Howay the lads and away the lads in green went, much to the chagrin of their opponents from the North East. Whenever the Foresters turn out a team, as strong as this, they are very difficult to beat and so it proved yet again.
The Blaydon club are , as Wharfedale, proud of the exploits of their second XV but on this occasion the writing was on the wall in the early stages and to be brutally candid the home side were just too strong in most departments for the visitors. Even the Greens’ replacement bench looked ominously powerful.
The performance was truly another team accomplishment which commenced early in the game with very well worked tries from Alex Powell and Tom Whyte, both converted by James Druce, brought about by sterling work from the Greens pack. Front row stalwarts Joe Altham, Jake Parkinson and the redoubtable Matt Freeman were strength personified, as usual assisted as scrummaging goes by Rhys Davies and Powell.
With the pack continuing to dominate, another try came from back row regular Tom Whyte, again converted by Druce and the Foresters were in full control. Joining Whyte were Sam Smith and Jack Kitching, both developing along the right lines and the latter is progressing at a rapid rate of knots. At this stage infringements affected the home sides flow and Blaydon came back with a try and conversion, which was well deserved. They stuck manfully to the task confronting them.
The pack quickly regained control and from a powerful drive scrum half Jimmy Bullough materialised, finishing off their hard work which Druce converted, this allowing Foresters to turn around at 28-7 to the good. Both half backs were sharp and probing and fly half Will Bell had a first class game, both in defence and attack. He scored the next try, again converted by Druce, who himself added to his points total with the next Greens try, after good positive attacking skills from the backs. The backs were once again alert, sharp and always eager to attack ,resulting in Robbie Davidson scampering through for another clinically worked try, not converted but leaving the score line at 45-7. Speedster Josh Prell, on the wing, never really got the chance to show his true prowess and centres Andrew Foulds and Harry Bullough were always in the heart of any back moves. The latter also tackled to some effect.
The starting props were rested and this gave Blaydon a respite from constant pressure, allowing them to show their worth with two tries and a conversion. All the Greens replacements who came on performed most adequately , George Altham, James Huck, Max Bell, Ben Parkinson, Tom Baines, Simon Borrill in this number and possibly the most impressive of all, a Wharfedale-trained colt David Wellock, returning to the fold, had an eye catching game in the second row, another stalwart. The final score of 45-19 reflected the superiority of the Greens and the way they work together as a team.
At this stage of the season let`s give praise to the teams coaches, Andrew Hodgson and Phillip Peel who knock this motley bunch into fine shape and please do not forget our delightful Physiotherapist Verity. No wonder so many players keep getting injured !