Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Blaydon Boss Gets Ruthless; 'Some of Our Players Haven't Stepped Up Yet' - Gandy

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Blaydon Boss Gets Ruthless; 'Some of Our Players Haven't Stepped Up Yet' - Gandy

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Byline: Mark Douglas

BLAYDON chairman of rugby Nick Gandy has promised to ring the changes for his side's meeting with struggling Mount's Bay after running out of patience with some of his under-performing players.

Gandy's side were careless in losing at Birmingham and Solihull last weekend, throwing away a first-half lead and failing to press home their territorial advantage in the closing stages.

That game represented the last chance for some of Blaydon's players, with Gandy promising to be "ruthless" in his team selection for the crucial clash with Cornish strugglers Mount's Bay.

Fit-again winger Brendan Daniel heads the list of recalled players, with Blaydon's trio of Falcons players - Will Welch, Sean Tombes and Mickey Young - also set to return.

"There will be changes - some players just aren't playing well enough," Gandy said. "We've got to be ruthless in the team selection. Players have had five or six games to show what they can do and some of them haven't stepped up yet.

"The Birmingham game was a huge disappointment. We had the chances to win it but we missed them, and the overall performance was a bit of a disappointment."

National Two rivals Tynedale welcome back Ben Duncan to the team that will travel to Westcombe Park with the winger recovered from a broken cheekbone. Director of rugby John Shotton believes improved away form will be the key to a sustained challenge for a top-half finish this season.

"If we improve away from home then we really can start to move up the table," he said. "It was a win last weekend, and that's what really matters but it wasn't a classic."

Tyne will be without Falcons trio Eni Gesinde, Rob Miller and Jonny Williams, while Danny Williams has been recalled by Steve Bates for the start of their European challenge this weekend.

In North Three Darlington Mowden Park senior coach Kevin Robinson admits he has been angered by a description of his team as 'lowly' by tomorrow's opponents Preston Grasshoppers.

"I went on their website the other day and they've described us as 'lowly Mowden Park' but they are only narrowly above us in the league," he said. …

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