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Division 2 - NCL
Drighlington 40 Askam 16

Armed Forces Day
To celebrate on this day 375 years ago when the Battle of 'Adwalton Moor' took place on the very same area the game was played today - nice touch by Drig !Drig made a big effort to promote this occasion in the loccal community and it seemed to go down well with plenty of families in attendence and a BBQ in full swing.Nice touch before the game as the ex-service men gave a rifle firing salute.

Drig started the game strongly with three tries and then the Cumbrians fought back but in the end Drig were just a bit too strong and ran out comfortable winners.
Bit of a strange set up here as the players change in an old pub which is a good mile away from the pitch.


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Saturday 30th June 2018 (ko 1430)
at Cleator Moor Road, Hensingham
Cumberland Rugby League Premier Division
Hensingham 0 Distington 56 (ht 0-24)
Admission - £2.00 inc 4 page programme
Attendance - 200 (estimate)


A second trip to Whitehaven in three weeks allowed me another chance to view the stunning scenery of the West Cumbrian coast under unbroken blue skies, before ticking a ground for this top of the table clash. Hensingham are based on relatively high ground towards the edge of Whitehaven’s built up area, not too far from the Copeland Athletics Stadium. As Seagull reported when he visited here, vehicular access is meant to be via the one way system around the access road to the adjacent Whitehaven Academy, though I saw one car going in the wrong way from Cleator Moor Road. Not surprising, perhaps, as it is only a few yards from the rugby ground to the main road, with very conveniently located bus stops, where three services per hour make the journey from the town centre in around fifteen minutes.

The focal point of the ground is behind the posts at the southern end, where clubhouse and changing rooms are located in adjacent buildings. No real ale at the bar, but, more importantly in this heat wave, an efficient air conditioning system provides a beautifully cool oasis. The kitchen is open from before kick off, offering the option of hot food and drinks. Being at the southern end of the pitch, the buildings offer a shaded viewpoint, albeit quite tightly located against the pitch perimeter fence. They only stretch for half of the width of the pitch, but the other half is backed by a boundary wall perhaps eight feet high, giving a rather more roomy shaded viewpoint. I rarely choose to watch from behind the posts, but I do for the second half today, taking advantage of the relative cool along with a number of others.

The pitch is railed on three sides, the northern end being the exception, and a permanent dug out is located on either side of the pitch., but there is no scoreboard. The western side and northern ends of the pitch benefit from a raised banking which provides a good elevated view of the action, though care is required negotiating what is very uneven and fairly overgrown ground. Beyond the school buildings there are glimpses of the Lake District fells. The pitch is in a pretty sorry state, dry and rock hard, with several bare and dusty patches. I suspect that will be a sign of things to come in this prolonged dry spell of weather.

The match itself is the only real disappointment of the day, as it was not a score I expected from first versus second in the table. Teams play each other three times in league fixtures in this competition, and one win each were the only points either of these two had dropped so far, the meeting at Distington just over a fortnight ago decided by a two point margin. There were no wholesale changes, so it is difficult to know what happened here. Distington twice scored on the receipt of back to back penalties in the first half, whilst Hensingham failed to take advantage of a similar situation in the crucial early stages of the second half. At least Distington were attacking the end I was stood behind after the break, but it eventually turned into a rout, ten tries and eight conversions making up the 56 point haul.


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Wed. 4th July
Crofton Sports 22 Wyke 10
Yorkshire Four
h/t 12-6
@ The Sidings, Crofton

A feisty encounter both on and off the pitch but kept in check by a referee with common sense for one so young. Four tries to two was about right in relation to how the game went. Wyke were a far smaller team than they were last year.

Ground is a large complex with various pitches where tonight loads of kids were training in both RL and football. A pleasant venue on a warm night.

Nearly went to Stainland instead when I discovered that a result for the game had been put on the website this afternoon for tonight's game. I wondered if it would take place. That result, (14-22), is still on the site, so it would seem the webmaster makes it up as he/she goes along.



