Blaydon Development 48 Northern Wanderers 0
Things did not start well on Saturday as a number of confirmed players were a ‘no show’, meaning that we travelled with 14 players for a difficult fixture with Blaydon. Deano was again required to make up the numbers, which he did so valiantly, despite feeling a little ‘under the weather’. Unfortunately, his match lasted a mere 15 minutes when he received a nasty cut above the eye which required hospital attention, when only inches from scoring. Patrick Douglas was also injured when his hand was accidentally trampled. Despite it inflating like a balloon, Patrick returned to play the rest of the match, much of it in the centre – well done Patrick.
The match was relatively even for the 1st half with Wanderers coming close on more than occasion. At half time, the score was 15 – 0 and could easily have been much closer.
In the second half, the injuries mounted with Alex Parry-Jones having to leave the field, while other bruised and battered bodies battled through. Despite Blaydon matching numbers from their bench, ultimately their ability to swap subs ground down Northern’s defence which resulted in a number of tries late on.
Those who turned out should all be commended for a brave and spirited performance. Heads didn’t drop; it was simply that they ran out of steam. Still, that’s another one of the tougher fixtures done and dusted and we can look forward to a closer encounter with Alnwick at the weekend.
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