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Seagull
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SWALEC League 1North
COBRA (Caereinion Old Boys Rugby Assn) 33 Nant Conwy 8
Att 95
Admission by programme £2, 20pp

I occasionally wondered in the past where/who/what COBRA was, now I know. Playing in the pleasant mid Walian village of Meifod, the ground is scenic and rural, but has the basics of cover, dugouts and a decent clubhouse, along with lovely views. The visitors are another club with no location in their title, Nant Conwy coming from the outskirts of Llanrwst.

The game was decent enough with plenty of endeavour and no little skill, the home side always having the edge and securing the four try bonus point late in the game.

A very pleasant afternoon out in a grand part of the world.


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An unusual venue is available at Level Four on Saturday

http://hullrugbyunion.co.uk/...ame-at-bishop-burton


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SRU Championship Division A (3rd level of pyramid)

Marr Rugby 42-15 Greenock Wanderers
at Fullarton, Troon
Attendance: 350
Admission £3 with programme


I popped in to see the bulk of the second half, having watched Troon FC despatch Shotts Bon Accord at Portland Park,

This was Marr's first home game since the disastrous fire in their clubhouse complex, a few days after the opening match of the season. One where they beat West of Scotland 119-5.

All visiting teams offered to reverse fixtures so Marr have had a long run of away matches. The changing facilities at Marr College were used today.

Marr's amazing run over the last two seasons has come to an end with a couple of high scoring narrow defeats on the road but they comfortably defeated one of their promotion rivals today. And they picked up their customary 4-try bonus point

It's tough at the top.

Top of Championship Division A
Cartha/Queen's Park 7 6 0 1 5 29
Marr 7 5 0 2 7 27
Falkirk 7 5 0 2 6 25
Hamilton 7 5 0 2 5 25
Whitecraigs 7 5 0 2 4 24

There's a biggie in a fortnight when Marr host (hopefully) Cartha/Queen's Park.


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Gloucester 12 Exeter Chiefs 29 (Aviva Premiership)
Adm.£38 Prog.£3 Att. 14,582

Only my 8th Rugby Union ground actually done for Rugby Union. A nice easy trip, although pretty expensive.
Kingsholm is a very good ground by Rugby standards, with a large seated stand on one side, covered terracing opposite, another smallish stand behind one goal plus a bit of terracing behind the other goal with two-storey executive boxes behind that. Unfortunately my seat had a huge stand support obstructing my view of the pitch. In football this would be deemed an 'obstructed view' and the ticket would be cheaper, but no such rule seems to exist in Rugby. I was able to move to another seat which at least allowed me to see both try lines and posts.
Despite the fact that both teams scored two tries, Exeter won the game comfortably. Gloucester conceded a ridiculous amount of penalties, if it wasn't for 3 bad misses by Chiefs kicker Gareth Steenson it would have been even worse. Some decent Rugby, but also too many messy scrums.



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Gloucester 12 Exeter Chiefs 29 (Aviva Premiership)
Adm.£38 Prog.£3 Att. 14,582

Only my 8th Rugby Union ground actually done for Rugby Union. A nice easy trip, although pretty expensive.
Kingsholm is a very good ground by Rugby standards, with a large seated stand on one side, covered terracing opposite, another smallish stand behind one goal plus a bit of terracing behind the other goal with two-storey executive boxes behind that. Unfortunately my seat had a huge stand support obstructing my view of the pitch. In football this would be deemed an 'obstructed view' and the ticket would be cheaper, but no such rule seems to exist in Rugby. I was able to move to another seat which at least allowed me to see both try lines and posts.
Despite the fact that both teams scored two tries, Exeter won the game comfortably. Gloucester conceded a ridiculous amount of penalties, if it wasn't for 3 bad misses by Chiefs kicker Gareth Steenson it would have been even worse. Some decent Rugby, but also too many messy scrums.



£38!!!!


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That appears to be the most expensive ticket - I'm on their mailing list because I went once (!) and standing tickets are generally on sale from £15


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Ultra-rare commodity this week of a midweek league match. Level Eight, but still...

