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Mar 24, 2019, 8:36 PM

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Re: [Wiretown.Editor] Where are you going - where did you go? RUGBY LEAGUE [In reply to] Can't Post or Reply Privately

Sunday 24th March 2019
Barrow Raiders 26 Swinton Lions 33 (HT 18-12)
Betfred Championship (level two, 3pm kick-off)
Admission 19 (including 2 main stand transfer)
Programme 2.50 (44pp, decent glossy issue)
Attendance 1,357 (per Barrow tweet)
The usual refreshments available (didn't bother)


A cracking game at one of my favourite rugby league grounds. Swinton, at the eighth attempt, deservedly secured their first win of the season by edging out fellow strugglers Barrow. At 20-20, with twenty minutes remaining, all three outcomes were possible. But the visitors steamed 12 points clear after scoring converted tries in the 76th and 79th minutes. When Barrow crossed in the second minute of stoppage time for a try converted superbly from the touchline, the home fans' hopes were raised. But during the five further minutes added by the referee, Swinton dashed them with a 25-yard drop goal.

I feared for Swinton at half-time, when they trailed by six points, despite having played with an icy gale at their backs. The wind, coming in off the Irish Sea, blew straight down the Craven Park pitch. Opting, for the first time at Barrow, to sit in the new (well, relatively) Willie Horne Stand, I certainly felt it! Lions led 6-0 but had to come from behind, three minutes before the break, to level at 12-12. Right on the hooter, Barrow scored their third try - all converted, against the wind, by stand-off Jamie Dallimore.

Excellent entertainment. Eleven tries in total. Despite the chill, there were few handling errors. Goodness knows what injury-hit Barrow's Papua New Guinean trio made of the cold. One of them, Wartovo Puara Jr, looked very lively in the halves. I felt Swinton out-enthused Barrow, especially in the second half. Given Lions fielded five Wigan DR players, that was slightly surprising. This Swinton victory has been coming. Lions lost by only two points against Halifax and Toulouse. If they can continue obliging Wigan by giving game time to lesser lights, I believe Swinton will have enough to avoid the bottom two. As for Barrow, well, I'm not so sure. First of all, the Cumbrians need to get their injured players fit and back on the pitch as soon as possible.

Kick-off was preceded by a minute's silence (not mindless applause - other clubs please take note) in memory of former prop Mick Murphy, who played for Barrow between 1968 and 1972, and won Wales and Lancashire caps. Murphy, a Waterloo rugby union product who also played rugby league for Blackpool, Bradford Northern, Dewsbury, Leigh and St Helens, died recently at his Huddersfield home. He was 77. His playing career also took in Wagga Wagga (Australia) and French clubs St Jacques and Tonneins. Murphy acted as chairman - not at the same time - of Huddersfield's rugby league and rugby union clubs.



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Ground/venue totals: Football 910; Rugby Union 266; Rugby League 217; Cricket 125; Speedway 53; Stock Cars 25; Grasstrack 15; Ice Hockey 15; Cycle Speedway 4; Greyhounds 2.

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Mike S
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Mar 30, 2019, 6:37 PM

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Re: [Feversham Lens] Where are you going - where did you go? RUGBY LEAGUE [In reply to] Can't Post or Reply Privately

Higginshaw 80 Bolton Mets 0
North West Mens Div 5
Venue Henshaw Street, Oldham
Attendance 50
With all the information now available on line, surprisingly could not locate the pitch, even after a phone call to the ground which did confirm they do not share with Oldham St Annes. located dressing rooms and obtained directions, down hill, turn right, 400 yards to roundabout, turn right uphill, turn right and go to top of hill and posts visible. If lost ask for the White House pub although it is boarded up. Not surprisingly many platers drove from changing rooms to pitch. This on a plateau with a mund behind the ground having views in all directions and a beacon on the top
Inevitably no pitchside furniture of ant type
Took a chance for this as on call for work and therefore left late . Travelled via Buxton, Stalybridge a journey that used to be enjoyable but is now very slow especially around Glossop as was concerned about arrival time for a while
Any match that finishes 80 0 can be pictured even by those who were not. Bolton missed a lot of tackles but Higginshaw who normally struggle have some very good players for the level, this may be as, as far as I can see, they are one of only two remaining teams below NCL along with Rochdale Cobras in this area


