Blaydon IIs 15 Stags 10

By Old P*** - March 8 2009
Blaydon IIs 15 Stags 10
Howe try The Stags travelled to Crow Trees full of confidence after last weeks great win at home against Tynedale II in the Candy league. The match kicked off 15 mins late due to many of the players being delayed on route due to a road accident on the A19.
On a nice bright if some what chilly day with a swirling breeze the visitors decided to play with the prevailing southerly wind at their backs.

From the kick off Blaydon charged down filed with some good interlinking play they took the play straight into the Stags twenty two metre area. However some excellent cover defence by the Stags, forced a turnover and the resultant break up field by: Waites, Howe and Edwards saw Howe cross the line under the post unopposed with 6 mins on the clock, converted by Waites (0-7).

Blaydon then piled on the pressure through their big forwards, but the: younger, lighter Stags stood their ground very well and consistently thwarted the home team. However the home team managed to breach the Stags defence on the 20 minute mark converted. (7-7)

Almost immediately from the restart the Stags were penalised for handling the ball on the floor on their own twenty two kicked by Bagget (7-10)

Blaydon had two further penalties on the twenty two metre line as the Stags were adjudged by the referee of committing offences at rucks but the home team kicker missed both, which meant the half finished (7-10).

The Stags came charging back at their hosts and were awarded a penalty within 5 mins of the second half starting, kicked by Waites.(10-10)

Four mins later Stags prop Coates charged over the line from 7 metres out for what looked a perfectly good try to most of the spectators, but the referee after a delay adjudged that he was held up.

On the 68th minute mark the Blaydon second row Wearmouth managed to cross the line to the left of the posts which was unconverted with what was the last score of the game. (15-10)

Whilst this was a disappointing result for the Stags they came out of the match with much credit. What pleased the coaches and supporters the most was their: whole competitive attitude and willingness to take on and compete against the more fancied teams.

Stags: A. Coates., R. Wood, J. Greenwell, A. Robson, P. Henderson, C. Young, (A. Cameron 60) A. Barker, J. Boatman, P. Williamson (Capt), S. Waites, S. Butcher, N. Howe (P. Wallis 50), G. Edwards, T. Armstrong, S. Cavey