Big derby day for Tynedale RFC
Last updated at 10:05, Friday, 13 September 2013
THEY may both have had disappointing starts to the new season in National Division One, but that will mean nothing tomorrow.
For league form goes out of the window in derby matches between Tynedale and Blaydon.
There is no bigger rivalry in the game, and both will be smarting after heavy opening day defeats.
Tynedale shipped over 50 points away to newly promoted Henley Hawks, while Blaydon slipped to 34-9 home defeat against Loughborough Students, who spent much of last season in the relegation zone.
Blaydon conceded 29 unanswered points in the second half, but their cause was not helped by a first half injury to scrum half, Hall Charlton which resulted in flanker, Robert Bell deputising for the last hour with no replacement number nine on the bench.
The balance of power has been with Blaydon in recent derbies, with the Crow Trees side winning the last three matches.
They also did exceptionally well to finish third in the league last term but Tynedale are quietly confident of turning things round, with home advantage possibly a key factor.
The game kicks off at 3pm at Tynedale Park, Corbridge.
Also on the back of heavy defeats in Durham and Northumberland leagues, Ponteland host Gosforth in Division One and Prudhoe and Stocksfield entertain Wallsend in Division Two.
First published at 10:01, Friday, 13 September 2013
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