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Mar 31, 2019, 8:23 PM

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Re: [Mike S] Where are you going - where did you go? RUGBY LEAGUE [In reply to] Can't Post or Reply Privately

Sunday 31st March 2019
Whitehaven 21 Rochdale Hornets 22 (HT 14-12)
Challenge Cup, Round Four (League One versus Championship, kick-off 3pm)
Admission 10 (special offer up to 1pm, otherwise 16)
Programme 2.50 (32pp, decent)
Attendance 889 (announced)
The usual refreshments available (didn't bother)


There were several potentially close fourth round ties from which to choose this afternoon. I picked this ahead of Hunslet versus Halifax, another cross-divisional encounter, partly because, with my car in dry dock this weekend, I had use of a courtesy vehicle. Good to get a few miles on somebody else's clock! A tight, tense battle at the Recreation Ground supplied a stunning finish. Whitehaven, 21-12 ahead with nine minutes of normal time remaining, looked nailed on to spring a surprise against higher division opponents. But the west Cumbrians, who had tackled pretty well throughout, went to pieces in stoppage time as Rochdale applied desperate pressure. Shaun Ainscough (80+2mins) forced his way over after Hornets, basketball-style, had kept the ball alive. Dan Abram's conversion attempt drifted across the posts, and that seemed to be that. I walked towards the railway end, from my seat in the main stand, in time to witness Rochdale's killer try (80+5mins). From the last play of the match, Abram took what appeared to be an obvious forward pass (I was right in line) to cross under the posts then added the extras to break Haven's hearts. It was the first time Hornets, coached by ex-Haven boss Carl Forster, had been in front. The try tally finished 2-4.

Lacking through injury four key players, Haven, for the most part, were little more than dogged. They started well and led 14-6 until first half stoppage time. After the break, three penalties and a drop goal extended their advantage to nine points. It should have been enough. Rochdale, a surprisingly small side, handled well in flashes - Dec Kay's thrilling try (40+3mins) completed a superb 60-metre move - but I didn't see anything to alter my view Hornets will be relegated in bottom place from the Championship this season, possibly without a single league victory to their name.

No significant changes to the Whitehaven Miners Welfare-owned Recreation Ground since my last visit (also for a Challenge Cup tie, versus London Skolars) a couple of seasons ago. The relatively new, all-seat main stand apart, it remains a crumbling, decaying - if undeniably atmospheric - venue. Pleased to discover sunshine out on the coast because driving over the A66's 1,300ft Stainmore summit it was an 'unspringlike' +2 and hailing. There's still a nip in the breeze, mind.

My early arrival afforded an opportunity to watch the whole of an under-13 curtain-raiser, in which Hensingham beat Lowca 46-4 after leading 36-0 at half-time. Hensingham's scrum-half, the best player on the pitch, looked a real prospect. Dazzling footwork and hands.



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Ground/venue totals: Football 910; Rugby Union 266; Rugby League 217; Cricket 125; Speedway 53; Stock Cars 25; Grasstrack 15; Ice Hockey 15; Cycle Speedway 4; Greyhounds 2.