Wednesday 9th October
Somerset Premier - Winscombe v Stothert & Pitt (7.30pm)


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That appears to be the most expensive ticket - I'm on their mailing list because I went once (!) and standing tickets are generally on sale from £15




The best seats at Northampton are over £50 for the games against bigger clubs, although this is largely irrelevant as they are virtually all taken by season ticket holders.
I hate watching Rugby from behind the goals, or in the corners as with my poorish eyesight I haven't got a clue what is going on at the other end of the pitch.
The best seats at Gloucester were £42, more if purchased on the day. Unusually Gloucester didn't charge an admin fee or even charge for postage.



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Ilkley 17 Scarborough 17
Yorkshire league 1 (level 7)
Att: 240 (h/c)
Admission £4 including decent 32pp prog (24 page static with good 8pp insert)

I never saw the old stand at Ilkley but despite some things posted recently I have to say that the new structure is rather impressive and a far cry from so many modern structures in that it is quite individual in style.

Running from just short of 22 to 22m line it has 5 steps of covered terracing downstairs with a rather impressive balcony upstairs that is a mixture of seats and standing, all topped off by a quirky roof that I suspect is meant to mimic the hills around the ground. There is also a nice grassbank running the length of the opposite touchline and the whole pitch is railed off with much autumnal colour around the ground and it's immediate surroundings. It's a rather pleasant place to watch sport in a very well-heeled town.

The game promised much but was badly disrupted by lengthy injuries to both sides. When we did get some continuity Scarborough looked very swift and slick but a stirring second half comeback by the home side got them a deserved point with their second try being a superb three quarter line move fashioned from an attacking lineout.

Well worth a visit if you can appreciate egg-chasing.


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Oct 7, 2013, 11:41 PM

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Gala v Aberavon in British & Irish Cup this Saturday is a 7pm KO making a double header possible with Scottish FA Cup replays at Whitehill Welfare and Preston Athletic although I suspect ET/pens in either of those would make it tight getting to Galashiels in time.


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Northampton Saints 33 Sale Sharks 14 (Aviva Premiership)
Adm. £32 Prog.£3 Att. 13,050


Went to the equivalent game last season, which was even more of a hammering for Sale! But yesterday, I was at the reserves equivalent:
Sale Jets 40-19 Northampton Wanderers
Admission: £5 Att. 600ish?

Heywood Road is used by the Jets, the Sharks reserve side; but also by Sale FC - the amateur version some way down the pyramid, but with objectives to get to the 2nd /3rd level, at which point players could be lent between the sides. As it is, when the reserves season (5 games) finishes shortly, those not in the first team squad and too old for the limited-age sides will have to go out on loan to 2nd/3rd division sides. The result here was unimportant, but that didn't stop both teams having a good go. Northampton led twice during the first half, with their scrummaging being their main danger (resulting in 2 peanlty tries), but Sale were on top in open play and at the lineout, with no 9 Nathan Fowles the star man, scoring, making and kicking a good few of the points.

Heywood Road is hemmed in by housing and so will not meet top level rugby standards again. However, the clubhouse contains many black and white photos of past glories. No real ale, but a decent steak and onion barm (£3). There are 2 covered stands - around 1000 seats pitchside by the entry, a few posts in the way but good views otherwise; and an evocative old terrace, with wood and earth steps. Both ends open. Glad to have made it here, wish I'd gone when it was hosting top flight rugby before the 'professional' era.



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Gala v Aberavon in British & Irish Cup this Saturday is a 7pm KO making a double header possible with Scottish FA Cup replays at Whitehill Welfare and Preston Athletic although I suspect ET/pens in either of those would make it tight getting to Galashiels in time.


and Linlithgow Rose v Deveronvale (Linlithgow -Gala 50 miles)


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Raging Bull North West Leagues Division One
Broughton Park II 14-31 De La Salle II

No adm or prog
Att: 64 h/c

More by accident than design did I end up watching my first ever live Rugby Union match and I have to say, an enjoyable experience. I've watched the game on TV, mainly Six Nations/World Cup rugby and really enjoy it, and have a fairly good understanding of the game, but I'm no expert and don't have a club side. This ground was impressive for Level 6 Rugby Union, hard standing on three sides, fully railed and the raised main stand is a modern affair probably covering 200.