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Saturday 30th June
Toronto Wolfpack 46 Leigh Centurions 28
Admission £17ish
Attendance 6,844


The last ground I needed to tick in the Super League and. Championship, and what an experience! In stifling heat and humidity with pitch side temperatures north of 40 degrees, the two sides put on a very watchable game, albeit with the result in little doubt when the hosts built up a 24-0 half time lead.

The locals certainly seem to have taken rugby league to their hearts and turned out in big numbers whilst all being keen to learn more about the intracies of the game from the 200 or so visiting fans.

A very basic ground to say the least, simply large concrete terraces on both sides with plastic sheeting bolted to the terracing acting as seating, with the famous beer garden behind the posts at one end and a smaller VIP version of the beer garden at the other end. Roaming beer sellers made things easy to refresh in the sun, selling locally brewed lager, ale and cider at $9.50 a can, payable by cash, though the beer garden operated a French-style voucher system for the various beer stalls.

A tremendous pre match brunch at Liberty Commons by the ground and multiple beers at the 3 Brewers - ‘official Wolfpack pub’ - on either side of the game.


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Friday 6th July 2018
Queensbury 38 Keighley Albion 4 (HT 16-0)
Yorkshire League, Division One (level nine, 7pm kick-off)
Free admission, no programmes
Attendance 135 (h/c)
No refreshments (the clubhouse bar apart) available


Queensbury went top of the table with an eight tries to one rout of bottom club Keighley Albion. But, oh dear, what a dreadful advert for amateur rugby league outside the National Conference League. The home team, whom I saw play plenty of rugby in winning an exciting game at Allerton Bywater recently, were more interested in fighting than anything else. Queensbury had three players sin-binned and another sent off, all for acts of violence. They managed to finish the match with just 10 players on the field. What a bunch of headbangers. Albion, for their part, were so witless, not only did they fail to score whilst enjoying a three-player advantage, they even managed to concede a try. Abject dross, I'm afraid.

As I mentioned in an RL WDYG earlier this season, Queensbury are still using Halifax RUFC's Ovenden Park ground because their local authority-owned pitch is unfit, and has been for some time. Ovenden Park has three pitches, all at different levels. Surprisingly, Queensbury play on the (freshly reseeded) main pitch, which before Halifax RUFC went bust staged National League rugby union. A revived Halifax, who have always struggled to generate interest in a town where, for the overwhelming majority, league is the rugby code of choice, now languish in lowly Yorkshire Four (North West). Years ago, Ovenden Park boasted an impressive grandstand. That is long gone but two stands, the larger offering bench seats, remain. The pitch, which slopes downhill slightly from the west side to the east side, is fully railed and floodlit. Odd bits of unkempt terracing and contrastingly well-tended grass banks provide elevation. The clubhouse is positioned a little above the larger stand and a good-size car park (though that did not prevent a thoughtless knob from Keighley blocking me in). Unusually, for a rugby union club, Halifax find themselves in one of the roughest parts of their town, Ovenden. Ovenden Park's saving grace is its glorious scenic setting. This evening, the towering east flank of the Hebble Valley, rising majestically opposite the main stand, looked magnificent as the sun beat down from a cloudless sky.


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Thursday 5 July

Academy U19 at Weetwood Sports Park (Leeds University).

Leeds Rhinos v Wigan Warriors 38-38
Played there as there was t20 Cricket at Headingley and the Stanningley ground is undergoing drainage work.

What a cracking game! Wigan lead 12-0 early on and 26-14 at the interval. Leeds came back and got in front 32-26 only for Wigan to equalise. The sides exchanged converted tries in the last five minutes. Both failed with attempted drop goals in the last minute.


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West Bowling 24 Leigh East 22
National Conference League
Prog £1.50 plus bucket collection
Attendance c 100
I think I have spend too much time in the lower league and would have done so today if Crofton Sports or Sheffield Forgers had updated their twitter accounts or had useful contact numbers. I doubt I will ever do Cougars as report from Ian S suggests a large field without facilities and Yorkshire Mens is even more unreliable than last year
I expected little from reports on West Bowling but thought it was a good and improving set up. The club were NCL regulars but shared with cricket and when the league moved to summer they dropped out and remained playing winter. They won that league but gussed what would happen and moved ground and went back to summer
Initially they had nothing and played on a large rec, albeit with high grass banking on one side and one end. A rail only encloses the other side but a number of portacabins have been installed
I was chatting to one of the club officials as he sold the prog and the club have agreed to lease the complete field from Bradford Council who cannot maintain it and can now apply for grants to build a community centre.
I was further told almost all their players have come through the youth set up which was I think he said, about 14 teams
As for the match , these were the bottom two and WB had a player sent off within the first five mins but were more comfortable winners than the scoreline suggests
For anyone going the best place to park is Raymond Street but buses are frequent to the opposite side of the ground