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Mike S
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Apr 6, 2019, 8:53 PM

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Re: [Feversham Lens] Where are you going - where did you go? RUGBY LEAGUE [In reply to] Can't Post or Reply Privately

Queensbury 22 Cutsyke 10
Yorkshire Premier Attendance c110
Venus Asa Briggs, Cutskye Heights, Bradford
Queensbury are a candidate for the best amateur club below the NCL, good crowds, junior teams and consistent results and rarely ever a no show. Unfortunately for them they fall with the area of Bradford Council, who are excellent and reverse alchemy and can turn buildings into holes in the ground as the city centre shows
The council were involved in grants being obtained to help Queensbury develop facilities and in about three years, the changing room has been demolished and pitches damaged as well as money spent. The club had been playing out of Halifax RU, a ground that fits the groundhopper porn category. I noticed a couple of weeks ago their twitter advised the venue as Asa Briggs and located that. However the fixture coincided with strong winds and heavy rainfall, aground with no cover close to the 1000 foot contour did not appeal
With a second fixture showing today, plans for a trip to Sussex were changed
The venue is a small recreation ground alongside the main Bradford to Queensbury Road, surrounded by a low stone wall. There are no facilities and changing rooms are elsewhere with players arriving changed in cars. The end to end slope is as steep as any. I was told the match was being played at Asa Briggs as Halifax RU were home and although there are two pitches there, they cannot play at the same time as the RU charge a gate. It is unsure where future matches will take place but if at the RU, it is a venue I could happily revisit for RL having only seen the RU at home
The visitors has three players sin binned and had 11 on the pitch at one time.
As for the ground name, I recollect reading a book by Asa Briggs on Victorian Cities. Wikipedia told me he was the foremost writer on the BBC and had worked at Bletchley Park during the war. It also told me two student residences at uni of Sussex were named after him. he was born in nearby Keighley. There was no other connection with him to the pitch. I managed to find a local history website for Clayton which showed the ground was known as Asa Briggs as long ago as the beginning of the 20th Century. It transpired Asa Briggs was a millowner and local benefactor and not the one I had heard of


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Apr 7, 2019, 4:19 PM

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Re: [Mike S] Where are you going - where did you go? RUGBY LEAGUE [In reply to] Can't Post or Reply Privately

Sunday 7th April 2019
York City Knights Ladies 0 Castleford Tigers Women 78 (HT 0-32)
Women's Super League (kick-off 2pm)
@ York St John University (Haxby Road Sports Hub)
Free admission
Programme 2 (8pp, a scaled down version of the York City Knights programme)
Attendance 165 (h/c)
Hot drinks available (didn't bother)


With nothing tempting me in this afternoon's men's rugby league programme, I opted to take in a game on the opening day of Women's Super League II. Unfortunately, this mismatch was as one-sided as the score suggests. Castleford - faster, bigger, smarter, fitter and tougher - ran in 15 tries. Classy Tigers full-back Tara Stanley, an England international, crossed twice, set up several other tries with telling bursts into the line and landed nine conversions. Pluck apart, ponderous York had little to offer and, echoing 2018, appear to face a long, hard season at this level. Physically (mentally, too, I daresay), they took a real pounding. During the last 10 minutes, York struggled to keep 13 uninjured players on the pitch. By contrast, Castleford, fielding some very impressive performers, looked a pukka rugby league team. The visitors produced numerous moments of admirable quality.

As last year, York City Knights Ladies are based at York St John University's plush Haxby Road Sports Hub. They use the caged plastic pitch, which has spectator bays along each side, nearest Haxby Road. No further description required: you've seen one of these facilities, you've seen them all. Lack of cover was felt by those present this afternoon because it rained steadily for all but the first 15 minutes. Parking is free but limited.

To me, it is ludicrous this match kicked off only an hour earlier than the York City Knights-Swinton Lions Championship fixture taking place at Bootham Crescent, a mile to the west. Why not start at a time before one o'clock, affording people an opportunity to watch both games? Ideally, as at several other clubs, York City Knights Ladies' Women's Super League games would be staged as curtain-raisers to the men's matches. This cannot happen at Bootham Crescent because of the life-expired ground's Victorian changing room arrangements. I assume there won't be any such problems when the community stadium opens in the autumn, and the city gets sports facilities suitable for the 21st century.



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Ground/venue totals: Football 910; Rugby Union 266; Rugby League 217; Cricket 125; Speedway 53; Stock Cars 25; Grasstrack 15; Ice Hockey 15; Cycle Speedway 4; Greyhounds 2.

