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Planning yet more rugby union tomorrow. I can hardly believe it. That's four Saturdays in a row. Looking at the Yorkshire One game between Bradford Salem and Scarborough. Overnight frost is likely to be a problem, and the advice from Salem is to make a check call to the club at lunchtime. I have, in Yorkshire Two, West Park Leeds v Pocklington as a back-up. Forecast for the morning is sunshine, so I'm hoping to call in at Cross Green en route and get some decent pics of Otley's fabulous old wooden grandstand.


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Castleford 3 Ilkley 15
Yorkshire One
H/T 3-10
Admission & programme £3

Fairly entertaining game with three good tries scored by Ilkley. Banter between both sets of fans was even more entertaining though! Decent clubhouse with free grub on offer before game.



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Hull 28 Caldy 24 (HT 21-0)
National League Two North
Admission: £7 (including glossy 28pp programme)
Attendance: 160 (h/c)

With my first-choice games at Bradford Salem and West Park Leeds both falling victim to frozen pitches, I headed to Hull for the second time in a week. And got lucky. This was an exciting contest between two well-matched sides, with the outcome in doubt to the final whistle.

Since I last saw Hull, they have moved from Haworth Park, crossing from the east to the west side of the A1079 Beverley Road to base themselves at the Ferens Ground. This is their third season at the new ground. Haworth Park, a dump to be honest, is now let to an amateur rugby league club.

The Ferens Ground (or Hull Sports Centre) offers three rugby pitches, numerous artificial and grass tennis courts, a bowling green and a cricket pitch. The main rugby pitch is enclosed with a wooden barrier. On the north side, the clubhouse is set back from a modern (and ugly) dressing room block and two small cantilever stands, each of which has four rows of bench seats. Opposite, brick dug-outs flank a scaffolding TV gantry. There is hardstanding on the north side and at the west end, with grass behind the posts at the east end and a mushy sort of gravel (softstanding?!) along the south touchline. There aren't any floodlights.

Despite the first half being fairly even, Hull led 21-0 at the break. Two lucky bounces of the ball helped the hosts add two tries to a spectacular opening effort from wing Will Robinson, whose lightning pace and devastating step took him over from 50 metres. Shame, after that, he hardly got a pass. Robinson would have far more running opportunities in rugby league. Conversions were added to all three tries. In reply, Caldy mustered a couple of near-misses with long-range penalty attempts.

The visitors from the Wirral roared back into the game in the second half. Two converted tries and a penalty brought Caldy to within four points of Hull, who then eased 28-17 ahead with a converted try of their own. But Caldy weren't finished and scored another converted try to ensure a tense last five minutes. Seven defeats in 10 now for Caldy. Mind you, giving the opposition a 21-point start is never a wise move.

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More hunt, punt and grunt for me tomorrow as I continue to mop up the smaller clubs left to hop in a 50-mile radius of my new (ish) home. Moortown host Yorkshire Two leaders Huddersfield YMCA at Moss Valley. The nearby basement battle in the same division between Roundhegians and West Leeds at the Memorial Ground is a handy back-up in case overnight wind and rain do their worst.


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Moortown 5 Huddersfield YMCA 31 (HT 5-7)
Yorkshire Two
Admission: £2 (including 12pp programme)
Attendance: 70 (h/c)


Hardly a contest to linger in the memory. Moss Valley was a mudbath for the visit of the league leaders, who were flattered by their margin of victory in a dour struggle. YM scored two tries, the first converted, in the last five minutes to leave a depleted Moortown side with little to show for a hardworking display in swampy conditions.

There wasn't much between the teams during a first half which saw YM cross for a converted try in the opening two minutes. Town steadied themselves and replied with a try of their own after 22 minutes. The hosts might have led at the break, but their kicker struck a post with a straightforward 20-metre penalty in the 15th minute.

YM's bigger forwards dominated the second half and the visitors scored tries from a scrum pushover and a rolling maul before adding that late double, against opposition then reduced by injuries to 14 men, thereby securing a valuable bonus point.

Most rugby union set-ups indicate clubs in the sport have a fair amount of money behind them. Moortown, whose ground is actually in Alwoodley, on the north side of Leeds's outer ring road, appear to be an exception. Their facilities are a bit, well, tatty. They seem short of personnel, on and off the field. Several players had cried off late, to the audible annoyance of the coach, and there was no-one to produce the requisite matchday insert in the programme, open the club shop or provide scoreboard updates.

The bar, changing rooms and a squash club are located on the south side, which boasts a stretch of raised hardstanding. A post and rail barrier separates players from spectators only on this side and at the west end. The pitch slopes down markedly towards the clubhouse. There are floodlights on the south touchline, but these are probably used merely at training. There was a game taking place on the (equally heavy) football pitch adjacent to the rugby's north touchline. I was told Alwoodley were hosting Trinity and All Saints in what looked like a parks-standard fixture.

Moortown's Moss Valley ground has a promising setting, tucked away in a semi-rural location amid 1930s semis, but I found its nuts and bolts less than appealing. Maybe the weather - persistent light rain and resolutely granite skies - influenced my verdict.

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Moortown 5 Huddersfield YMCA 31 (HT 5-7)
Yorkshire Two
Admission: £2 (including 12pp programme)
Attendance: 70 (h/c)


Hardly a contest to linger in the memory. Moss Valley was a mudbath for the visit of the league leaders, who were flattered by their margin of victory in a dour struggle. YM scored two tries, the first converted, in the last five minutes to leave a depleted Moortown side with little to show for a hardworking display in swampy conditions.

There wasn't much between the teams during a first half which saw YM cross for a converted try in the opening two minutes. Town steadied themselves and replied with a try of their own after 22 minutes. The hosts might have led at the break, but their kicker struck a post with a straightforward 20-metre penalty in the 15th minute.

YM's bigger forwards dominated the second half and the visitors scored tries from a scrum pushover and a rolling maul before adding that late double, against opposition then reduced by injuries to 14 men, thereby securing a valuable bonus point.

Most rugby union set-ups indicate clubs in the sport have a fair amount of money behind them. Moortown, whose ground is actually in Alwoodley, on the north side of Leeds's outer ring road, appear to be an exception. Their facilities are a bit, well, tatty. They seem short of personnel, on and off the field. Several players had cried off late, to the audible annoyance of the coach, and there was no-one to produce the requisite matchday insert in the programme, open the club shop or provide scoreboard updates.

The bar, changing rooms and a squash club are located on the south side, which boasts a stretch of raised hardstanding. A post and rail barrier separates players from spectators only on this side and at the west end. The pitch slopes down markedly towards the clubhouse. There are floodlights on the south touchline, but these are probably used merely at training. There was a game taking place on the (equally heavy) football pitch adjacent to the rugby's north touchline. I was told Alwoodley were hosting Trinity and All Saints in what looked like a parks-standard fixture.

Moortown's Moss Valley ground has a promising setting, tucked away in a semi-rural location amid 1930s semis, but I found its nuts and bolts less than appealing. Maybe the weather - persistent light rain and resolutely granite skies - influenced my verdict.

http://www.flickr.com/photos/feversham/5418715999/

http://www.flickr.com/photos/feversham/5419315904/

http://www.flickr.com/photos/feversham/5419317616/

http://www.flickr.com/photos/feversham/5418712983/

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It WASYorkshire Old Boys League Div.2 Alwoodley OB Res 5 v Trinity OB Res.0. Alwoodley's 1st team play in the top division- Senior A.


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Top knowledge!

I'll be up in the North East on Saturday (February 12th) for mostly non-sporting reasons, so it's a decent standard of kick and clap for me in the afternoon. A diversion into South Shields will see me watching Westoe and Leicester Lions in National League Two North. The clubs lie second and fourth, respectively, in a tight division, so a reasonable contest is on the cards.


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looking at MOSELEY v ROTHERHAM on Friday evening 7.30pm kick-off; third ground I will have seen Moseley on-The Reddings, Birmingham University and now Billesley Common.


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Durham City 36 Old Crossleyans 11 (HT 14-6)
North One East
Admission: £4 (including 16pp programme - 12pp static; 4pp insert on today's game)
Attendance: 110 (h/c)


I abandoned plans to watch the National League Two North table-topper between Westoe and Leicester Lions. Westoe's Wood Terrace ground in South Shields was a swamp when I arrived, and the fixture was to be switched either to a 3G pitch at a local school or to neighbouring Jarrovians RUFC, with the visitors allowed to choose. Not for me, thanks. Wood Terrace looked a canny set-up and I'll return on a drier day.

The name of Durham City's ground, Hollow Drift, has always intrigued me, so I opted for that as my first-choice back-up - and the place lived up to its promise. The ground, where City have based themselves since 1885, is located in a picturesque wooded bowl close to the River Wear, the extensive university playing fields and the infamous prison. From the access road, there are fine views of the cathedral and the castle.