The weather was generally dry and so good conditions for this clash between mid-table Broughton Park and DLS who sat 2nd. Broughton Park started the strongest but there was no score in the opening quarter as BP failed to break down the stubborn DLS defence, there thought they'd gone over in the corner but it was ruled to be out before DLS missed a penalty a few minutes later. The opening try came on around 25 minutes, Broughton Park going over to the left of the posts, it was converted 7-0.

De La Salle started to come out and looked dangerous, they made only 2-3 real attacks but scored their opening try on about 32 minutes and scored shortly before the half time interval, both were converted, 14-7 De La Salle.

Second half Broughton Park II continued to make errors, kicks not finding touch etc and De La Salle scored a third try a few minutes into period, 21-7. The home side did press and defended well, getting a try back on around the hour. There was to be no come-back as two tries in the last 6 or 7 minutes ended it, the first conversion was missed and so it ended Broughton Park II 14-31 De La Salle II.

Long walk back to Levenshulme station but a good intro to live Rugby Union, makes a change to that other thuggish game I spend too much time watching. More rugby next week.


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Fri. Oct.18th 2013
Saracens 16 Stade Toulousain 17 (Heineken Cup Pool 3)
Adm. £27.50 Prog.£5

A chance to tick Wembley for Rugby Union. Not a particularly good game, although the finish was quite exciting. Saracens play an unattractive style of Rugby based on Owen Farrell's kicking.
Toulouse were a bit more expansive and a lot of the crowd were temporarily supporting them, including myself. They only just shaded it despite scoring two tries to one.
The match was stop-start all through, with all the tries requiring the video referee to make the final decision, also lots of injury/drinks breaks.
After about 20 minutes a late-comer stumbled and spilt his pint over me, my programme and several other people around me. Luckily the high quality paper used in the overpriced proggy didn't absorb the beer and I was able to wipe it off without staining. The woman next to me wasn't so lucky, her expensive looking leather bag was absolutely soaked.
I was in the second tier of seats, an area I have never been in before. Entrance was through the Club Wembley entrance rather than turnstiles. At that level there are more bars and food outlets than levels 1 or 5, there are also plenty of seats for you to sit and eat or drink.
The crowd of 61,428 was the highest for a Heineken Cup group match in England. Had to put up with a dreadful boy band called 'the Vamps' before the game!



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HEINEKEN CUP POOL 4 - KO 6pm - SCARLETS 26-26 RACING METRO
Attendance 8,388 - Ticket £14 - Programme £3, 60 pages, much of it in Welsh.
Entertaining game which saw the home side miss two early kicks before falling 0-10 behind, coming back to lead 23-10 early in second half before being pegged back when the French visitors were back to full strength after sin bins. Rhys Priestland briefly kicked the home side back in front before Jon Sexton levelled (16 points from each kicker). Racing had a try disallowed at the death for a knock on. Pick of the tries (two from each side) was Scarlets first when Scott Williams took advantage of a dropped catch to run 50 yards to touch down under the post, the conversion made it 10-10. I liked Parc y Scarlets, it has two arch shaped floodlight pylons one side, the other side lights all along the roof of the main stand which has a steep single tier of seats and is shaped in a curve as is the stand opposite which has an enclosure with 9 steps of terracing at the front for those who prefer to stand. The stands behind the goals of which only one of them was open are similar to those at Leyton Orient raised above the pitch.


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Raging Bull North West Leagues Division One
Broughton Park II 14-31 De La Salle II

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No, I actually got a bit confused! Put what I thought was the score wrong in my report, as had it happened as I thought it did, it would have been 14-33.

It was 14-21, De La Salle went over at least once more, I thought they'd scored two tries, so 14-31, but they definitely kicked over once more. Blush

In my defence I was at the wrong end of the pitch and it was quite dark! Ah well. It would have been pointless to leave early, given I had no idea what time it was and I stayed to watch the last 5 or 6 minutes of the third's game, no that won't be getting counted.