(This post was edited by Feversham Lens on Apr 7, 2019, 6:04 PM)


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Apr 13, 2019, 5:52 PM

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Re: [Mike S] Where are you going - where did you go? RUGBY LEAGUE [In reply to] Can't Post or Reply Privately

Saturday 13th April 2019
Batley Boys 26 Millom 16 (HT 4-4)
National Conference League, Division Three (level seven, 2.40pm kick-off)
Free admission
Programme 1 (8pp, basic but better than nothing)
Attendance 148 (h/c)
No refreshments available


Two converted tries in the last nine minutes of normal time saw Batley Boys secure an exciting comeback victory. Little to choose between the teams. Millom, who led 14-4 after 51 minutes and 16-14 in the 68th, will feel a little hard done by. Certainly, it looked as though the hosts' penultimate try should not have been awarded. The Millom defenders appeared to have prevented the ball being grounded.

The first half was disappointingly scrappy. A biting wind didn't assist handling, there was a lot of whistle from referee Adam Johnson, a Bangor University student from Ormskirk, and several lengthy injury hold-ups. Both teams landed two penalties for an interval stalemate. Thankfully, the second half was much better. Millom crossed in the 42nd and 51st minutes to open up a 10-point lead. Boys replied with tries in the 57th and 62nd minutes to restore parity. A penalty edged Millom ahead before Boys' strong finish denied the Cumbrians, whose tardy arrival led to a 10-minute kick-off delay. Boys' No 8 can count himself fortunate to have received only a yellow card, in the 80th minute, after apparently kicking an opponent.

I was told Batley Boys will play all their remaining 2019 NCL home fixtures on their own ground, at Staincliffe. They were supposed to be spending their debut campaign at this level sharing Mount Pleasant with Batley Bulldogs RLFC but the semi-professional club decided to charge a punitive 500 a game (and to keep the bar/catering takings). One outing at the Mount was enough! A bit of a bloody cheek on Batley's part when you consider how many Batley Boys ARLFC products over the years have turned pro with the Gallant Youths/Bulldogs! Talk about biting one of the hands that feeds you. A poor show.

The Halifax Road ground at Staincliffe is perfectly adequate for NCL rugby league, though the clubhouse/changing rooms are a good 10-minute walk away. I was told the distance is only just inside the maximum allowed by the NCL. The sole pitch slopes downhill in two directions - from north to south and from east to west. It's reminiscent of the bizarre 'turtle' pitch at Barrow Island. Boys' pitch is so hemmed in (on three sides by housing and at the west end by Halifax Road, the busy A638), there isn't space for it to be fully railed. The rails at each end are truncated to accommodate decent in-goal areas. There is barely room for a single line of spectators along the north side. Most pleasing aspect is looking northeast, from the south side, towards the ornate tower of Christ Church. Staincliffe Sports & Social Club (its loos are handy) and the ground of Mount Cricket Club (pre-season practice this afternoon) are next door. As is common in the NCL, the Halifax Road ground lacks cover, hardstanding and floodlights. One for a clement day. Owing to the ground's open nature, Boys cannot take a gate. Programmes and raffle tickets are hawked pitchside after kick-off.



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Ground/venue totals: Football 910; Rugby Union 266; Rugby League 217; Cricket 125; Speedway 53; Stock Cars 25; Grasstrack 15; Ice Hockey 15; Cycle Speedway 4; Greyhounds 2.