Highlight of Hollow Drift is the museum piece wooden stand on the west touchline. Opened in 1950, this has eight rows of bench seats and way too many roof columns. Grass banking on the east side and at the north end provide an enclosed feel to the ground. A red-brick clubhouse, three storeys high with a couple of balconies, is a modern and imposing presence in the north-east corner. There is a fabulous display of old team photographs on the walls of the bar, and cabinets of various shirts dating back to the early 1900s. The pitch, flat and broad, is railed off and there are mast floodlights.

The harshness of the winter meant this was poor City's first home match in three months. Ridiculous. Costly, too, as the friendly Durham officials explained. Loss of bar takings (a key element in any rugby union club's budget) has hit them hard. The pitch was heavy, but grassy and eminently playable, though a shortage of hardstanding resulted in a certain amount of mud paddling for spectators.

City full-back Rob Smith was the star of the show, scoring four of his side's five tries in a contest between mid-table teams I expected to be much closer. Old Crocs, from Halifax, didn't really put much together in attack until the last quarter - and then fouled up two clear try-scoring opportunities with sloppy handling. They also shot themselves in the foot during the second half by having a player sin-binned. The visitors' solitary try came in stoppage time and was mere consolation.

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gloucester v london irish on friday 18th feb

exeter chiefs v bath on saturday 26th feb


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Sat Feb 19th

Either Bradford Salem v North Ribblesdale to complete Yorkshire One grounds

Or West Park Leeds v Roundhegians in Yorkshire Two

Might consider Wilmslow v leaders Burnage in North One West if I feel adventurous


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LLANDOVERY 15 BIRMINGHAM SOLIHULL 14

Splendid game in the fifth round of the British & Irish Cup.

Excellent company on a cold night along the Towy Valley.


IAN S
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Could possibly end up at Wilmslow myself.



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Weds 16th Feb: WELSH PREM - GLAMORGAN WANDS. 13 CARDIFF 29

ADM: £10 Prog: £2 ATT: h/c 240

Having had little experience so far of eggchasing across the bridge apart from the four regions, I have to say I thoroughly enjoyed this little gem of a ground! I presume the stadium in Ely is more akin to proper club rugby in Wales. A small rickety stand with around 200 bench seats on one side and pitch length covered terrace on the other with hardstanding behind both goals and fully tree lined too, very quaint!

As for the game well as expected 'Caerdydd' won comfortably enough by four tries to one in the muddy conditions but at the third time of asking at least t'wuz game on. The one surprise for me was considering the local proximity of both sides I expected a larger crowd? The Welsh clearly love their national side but club rugby evidently struggles to attract a reasonable gate.

Had the pleasure of my lads company for a change who usually runs up a mountain of debt whilst frequenting the local UWIC. He'd been impressed by the new CCS shared by the Bluebirds & Blues but wasn't quite sure what to make of the more 'homely' conditions of Stirling Road!

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Weds 16th Feb: WELSH PREM - GLAMORGAN WANDS. 13 CARDIFF 29

ADM: £10 Prog: £2 ATT: h/c 240
As for the game well as expected 'Caerdydd' won comfortably enough by four tries to one in the muddy conditions but at the third time of asking at least t'wuz game on. The one surprise for me was considering the local proximity of both sides I expected a larger crowd? The Welsh clearly love their national side but club rugby evidently struggles to attract a reasonable gate.

I was at Glamorgan Wanderers for their 1.30pm match last Saturday against Cross Keys. My rough headcount there was 150, so I am surprised they didn't get at least double that for the derby. I suspect Wanderers have always tended to be the least well supported of senior clubs, being a suburban club of the professional classes rather than a town's team.


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"I suspect Wanderers have always tended to be the least well supported of senior clubs, being a suburban club of the professional classes rather than a town's team."

Fair point well made John, I guess they struggle to attract anyone other than people from the Ely area for Wands games. With Cardiff RFC still in residence at the Arms Park in the city centre tiz much easier to get there by public transport and of course they and the Blues represent the whole of the city/region. Looking forwards to seeing games at Neath and Aberavon etc. where I suspect the crowds maybe a tad higher.

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gloucester 23-9 london irish

aviva prem
att:12,333
admission:£20 in the shed
prog:£3

this was only my 3rd ever rugby union game,i parked up in denmark road & went in two pubs opposite the ground.the white hart & the kingsholm inn were
very good pubs with lots of home & away fans in them.the chipy next door to the kingsholm inn had the best fish & chips i had tasted for a while.

it was a good atmosphere where i was stood in the shed at kingsholm and by half time gloucester were winning 16-6.the final score ended 23-9 but i think
i need to go & buy a book on the rules of rugby union as most of the game i was puzzled by what was going on during the game!


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West Park Leeds 10 Barnsley 32 (HT 5-22)
Yorkshire Two
Attendance: 90 (h/c)
Admission: £2 (including 20pp programme - 12pp shell, 8pp insert)


Another Saturday, another lousy weather forecast. So, in the interests of finding a game likely to be on, oval ball won out over round yet again. There have been big changes at The Sycamores in recent years. West Park Bramhope, who moved here in 1970, have merged with the amateur rump of Leeds RUFC (themselves an amalgamation of Headingley and Roundhay) after the formation of the professional Leeds Carnegie outfit. A reported £5.5m has been spent revamping The Sycamores, which now boasts an impressive two-storey clubhouse, opened in 2008, behind the posts at the north end - and no less than nine (two of them kiddie-sized) pitches. One is 3G, two are railed off and the main pitch is floodlit. Most of the cash came from Leeds Rugby, with income from the sale to a developer of Roundhay's old Chandos Park ground making up the difference. West Park Leeds, owing partly to their community involvement, were named Rugby Club of the Year in the 2010 Club Awards.

What a shame, then, that their first XV is struggling in the relegation zone of lowly Yorkshire Two. Easy to see why, though, on the evidence of this sluggish performance against a Barnsley side lying third, but with no realistic chance of overhauling pacesetters Huddersfield YMCA and Pocklington. The hosts scored a try during an especially turgid opening 10 minutes. That 5-0 lead was as good as it got for Park, who shipped five tries, but did score a second around the three-quarter mark. Not a great game. Far too much whistle from the referee and a good deal of scrappy play on a heavy surface.

The Sycamores is an extremely pleasant set-up. Bramhope, arguably the poshest bit of Leeds, is north of the outer ring road - closer to rural Otley than the city centre. The Main Stand, straddling halfway on the western touchline, is a squat, boxy structure with six rows of red plastic tip-up seats. Opened in 1970, it's thoughtless design makes obstruction-free viewing a real challenge. Best perspective (assuming you don't mind watching end to end) is from the clubhouse's elevated balcony. Concrete hardstanding has been laid round the pitch, and there are a couple of steps of terracing on each side.

West Park Leeds just need a team to match their facilities. This swanky complex is going to look terribly out of place among the flotsam and jetsam of Yorkshire Three!

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Sat 26th Feb: Southern Counties Lge South Divvy:

BRADFORD ON AVON 5 BRIDPORT 0

No admission or programme Att: h/c 30

With my first 3 choices for footy falling to them 'pesky warthogs' then I made the late and safe choice to find a new ground locally but of the eggchasing persuasion. For an hour or more I questioned my sanity for this choice though and thought I maybe in for the world's first 0-0 at rugby! Thanks heavens for one moment of glory and also BOAs first win of the season too. The ground was roped off in the main with a small amount of clubhouse overhang cover on one side. In the end I was just please to get a new ground done and see some sporting action.

KRTM Cool


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saturday 26th feb,ko 8pm

exeter chiefs 9-12 bath

aviva premiership rugby
ticket:£25 in the south west terrace
att;10,486(sold out)
curry£5
prog;£3


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Starting to feel as though I'll never get to another football match (my last was Jan 3). Tomorrow, I plan to be at Wood Terrace in South Shields for the National League Two North game between promotion-chasing Westoe and visitors Hull. The following Saturday (March 12th), a champagne job is on the cards at Heaton with my last 'tick' in Yorkshire One - Bradford Salem v leaders Malton and Norton. Hope the weather holds for the Salem trip. I've aborted two attempts to go there in the last six weeks because of rain and then snow.

Footy definitely makes a comeback on March 26th because I couldn't get a ticket (or rather two tickets for adjoining seats) to watch Bath v Leicester, so the sporting entertainment for our weekend away will be Chippenham Town v Chesham United in the Southern Prem. Saved a packet there...


