Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

A Hull of a Bad Day for Blaydon

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

A Hull of a Bad Day for Blaydon

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Byline: By Duncan Madsen

Blaydon travelled all the way to Hull Ionians only to fall foul of a Durham Society referee ( and lost lock forward David Whitehead as well as their national Division Three North clash 28-16.

As a result, the Crow Trees club, top of the table two weeks ago, drop down to fifth place and Blaydon also face the prospect of being without Whitehead for several matches after he was shown two yellow cards (making a red) during the match.

The ultimate irony is the fact referee Andrew Gardiner, who hails from Richmond, is a member of the Durham Referees Society and, of course, Durham County is Blaydon's own constituent body.

However, it did not stop Blaydon spokesman Jim Huxley fuming.

He said: "It was a very rough game badly refereed and in my opinion the referee lost the plot.

"In addition to Whitehead's two yellow cards ( and the first was a case of mistaken identity as he got the wrong player ( we had two perfectly good tries by Dave Guthrie and Micky Dungait disallowed. Throughout the game he penalised the retaliation every time and not the first offence and we had five players who came off at the end with gouging injuries round their eyes."

Blaydon, who also had flanker Pat Segi yellow-carded, can thank Richard Windle for all their points with a try, conversion and three penalties.

In keeping with the general tone of the game, Hull also had a player sent off! …

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