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Feb 18, 2012, 10:31 PM
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Saturday 18th February 2012
Re: [The Moose] Where are you going - where did you go? RUGBY UNION
Sandbach 38 Leigh 5 (HT 11-5)
North One West
Admission £3 (including 56pp programme. Glossy, full-colour effort, but with just four game specific pages)
Attendance 200 (h/c)
Tea (in a large foam cup) £1
Routine win (in the end) for the North One West leaders against one of only two sides to beat them in the league this season. Leigh began strongly, but their full-back missed an early penalty in front of the posts, which meant considerable early pressure counted for nothing on the scoreboard. The teams traded an unconverted try, and the Sandbach full-back then kicked two penalties to give his side an 11-5 interval lead. It was all Sandbach in the second half. Some surprisingly attractive (for rugby union) handling movements produced five more tries (just one converted), with speedy wing Jack Leech finishing with four touchdowns to his credit. Leigh deserve praise for keeping the leaders scoreless during the last 15 minutes, when it would have been very easy simply to throw in the towel. Decent game, especially considering the strong wind which blew down the pitch throughout.
By rugby union standards, the set-up at Bradwall Road, on the northern fringe of this well-heeled town, is fairly impressive. Sandbach have a thriving junior section and the site boasts six pitches. The first XV pitch is excellent, though it does slope downhill noticeably from south to north. There is neither cover nor floodlights. Aggregate hardstanding has been laid along the west touchline and at the south end. Spectators are separated from the players by a mixture of metal railings and wooden fencing. A single-storey, red-brick clubhouse on the west side of the site houses a bar, kitchen, dining area, loos and the dressing rooms. Unusually for this level of rugby union, Sandbach have a well-stocked souvenir shop.
This was part one of a tasty North West double, which concluded with a Manchester Phoenix ice hockey match up the road in Altrincham. More in the ice hockey section...
(This post was edited by Feversham Lens on Feb 18, 2012, 11:57 PM)