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Saturday 7 July

Kingstone Press Cider National Conference Premier Division
Hunslet Club Parkside 24 Wath Brow Hornets 6
Admission £3 inc prog although it was advertised as a quid so may have been 2 plus 1.
Tea £1, cheese burger £3
Att 200 appx.


Another hot summer's day for what on paper suggested it may be a competitive game but for all their defensive effort the visitors were second best throughout. They did briefly lead with an early penalty but did not score again until the end with an unconverted try. The hosts had to put the effort in but always looked more likely to score. A good turn out from the home side with families, partners and friends in abundance in the sunshine all enjoying the pre match World Cup party.

The ground is fully enclosed and railed off. The social club is five minutes walk away. Had a quick call in pre match but no real ale. Went for a quick revisit to The Garden Gate in Hunslet pre match. Cross Bay Sunrise sampled and approved. Leeds Best also available. Fabulous old pub it is to with links to Hunslet (Hawks) RL festooned on the walls in one room.

A good day out before returning home to watch the footie without knowing the score. Turned out to be a very good day.


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Manchester Rangers 44 Chorley Panthers 16

Attendance 25 admission free
Competition one of the North West Mens Cup competitions

I know some people find it amusing, when I post just how difficult RL can be to confirm if on and locate and if I was reading not trying to find the games, I would agree

It is one reason amongst many what the game is slowly following speedway into oblivion

So on to today’s adventure. Rangers website confirmed game on as did a phone call to the venue but the later was not updated in the morning

Stroller along Kirkmanshulme Lane, from the bus stop past this was the dog track to the speedway stadium which was given as the venue and from where I had seen pictures in previous years. This was the A team venue and it appears the stadium adjacent to Man City was not available as this was a cup tie and the venue needs to be booked ahead

Anyway at 1.45 no cars in car park, no posts up and stadium locked. There was however someone visible through the fence and shouting through he replied he knew nothing about an RL game

Three others attended and were none the wiser. As one last try, went into reception for the basketball centre who advised there was a 3G pitch between dog track and speedway and entry was through there and along numerous corridors and then behind the stadium.
We found a pitch with posts up but no one around and went back to the changing room complex and bumped into the physio who confirmed match on

Pitch is just 3G with rail and dug outs

As for the game visitors led for most of first half before tiring

What I find amazing is that Rangers appear to have applied to go semi pro next year although this has been rejected

Certainly they are a long way off on today’s off field showing but then so were Oxford and they got in a few years ago


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A couple of revisits over the last couple of weeks to grounds that have been well covered on here before, so just a brief summary.

Saturday 7th July saw numerous early kick offs due to England's World Cup quarter final, and I was at a 1pm start at Wigan St Patrick's before watching the football in their clubhouse. Good to speak briefly to Seagull and Peter9,both also in attendance, though my prime concern was securing a spot in the very limited amount of shade available on the south west corner of the pitch. Visitors Kells emerged 19-18 winners thanks to a late drop goal, and both teams deserve great credit just for getting the game played on a parched and rock hard pitch.

Saturday 14th July and I was at Saddleworth Rangers, where the hosts recorded a convincing 22-6 win over Drighlington. First time here since the new clubhouse and changing rooms were opened in 2017, and what a massive improvement they are over the previous facilities. A pre match sponsors lunch was in full swing, whilst they had real ale at the bar, from the very local Donkeystone Brewing Co. Glad to say, though, that pie and peas were still available from the traditional tea hut at the corner of the stand.