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Saturday 5th March

Sheffield Tigers 37 Malvern 0
National 3 Midlands
H/T 8-0


Malvern couldn't cope with the conditions, typical Dore Moor weather, bloody freezing, pissing down and a strong wind. That's about it really, not much else to say. Clubhouse was full of RU types, love em' or hate em'.



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Saturday 5th March 2011
Westoe 31 Hull 19 (HT 12-7)
National League Two North
Admission: £6 (including 20pp programme - mostly adverts)

Attendance: 150 (h/c)
Tea (in a mug): £1

Wood Terrace, where Westoe have played since formation in 1875, is a very appealing enclosure. Hemmed in by red-brick terraced houses in a deprived community only too obviously struggling to cope with the economic downturn, it has more of a rugby league or football atmosphere than rugby union, which invariably lurks in posh suburbs.

The site is shared with co-tenants South Shields Cricket Club, whose square occupies the east side. Westoe's players change in the magnificent old red-brick pavilion in the north-east corner, with the opposition using dressing rooms in the adjacent wooden structure. The latter, a bit of an oddity, houses, in addition to the away team dressing rooms, loos, offices and a clubhouse. It looks and feels like a youth hostel. The bar area was unbearably hot. It was chilly outside, but not that cold!

Wood Terrace's only cover is provided by a refurbished (but clearly pretty old) 20-yard long stand which straddles the halfway line on the west side. It is flanked by a mixture of grass banking and broken steps of terracing. Behind the posts at the south end is a line of trees, and then Wood Terrace. A tarmac path runs along the in-goal area at the north end, behind which are all-weather tennis courts. In use, too! The rugby ground has floodlights on the east side - used merely for training, it would appear. The depressed - and distinctly depressing - centre of South Shields is a mostly downhill mile to the north.

As for the game, well, promotion-chasing Westoe struggled to shake off a dogged, if rather limited and one-paced, Hull side. Playing down the appreciable slope in the first half, the Shieldsmen dominated possession and territory, but led only 12-7 at the break, having scored two tries to one. Westoe, for whom full-back Scott Jordan looked decent, then moved out to 24-14 before both teams touched down during an interminable 10 minutes of stoppage time at the end of the second half.

Friendly people - not your usual snotty rah-rah types - and a quirky ground made this 'hop' worthwhile, despite being a good deal further (160-mile round trip) than I'd go normally for a game of rugby union.

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Saturday 12th March 2011
Bradford Salem 24 Malton and Norton 24 (HT 7-17)
Yorkshire One
Admission: £3 (including 32pp programme - 24pp glossy shell; 8pp photocopied insert)
Attendance: 80 (h/c)
Tea (mug if staying in the clubhouse; plastic cup if taking it outside): 70p


An exciting game between the bottom and top clubs in Yorkshire One went to the last play. Leaders Malton and Norton's fly-half saw a 35m penalty come back off the crossbar in the first minute of second-half stoppage time. A draw was a fair result, though. Bradford Salem, owing to the awful winter and the quirkiness of the fixture list, were playing only their second home match since November 13th, and battled gamely throughout as they kept alive slim hopes of avoiding relegation.

Salem led 7-0 with a well-worked second-minute try to their left wing, but Malt hit back with two (rather soft) converted tries on the stroke of half-time to lead 17-7 at the break. It was harsh on Salem, who had dominated both possession and territory, but failed to take their chances. In a tense second period, the hosts drew level at 17-17 and then again at 24-24, with bulky skipper and prop Simon Davies the unlikely hero, scoring a hat-trick of tries - all from within 10 yards of the line.

Salem's Shay Lane ground at Heaton, in north-west Bradford, is an appealing little set-up. It is located amid woods, with the main pitch, very narrow and fairly short, cut into the side of the valley. The views are excellent. A reasonably new propped cantilever stand, straddling the halfway line on the west side and sheltering four steps of terracing, provides the only cover and the best vantage point. There is some hardstanding on this side. Houses, looking rather like executive boxes, are located close behind the goal at the south end, and there is a car park to the rear of the north end sticks. The clubhouse, a modern, ugly, flat-top structure, is at the foot of grassy banking in the north-east corner. The pitch, which slopes downhill markedly from west to east and was very heavy for this fixture, is railed off.

A champagne job for me as I finished the last of this season's Yorkshire One grounds! Nice to get a game worthy of the occasion.

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Saturday 19th April 2011
Percy Park 36 Northern 15 (HT 15-10)
North One East
Admission: £4 (including 24pp programme)
Attendance: 175 (h/c)
Tea (in a styrofoam cup): 80p


For an hour, this was a close game. North Shields club Percy Park, title contenders in North One East, were being held 15-15 by Newcastle-based neighbours and relegation battlers Northern. But three converted home tries - one a 60m interception - within 10 minutes then put the outcome beyond reasonable doubt. Park had crossed for three tries, none converted, in the opening 40 minutes. The final score was hard on Northern, who, despite lacking anyone to match the pace shown by Park's scrum-half, inside centre and left wing, toughed it out gamely and scored three tries. Both goalkickers had real trouble finding the target - and kicking at goal is usually one rugby skill at which union players have some idea.

Park, formed in 1872, have played at Preston Avenue since 1896. The ground is located (almost inevitably, given we're talking rugby union) in the swankiest part of North Shields. The original wooden grandstand, bought from the Northumberland Agricultural Society in 1896, burnt down in the summer of 1980. Its replacement, a concrete and steel propped cantilever opened in 1983, has eight rows of bench-style seats - some of which come with cushions.

The ground is dominated by a two-storey clubhouse, opposite on the south side. This was opened in 1998, with its balcony (great view from there) added 10 years later. On the ground floor are several dressing rooms, a club shop (playing gear only), offices and toilets. A clutch of function rooms can be found on the first floor, whose corridors are lined with photographs from yesteryear. These include a dramatic shot of the old grandstand, engulfed with flames, in its death throes. There is hardstanding at all points, mast floodlights and a white plastic barrier round the wide, flat pitch. A very tidy set-up for this level of rugby union. To the north, behind the stand, is the ground of Tynemouth Cricket Club.

My girlfriend came along for the ride (or, rather, the pre-match exploration of lovely Tynemouth and a Tyne-side picnic), and was as unimpressed by turgid rugby union as a spectacle as she was a couple of years ago on the only other occasion she watched it. Back to football for both of us next Saturday - thank goodness!

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Saturday 19th April 2011
Percy Park 36 Northern 15 (HT 15-10)
North One East
Admission: £4 (including 24pp programme)
Attendance: 175 (h/c)
Tea (in a styrofoam cup): 80p

Have you been time travelling there? We're not out of March yet!Wink



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I'm so eager to see the back of this past winter, I skipped March completely!


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Imperial College 12 v Imperial Medicals 25 - Varsity Match
Wednesday 16th March 2011
Played at The Stoop, Twickenham
Admission - corporate freebie - £7.50 for spectators
Programme: A5 - 20 pages with a laminate cover - price - another freebie
Attendance: Approx 1,400 according to the press

Great hospitality at the Stoop for what was an awful game of Rugby Union. I was quite suprised how technically poor it was.


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Saturday 9 April, 2011
Midlands 1 West
Sutton Coldfield RFC 86 Banbury RFC 11
Admission (non member) - £4 including programme. £2 if you’re a member.
Programme – 16pp of which 9 ½ were advertising. Teams, league table, previous 2 weeks league results lifted from the RFU website, last 2 games match reports, that’s it. No welcome, nothing about the junior sides, no photos …. At least these days the website’s a better effort than previously.

Attendance – 147 by h/c
Refreshments – ½ Strongbow and cheese bun £2.30 at the bar. There was also the usual free buffet for visitors, and I classify myself as a visitor although it’s only a 10 minute stroll from house to ground. I limited myself to two large green olives and a rather indeterminate sandwich, which may or may not have involved fish paste ….

Ground – large sporting complex comprising 5 rugby pitches, a cricket field, tennis courts, and what might be an indoor sports hall, although it’s difficult to tell, largely as I’ve never found out how you gain access to it.

The main pitch is alongside the clubhouse with the seconds pitch parallel to it. I usually patrol the narrow no-mans land between these two pitches, covering both matches, although you have to be alert not to be dinged on the head by a wayward ball from Match B while concentrating on Match A. Or taken out from behind by an over-enthusiastic front-row forward, for that matter. I was only hit once during this afternoon’s proceedings …. Laugh

A third pitch, on the other side of the entrance driveway, is floodlit (10 pylons) and I assume used for training – I’ve never known an evening match there, although I have seen the Colts use it on an afternoon.

There’s car parking for well over 100 vehicles, mainly gravel, and the gravelled area has been extended since last year. The clubhouse is a two-storey affair, bars at both levels, which can get over-crowded. Two TV screens in the lower bar, showing Bristol v Munster, I believe. Makes a change from Chelsea.

