Skipper back as Blaydon RFC aim for seventh heaven

Keith Laughlin returns to Blaydon RFC for National One's form side as Micky Ward's men look to keep rolling

Micky Ward gives out orders to his Blaydon side
Micky Ward gives out orders to his Blaydon side

Blaydon captain Keith Laughlin returns to the side for tomorrow’s National One trip to Old Albanians.

The lock forward was a half-time replacement in last weekend’s home victory over leaders Doncaster and comes into the team in one of just three changes made by director of rugby Micky Ward.

On the wing Sean Brown is ruled out with glandular fever, fellow Newcastle Falcons youngster Tom Penny replacing him.

Penny made his senior debut for the Falcons as a second-half replacement in the LV=Cup victory over London Irish last Sunday.

The final change comes at loose-head prop, where James Hallam is rotated into the side in place of Robbie Kalbraier.

Looking for his seventh win in succession, Ward said: “Beating Doncaster was a great result but it means nothing if we don’t back it up.

“We have no excuses because we are in good fettle and have most of our players available, so it is a case of going down there and putting in a really focused performance against an Old Albanians side who are very close to us in the table.”

Tynedale are at home to third-placed Rosslyn Park and in desperate need of the points needed to pull them away from the relegation zone.

Harrison Collins should return to boost them as the back-row forward recovers from the thumb injury sustained on his Newcastle Falcons debut in Romania last month, while captain Jack Harrison is also in contention to return. Full-back Chris Harris is not expected back until next week despite receiving a positive injury bulletin on his shoulder injury, while Jonny Cousins (back spasm) and Stephen Ridley (head) are both doubts after leaving the field during last weekend’s heavy loss at leaders Esher.

In National Three North, Percy Park travel to Rossendale without Phil Morse, Alex Tilley and Oli Walker, while Westoe aim to defend their unbeaten home record when Burnage visit Wood Terrace.

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