|Blackheath – 1st Team||59|
|8th Oct 16||3:00 pm||National League One||2016|
|25 Kidbrooke Lane, London SE9 6TE, UK|
Blackheath – 1st Team
Club create carnage as Crows collapse
A hat-trick for Dan George, as Blackheath amassed eight tries, their best tally for nearly two years, to record their fifth win on the bounce.
For their part, Blaydon arrived at Well Hall with a very different record, the north-easterners yet to register a win, but buoyed by overturning a 19-point deficit to claim a draw against Macclesfield at Crow Trees a week earlier. However, despite remaining in contention at the break, the visitors fell apart in the third quarter, rapidly losing three men to the sin-bin, and conceding six tries in just 24 minutes.
The opening stages had seen Blaydon in the ascendancy. After Mark Cooke, making his first start in the fly-half position, glided through the opposition defence only for a poor pass to spoil the move, the Durham side’s scrum took command, and as the infringements came, Crows’ stand-off, Brett Connon, put his side ahead with a penalty.
Nevertheless, in a performance reminiscent of Dave Allen, Freddie Owen, who had an outstanding game in the back-row, became instrumental in the two turnovers that lifted the Club out of defence at the end of the first quarter, and as their faultless line-out took over, with George hitting his targets consistently, the hosts eased into the lead.
The first warning came as twice the visitors illegally impeded a drive towards the goal-line, but at the third attempt Tom Baldwin rose to collect, before George claimed his first score. Cooke added a penalty to his conversion as, this time, a Blaydon scrum collapsed, before George added a second try from a catch and drive, Gregor Gillanders this time the recipient of the line-out throw, and although the visitors responded in kind through blind-side Jason Smithson on the stroke of half-time, Blackheath remained ahead at 17-10 at the interval.
If the dents had been made in the opening period, Blackheath now tore open a gaping hole.
Scott Wilson was quickly dispatched for collapsing and, following another line-out, George crashed across for his third try, all within two minutes of the re-start. Captain and second row Chris Wearmouth followed his replacement hooker for not retreating, and with Mr Boscawen awarding a penalty try for in at the side, and a third yellow card for loose-head Trevor Davison in the 47th minute, the visitors faced a deluge.
Owen was the first to benefit as the depleted defence was stretched to the limit and Tom Chapman put the flanker away, before the replacement wing then found Markus Burcham, the Club captain making a lovely one-handed take to romp down the right touchline.
Chapman’s pace saw him race away untouched from his own half of the field for try number seven, and a fine break from Owen put Jake Lloyd across in the 64th minute, Cooke adding an eighth successful conversion to complete an immaculate goal-kicking display and a 19-point haul.
It probably should and would have been more had a forward pass not denied Leo Fielding, but to their credit Blaydon rallied enough for centre James Cooney to claim some consolation for the Durham side with a try seven minutes from time.
Tries: George 3, Penalty try, Owen, Burcham, Chapman, Lloyd
Conv: Cooke 8
Tries: Smithson, Cooney
Conv: Connon (Brett) 2
Pens: Connon (Brett)
15 Geoff Griffiths
14 Jake Lloyd
13 Markus Burcham – Capt
12 Leo Fielding
11 Chris Knight
10 Mark Cooke
9 Jack Walsh
1 Aston Croall
2 Dan George
3 Reece Conlon
4 Gregor Gillanders
5 Devin Montgomery
6 Freddie Owen
7 Chris Walker
8 Tom Baldwin
16 Will Roberts
17 Terry Read
18 Anders Nilsson
19 Tom Chapman
20 Simon Whatling