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Northampton Saints 27 Ospreys 16 (Heineken Cup Pool 1)
Adm. £40 Prog. £3 Att, 13,182

Much better than Friday's game at Wembley, these two sides tried to pass the ball around rather than rely solely on kicking.
Both teams really needed a win after losing their first game in the Heineken cup 'group of death'.
Northampton scored three tries, so just missed out on what could be a crucial bonus point. The match was refereed by the eccentric Irish Frenchman Alain Roland, who at least only used the video referee once.
Probably the best Rugby Union game I have seen, but that doesn't mean a lot as it was only my 11th match.



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Yorkshire 1
Old Brodleians 17 Ilkley 13
Att: 190 (h/c)
Admission £4 incl 32pp prog (4pp match specific)

Quite possibly another one for Chapeltom to add to his list of cheap Union grounds!

Old Brods as they are locally known (or even just Brods) play in the village of Hipperholme on the moors East of Halifax. The name stems from a benefactor whose generosity founded the local grammar school in 1649, though the rugby club has only been existance since 1930.

The game was a tight one between two of the better sides in this highly competitive division and although Ilkley outscored their hosts 2 tries to 1, they couldn't convert either try and a host of other missed chances meant they sipped to their 2nd defeat of the season.

The ground is a little gem. It is carved into gently sloping land on the Northern edge of the village, fully enclosed and railed with fine views from raised grass banking at the Western end (backed with a fine array of tall trees) and Northern side. This side also has quite an unusual modern stand in the middle with 3 rows of seats raised above 3 steps of paddock style terracing, under a high angled roof. The South side has the large clubhouse complex which is typical RU (ie lots of food and real ale - Timothy Taylor and Copper Dragon on offer, plus many shirts, caps, plaques, photos and ties from battles past; their most famous old boy probably being England fly half Charlie Hodgson). Capping it all off are some fine back to back Yorkshire stone terraced houses that run down the Eastern edge of the ground and some wonderful views across most of West and South Yorkshire and the Northern Peaks.

On an unseasonably pleasant afternoon it was a lovely place to be. A visit comes highly recommended.


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North One East (level 6)
Old Crossleyans 33 Rochdale 10
Att: 210 (hc)
Admission £4 incl prog (4pp insert in posh static shell)

This was the best game of my RU season thus far with two teams committed to playing open, running rugby with the hosts in particular scoring some fine tries brought about by swift handling, support play and offfloads that made me think I was watching RL at times! 5 tries to 2 was the final tally with not a penalty goal in sight.

The ground is a little gem, much more like a non league ground than RU with no clubhouse on site (this is a couple of hundred yards away), fully enlosed with a narrow entrance of character which led to an area which looked more like someone's front garden. It's tightly enclosed all around with a decent stand split into 3 sections (terracing on the two flanks and seats in the middle), both sides are railed with some hard standing but the ends are too tight for spectators to stand and view the game.

The ground is in a very upmarket area of Halifax and although quite urban it's a very pleasant spot to watch sport, with many trees in the vicinity.

A grand little ground that comes highly recommended.


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Fri.Nov.1
Ealing Trailfinders 6 Moseley 15 (Greene King IPA Championship)
Adm. £20 (inc.prog) Att 692