No stands or cover around the main pitch, which is railed on the clubhouse / changing room side and “post and taped” on the other three. Pitch in immaculate condition for the time of the year.

Game - with Banbury second from bottom of the league with only 20 points, this was always going to be a rout; indeed, Sutton had scored 107 points in the reverse fixture. The match should have been a meaningful rout, but because Sutton, going head-to-head with Dudley Kingswinford for the top spot and promotion, had lost their last 2 games (including the league fixture at DK), they now have to be content with second place and the play-offs, so in the event it was rather a meaningless rout.

Sutton scored after 1 minute 24 seconds, wide in the right hand corner and that set the tone of the game. They were 50-6 up at half time, and eventually ran in 14 tries, many unopposed as the away side’s cover and tackling was abysmal. Nathan Burchill posted two tries with trademark weaving runs, one right across the pitch from wide left to a score in the right hand corner. A further two tries were scored literally from first possession after restarts. The highlight try was actually Banbury’s, though, when their lock, Brand, intercepted the ball and positively lumbered 40 yards to score, fending off two tackles in the process.

The referee, John Schofield (Notts, Lincs and Derby Society) had a very good game and hardly missed a trick (although I reckon one Sutton try included a forward pass which he missed). I noticed he was “miked” and as it’s club linesman at this level, that seemed odd, but on enquiry, I found there was a dreaded referee’s assessor at the game – and it was he who was listening in !! There was just one bout of unnecessary handbags which resulted in a player from each team being sin-binned, but otherwise it was very much a by-the-book match with no controversy.

Meanwhile, on t’other pitch, Bournville 2nds surprisingly tanked Sutton Coldfield 2nds 51-10, in a match that was nearly as one-sided as the main affair. So, 158 points over two matches on a hot, spring afternoon – not bad, and I’ve now completed re-ticking the teams in this league.


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Sat 9th April EGGCHASING PREMIERSHIP

BATH RUGBY 26 EXETER CHIEFS 18

TKT: £24 PROG: £3 ATT: 12,200

Second trip to the Rec this season purely to see that well known Red Indian reservation from East Devon really. Completes the 'set' again in watching all possible away sides in the league at this venue. In the glorious sunshine Bath after a slow start got back to winning ways and may just sneak into the main Euro places. Pleased to see that Exe have far exceeded most peoples expectations and have given hope to all below the 'top table' if they ever get promoted. Grand day out with my daughter for company and have to say the amber nectar went down very well too Tongue

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Saturday, 16th April 2011
Midlands 2 West South
Earlsdon RFC 35 Old Coventrians RFC 13
Admission – free, programme – no sign of anything. Some clubs at this level do issue.
Refreshments – ½ Strongbow and crisps in the bar £1.85. There are kitchen facilities and a serving hatch, but nobody was serving.
Attendance – 122 by h/c, no doubt includes substitutes and WAGs

Ground – Mitchell Avenue, Canley, Coventry. The ground borders the University of Warwick athletics complex to the east, and is adjacent to Cov-Tech RFC’s ground, who play in Midlands 5 West South. The division between the two rugby club premises isn’t clear, if indeed there is one. There would appear to be four full size pitches overall, two of which are first team pitches for the two clubs, and plenty of mini-rugby and a soccer pitch on the site. Parking at the Earlsdon end for at least 100 vehicles. One of the training pitches was, I think, floodlit.

The rather impressive looking block club-house turned out to be a bit dingy. Changing rooms at lower level, while you ascend a stair-well to find the smallish bar on the top storey. There was TV commentary via loudspeakers but no discernable wide-screen, which was a bit disconcerting; however I eventually noticed a small portable behind the bar ! The usual honours board, team photos, signed England shirt (Neil Back, Leicester and British Lions, apparently played for the club), pennants and trophy cabinet, and at least three “kitchen / bar rotas” on various noticeboards. I gleaned that the club was founded in 1905 and the current clubhouse opened in 1988. The bar does open up onto a wide balcony which gave an unrivalled view of the first team pitch, although, as it was positioned well behind and slightly to one side of the goal-line, I opted to watch the match from the sidelines.

The pitch was railed on both sides, and there was no cover or stand or anything, just a wooden bench dedicated to a former player, Lee “Mad Pup” Rourke.

Match – I gather two teams go down from this division. With Earlsdon already relegated and this their last match of the season, they were playing only for pride, and the opportunity to keep local rivals Old Coventrians – one place off bottom – deeply in the mire! The away side needed a win, didn’t get it, and are also now relegated.

It was, in its way, quite a decent match, and a fairly tense affair up until the 61st minute when with the score poised at 13-8, Earlsdon rattled in two quick converted tries which more or less settled matters. Throughout the first half, Earlsdon had the territory and the possession, but couldn’t turn pressure into points. Old Coventrians, for their part, failed to make use of two periods when Earlsdon men were sin-binned. In fact OC had taken the lead after 24m with an unconverted try in the right corner, but Earlsdon then got points on the board with a penalty and converted try of their own to make it 10-5 at the interval.

The Earlsdon fly-half added a second penalty on 43m and hit a post with an impressive long range attempt on 58m, but the two converted tries then eased the tension and they cantered home in the last quarter.

Interestingly, we had “appointed” rather than “club” linesmen today which was somewhat unusual at this level, and I’m not sure if that was as a result of (a) what was riding on this match (b) the fact that OC had a recent game abandoned due to ill-discipline that’s apparently costing them a 15 point deduction next season or (c) some other reason. I was also aware of a fair bit of “back-chat” between certain of the coaching staff and the officials, again something in my experience a little unusual in this code. Learning from their round-ball compatriots, possibly?


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Saturday 30th April 2011
Midlands 1 Promotion Play-off
Sutton Coldfield RFC 27 v Mansfield RFC 33
Admission - £4 non members £2 members
Programme – included in admission. A better effort than the Banbury match, 20pp and colour photographs!
Refreshments – Godamnit, no free buffet this week …… however, they were giving away free “Green Army” teeshirts! The XL just about fitted me … Blush
½ Strongbow £1.30, hot pork roll £3 (a tad overpriced in my view)
Attendance - 427 by h/c at HT, hopefully not too far adrift.

A good crowd for this one, which was probably one of the bigger games in Sutton Coldfield’s history, but as ever, they were the perennial bridesmaids. Mansfield looked a solid side with hard running flank forwards, and played a canny game, waiting to capitalise on Sutton’s mistakes. They’d obviously been studying tapes ….. Sly

Rather than traditional green, Sutton turned out in a slightly strange white strip which seemingly sported more advertising than the programme. After an early exchange of penalties, Mansfield winger Hough intercepted a Sutton pass down the line and ran unchallenged for 50 yards for a try under the posts. Early niggles saw Leicestershire Society referee Shaun Porter sin-bin Mansfield No.8 Caladine, and Sutton took advantage of this to level and then take the lead with converted tries by Ward (26m), jinking through the defence, and winger Burchill (30m) with a run down the touchline. And Sutton made it 24-10 just before half-time when White scored from close range.

However in the second half, playing now against a stiff breeze, Sutton failed to maintain control. There were numerous offsides in defence and wrong options taken in attack – to much kicking away possession. Mansfield were back to 24-20 after 58m with a penalty from Lee Shaw, then an unchallenged try and conversion from the same player. A 65m penalty by Poulton restored Sutton’s 7 point lead, but a Lee Shaw penalty made it 27-23 after 68m setting up a tense finish, and inevitably, on 78m, Mansfield scrum half Adam Shaw darted in, Lee Shaw converted and it was effectively all over for Sutton. And a final Lee Shaw penalty deep into stoppage time completed the scoring.

Sutton Coldfield cannot have any complaints, in my view, too many errors were committed, which has often been their downfall in matches I’ve seen here. If they’d achieved promotion, I’d have had doubts about their survival in National 3 Midlands; however, that’s all rather academic now ….. Unsure


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Thursday 25 August 2011, 6:45pm: Saracens 26-8 Connacht: Friendly; att: c.3,000; Entry £20; programme issued.

This pre-season friendly match was played on the parade ground of the Honourable Artillery Company (HAC), the largest green space in the City of London, and a place I have for a long time wanted to visit. Football, cricket and even rugby league has been played here from time to time, and Saracens first played a friendly match here against the USA last November. The pitch was marked out on the southern half of the grounds (and disappointingly there was no access allowed to the northern half where the more historic buildings are to be found). A temporary, uncovered stand was erected along the south side, with 11 rows of green tip-up seats, around 1,200 in total. The north side was occupied by sponsors and corporate-types in their tents and marquees. This left rather limited viewing options for the majority of the crowd, behind tape on the soggy grass at either end. Behind the stand and in each corner were beer tents with very long queues (excellent Chiltern Brewery Bitter) and food outlets with zero queues, plus a Saracens club shop.

