Another win, another four points and great momentum going into the Christmas break!
In difficult conditions, against stubborn opposition, Blues once again showed that they can put in the hard graft and earn a result that if they hadn’t kept their heads could have gone the other way.
The difference between the two sides was of course discipline.
Blues kept their heads and showed their experience and most of all refused to be dragged into a dogfight.
Every time the Park players broke the game up and frustrated our lads, we just kept on doing what taking the points and building a lead.
A lot of criticism has been thrown the way of the team, most by our own fans about the way they have played of late – winning but not performing well.
I believe that different situations call for different plans and tactics and that is what Geoff, Andy and the lads have showed this season.
They say the proof of the pudding is in the eating, and the stats really do prove that Blues have played some expansive attacking rugby at times this season.
For one, 11 try bonus points from 17 games. That’s as many as table topping Ealing; more than Jersey and only two less than Fylde.
That statistic alone shows the fact Blues have been playing attacking rugby and scoring plenty of tries.
Of those tries, six out of seven of the club’s leading try scorers are backs with Charlie and Fergus having scored 19 between them.
It is very easy to criticise when you watch teams throw the ball out wide and run teams ragged, but those teams come unstuck just as quickly they win at times.
Ealing for example won 11 of their first 12 games and created the reputation of being unstoppable and teams went up against Ealing with a fear of being blown away inside the first 20 minutes.
We played them and disrupted their normal play, stemmed their attacking threat and ground them down, which helped seal a deserved a win.
Since then they have only won one of their last five matches, including losing at home to Rosslyn Park on Saturday – a team they dominated in their own backyard at the start of the season.
Playing expansive, entertaining rugby is wonderful and with a full squad available and no injuries to worry about, throwing it out wide isn’t a risk.
Ultimately though you don’t get points for style in this league, you get points for winning, and that is what Blues continue to do – Win.
So going into the Christmas break, we are in a good position. Eleven points behind leaders Ealing after 17 games in what is a most competitive league is brilliant.
By the time Blaydon come to Priory Park on 7th January, all the lads should hopefully be fit and raring to go, so we can hit the ground running and push towards the top of the table.
So let’s get behind the lads and show them the support they deserve for the Blaydon game and show the visiting fans why we are such a passionate set of supporters.
One last thing before I sign off for Christmas is to congratulate December’s 200 Club winners who are: 1st prize £150 : Len Wood, 2nd prize £60 : J & J R Brown, 3rd prize £30 : Dr H Holden.
Well done to you and thank you for your continued support of the club.
So to all our faithful fans, a very merry Christmas and a happy new year to you all, and let’s hope we get a belated present on the 7th against Blaydon.
Come on Macc!