Didn't expect much from the second division's two bottom teams, and wasn't disappointed. This was an awful match full of handling errors, lengthy scrums and injuries.
Moseley were though the better of two bad teams and did score two tries. Ealing have only just been promoted to this division and will almost certainly be relegated straight back. Moseley should be OK as only one goes down. The match was difficult to follow as Moseley helpfully changed from their normal red and black hoops to black and white hoops, which clashed somewhat with Ealing's dark green and white hoops.
The ground is situated near Castle Bar Park station between Ealing and Greenford. I accessed the ground via a footpath from the station. There were no turnstiles and no-one taking admission at that entrance.
I paid my admission which included a glossy programme full of adverts, at the club shop. I could easily have just walked in without paying. The ground is quite a strange one. On one side is a huge clubhouse, with a stand on top and some seats in front. To get into the stand you have to go round the back of the clubhouse where there are some steps. Behind one goal is another stand with a canvas roof, which seems to have survived the storm. On the far side are two small temporary uncovered stands on wheels, and two small buildings each housing one of the dugouts, with a directors box or sponsors lounge built above it. These are of a very futuristic design. At this match was a party of Germans from Aachen Rugby Club,I assume they have come over for the England v.Australia match tomorrow.
The announcer at the match was American and very different from any other I have heard at any sport. He kept naming the referee and touch judges but not the Moseley scorers. When Moseley went 10-3 up he said
'Ealing stay in touch only 7 points behind'. Obviously an optimist, but then you'd have to be at this club!
The match ended with a punch-up. The referee spoke to his touch-judge, then decided the best way to deal with the situation was to blow the final whistle, rather than issue any cards. It was 9 minutes into injury-time though.



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Midlands 2 West (North) Sat 02/11/13 @ 14:15
Bridgnorth RUFC 26 Leek RUFC 28
At the Edgar Davies Ground, Wellington Road
Admission: free Raffle: £1
Parking: £2 in the municipal Severn Park pay & display car park, which is just two minutes from the ground, (or would be if they’d opened the pedestrian access gateMad, otherwise it’s seven minutes past the Rowing Club and up the lane on the far side of the ground). There is parking on site, but it looked like it was authorised vehicles only.
Programme: £2 (8pp, colour) – now before you go gobbling with outrage at the iniquity of the price, mine, as mentioned below, came with a free 44pp 2013/14 Bridgnorth RFC handbook / fixture list, and, having ferreted under a pile of old clothing and trash in the Pavillion, I also came up with a separate free 8pp glossy “Welcome to Bridgnorth RFC” pamphlet, so all in all, quite a result on the paperwork front!! Smile
Refreshments: 60p crisps from the HQ, £2.30 mini-fish from the Riverside Fish Bar on Mill Street, and £3 for a half-time “Bridgnorth Pastie” (which I think contained shredded lamb, but don’t quote me) and a tea (despite the fact I asked for coffee).
Attendance: 76 (h/c).

One of the stranger set-ups I’ve ever encountered! The main pitch lies in an enclosed, fir-tree lined ground between the main Telford road and the river, and is flanked on the far side by Severn Park, which hosts further pitches (the seconds had a game on there today), a children’s play area, and the rough-surfaced public car park as mentioned above. There’s the wooden Pavillion Café behind the west goal which doubles as an equipment store and sells beer, wine, and the usual hatchery items, and has a covered patio area. Both sides of the pitch, which is at a slight distance from the pavilion, are railed and there’s two dugouts.

On the other (town) side of the ground, turn right into Banton Lane which quickly takes you down to the riverside towpath, which passes the site of Hazeldine’s Foundry, where in 1808 the first ever steam locomotive built to haul fee-paying passengers was constructed, to a design by Richard Trevithick. As I read the commemorative plaque, a Severn Valley Railway steam train was quite audible in the distance departing the town for Kidderminster. Eat your heart out, Richard Branson …. Laugh

The riverside towpath meanders 400 yards or so towards the town and I was intrigued to see the players wandering up it towards the ground. This was because if you go down the towpath, take a short-cut through the back of the Boatyard pub, go up a flight of steps, and turn left onto Bridge Street – that’s where the clubs HQ and the changing rooms are!! I wandered in at 13:00; the bar was deserted. On a hunch, I enquired if they did a match-day programme, expecting “No”, but was rewarded with “I think we’ve got some upstairs somewhere!” and when the lass behind the bar reappeared, she also handed me the complementary handbook. (They did eventually sell the programmes pitch-side).

The game was a corker and surpassed my expectations. The home side had suffered their first league defeat last week, the opposition were unbeaten, and I rather suspected, given the wet and windy conditions, we might have been in for a rather dour affair – in the event, anything but! There was never more than one score between the teams and the lead changed hands regularly. Additionally, the referee let the game flow.

