West 50 Blaydon 10

By Dave Picken - August 31 2014
West 50 Blaydon 10 Scott Butcher scored four tries as we stepped up a gear in the second half to earn a Durham Senior Cup semi-final tie at Consett on Valentine's Day ...

Despite Blaydon's first team being in action at Rotherham, the Crowtrees side came well prepared with a mix of experience and youth and an enterprising scrum half in James Christie.

For the first 20 minutes they had the majority of possession with Christie equalising a second minute try from Jay Corbett. But once we got into our stride the tries flowed.

 Sam Miller put us back in the lead after picking up at the base of a scrum - taking advantage  of a yellow card for Blaydon flanker Marty Lonsdale to  saunter over. Zac Southern added the conversion.

Scott Butcher got his first try just before the break scoring what may yet become the try of the season. It began on the West 22 when scrum half Ryan Painter cut inside to burst through the defence.  Winger Matt Tyers took the ball on with full back Luke Mallinson stepping his way towards the visiting 22 before sending Andrew Cheslin away. He timed his final pass to perfection to send Butch in at the left hand corner.

We brought on Stu Waites, back from a exotic holiday which took in both Bali and Dubai, and he was at full back for the second half  where he played a major role as the home backs went on a try scoring spree. He also put over a couple of immaculate conversions from wide out - no mean feat when he hasn't seen a rugby ball for five weeks.

Butcher got his second on 52 minutes, after Stu had come into the line, followed by a Painter try three minutes later when he seized on a loose ball to dive over from close range.

Bucther’s hat trick came on 68 minutes. It was  closely followed by a second for Painter after replacements Joe Rafferty and Jordan Baggs took play up to the visiting line.

Our final try came five minutes before the end when Zac Southern jinked  his way through the middle and quick ball to the left saw the West winger in lots of space.

Blaydon continued to battle and Lonsdale got the final try of the day on the final whistle.

West: Luke Mallinson, Matt Tyers [Stu Waites 42], Andrew Cheslin [Darren Thomas 70], Peter Youll, Scott Butcher, Zac Southern, Ryan Painter [Baden Knibbs 75], Jack Angus, Andrew Rollins, Adam Coates, Michael Hogan, Alex Johnson [Joe Rafferty 50], Jay Corbett [Jordan Baggs 50], Dan Boatman [capt], Sam Miller [Luke Chapman [70].





West 50 Blaydon 10
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31/08/2014 13:56
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Re: West 50 Blaydon 10
31/08/2014 17:40
Some good rugby and some skill and pace from our lads which bodes well for the future . Can I suggest that next summer the club pays for all the lads to do their pre-season training in Bali as Stu looked on top form when he came on.
Does anyone know why Horden got a walkover at mowden? Seems odd

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