It may be of interest to some that Saddleworth are currently scheduled to be at home on Saturday 25th August - Rugby League Challenge Cup final day - with a 1pm kick off. Should allow a double with a 3pm football kick off, and to give some indication today's 2.30pm kick off was done and dusted by 4.05pm even with official water breaks in the hot weather, with the teams not leaving the pitch at half-time.


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Saturday 14th July and I was at Saddleworth Rangers, where the hosts recorded a convincing 22-6 win over Drighlington. First time here since the new clubhouse and changing rooms were opened in 2017, and what a massive improvement they are over the previous facilities. A pre match sponsors lunch was in full swing, whilst they had real ale at the bar, from the very local Donkeystone Brewing Co. Glad to say, though, that pie and peas were still available from the traditional tea hut at the corner of the stand.

It may be of interest to some that Saddleworth are currently scheduled to be at home on Saturday 25th August - Rugby League Challenge Cup final day - with a 1pm kick off. Should allow a double with a 3pm football kick off, and to give some indication today's 2.30pm kick off was done and dusted by 4.05pm even with official water breaks in the hot weather, with the teams not leaving the pitch at half-time.

Donkeystone brewery tap is well worth a visit - 1/2 mile down Chew Valley Road, turn left opposite the GBG King William IV and it's in the industrial estate on the right, open 1-6 on weekends. Up to 6 of their good ales on handpump.

I'll be doing Saddleworth Rangers and FC United double on August 25th. It's also the Rushcart festival in Saddleworth that day, with the Rushcart and many morris sides at the King William from about 10:45 to 11:30 normally.

Sat July 14th saw me visit Thatto Heath Crusaders v Hunslet Club Parkside. There's a modern clubhouse with good choice of food but no real ale. Flixton brass band played some good tunes, not completely appreciated by those on the terrace outside the bar alas.

The first half was one of the most physical games of rugby league I've ever seen with the home side taking it to their unbeaten visitors. They didn't give any quarter either so it was bruising stuff. The first half was tight, with just a Parkside try. Though Thatto Heath levelled it early on, Parkside pulled away 2nd half and Thatto Heath bringing it back to a 4 point margin 20-16 was the last play of the game (conversion missed).

I spent much of it in conversation with a Macclesfield based hopper in the shady corner of the ground, who kindly dropped me after at the CAMRA National Pub of the Year, the Cricketers in St Helens.



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Last new football ground (923) Sportplatz Aspern SV Aspern 4-2 Maccabi Wien
With FC United: 132
On the agenda:
15/6 Milford Marlins v Saddleworth Rangers (rl)
16/6 York City Knights v Rochdale Hornets (rl)
22/6 Antrim v Kildare (gaelic football)


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Sat 21st either

Featherstone Lions v Lock Lane (if they are issuing) or Milford Marlins v Leigh Miners
i have found the club for Milford on the map OK, but can anyone state where the pitch is? Not obvious on the aerial photo by the club house. Nearest pitches seem to be at Leeds RL Academy. Are these the ones?
Any info appreciated


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Sat 21st either

Featherstone Lions v Lock Lane (if they are issuing) or Milford Marlins v Leigh Miners
i have found the club for Milford on the map OK, but can anyone state where the pitch is? Not obvious on the aerial photo by the club house. Nearest pitches seem to be at Leeds RL Academy. Are these the ones?
Any info appreciated


That's the place, opposite Morrisons



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Sat 21st either

Featherstone Lions v Lock Lane (if they are issuing) or Milford Marlins v Leigh Miners
i have found the club for Milford on the map OK, but can anyone state where the pitch is? Not obvious on the aerial photo by the club house. Nearest pitches seem to be at Leeds RL Academy. Are these the ones?
Any info appreciated


The changing rooms are at the Club. They then walk to the pitch which is 4G having been relaid after the floods a couple of years ago. As Martin says it's next to Morrisons.


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Sat 21st Askam off for the second week running because of a dangerously hard pitch.


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You'll be very lucky to get a programme at Fev Lions.



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Saturday 21st July
Boothtown Terriers 58 King Cross Park 16
Yorkshire Two
h/t 34-6
A very one-sided game where the team at the top of the division were simply blown away. The tables don't mean much in this league anyway. Just two conversions were missed, (one for each side), on a day when hardly any wind was present.


