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Saturday 31st March 2012
Re: [StephenHarris] Where are you going - where did you go? RUGBY UNION
Broughton Park 16 Anselmians 10 (HT 8-10)
North One West
Admission £5 (including glossy 28-page programme)
Attendance 105 (h/c)
Refreshments available, but took my own
No surprise that two such clueless teams find themselves in a relegation dogfight come the fag end of the season. Both were in the bottom four (with three to go down) at kick-off, but Broughton Park have the better chance of escaping the drop after scraping victory in a tense, if wholly undistinguished, game. It was Park's second win on the trot (they beat fellow strugglers Wigton last week in another crunch fixture) having previously lost 11 in a row. A penalty and an unconverted try, taken well by the left wing after a scrum went against the feed, put the hosts 8-0 up inside 30 minutes. But Anselmians, from the Wirral, hit back with a close range try from their tighthead prop, a conversion and, with the last kick of the half, a field goal. The first 20 minutes of the second half was all Park, and they scored an unconverted try - a good break by their inside centre - and a penalty to lead 16-10. The Anselmians full-back missed a kickable penalty with seven minutes of normal time left and, despite the ref adding nine further minutes to the 80, the visitors simply could not muster the pace, wit or flair to force a winning score.
Broughton Park, formed in 1882, are among northern rugby union's more famous clubs, though the advent of paying players has rather left this decisively amateur outfit marooned in a sporting wilderness. The 'QPR of rugby union', Park have played at numerous grounds, mostly in the south of Manchester. Hough End, in Chorlton, near Manchester's rambling Southern Cemetery, has been their home since 2004. Better than the average rugby union set-up at this level, it boasts an impressive integrated clubhouse and stand, with superb viewing provided by an elevated tier of seats. A fine collection of club memorabilia in the bar includes team pictures going back to 1910. The remainder of the ground comprises uncovered, open hard and soft standing, though the side opposite the stand and the far end have grassy banks sculpted into terracing. The pitch, flat and wide, is excellent. Unusually, the ground is floodlit. Australia's rugby league Kangaroos are to be based here during the superior code's 2013 World Cup. The spacious Hough End site features four other rugby pitches, along with countless football pitches, some of which were in use for matches which appeared almost entirely devoid of skill.
(This post was edited by Feversham Lens on Mar 31, 2012, 9:02 PM)