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Oct 6, 2019, 9:58 AM
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Saturday 5th October 2019
Re: [AndrewG] Where did you go / Where are you going : 2019/20 RUGBY UNION
Aspull 41 De La Salle 20 (HT 15-3)
North Two West (level seven, 3pm kick-off)
Free admission, no programmes (sigh, see below)
Attendance 70 (h/c)
Food and drink available (didn't bother)
Entertaining, see-saw encounter between teams who've had mixed starts to the season. Salford-based De La Salle, who drew level at 20-20 by the 57th minute, after finding themselves 3-20 down in the 41st, were undone by the pace of Aspull full-back Rhodri Carlton-Jones. The Welshman clinched a deserved victory for his side by racing over, out wide, for three well-finished tries, in the 65th, 73rd and 78th minutes. Some impressive shots at goal from both kickers, too. Unusually, De La Salle's goalkicker is a lock.
Fellow poster AndrewG was a visitor here earlier in the season. Like Andrew, I'd been waiting for Aspull to move up to at a higher level, in the hope of witnessing a competitive game. There's little I can add to his comprehensive description of surprisingly rural Woodshaw Park. I can say Aspull began life, in 1947, as the whimsically titled Wigan Unionists. It's a shame that splendid name wasn't retained. Woodshaw Park, just five minutes from junction six of the M61, is handily located for drivers.
Both AndrewG and Seagull (a season or two ago) obtained programmes at Aspull. Clearly, they are regular issuers. Unfortunately, nothing was on sale for this game. Wish I'd checked before setting out. The young lass hawking raffle tickets told me she prints off the programme once a chap called Alan has put it together on a work computer. She said he "hadn't been in work this week" hence the blank. Gratifying to hear several spectators querying the absence of a programme.
As it happens, I'd be happy to revisit Woodshaw Park, albeit primarily to add to my collection the club's match programme. It's a pleasant setting (on a still, mild autumn afternoon, certainly), and I enjoyed watching Aspull's open, expansive, offloading style, which gives their speedy backs every opportunity to shine. Easy to see why the Emus recorded so many runaway wins last season in securing promotion to North Two West. In a fortnight, Aspull host leaders Glossop, who have won all five games. Given Woodshaw Park is only a 90-minute drive over the Pennines, and I've yet to see Glossop's RU team in action, I might well return for that fixture.
(This post was edited by Feversham Lens on Oct 6, 2019, 10:06 AM)