various roles on Matchdays to share the load with our current group, who have been involved for many years. The roles in question are as follows:
Assistant Fourth Officials
We are looking to add to the existing group in order to spread the games out more throughout the season. As you know the first team got promoted to National 2 North and there is a requirement within this league to provide two fourth officials for home games.
The National 2 North league is made up of 16 teams, so we need to cover 15 home games, our existing Fourth Officials are available for the first few home games, so the plan will be to have a group of 2-3 people shadowing Keith or Archie during these matches.
I have a Fourth Official Protocol to provide more information as to what the role entails (please email me if you are interested).
Taking Entry Fees and provide General Advice on parking/WC Facilities etc as visitors arrive. After 14 years of being the Head Gatekeeper, Linda Barlow is stepping down and we need a few volunteers to share the role with Brian and Ossy (please email me if interested)
Match Reporter
Do we have any budding reporters in the club? A requirement of being within the National 2 North is that we need to provide a Match Report for each home game, now we are looking into this at the moment to establish what is involved, however we think it will entail a piece of 80-100 words, providing some background on the game, scorers, any issues/events, special plays etc etc etc (please email me if you are interested, this can be more than one person to share the load throughout the season)
Many thanks for taking the time to read this post and a special thanks to our existing volunteers who do a lot of work behind the scenes, whether this is on Match Days, coaching during the week etc without you all the club would struggle on many fronts.
Jonathan Chapman on behalf of BRFC


Membership fees for the 2021/2022 season are as follows:

Life Membership (Including exclusive badged jumper, Voting Rights, Membership Benefits)



Rugby & Full Club Membership (Playing, including Kit Bundle, Voting Rights, Membership Benefits)

£120 (Student £90)

Without Kit Bundle

£60 (Student £30)

Social Membership (Non Playing, No Voting Rights, Membership Benefits)


With voting rights



ONLINE Membership application forms, click links below:

Blaydon RFC Life and Social Membership Form

Blaydon RFC Playing Members Membership Form


Good Afternoon All,

Unfortunately the away game at Carlisle RFC has been cancelled however we have secured a double header against Darlington Mowden Park. The revised dates are detailed below:-

7th August       Newcastle University (Home)                          Kick Off  2pm

14th August     Darlington Mowden Park (Away)                    Kick Off  3pm

20th August     Newcastle University (Home)                          Kick Off  7pm

28th August     Darlington Mowden Park (Home)                   Kick Off 3pm

It would be great to see you all come down to the club to support the team in readiness for the new season ahead, subject to Covid guidelines in place at the time.

Enjoy the Summer.




From 24th July we  will be updating our Car Boot prices.

The updated pricing system, has been something we held off doing since March 2020, when we took the decision to wait until, restrictions on people’s lives, freedom of movement and earning capacities were lifted.

We hope you appreciate that the raise is long overdue and necessary, and has been kept at a competitive and considerate rate.

Go to the Car Boot page for details:  Car Boot – Blaydon RFC



Car Boot Committee

More Positive News from the Youth Section

More positive news from our Youth Section, seven of this season’s u15s team have been selected for 4 x Development Sessions at Kingston Park with Newcastle Falcons Academy over the off season.
Ben Harrison, Max Gordon & Jamie Lane are currently involved and will finish their block of 4 on today.
Rhys Burt is next up, starting on Thursday.
Rhys Beeckmans, Leo Suiliman & James Witham will follow in a later group.
This is a fantastic representation from one team and everyone involved with the u15s are extremely proud and we all look forward to seeing where this may lead to for the lads.
Good Luck from all at BRFC.
U15 County

Rising Stars join Newcastle Falcons’ ‘ACE’ Programme

Following the exciting news of Trevor Davison linking up with the England Summer Training Squad yesterday, we’ve had more good news from our U16 squad.
Sam Green and Ewan Brown have been accepted into the Newcastle Falcons’ ‘ACE’ scheme at Gosforth Academy, which produces a valuable pipeline of players for the first team squad and beyond.
The duo will get full time rugby coaching alongside subjects at BTEC and A-Levels. The ACE programme has already helped to nurture professional players including George McGuigan, Callum Chick, Tom Marshall and Morgan Passman.
Paul Vinnicombe has developed the U16 squad into a fine group from scratch and must take huge pride in this fantastic news. Well done Paul Vinnicombe and your fellows coaches for your efforts over the years.
We wish these two fine young men all the best in their future rugby development and hopefully you’ll still be able to play for Blaydon Academy at some point, which is going from strength to strength.