Ground done on here recently by Mike S. Just to add that I parked further up the hill and walked back up it after the game, anyone with mobility problems would not stand a chance of doing this. Ground had the most rusty set of goalposts I've ever seen but had a surprisingly enclosed feel to it.



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National Conference League Div 1
Ince Rose Bridge v Thornhill Trojans 10-50 (adm £2, prog sold out, att c.170)


After a couple of exotic Altrincham friendlies in Wales and the Isle of Man on the last two Saturdays, I chose a local revisit today. The most local station is Ince, unsurprisingly, but today, I am sure I chose the right option to walk half an hour from central Wigan, accessed via non-stop trains via Chat Moss, rather than to get the painfully slow replacement bus from Manchester to Ince.

Like many amateur rugby league grounds, the Pinfold Street ground, off Manchester Road, is shoehorned into a tight space behind the clubhouse. It features floodlights and is railed off, but there is no hard standing nor cover, although some trees along one side would help if you were desperate.

The game wasn't great. The first half began 5 minutes late and then lasted 47 minutes with league leaders Thornhill being 22-6 up at half time. At least the second half was quicker, as Thornhill proceeded to a very comfortable win in a fractious match.

None of the pubs around Ince seemed too impressive so drinking activities were undertaken in central Wigan with Wigan Central, underneath the railway arches by North Western station, being the pick of the bunch.


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Kingstone Press Cider National Conference Division One
Milford Marlins 18 Leigh Miners Rangers 24
Admission £2.50 inc decent prog
No refreshments pitch side
Attendance 190 appx.


I picked a good game as this was excellent throughout. Leigh opened the scoring but the twice trailed 6-12 & 12-18 but grabbed the last two tries and both were converted. A hard earned win with both sides arguably deserving something from the game.

As suggested this is just a caged artificial pitch. It is fully enclosed and had temporary railing down each side to beyond the half way line, and with the technical area off set there was very little obscuring of the view of the game by subs/coaches etc.

Called in at the club pre match. One hand pump present but not in use. Plan A had always been to call in at The Kirkstall Bridge Inn. Good option too with eight ales to choose from including five from the Kirkstall brewery. Those tasted were superb and were savoured and enjoyed.

All in all a good day out - never did find out if Fev Lions issued for their derby with Lock Lane. I will get there one of these season but it is back to footie on Saturday's for me now I suspect. It certainly is next Saturday.


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Also at Milford, and bumped into Wiretown.Editor at the end of the game, but not at either the Kirkstall Bridge Inn or the Milford clubhouse, both of which I also visited, with a call between the two for lunch at the Morrison's cafe. It is probably a seven or eight minute walk from the clubhouse and changing rooms to the pitch, and you pass the bus stops on route from which there is a very frequent service to and from Leeds city centre.

The home team had access to a small hut at pitchside, where they retreated after their pre match warm up and at half time, whilst the opposition had to make do with remaining out on the pitch. Admission was charged at the entrance to the 4G cage, but there were the few inevitable cheapskates who watched from outside the mesh fence. The programme refers to the venue as the Archie Gordon Ground, which was the name of the much larger sports facility that also covered much of the surrounding retail park, named, I believe, after a Leeds headmaster who was instrumental in ensuring sporting facilities were provided for his pupils. Strictly speaking, the artificial surface is the Archie Gordon Pitch at the Leeds Rugby Academy (an online search revealed a photo from the Leeds Rhinos Foundation of the official naming ceremony at which descendents of the said headmaster were present) and the Academy facilities also include two grass pitches.

Milford have eight members of the Leeds Ukrainian community in their squad, four of whom were involved today. With their second team opponents crying off today, the remaining players and family and friends were present, and standing to one side of the home technical area sounded more like Kyiv than West Yorkshire. Leigh Miners meanwhile conceded a try just before the interval which seemed to feature a clear knock on, and from that point on they were in full whinging mood at the match officials. I have always believed the behaviour and discipline of a team reflects the standards set by their management, so with the Miners head coach picking arguments with home supporters on the touchline for much of the second half (as well as coaching illegally on the pitch at one point, even breeching the fairly lax rules rugby league has on that subject), there was never much hope in that regard.

