Consett U15s kicked off our 2014/15 season with a double header against Blaydon and Gateshead at Blaydon's RFC ground. Pre-season had went well for the lads and they were looking forward to getting back into the swing of game action. We travelled with 19 players and lined up 1.Conall Ruddick 2.Joe Hull 3.Ciaran Horgan 4.Scott Redshaw 5.Matthew Gunnion 6.Keiran Dover 7.Bradley Smith 8.Christy Wood 9.Nathan Williamson 10.Daniel Smith 11.John Brown 12.Alexander Jackson 13.Joe Charlton 14.Dillan Telford 15.Mati Gorski with the replacement being Tommy Tennant, Josh Jelly and playing their first games for the team Ethan Philipson and Matthew Lovett.
Blaydon had played Gateshead in the first game and Consett were to play the winners of that game, which turned out to be Blaydon. As this was the first game of the season the message was to just go out and enjoy the game, putting into practice what we had been doing in training.
Consett started superbly and had Blaydon on the back foot from the kickoff. We were dominating the breakdown and when the ball came out to the backs, we were looking dangerous with Dan in particular organising attacks brilliantly. Although we went close to getting over the whitewash on a couple of occasions through Ciaran and Joe H. we couldn't quite force the ball over the line and were caught with a sucker punch against the run of play as Blaydon worked the ball wide well for their pacey winger to run the ball into the corner, with the conversion missed Blaydon went into half time 5-0 up.
We made some changes at half time with Tommy, Ethan and Matthew coming on for John, Scott and Dillan respectively. The half time message was to keep up the good work.
Due to the way we had started the game, Blaydon had made some early changes to combat our early dominance and these changes certainly made the second half more evenly contested. Whilst we kept our hard work rate and fast tempo up the chances didn't really come our way in the second half and Blaydon got on the scoresheet again with another try to make the final score 10-0. Whilst the lads were disappointed not get a try for their hard work, they took confidence from the close nature of the game, which was in stark contrast to the one sided thrashing we received from Blaydon earlier this year in March.
Man of the match was a difficult decision as all of the lads were magnificent in this game but we decided to give it Dan as he really brought the backs into the game brilliantly and as his communication and understanding with Nathan at scrum half improves with every game, so does the way he is controlling the backs, well done Dan and all of the lads, this was an encouraging first game of the season for the team