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R Stead, D Harvey
J Annetts (2)
J Annetts
Sat 2 Mar 15:00 - Northern Division - North Premier Full time

Wirral Lose Out to Blaydon


Despite a half-time lead, Wirral were unable to hold back the visitors.

The spectators, past players and coaching staff are trying to come to terms as to how Wirral contrived to lose this match and then by such a score line. Granted the club have suffered a number of injuries at first team level, which has seen both regular props injured/unavailable plus a second row and back row out of action for a few more weeks.
Following the match against B.Park last week there were a number of changes, some positional and the team was as follows: 1. Dan Light 2. Stuart Grattan 3. Chris Hughes 4. Ryan Stead 5. Paul Lewis 6. Haydn Long 7. Tom Parry 8. James Reeve 9. Joe Murray 10. Craig Harvey 11. Matt Loon 12. Chris Speed 13. James Annetts 14. Dan Harvey 15. Chris Crowley Subs: Mike Warren, Sam Broadbent and Mark Williams.
Wirral were playing towards the road with the breeze in a diagonal direction towards the clubhouse/2nd pitch. The first quarter was played between the 20m areas with perhaps Wirral guilty of dropping balls when in possession and the first potential scoring opportunity came when Blaydon were brought back for a forward pass some 15m from the Wirral line. Eventually Wirral cleared but Blaydon were looking to gain ground by long kicks down to the left hand corner but the home side made ground with 2 half breaks from James Annetts but he could not break free.
The first score came after 27m when a high kick from Chris Crowley created a penalty opportunity for James Annetts to slot over a penalty from about 33m. 3-0. Blaydon than had control of the ball in the Wirral 20m and made progress towards the line, keen tackling kept out the away side but they eventually found a chink in the Wirral defence for Matthew Jenkinson to score close to the posts and was converted by Ryan Foreman. 3-7 (35 mins).
Straight from the kick off, Wirral kept play in the Blaydon half and controlled possession with a number of thrusts before Ryan Stead in possession went on a short weaving run to score close to the posts with James Annetts converting, 10-7 (37 mins). From the kick off, Craig Harvey set up a break for Matt Loon who went on a run only to be tackled 10m from the line. Wirral continued to apply pressure and play was interrupted by the Blaydon prop in an off side position and Calum Eastwood was sin binned. Wirral turned down the easy 3 points and went for a scrum, which was re-set twice before passing the ball out but strong tackling kept Wirral at bay until slick handling to the left saw DAN HARVEY dive over in the corner from 2m out. From the touchline against the wind, James Annetts converted to extend the Wirral lead to 17-7.
The second half started with Wirral having the territorial and possession advantage. They were on the attack, when a long pass to the left, which would have created an overlap, was intercepted by Hugh Mongan, who had a run in from 70m to score under the posts and converted by Foreman. 17-14 (45 mins). Mike Warren came on for Tom Parry (injury to neck). Immediately from the kick off Blaydon collected and passed it wide and created ground down the right and good passing left captain, Keith Laughlin with an easy run in and the conversion gave Blaydon the lead, 17-21, 47 mins. On 53 minutes, Craig Harvey was sin binned for an off side incident. From this incident, Blaydon extended their lead with a penalty by Blaydon’s Foreman 17-24. Mark Williams came on for Paul Lewis, which brought Chris Speed into the pack. 57 mins saw the Blaydon winger, Frazer Wilson sin binned. From this position James Annetts slotted over his second penalty. 20-24.
Both sides were giving away a number of penalties and from such penalty, Blaydon scrum half Nathan Horsfall took it quickly and made substantial ground, which enabled the away side to put pressure on the Wirral line and this led to Horsfall himself diving under the Wirral defence to score close to the posts, unbelievably the conversion was missed, 20-29 (69 minutes). One minute later, Mike Warren was sin binned for tackling a Blaydon player in the air. Another quickly taken penalty by Horsfall set up Frazer Wilson to score under the posts and converted- 20-36. (71 minutes). Sam Broadbent and Paul Lewis came on for DAN HARVEY and James Reeve which left Wirral without a recognised back row forward on the pitch. In the remaining 9 minutes, Blaydon ran in 3 more tries, through Guy Graham, Keith Laughlin and Tony Harvey of which two were converted. In the final minute of the game, Craig Harvey left the field with a knee injury (doubtful for next week).
The score line somewhat flatters Blaydon as Wirral were in this game until 60 minutes but the depth of the squad at Blaydon showed through in the end. Next week, Wirral are away at Wilmslow, 3pm kick off in what is in effect a “derby match”.
Richard McNeil

Key moments

Penalty James Annetts kicks a penalty for Wirral
Try Ryan Stead scores for Wirral
Conversion James Annetts kicks a conversion for Wirral
Try Danny Harvey scores for Wirral
Conversion James Annetts kicks a conversion for Wirral

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71:00 Sub On
Sam Broadbent is substituted on for Wirral
71:00 Sub Off
Danny Harvey is substituted off for Wirral
71:00 Sub On
Paul Lewis is substituted on for Wirral
71:00 Sub Off
James Reeve is substituted off for Wirral
69:00 Yellow Card
Mike Warren is yellow carded for Wirral
55:00 Sub Off
Paul Lewis is substituted off for Wirral
55:00 Sub On
Mark Williams is substituted on for Wirral
53:00 Yellow Card
Craig Harvey is yellow carded for Wirral
48:00 Sub On
Mike Warren is substituted on for Wirral
48:00 Sub Off
Tom Parry is substituted off for Wirral
End of period 1
39:00 Try 15 - 0
Danny Harvey scores for Wirral
39:00 Conversion 17 - 0
James Annetts kicks a conversion for Wirral
39:00 Try Assist
James Annetts makes an assist for Wirral
37:00 Try 8 - 0
Ryan Stead scores for Wirral
37:00 Conversion 10 - 0
James Annetts kicks a conversion for Wirral
27:00 Penalty 3 - 0
James Annetts kicks a penalty for Wirral
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As it happened

  • Wirral
  • Blaydon
  • 0
  • James Annetts Penalty 27:00'
  • Ryan Stead Try 37:00'
  • James Annetts Conversion 37:00'
  • Danny Harvey Try 39:00'
  • James Annetts Conversion 39:00'
  • James Annetts Try Assist 39:00'
  • Mike Warren Sub On 48:00'
  • Tom Parry Sub Off 48:00'
  • Craig Harvey Yellow Card 53:00'
  • Paul Lewis Sub Off 55:00'
  • Mark Williams Sub On 55:00'
  • Mike Warren Yellow Card 69:00'
  • Sam Broadbent Sub On 71:00'
  • Danny Harvey Sub Off 71:00'
  • Paul Lewis Sub On 71:00'
  • James Reeve Sub Off 71:00'

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# Team Pl Pts
1. Hull 26 118
2. Blaydon 26 99
3. Harrogate 26 98
4. Billingham 26 89
5. Rossendale 26 72
6. Sandal 26 70
7. Wirral 26 69

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