As Wiretown.Editor has stated, we did get a cracking game, but I am already looking forward to the start of the rugby union season and some more civilised behaviour on the sidelines. Two final points from the game - all rugby league fixtures this weekend were supposed to feature a minute's applause pre match in memory of the Birkenshaw player who tragically passed away at a Yorkshire League game last weekend. It was overlooked here, and after the home secretary reminded the referee at the interval, we had the slightly bizarre sight of it taking place prior to the start of the second half. Meanwhile, an aged home supporter displayed an astounding lack of knowledge of East European geography - with the touch judge instructing Milford's Ukrainian winger to retreat the required distance, said supporter commented, 'He won't understand you - he's Yugoslav or something'!

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Saturday 28th July 2018
King Cross Park 40 Wibsey 18 (HT 22-12)
Yorkshire League, Division Two (level 10, 2.30pm kick-off)
Free admission, no programmes
Attendance 91 (h/c)
Hot food and beverages available (didn't sample)


With storms forecast today, amateur rugby league seemed a wiser option than cricket. This open, entertaining Halifax versus Bradford contest produced 10 tries, seven to the home team. Wibsey, former members of the National Conference League, trailed 6-22 after 26 minutes. Though second best for long periods, the visitors kept at it, particularly after the break, and a converted King Cross Park try from the last play of the game gave a misleading impression to the final score. On a breezy afternoon, the teams' goalkickers performed impressively. Warm sunshine and blue skies at either end of the match were sandwiched between a violent storm, complete with rain, hail, thunder, lightning, black skies and a cold wind. Many inappropriately clad spectators either scurried for cover or headed home.

King Cross Park, a merger of the King Cross and Park Amateurs clubs, play on lofty terrain west of Halifax's centre. The site of Thrum Hall, Halifax RLFC's old ground, is nearby. King Cross Park's home is a former cricket ground. I was told King Cross Cricket Club, formerly of the Halifax League, folded about five years ago. A cricket scorebox, in the southeast corner, provides an unmissable clue to the ground's previous use. Other tell-tale signs are perimeter walls painted in what is now fading whitewash and entrance gates with the lettering King Cross CB&AC (Cricket, Bowling & Athletic Club). The site's altitude ensures fine views over the narrow Hebble Valley, the Calder tributary into which Halifax is shoehorned. A modern clubhouse, single-storey, is located in the northwest corner. Refreshments are available from a smaller, older building in the southwest corner. Parking inside the ground is limited. Most attendees chose to park on Hopwood Lane, descending towards town beyond the posts at the south end. The pitch slopes downhill, Thrum Hall fashion, from west side to east side. No permanent furniture. The west touchline is taped. Also nearby is Wellesley Park, a former barracks of the Duke of Wellington's Regiment (hence the 'Dukes' nickname of Halifax's defunct speedway team), traditional home of Park Amateurs ARLFC, historically a power in the once colossal Pennine League. A school, The Halifax Academy, now occupies most of the barracks site.

I overheard a spectator say Stainland Stags, bottom of this Yorkshire League division, have packed up for the season. I presume they will re-emerge in a couple of months when the revamped Pennine League's winter season begins.


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AndrewG
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Saturday 28th July 2018 (ko 1430)
at The Battlefields, Drighlington
National Conference League Division Two
Drighlington 16 West Bowling 38 (ht 4-18)
Admission - No charge
Programme - 12 pages, £2.00
Attendance - 200 (estimate)


On a day when not many matches appealed, I took a chance on a mixed bag of a weather forecast by heading to one of Yorkshire’s more exposed venues, and just about got with it. Sunny spells and a stiff breeze gave way to a howling gale in the early stages of the second half as a thunderstorm skirted to the east of us. It was enough to roughly halve the size of the crowd, but we got away with just some light showers, and the sun was out again by full time. But this really is an open setting, and the difference in feel as I walked past the cricket club on the way back to the bus stop, where the ground is on slightly lower land and hemmed in by housing, is remarkable considering how close they are.