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Apr 13, 2019, 8:05 PM

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Re: [Feversham Lens] Where are you going - where did you go? RUGBY LEAGUE [In reply to] Can't Post or Reply Privately

Gateshead Storm 18 Leigh East 30
Venue Winlaton RU
National Conference 3
Attendance 30
Admission by prog 2

One of three venues I needed for the NCL with the other two in Cumbria, Storm are in their third year in the league and have improved slowly year by year

The venue is basic, just a railed off pitch with clubhouse behind the posts, the ground is elevated and from the pitch and especially the club, there are good views over the city and a stretch of the Tyne

Leigh were 18 up in as many minutes and a high score was feared but Storm then dominated and pulled it back to 14 18 at one stage

Whilst the view was great the elevation makes this also a very cold venue and that was certainly the case today


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Apr 14, 2019, 4:13 PM

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Sunday 14th April 2019
York City Knights Ladies 6 Wakefield Trinity Ladies 10 (HT 0-6)
Women's Super League (kick-off 2pm)
@ York St John University (Haxby Road Sports Hub)
Free admission
Programme 2 (8pp, a scaled down version of the York City Knights programme)
Attendance 163 (h/c)
No refreshments available

Women's Super League newcomers Wakefield recorded their first victory since joining the competition for 2019. Deserved, too, after a tough, tense arm wrestle against York on a breezy, cold afternoon. A 19th-minute converted try under the posts gave the visitors a slender half-time lead despite the hosts dominating territory and possession. Nine minutes after the restart Wakefield, the better side in the second half, scored a very well taken try in the corner, too wide for the extras to be added. Gutsy York set up an exciting finish by going over, next to the posts, with seven minutes of normal time remaining. The conversion closed the gap to four points. York applied strong pressure up to the final whistle but determined tackling kept them out. Both teams conceded far too many penalties. It produced a rather scrappy spectacle. At least the teams were evenly matched.




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Ground/venue totals: Football 910; Rugby Union 266; Rugby League 217; Cricket 125; Speedway 53; Stock Cars 25; Grasstrack 15; Ice Hockey 15; Cycle Speedway 4; Greyhounds 2.

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Re: [Feversham Lens] Where are you going - where did you go? RUGBY LEAGUE [In reply to] Can't Post or Reply Privately

Sat 13th April 2019
Conference league division 2
Barrow Island 46 Shaw Cross 18

Att 130
Adm 2 incl 16pp glossy prog

Hugely entertaining game with a final outcome no-one would have predicted at half time. The visitors looked much the sharper before the break and with the wind and the best of the slope behind them in the second half I expected them to run away with it. Baz I had other ideas and a blistering 3rd quarter knocked all the heart out of the visitors. Final try count 8 to 3 didn't flatter the home side at all who were brilliant in the second half.

Ground has been covered many times but things worth noting: the rustic goalposts are on the way out, one set has been replaced with conventional metal posts and the others are soon to follow. The hump backed pitch may be out of use before the season ends. Grab it while you can! The main pitch which has been subject to a long legal dispute over sub standard drainage work is well on the way to being ready to use. According to the club chairman they are confident this will happen this season. At the moment they just need some good rainfall to encourage grass growth on the bare patches where renovation work has been done.

Bottom line is that if you haven't done the current pitch do it while you can, it has to be seen to be believed.


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Re: [Seagull] Where are you going - where did you go? RUGBY LEAGUE [In reply to] Can't Post or Reply Privately

Thursday 18 April 2019
Cumberland League
Maryport 34 v 36 Cockermouth
Admission - free
Programme - none
Attendance - about 120

I had the choice of two games in Maryport this evening. Either here or at Glasson Rangers. There was also a game at Seaton Rangers between the clubs two sides. I was always going to watch my old club Cockermouth and so it to the Athletic Ground I headed.

Before I popped down to Glasson Rangers to see what the programme situation was. They are issuing and charge 2 to get in. Unfortunately the bloke who produces the programmes had left them at work so there were none available. This was actually a genuine excuse. There was about 100 in attendance when the game kicked off.

Back to Maryport and it is nice to see them back playing open age rugby after a seasons absence. Previously they used to charge an admission fee which came with a free programme. Not anymore. It's a shame as they could have made a nice amount of money if they had charged tonight.

This was a good even game with defences not on top. Tense to the end though with Cockermouth winning with a penalty kick off the half way line.

The bar was open but there was no food available.

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