The majority of the crowd was formed of City Boys on a boozy night out – a typical City Thursday evening in fact, just with an unusual venue. Smaller numbers were actual Saracens fans, showing their colours and indicating that they actually knew something about rugby. I was not aware of any away supporters.

The match was preceded by a ‘warm-up game’ between HAC and Lloyds of London, 20 minutes each way, with the latter team winning 7-3. Amateur players and plenty of errors on show, but I enjoyed this one rather more than I did the main event. Perhaps it was because I was able to bunk into the stand and watched from an elevated position in the back row by the half way line. By the kick-off of the Saracens game the crowd had built up and we were back at ground level, behind the goal in the growing gloom of the evening. To my mind this game was very dull – 80 minutes of pushing and shoving and very little movement with the ball. I’m assuming that Saracens were below strength due to international call-ups, but they were still dominant here, breaking away from the constant scrimmage a couple of times to score. But overall it was the event and the location that were the attraction, not the game itself. On reflection I decided that the two Kent Invicta League football matches I have attended this week provided much better entertainment.


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Sunday 4 September 2011, 3:00pm: Leeds Carnegie 13-26 London Welsh: RU Championship; att: 2,343; Entry £17; programme issued.

Having stayed over in Yorkshire following the big Chesterfield vs Leyton Orient game on Saturday, I had a whole range of sporting options for the Sunday. Top of the list was the FA Cup game between Wakefield and Thackley (which I gather wasn’t great), but the logistics surrounding my pre-booked train home were not good. So I was pleased to see in the fixtures that there was a possibility for a return visit to Headingley. I have previously watched cricket next door and rugby league on this pitch, so a visit for rugby union seems to complete the set.

It is a very attractive ground, with an old main stand on the north side, featuring plastic seats in the paddock at the front and ancient, wooden tip up seats at the back. This stand backs on to the cricket ground and use can be made of the cricket bars. Opposite is a substantial, covered terrace. The west end has open terracing, plus a scoreboard and video screen. The east end is new since my last visit, the old open terracing being replaced by a two-tier stand with terracing at the front and seats above. Last time I was here, the crowd was about 15,000 greater for a Challenge Cup game against Workington and it was a question of grab a vantage point wherever you could. The smaller crowds attracted to the union game meant yesterday I had the luxury of being able to pick my spot, and I watched the first half from the south side and the second from the main stand. Mention was made in the programme of plans to redevelop the terraced side at some point soon.

These two clubs may have passed each other in the summer, with Leeds relegated from the top level and Welsh having a good season in the Championship, eventually finishing fourth. You wouldn’t have guessed it from the programme though, with no mention of the word ‘relegation’ and all articles being forward-looking. Welsh pretty much dominated the game and it was a far more enjoyable spectacle than the Saracens game I watched a couple of weeks ago, much helped by the better viewing options at Headingley. Key to the Welsh performance was ex-Leeds fly-half Gordon Ross who scored 16 points. Only in the final few minutes were Leeds hopes raised when they scored their only try of the game and a Welsh player was sin-binned.

Catering possibilities in the ground focussed on burgers and chips, with a doughnut stall also on hand. The match programme was a full-colour, glossy affair, very similar in feel to a league football programme. It sold for £3, or £2 to season ticket holders. “Are you a season ticket holder?”, I was asked. “No” I responded. I then received £3 change from my fiver.


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Saturday 17 September 2011
Midlands 1 West (Level 6)
Bedworth RFC 20 Whitchurch RFC 27
Admission – free
Programme – “Nah, we’ve only just discovered how to connect up the electricity …” Sly
Refreshments from the bar – ½ Strongbow £1.05, 4 assorted filled soft buns - £4
Attendance – 68 (h/c)

“Beduff” is bigger than you think! Priory Fields is nowhere near the soccer ground but out at Bedworth Heath, easily accessible, though, from the A444 Bedworth bypass. The ground is down Heath Road, left into Smarts Lane, back under the A444, and turn left at the dead-end into a crude gravel car park for around 50 vehicles. Plenty of parking in the road outside.

The only building is a low-slung utilitarian brick clubhouse cum changing rooms, which, rather disconcertingly has a block concrete bunker on the roof. Commanding position for a machine-gun placement, possibly? The clubhouse itself is a gloomy, windowless affair with a small wall-mounted TV and the usual rugby trophies, photos and paraphernalia on display. Outside, there’s 2 pitches, the main one railed all round, and the adjacent floodlit training pitch . There’s also an outdoor bowling club, and, interestingly, a sizeable tarmac circuit for radio-controlled model racing cars, two of which were being put through their paces.

The principal talking point before the match was the whereabouts of the “exchange” referee from the Cheshire society, but he eventually turned up around 25 minutes before the start, There was also a referee’s assessor present, duly miked up to the referee.

Bedworth were promoted via the Midlands 2 West leagues’ second place play-offs last season, and have started in the higher flight, perhaps unsurprisingly, with two defeats. Whitchurch are one of those solid middle-of-the-table sides, but they’ve had their own problems this season as their first league match was called off after a player contracted a dreaded, highly contagious skin disease on holiday – impetigo – and 12 other players went down with it!

The home side started on the defensive but looked pretty solid and although Whitchurch took the lead after 8m with a penalty for a ruck infringement, Bedworth soon pegged them back with a similar penalty on 11m. Their fly-half then put the home side 6-3 in front on 20m with another simple penalty, but Bedworth were nearly caught napping straight from the restart when nobody took responsibility for the high ball and the Whitchurch full back caught it and very nearly broke through. This was only the first of a series of incidents that had the Bedworth coach clutching his head and mouthing imprecations!

Whitchurch equalized on 27m with a long range penalty but 6 minutes later, Bedworth were back in front when their forwards held the ball virtually on the goal-line, the Bedworth scrum-half dummied left to send the defence the wrong way, and No.3 had an easy run through on the right. We were soon back to parity at 13-13 when the Whitchurch No.12 charged down a rather desperate attempted clearance from the Bedworth defence, and chased the ball over the line to score unopposed.

Just before half-time, niggle turned into a serious bout of fisticuffs involving most players – when the dust had settled and the referee had had a long consultation with the assessor, both Bedworth prop forwards and the Whitchurch No.3 were yellow-carded, which meant 10 minutes of uncontested scrums.
Despite being a man less, Bedworth took advantage of a sustained period of pressure after half time and made it 20-13 with a converted try from their full-back. The miscreants were duly summoned back from the sidelines with the Whitchurch No.3, who’d received a bloody lip in the fracas, face-taped and rather resembling Hannibal Lecter ….

On 56m, Whitchurch pulled the scores level again when their full-back fed No.12 who out-ran two defenders to score. 6 minutes later, the Bedworth No.10 missed his first attempt at goal, and on 72m it was Whitchurch who opened up a 27-20 lead when their No.14 chased a through ball, shrugged off the attentions of the home No.11, and scored under the posts. Bedworth kept pressing forward, but eventually ran out of time and thus lost a pretty entertaining match.


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SRU RBS WEST REGIONAL LEAGUE DIVISION ONE (5th Level of Scottish pyramid below 4 national divisions)

Marr 18-15 Irvine
Fullarton Park, Troon
Attendance (estimate) 300

This Ayrshire derby was a cracking match.

Newly-promoted Marr hosted newly-relegated Irvine at Fullarton Park and Irvine brought a sizeable support with them. Rugby in Ayrshire is largely restricted to towns which had senior secondary schools (equivalent of English grammar schools) where rugby was played. Both Marr and Irvine are now 'open' clubs but were previously known as Marr College FPs and Irvine Royal Academicals. In this age of comprehensive education Marr College is one of only a few state schools which are still a match for the school teams of the Glasgow and Edinburgh private sector schools. Quite a few of the current Marr team are former pupils of Marr College.

Marr dominated the first half and led 13-3 at the interval, the lead being boosted by a pushover try from the Marr forwards.

The first 20 minutes of the second half were fairly even but then Irvine had a remarkable spell of dominance with Marr unable to get a touch of the ball. With 10 minutes to go Irvine scored an unconverted try to make the score 13-8 and with Marr still unable to get a hand on the ball Irvine went over beneath the posts for a converted try to take the lead 15-13. 5 minutes injury time* remained to be played.

Straight from the restart Marr were reduced to 14 men when one of their number was yellow-carded. But with the clock running down the Marr winger got possession on the half line and raced to the corner, evading tackles to score an amazing try. The conversion was missed but there was no time for a restart so Marr won this thrilling game 18-15.