The name of the ground commemorates its position on Adwalton Moor, site of a battle in the English Civil War. It must have seemed a lofty site back in the 17th century - even with today’s semi-urban development, there are views for miles in most directions. Regular bus services provide links to both Bradford and Leeds, and the rugby clubhouse is a good half mile from the pitch. They were open pre match, but were almost deserted - no real ale there, but the closest pub to the pitch, The Railway, had three hand pumps available, and also served up a very acceptable lunch. The pitch is located on Station Road, but do not be confused by all the railway references - the station here was closed even before Dr Beeching got to work. Changing rooms used to be at the clubhouse, but are now located in the former village library building, just a few hundred yards from the pitch across the common.

I purchased my programme pre match at the clubhouse, but, by the time I had walked down to the pitch, the seller had positioned himself where most spectators were parking up behind the posts on Station Road, whilst another official went around the touchline pre match trying to elicit sales. However, given the open nature of the site, it was very much a case of trying to persuade spectators to buy a programme rather than charge admission - I overheard in the clubhouse that they had printed around 60 programmes, so plenty paid nothing. This was, however, a local derby with a substantial visiting support, so I am guessing the crowd size was above the norm here.

The pitch is fully railed on both sides, with another small section of railing behind the far posts. A carving on a standing stone indicates its name, but there are no other pitch side facilities. No dug outs, no scoreboard, nor any refreshment or toilet facilities. The pitch and surrounds - there is a second pitch running away at right angles - look very parched, but underfoot conditions are in a reasonably good condition. I imagine this could have been the bleakest of spectating venues when rugby league played a winter season, but I am pleased the recent hot weather has abated as there would be no shade whatsoever.

The local rivals are battling to avoid the third relegation spot in this division, with both recording recent victories, though I saw Drig well beaten away from a fortnight ago, so perhaps I should suggest they offer me an incentive to stop jinxing them. West Bowling take control with the first three tries, but the hosts score after a long spell of pressure just before the interval, and, when they add the next try on the hour mark, it is very much game on. However, the visitors cross the line from the first set after the restart, and add three more scores in just over ten minutes as the home defence goes missing. It is a spell of the game that is marred by a lack of discipline, with several mass confrontations. The referee issued three yellow and one red card, and Drig score a late consolation against an 11 man visiting defence. However, we are by then six minutes into stoppage time, and I think it is a relief to all that the final whistle immediately follows.

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Saturday 28th July 2018
King Cross Park 40 Wibsey 18 (HT 22-12)
Yorkshire League, Division Two (level 10, 2.30pm kick-off)

I overheard a spectator say Stainland Stags, bottom of this Yorkshire League division, have packed up for the season.

Duff information, clearly, because the Yorkshire League website now indicates Stainland played on Saturday, winning 30-16 at Newsome.


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Good news as I'm hoping to get up there, (emphasis on the up), either this Saturday or next Wed.



We'll be, as we are, when all the fools who doubt us fade away.


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Nottingham Outlaws 0 Bentley 34
admission £3 Prog £2 attendance 75
three weeks ago, I gave up on amateur RL and decided no more for the foreseeable future. Like most addictions you quickly return, thanks mostly to a Friday night fixture
Outlaws originally played at Moderns RU, then Harvey Hadden Stadium and they Lady Bay ie Boots FC and now Nottingham RU before moving to the university. Finally they have their own facility the former Greenwood Meadows ground. For spectators this is one of the best in amateur RL with bar, covered seating and stand
However they have suffered with many teams being unable or unwilling to travel 'this far'. There is some annoyance within the club with e.g Bramley. Nottingham travelled with a bare thirteen and played much of the game with 11, yet Bramley cried off the return on the day of the game last week. No fixtures means of course no income and outlaws are considering joining the NCL
Despite a heavy defeat tonight, that may be possible as a lack of facilities and other requirements prevents clubs like Bentley moving up, where they would certainly be near the top of div 3
Tonights fixture was only 20 mins old when a neck injury occurred and the ambulance service were impressive with a first responder and then an ambulance attending and after the player was taken to hospital, the game restarted about 35 mins behind schedule and with a brief half time, we were finished before 10pm
Match was one way traffic. Bentley were impressive throughout and the score about right

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