14/15 Wanderers. Wanderers 25 - 19 Blaydon Georgians

Sat. 3rd January 2015. Northern Wanderers vs Blaydon Georgians. Candy League 1 Home.A cold, sunny afternoon at McCracken Park was the backdrop to this entertaining game between Northern Wanderers and Blaydon Georgians, the team currently top of Candy League 1 and unbeaten until this game. Northern showing 7 changes from the previous game at Westoe due to unavailability and players called up to the first team, showed good resolve and commitment to take the game to Blaydon from the kick off. After 4 minutes, fly half Joss Pinsent was just short with a long range penalty after Blaydon had infringed as Northern pressed. Blaydon came back and were fortunate to score a converted try on 8 minutes when the ball was spilled forward in the tackle by a Blaydon player and clearing kick was blocked by ex-Northern wing Hugh Mongan who collected the bouncing ball and crossed unopposed. Northern were not fazed by this and with the back row of Matt Brooks, Tom Smallwood and Ian Brierley at no. 8 disrupting the Blaydon pack with their carries and foraging at the breakdown Northern piled on the pressure to a visibly shaken Blaydon team. Northern almost scored from a tapped penalty on 14 minutes but Blaydon managed to keep Northern out and were given a scrum 10 metres from their line. The Northern pack drove the Blaydon 8 back and hooker Lloyd Holmes took the first of his six strikes against the head and the ball was moved right down the short side to Joss Pinsent who looked likely to score but passed out to supporting full back Andy Morrow who collected the pass after a Blaydon deflection and kept his composure to score an unconverted try out wide. Northern kept up their intensity and pinned Blaydon back in their own half from the kick off and only some great last ditch defending prevented further scores. Northern eventually scored on 25 minutes when the ball was rucked back in the Blaydon 22 and captain and prop Peter Allsop took a short  ball and the Blaydon defence parted like the Red Sea for him to stroll over and touch down under the posts. The conversion was good by Joss Pinsent and Northern took a deserved lead. Northern almost scored their third try on 37 minutes when from a penalty line out in the Blaydon 22 the forwards peeled around and the ball was taken on by blindside Matt Brooks who was stopped just short of the line and Blaydon somehow managed to turn over the ball. Northern had the final say of the half when fly half Joss Pinsent kicked a penalty in the last play to leave the half time score: Northern Wanderers 15 - Blaydon Georgians 7The half time team talk for Northern was easy as the 16 players were up for the task and from the kick off they carried on where they had left off in the first half. On 46 minutes Northern forced a scrum in the Blaydon 22 and from the pick-up and drive made inroads into the Blaydon defence. Quick rucked ball was recycled to Matt Brooks who blasted through Blaydon’s attempted tackles for a fine try converted by Joss Pinsent. Northern were still dominant at this stage of the game and Joss Pinsent kicked a penalty on 58 minutes to increase the score. By this time, with only one replacement, the Northern pack were struggling from the effort they had put in and with Blaydon using their 5 replacements their pack started to get their act together. The Northern midfield defence, with centres Harrison Clark and Alex Turnbull prominent, was still holding strong, denying the speedy Blaydon Backs any clean ball so Blaydon reverted to a forward game kicking for a 5 metre line out after some tired Northern players were penalised at the break down on 65 minutes. The Blaydon pack scored out wide with a well-executed catch and drive and they converted with a fine kick from the touchline. Blaydon scored a third try on 72 minutes with a carbon copy line out catch and drive however the conversion was wide. Northern lifted themselves for the last few minutes and did have a couple of good chances to score when first no. 8 Ian Brierley and then blindside Matt Brooks were both denied by last ditch tackling by the Blaydon defence.  Final score: Northern Wanderers 25 – Blaydon Georgians 19.  Sat. 3rd January 2015. Northern Wanderers vs Blaydon Georgians. Candy League 1 Home.

A cold, sunny afternoon at McCracken Park was the backdrop to this entertaining game between Northern Wanderers and Blaydon Georgians, the team currently top of Candy League 1 and unbeaten until this game. Northern showing 7 changes from the previous game at Westoe due to unavailability and players called up to the first team, showed good resolve and commitment to take the game to Blaydon from the kick off. After 4 minutes, fly half Joss Pinsent was just short with a long range penalty after Blaydon had infringed as Northern pressed. Blaydon came back and were fortunate to score a converted try on 8 minutes when the ball was spilled forward in the tackle by a Blaydon player and clearing kick was blocked by ex-Northern wing Hugh Mongan who collected the bouncing ball and crossed unopposed. Northern were not fazed by this and with the back row of Matt Brooks, Tom Smallwood and Ian Brierley at no. 8 disrupting the Blaydon pack with their carries and foraging at the breakdown Northern piled on the pressure to a visibly shaken Blaydon team. Northern almost scored from a tapped penalty on 14 minutes but Blaydon managed to keep Northern out and were given a scrum 10 metres from their line. The Northern pack drove the Blaydon 8 back and hooker Lloyd Holmes took the first of his six strikes against the head. The ball was moved right down the short side to Joss Pinsent who looked likely to score but passed out to supporting full back Andy Morrow who collected the pass after a Blaydon deflection and kept his composure to score an unconverted try out wide. Northern kept up their intensity and pinned Blaydon back in their own half from the kick off and only some great last ditch defending prevented further scores. Northern eventually scored on 25 minutes when the ball was rucked back in the Blaydon 22 and captain and prop Peter Allsop took a short  ball and the Blaydon defence parted like the Red Sea for him to stroll over and touch down under the posts. The conversion was good by Joss Pinsent and Northern took a deserved lead. Northern almost scored their third try on 37 minutes when from a penalty line out in the Blaydon 22 the forwards peeled around and the ball was taken on by blindside Matt Brooks who was stopped just short of the line and Blaydon somehow managed to turn over the ball. Northern had the final say of the half when fly half Joss Pinsent kicked a penalty in the last play to leave the half time score: Northern Wanderers 15 - Blaydon Georgians 7

The half time team talk for Northern was easy as the 16 players were up for the task and from the kick off they carried on where they had left off in the first half. On 46 minutes Northern forced a scrum in the Blaydon 22 and from the pick-up and drive made inroads into the Blaydon defence. Quick rucked ball was recycled to Matt Brooks who blasted through Blaydon’s attempted tackles for a fine try converted by Joss Pinsent. Northern were still dominant at this stage of the game and Joss Pinsent kicked a penalty on 58 minutes to increase the score. By this time, with only one replacement, the Northern pack were struggling from the effort they had put in and with Blaydon using their 5 replacements their pack started to get their act together. The Northern midfield defence, with centres Harrison Clark and Alex Turnbull prominent, was still holding strong, denying the speedy Blaydon backs any clean ball so Blaydon reverted to a forward game kicking for a 5 metre line out after some tired Northern players were penalised at the break down on 65 minutes. The Blaydon pack scored out wide with a well-executed catch and drive and they converted with a fine kick from the touchline. Blaydon scored a third try on 72 minutes with a carbon copy line out catch and drive however the conversion was wide. Northern lifted themselves for the last few minutes and did have a couple of good chances to score when first no. 8 Ian Brierley and then blindside Matt Brooks were both denied by last ditch tackling by the Blaydon defence.  Final score: Northern Wanderers 25 – Blaydon Georgians 19.

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