* one injury was to the Irvine substitute scrum half. I have seen this South African in previous seasons playing for Irvine and he was most impressive. He had been on the pitch no more than three minutes when he ended up under a scrum. He was stretched off and talk was of a dislocated knee.

the second injury happened more or less under my nose. The home winger went down in agony with an ankle injury. I heard him say he'd heard a crack and the opposition physio who went to help confirmed he'd heard a crack too. Ten minutes later the winger was walking about fairly normally and reckoned it was no worse than a twisted ankle.


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Wednesday 21 September 2011, 7:30pm: London Scottish 9-44 London Welsh: British & Irish Cup; att: 853; Entry £10; programme issued.

Midweek rugby in London is a rare event and I could not resist this most local of derby matches at the Richmond Athletic Ground. I even passed on the chance of Kent County League football at Otford to be here. On a mild evening it proved to be a very pleasant venue. The enclosed main pitch lies at the centre of a large complex; the outer pitches being busy last night with rugby training. A venerable cricket pavilion looks across what is now the second rugby pitch. International rugby and (once) international football have been played here in the distant past. In fact the modern-day spectator facilities are quite modest, with a single, concrete, cantilevered stand capable housing around 1,000 spectators on the south side of the main pitch. This has three terracing steps at the front. Otherwise there is just grass standing around the rail. London Welsh’s own large sports complex lies almost next door to the north. I have a photo of the ground (taken back in January) and a location map at this link:
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The British & Irish Cup seems to be treated, at this group stage of the competition at least, a bit like football clubs treat the League Cup. Thus ‘squad rotation’ meant that Welsh made 15 team changes from their game on Saturday (i.e. they put out the reserves) and Scottish also made widespread team changes, including playing a couple of ‘dual-registration’ players from Blackheath and Tring respectively. Not that a non-regular like me would have noticed. But others clearly were expecting this and the crowd was a bit on the small side as a consequence. I thought it was a really good game. Lots of movement, lots of running with the ball and every penalty or conversion kick of the game adding to the score. Ultimately Welsh proved much the stronger team managing five converted tries and three penalties to the Scots three penalties. The second half was rather blighted by injuries (none terminal) and the game went to 12 minutes of stoppage time.

The ground has two large bars under the stand and a large canteen area, plus a second food outlet outside. I enjoyed the Fullers London Pride straight from the cask to wash down my Scotch Pie. A match programme sold around the ground for £2; a rather basic issue.


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Wednesday 21 September 2011, 7:30pm: London Scottish 9-44 London Welsh: British & Irish Cup; att: 853; Entry £10; programme issued.

I was also in attendance.Fully agree with your assessment of the match.I did find the lengthy delays in the second half somewhat disruptive to what otherwise was a fairly fluid game of rugby,but obviously an injured players wellbeing is paramount. Very much a local derby,as Welsh's ground is virtually adjacent to the training pitches. Interesting that the stand is called instead 'The Highlander' & the terracing 'The Clan'.Quite enjoyed the bagpipe player who was situated on the sidelines of the pitch throughout the game & would every now & again give a rendition. The Scotch pies on sale are from Murdoch's & apparently won the award last year for Scotch pie of the year.The only other place in London you can buy these are in Harrods! Pre match drinks for me was in the nearby Shaftesbury Arms a Youngs pub.The Youngs Bitter being £1.80 a pint to celebrate the 180th anniversary of the Youngs brewery.Apparently many Youngs pubs are hosting this offer until this Sunday (25th). The Athletics Ground,Richmond is an easy 5 minute walk to/from Richmond station.



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Egg-chasing again today, ticking the second of four newcomers in Midlands 1 West. After today’s fixture, I’m averaging 71 ½ points a game this season …… Sly

Saturday 24 September 2011
Midlands 1 West
Sutton Coldfield RFC 82 Dunlop RFC 14
Admission & programme – £4 (non member). The programme is 16pp of which 10 are advertising, and take out the front cover, teams on the back, a generic welcome from the Club Chairman and a three page match report on the last game, you’re left with … nothing. It’s certainly deteriorated from a couple of years back, but there you go. Be grateful there’s anything at all, I guess.
Refreshments from the bar (The Hard Ruck Café) – 2 x black coffees £1 each. <sigh> It’s diet time again. Unimpressed
Attendance – 166 (h/c). That’s pretty much the same as the football team.

Dunlop were promoted as champions of Midlands 2 West (South) last season and I should think are playing at their highest level ever. Sutton Coldfield missed promotion out of Midlands 1 West by narrowly losing the runners-up playoff, and they ain’t going to make the same mistake again. The result today was pretty much a foregone conclusion. Interestingly, this was the first rugby match I can recall seeing without a single penalty attempt at goal.

The exchange referee from the Manchester Society, Chris Bennett, was being assessed and was duly miked up. I’m led to believe there’s quite a lot of formal assessing going on at this level at the moment. He was pretty lenient in a slightly ill-tempered first half that led to a few bouts of handbags, and one slightly more enthusiastic set-to after the Sutton full back had followed up his own kick, and taken out the Dunlop catcher by tripping him. He was also lenient with some pretty blatant offside offences, mainly from Dunlop, but nevertheless managed to sin-bin two Dunlop players for foul play.

Sutton reigned supreme in the scrum from the offset and opened their account on 6m when their full-back beat three defenders in the course of a long swerving run and winger Burchill made it 14-0 after 15m, outpacing the Dunlop No.6 over 30 yards. Sutton prop Davies bulldozed over at close range after 26m and the home side’s No.13 scored their 4th try on 39m with a 40 yard run through a despairing defence.

It was blinkin’ cold outside today, and I spent the second half reclining in luxury, watching the game through the panoramic windows of the upstairs bar – a much better place to view the match than the touchline, but as there were only 5 people in there including me, no sound!!

Straight after the interval, a Dunlop defender’s kick was intercepted by Sutton’s No.6 and the ball was spun out for Burchill to go over in the corner for an unconverted try to make it 33-0, but Dunlop then rallied and pulled the score back to 33-14 with two converted tries from No.12, including one sweet catch of a well-placed chip into far corner.

That galvanized Sutton, and they then took the game by the scruff of the neck running in 7 converted tries, mainly from long range through a non-existant defence, with 5 coming in the last 10 minutes as a dispirited and tired Dunlop totally folded.


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Saturday, 24 September

National League Three (London & South-East)

Tonbridge Juddians 37 CS Rugby 1863 20

Admission £5 (inc programme)
Attendance 100ish


Juddians are this season enjoying their highest status since the introduction of a Rugby Union pyramid, much like Tonbridge Angels, so I felt it was time for a second visit to their base on Tonbridge sports ground.

Due to their lofty status they now have to charge admission, but you also get a 32 page B5 size programme printed on glossy paper too, which was an unexpected bones. The club-house sells real ale from the local Larkins and Westerham breweries and also had a range of bottled real ales for a reasonable £2 per bottle or 3 for £5. Pre-match the club house was split between those having a drink and those (in silly blazers) having a lunch.

Juddians play on a roped off pitch, with advertising hoardings behind each goal. The ground is seperated from the main part of Tonbridge sports ground by the river Medway. This season they have erected a low plastic fence to seperate the club's territory from a public footpath on matchdays.

There are a number of players from the southern hemisphere in the Juddians team, and they've helped the club romp to league titles three years in a row. Defeat to Canterbury a fortnight ago was their first home defeat for over three years. Now they're in a higher league there won't be so many romps and they were pegged back by a skilful CS team for much of the game. The score was a fair 20-20 with only 10 minutes to go before Tonbridge scored two tries and a penalty to make the final score look a little flattering.

CS Rugby 1863 are the old civil service team. They split from the football club in 1863, were one the clubs who founded the RFU in 1871 and are one of only a handful of clubs who attended the meeting who still exist.

I have to say that I am probably more of an armchair rugby union watcher. I need to have the intricacies and refereeing decisions spoon-fed to me. CS scored their first try on the far side in the opening minutes. Those around me commented on what a good try it was. However all I could see was a big pile of big blokes who only appeared to stop bundling over each other when the ref blew his whistle. I really could have done with a close-up video replay to help me make sense of it.


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SRU RBS West Division One

Irvine 20-5 Allan Glen's

Irvine Sports Club

Admission by programme £3 (although there was no pressure to buy a programme)
Attendance 100+

Irvine Sports Club is a well-appointed facility with a cricket pitch, hockey pitch, bowling green, three rugby pitches and a football pitch (being used by Ayrshire Amateur League side Clark Drive) inside a running track. There is a large bar, a large function room and ample changing facilities.

The visitors, from Glasgow, carry the name of a school closed for over 20 years. It was originally a fee-paying selective school (hence the connection with rugby) but in the 70s it moved into the state sector and closed in the 80s). Former pupils include Dirk Bogarde, Charles Rennie Mackintosh and erm .. B A Robertson.

