Stags 28 Blaydon 19

By Andy Dixon - November 8 2016
Stags 28 Blaydon 19 We will certainly remember remember the 5th November... for a smashing win in the first round of the Durham County Cup. In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.....and the heavens certainly opened on Catty Road ...

It was higher league opposition for the second week running against higher league opposition in the shape of National League club Blaydon. 

West struck first after strong forward drives, Luke Mallinson popped up in the middle of a ruck (no doubt trying to keep warm) and scored. He converted his own try.  7-0.

West were next to score again with Matty 'self proclaimed Cipriani' Siddle making a super break through the broken Blaydon defence to score. 

Blaydons strong pack took control of the next period of the game and came back with some quality support play and excellent set piece, especially at lineout in the terrible conditions.

After a mainly dominant first period of dominance, West faced continued pressure after the break from the reds who scored again. At this point Noah arrived in his Arc from the Catcote Road shops end and it became a tad damp. 

Surprisingly the mild mannered Hamilton was yellow carded for an offence which seemed nowt nor summat. 

West scored again through Mallinson who also slotted 2 penalties - only a drop goal missing from a full house. 

In weather of biblical proportions at times the Stags held out at the end after an onslaught from Blaydon and the weather. 

Final score West 28-19 Blaydon.

Great credit should go to all of the players who grafted and stuck together to achieve the win in difficult conditions against tough opponents. 

The Stags will play Durham City at home in the quarter finals on February 18th 2017.


West: - Hadwen, Hamilton, Hunter, Tyers, Corbett, Rafferty, Brown, Miller (c)  Quinn, Siddle, Mould, Thorne, Butcher, Mallinson.

Reps: Leighton, Simpson, Fleet, Southern, Allott. 

Tries - Mallinson (2), Siddle  

Cons - Mallinson

Pens -Mallinson (2)

Referee - Tony Jenkins (Durham) 

Food - chicken curry and rice - 8/10 - mild yet enticing.

Stags 28 Blaydon 19
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08/11/2016 09:45
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Re: Stags 28 Blaydon 19
Denny Dixon (IP Logged)
08/11/2016 11:40
Sounds like a full blooded team effort with lots of guts and determination in atrocious conditions well done Stags!!

Re: Stags 28 Blaydon 19
Hardwick Man (IP Logged)
08/11/2016 12:05
wow .. well done terrific effort.

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