Yet, with Blaydon
enjoying the elements behind them in the first half, it did look for a time as if it was not going to be anything but tough.
Fred wrote:"The day is fast approaching when we will come to the end of one of the oldest Co-ops in the country, when the Blaydon
shop closes on August 29.
7 miles of tarmac from Collingwood Street in Newcastle City Centre to Shibdon Road playing fields in Blaydon
The home side were outfought and out-thought by a well-organised Blaydon
side, who dominated in the forwards and capitalised on the mistakes their pressure produced.
Huddersfield made a promising start but with little actual progress against a solid Blaydon
defence and gradually the tide turned, and on 30 minutes a sustained Blaydon
attack took them almost to the line, from where a five-metre scrum ended with No8 Jason Smithson opening the scoring for the visitors.
An added problem for Stour is the fact other teams are sporting Premiership and Premiership fringe players on loan who add an extra dimension to their play - Blaydon
had three players who are on Newcastle Falcons' books - while Stour didn't have even an academy player on show from their arrangement with Worcester.
missed a chance to reduce the deficit when fly half Charles Raymer's 30-metre penalty attempt drifted wide.
Despite an early try by Jason Smithson to give Blaydon
a 5-0 lead, Waterloo had the better of the opening period and went in 5-7 ahead after a move from a set scrum ended with Bruni Pani claiming a try after the prop had been driven over the line, Alex Davies adding the conversion.
It was a job well done by Cov in a difficult wind and against a Blaydon
side that, in the past, has consistently caused problems with their forward-based game and was still very much in contention approaching the hour mark.
It was opened on Monday by butchery manager Alan Little who, as a schoolchild in the area, designed the coat of arms for Blaydon
Cov were having all sorts of problems in the scrum but Hodgson kicked a second penalty to trim their deficit to a single point by half-time with Blaydon
centre Tom Banks in the sin bin.
B'HAM & SOLIHULL 31 BLAYDON
18 A CHANGE of scenery as Birmingham & Solihull returned to Portway did the team the power of good with a huge defensive improvement contributing to a deserved win over Blaydon