Both sides had a Won 2, Lost 1 record going into this match. Everything pointed to a close match and that's how the first half panned out with the visitors leading 5-0 at half time. In the second half Irvine were dominant and ran in three tries to win the match 20-5.


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Saturday 1st October 2011
Barnsley 16 Wath-upon-Dearne 31 (HT 6-17)
Yorkshire Two
Admission £3 (including 16pp, full-colour, glossy programme)
Attendance 200 (h/c)

Tea/coffee available from a typically sour-faced teenage girl, who put me off sampling either

One of those rugby union games which reinforced just how good rugby league is by comparison. This leaden mess of a match was awful. I doubt there were more than 30 seconds of continuous play at any point in a derby significant mainly because it ended Barnsley's 15-game unbeaten run stretching back to last season. Union, even when played competently, is bedevilled by macro stoppages, and this had them in spades. The referee spotted an infringement at almost every play, the physios were on the pitch constantly to treat injuries (why can't play continue around the casualty, as in rugby league?), and Barnsley in particular came up with a colossal number of unforced errors. What excuse, on a warm, dry day, is there for repeatedly dropping the ball? Wath, who put together what few moments of quality there were, led 17-6 at the break after scoring two tries. Another touchdown (well worked; easily the best moment of the game) a couple of minutes into the second half killed the contest, and though Barnsley eventually crossed twice, the visitors rubbed in their superiority with a stoppage-time try.

Shame what happened on the pitch (in front of a decent crowd) was so dire because the facilities at Shaw Lane are excellent. It never ceases to surprise me just how much money there is washing about in the lower reaches of rugby union. Barnsley's tidy, tree-fringed ground, part of a complex shared with cricket, athletics, bowls, archery and ju jitsu, has a modern stand, with four rows of seats, on the west side. An unusual design reminiscent of Garforth Town FC, its roof is attached to, and cantilevered above and beyond, the main structure of the stand. This, to the rear of the seats, consists of something akin to a single, elongated executive box. It was empty. What a waste of a resource. The clubhouse and dressings rooms take up half the east side. There is hardstanding around a superb pitch (£3,000 has been spent improving it recently), and Shaw Lane has floodlights - a rarity at this level of rugby union. Excellent programme, too. Well above the Yorkshire leagues average, which tends to be a photocopied insert within a glossy advertising shell.

Came away thinking what I always think when I go to rugby union: it's not an especially watchable sport. Next time I can't be arsed with football (or, to be more accurate, travelling a long distance in sweltering heat), I'll pick a rugby league fixture.

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Am tempted to use the Barnsley report as a template as my post is almost identical

Longton 14 Newport 9 National League 3 Midlands ( if that makes sense)

Having become fed up with non existent facilites and the same 2 motorways most weeks, the hot weather and reports of both the M1 & M6 being congested, it made sense to go locally and get back to watch Wigan Saints on tv

Facilites are excellent and Longton appeared to have obtained grants totalling £3.5million to build their facilities, an excellent bar, good choice of food and three real ales and whilst no cover as such, a balcony to watch from. Off the field the facilities would match any amateur rl club

However nothing of interest happened. there were numerous stoppages, decisions I did not understand ( which I have no reason to doubt were right) but where the attacking team were penalised more frequently and an away side who considered the purpose of the game was to score penalties and rarely went for tries during 80 plus mins. That's before the level of ball handling is considered

Attendance about 125 admission £5 inc prog also fully glossy and nothing in the text to hold the information nor fixture list stats etc

Simply because of the unreliability of rl fixtures and the disatnce I will probably do more but think I need a ground of character to put me in the mood. Any suggestions in England, Birkenhead Park Halifax and Waterloo I am told fit the bill, but in the midlands there seems nothing apart from Rugby where I have seen football


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Commiserations on all fronts, cl! I recall once going with my brother to a midweek Yorkshire Cup rugby union game at Halifax (v Huddersfield). He turned to me at half-time, and said: "Well, that 40 minutes passed off almost entirely without incident." This (certainly from an RL perspective) neatly summarises RU, which I use as a safe 'filler' - say, when the weather is poor, and football is not guaranteed to take place. RU appears to be immune to waterlogging! Despite not liking RU all that much (it's very frustrating), I've managed to rattle up about 130 grounds over the years. Those I'd recommend (for characterful facilities - some fabulous old wooden grandstands) would be: Otley, Morley, Kendal, Waterloo, Gloucester, Leicester, Durham City, Bedford, Walsall, Birkenhead Park, Maesteg, Aberavon, Newport, Swansea (St Helen's), New Brighton, Gala, Skipton, Cleckheaton, Pontypridd and Westoe. Welsh grounds generally are great, and the people very much like rugby league fans in background and outlook. For scenic settings, Wharfedale (Threshfield) and North Ribblesdale (Settle) are hard to beat. Halifax isn't bad in this respect, though the old stand has gone. Coventry had a wonderful barrel roofed stand, but have now relocated, sadly, to an uninteresting modern stadium. Good luck with it, should you persevere.


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EGGCHASING PREM: BATH RUGBY 26 LEICESTER TIGERS 25

TKTS: Paid £30 for two season tkt seats PROG: £3 ATT: 11,768

So basking in the Mediterranean sunshine..... oh no hang on a mo twuz the posh place in Zummerzet! Many around us wilted in the heat so god knows how the players got through and managed to give a performance that kept you guessing till the last kick as to who was going to win. We went by Thomas the Tank so made excellent use of Bath's CAMRA facilities and Madam even thought my Sin Bin ale was quite palatable Tongue Back to the footy next week.

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Saturday 8th October 2011
Hartlepool Rovers 26 Gosforth 3 (HT 13-3)
Durham Northumberland Division One
Admission £3 (including 20pp programme; 8pp photocopied about today's game in 12pp glossy shell)
Attendance 140 (h/c)
Tea (in a mug) 60p


After everything derogatory I said about rugby union last week, I find myself at a bit more hunt, punt and grunt this. Put simply, there was no football I fancied (or rather ticked my minimum requirement boxes of offering a new ground and a guaranteed programme) within sensible driving range. Refreshingly, Hartlepool Rovers are much more of a working class outfit than RU clubs generally appear to be. Their ground, The New Friarage, home since 1948, is located in one of the grottier parts of a horrible town, assuming what used to be called Hartlepools has any swanky districts. It's nearer to Hart and the Headland than West Hartlepool, where the modern town centre developed around the railway station.

The New Friarage is a ground I've wanted to visit since first glimpsing it, many years ago, from a train on the adjacent Durham coast railway line. Up until the 1970s, Rovers, founded in 1879, were one of the stronger union clubs in the North, and their facilities reflect this former status. There's terracing (nicely unkempt, with weeds permitted to prosper) and two stands, one the sort of delightfully rickety cover which is disappearing from football, and the other an all-seated structure now minus its roof. Not quite as drastic a pruning as at Workington FC, but not far off. The clubhouse is unsurprisingly large (we all know that what goes on off the pitch in union is far more important than events on it), and dominates the West Hartlepool end. Glass cases in the foyer contain some fabulous Rovers-related memorabilia (shirts, caps, medals, programmes etc) going back to the club's early days. The ground is trapped between two towering railway embankments (one disused), which give the impression of being about to stage a potentially deadly pincer movement. Oh, and there are floodlights. On old-fashioned pylons, to boot. Instant favourite with me, this set-up.

The grey, uninviting North Sea is about 150 yards from the ground, and the game was played out in mizzle. You could taste the salt in the air. Quite a contrast to last week's sweltering heat at Barnsley. Once-mighty Gosforth, reborn during the late 1990s in the wake of meddler-in-chief Sir John Hall's Newcastle Falcons ego trip, dominated the opening quarter, but had only a penalty to show for their territorial superiority. Rovers, who had won their four previous league games, collecting a bonus point on each occasion, replied in kind twice, and added a converted try in stoppage time for a 13-3 interval lead. The visitors had their moments in the second half as well, but Rovers eased away with two more tries (neither converted) and a penalty. With more composure in the Gosforth 22, they'd have had another bonus point.

Enjoyed this. Uncompromising stuff in miserable weather. Reminded me of the rugby league I watched as a lad at Fartown and Thrum Hall. Mind you, there were far more basic errors in this match!

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Saturday 8th October, 2011
Midlands 1 West
Walsall RFC 58 Kenilworth RFC 8
Admission - £4 (non member), including programme – 28pp and by far the best I’ve seen at this level. Looks like it’s a 20 pp shell with 8pp added for the specific match, but a good read, complete with club history and core statistics.
Refreshments – Pukka balti pie £2 and (3/4 of a cup of) black coffee £1. I was assured twice that they would make sure the pie was warm enough – when it arrived after a lengthy sojourn in the microwave, it was red hot and I needed a jackhammer to get through the crust …..
Attendance – 158 (h/c).