Leek took the lead after 2m when L.21 went in under the posts after a missed tackle, but Bridgnorth were 14-7 up at halftime with converted tries from B.4 and B.13.

Leek had regained the lead and extended it to 14-18 by 51m thanks to two L.10 penalties and an unconverted try, but B.2 bulldozed over in the corner on 53m to make it 19-18. Both sides then exchanged converted tries, making it 26-25 by 76m, but with literally the final kick of the match, L.10 held his nerve to swing over a last-gasp penalty from wide left for the away side to take the honours 26-28. An enthralling game.



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Midlands 2 West (South)
BEDWORTH 12-55 EARLSDON

No admission or programme.
Usual welcoming rugby club bat and cafe available.

Couldn't be bothered risking a Birmingham AFA game with the rain about so played safe with rugby union.

Game a bit one-sided but the added spice of a local derby always kept the interest.

Eight tries to two though was a convincing victory.


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Saturday 9th November 2013
Consett 29 Darlington 25 (HT 20-0)
Durham and Northumberland One
Admission £2 (including 12-page programme; entirely match specific and quietly impressive)
Attendance 65 (h/c)
Hot and cold refreshments available
but did not partake

Easily the best rugby union game I've seen this season (though, God knows, the competition isn't hot). Both teams went into this fixture on the back of five consecutive wins and it did not disappoint. Consett were on top throughout the first half and led 20-0 at the break. The Derwentsiders scored two tries, both converted, a penalty and an opportunist drop goal. Fumbling the final pass cost them another two tries. Different story in the second half, however, as Darlington dominated. The visitors crossed three times, converting twice, and added two penalties. Darlington spent the last 10 minutes camped on the Consett line but poor decision making cost them what would have been a memorable victory. What is the point of forwards driving in again and again when there is a four-man overlap outside? All Consett could muster in response were three penalties.

Medomsley Road isn't much of a ground. There's no cover and no hardstanding but it does have floodlights. The only structure is the clubhouse, one of the dullest I've encountered. There are two pitches, neither of which - surface wise - is up to much. The huge building site next door is on what used to be Consett FC's Belle Vue ground, vacated at the end of last season and destined to become a school. The only recognisable remnant of the Belle Vue we knew and loved is a small section of the main stand's rear wall. The new ground, half a mile away, on the road to Delves, is nearing completion. Workers were on with a Saturday shift when I peeped through the fencing. All that appears to be finished is the fitting out of the main building and surfacing the access road. Compared to Belle Vue, it will be depressingly functional - even down to an artificial pitch. A young lad walking by told me it was due to open - presumably for community use, initially - on the 11th (Monday).

Back to the kick and clap: interesting to overhear one Darlington supporter telling another that his son and daughter-in-law had gone to Hull to watch the England-Fiji rugby league World Cup match. Having taped it, I'll now do the same...


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Saturday November 9th.
Broadstreet 13 Nuneaton 15 (SSE National League Division 3 Midlands)
Adm. + Prog. £5 Att 190 h/c

Couldn't be bothered with playing the pitch inspection/postponement lottery with non-league football so opted for a nice easy Rugby Union ground.
Broadstreet play in Binley Woods just outside Coventry. The ground is very impressive for the level of Rugby they play at. There is a large clubhouse, a 250 seater stand and hard standing, all on the one side of the ground. Like many Rugby Union grounds there are other pitches too. Oddly although the match kicked off at 2-15 and it was sunny at kick-off time, the floodlights on the far side were on from the start.
An unusual feature of the ground is the electronic scoreboard, this gave the team line-ups before the game as well as the score and the minutes played.
The match was between 2nd and 3rd in the league, it was close but not very exciting. Nuneaton never got close to scoring a try, but still won the game, due to some excellent goal kicking from Joe Wilson. 5 out of 5,including one from the halfway line. Broadstreet scored a scrappy try, but only got near the Nuneaton try line on one other occasion. Where the game was lost was the woeful kicking of Lee Chapman he missed his first 4 penalties, only one of which was really difficult. He did successfully kick a conversion and two penalties but it wasn't enough.



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