Opening the programme, the inside cover was an advert from the club shirt sponsors, OWB. Never heard of them? Let me enlighten you:
<picture of rugby forward with face pixelled out …..>
“This man is 23 stone. He has a problem. He enjoys putting his head into dark places, bathing with men and playing with odd shaped balls … Please Help Us Stop This Cruelty.”
“OWB – the National OverWeight Blokes Society.”
“Together, We can Stop Eating all the Pies…”

SlySlySly

Actually, OWB are a creative advertising campaign agency based in Birmingham … if that’s a sample of their work, brilliant!

My first visit to Delves Road, which is not a million miles from Bescot Stadium, and set in the shadow of the monster Walsall campus of the University of Wolverhampton. The ground has parking for around 50 cars, and was pretty much full when I arrived an hour before kick-off. The club have been in situ since 1931 and the rather faded clubhouse / changing rooms are based in an old wartime brick building. On display in the bar are numerous signed shirts, including donations from illustrious former players Jan Webster (England scrum-half in the late 60’s), Terry Cobner, Rupert Moon and Colin Charvis (Wales). There’s a hatch servery for food, which was perhaps a trifle over-priced, and the Gents was locked, although I did eventually find alternative access via the players’ changing rooms ….

Outside, there’s a long, low, metal and plywood stand down most of one side which apparently they acquired from Bloxwich Strollers FC, and a scoreboard of the “hang a number on a peg” variety. The main ground is railed and floodlit, and there’s a second pitch adjacent, set at a lower level, on which the 3rds were playing Burntwood.

The match started with a points-fest – after 13 minutes of action, Walsall were leading 17-8. Kenilworth (relegated from National 3 last year) had twice been in the lead, thanks to an opening penalty, and then a lumbering try from their No.1 after he had blocked a kick out of defence. But Walsall looked sharp, with clever close interchanging between the forwards keeping movements alive - they were consistently nicking possession from Kenilworth line-outs, and in those 13 minutes had scored three tries. Kenilworth, on the other hand, were finding it easy to penetrate a rather weak defence, but they couldn’t quite break through to score.

There followed a period of fairly even play, with the main focal point being the stretchering off of a Burntwood player from the lower pitch to await, presumably, an ambulance.

Billy Hadkiss (Leicestershire Society) refereed unfussily, although he did have to step in and sin-bin Kenilworth’s 12 for what I think was stamping in a maul on 36m. By then, Walsall’s powerful forwards had put them more or less out of sight, and the half-time score was 32-8.

I retired to the clubhouse for a cheese and onion cob (£1) and having made my purchase, turned and very nearly tripped over the aforementioned injured Burntwood player, who had been dumped, still on his stretcher, on the floor alongside the hatch!! He was wearing an inflatable protective boot and seemed relatively cheerful, taking all things into consideration.

The second half opened with Walsall looking a bit more laid back, and neither side made much progress in the third quarter. However, in the last twenty minutes, Walsall ran in 4 more tries to advance the score to 58-8 and Kenilworth looked a well beaten side. Just Ludlow left to see now to re-tick the League, and I’m averaging an unprecedented 69 points a match this season (3 games)!


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Really pleased to see a report from by club Walsall RUFC. I attend all home matches here as a member with my aging father and do my hopping on other saturdays.

Glad poster enjoyed his visit to this traditional rugby club.

Please note that there are plans in hand for a new ground in the near future so if you haven't visited Delves road before you will be very welcome. A programme is issued for all first team league matches.


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Wednesday 12 October
British & Irish Cup
London Welsh vs Bedford Blues. 7:30pm
I plan to be at this game, which is being played at the London Irish Amateur Ground, The Avenue, Sunbury on Thames (just around the corner from Sunbury Station).


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Wigton 15 Carlisle 16
Att: 250 (est)
North 1 West (level 6)
Admission: not sure - late!
Programme: 40 pages (32 static), presumably in with admission, but blagged from the bar.
Catering: Pint of Holden's Golden Glow plus Egg Sandwich £3.15 (both very nice indeed)

Came across this on my way home from Aspatria v Keswick in the Cumberland Senior Cup and what a gem it is, being on B road as you leave Wigton heading for Penrith and the M6.

Only saw the 2nd half but for a game between two teams with only 1 win between them and played in wet conditions it was very watchable (unlike so much lower level Union). Carlisle were 16-10 up when I arrived and repelled everything that Wigton threw at them until the last 5 minutes when they finally managed to create an overlap and score wide out. The conversion proved too tough a task though and the visitors held on to win their first game of the season.

The ground is 1 of 3 in the complex, is railed on 3 sides and has a very impressive stand straddling the halfway line, raised well above pitch level.


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Sale Holmfield
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Oct 12, 2011, 9:47 PM

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British and Irish Cup

Rotherham Titans v Nottingham 17-22 (admission £14, programme £2, attendance 450 (estimate))

Well, this was a fluke for me personally.. Towards the end of my lunch hour at work on Tuesday, I went on a rugby union website in search of any possible fixtures, more with Sundays in mind, then spotted this today, when I had a day off work, at 3PM. I had one or two earlier appointments, but thought I could reach this comfortably, and so it proved.

My first rugby union game for a few years was actually quite enjoyable and an excellent second half (3-9 at half time) saw Nottingham go 3-19 up, largely through Stokes's kicking, until the "Mighty Titans", accompanied by try and goal music, fought their way back to 17-19 until Stokes scored from a penalty with a few minutes remaining to clinch the win.

Rotherham had made 13 changes from their last league match, and I think Nottingham had a similar number, but there was no reduction in the admission charge. It was £ 16 to sit in the sole stand which is somehow shoehorned into the middle of one side with a couple of steps of open terracing to the side, while behind the goal to the left is the typically large and plush changing room\clubhouse complex, where the perimeter rail follows the line of Rotherham Town's cricket pitch, with whom the Titans share, and makes the far side largely out of bounds. The right hand goal has flat standing in front of a car parking area in this ground a short, uphill walk from the town centre.

My appointments meant I didn't have time for a pre-match drink in the town, but I did have a post match drink in the Bridge Inn (Old Mill tied house), which is just across the road from the building site which is Rotherham Central station.


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Saturday 15th October 2011
Acklam 11 Darlington 24 (HT 3-12)
Durham Northumberland Division One
Admission Free
Programme £1 (8pp)
Attendance 105 (h/c)

Far too glorious a day to spend much of it in the car driving to a distant unvisited football ground, therefore I opted for a sublime morning walk in sunny Coverdale, followed by a rugby union 'tick' in Middlesbrough, with the trip south down the A19 to my York home completing an enjoyable triangle. Not the greatest game (even by rugby union standards), I have to say. Too many schoolboy errors from rivals in the top five of the division. You shouldn't be dropping the ball in perfect weather, and turnovers simply represent sloppy work. The referee blew up far too often, as well. Thankfully, there were at least some passages of fluid play. With ball in hand (rather than spilled on the floor), Darlington looked a decent side. They led 12-3 at half-time having run in two tries, the second in stoppage time. 'Dar' (as their fans called them) added another try immediately after the restart, and moved out to 24-6 just over the hour with a fourth touchdown, despite seeing their full-back sin-binned for a high tackle which denied the hosts a certain score. Acklam added to a brace of penalties with an unconverted try in the 69th minute, giving the final score the appearance of respectability, and the home officials seemed pleased to have given opponents tipped for promotion a run for their money.

Talbot Park (a short distance west of the A172 Middlesbrough-Stokesley road) doesn't have much in the way of facilities, though a superb 180 degree panorama looking north across Teesside is ample compensation. All the region's 'sights' are in view. These include the Tees Transporter Bridge, the Portrack Incinerator, the Newport Bridge, the clock tower of Middlesbrough's Gothic Town Hall and the steaming pyres of ICI Billingham. All the facilities are on the south touchline. The two-storey Saltersgill Pavilion (a posh way of describing an ugly red-brick box) houses the dressing rooms and bar/kitchen. In front, there is hardstanding, with a metal barrier separating spectators from players. There is also a small section of barrier at the west end. Two other pitches stretch away, towards the north, beyond the first team pitch. There's neither cover nor floodlights. Acklam, founded in 1976, have had quite a climb up the rugby union pyramid, and Talbot Park cannot have changed all that much from their early years.

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The Moose
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Sat 15th Oct: WELSH PREMIERSHIP - NEATH 46 LLANELLI 17

ADM: £10 PROG: £2 ATT: 1,246

So a long overdue trip across the bridge to the fantastic archaic splendour otherwise known as the Gnoll. The years rolled back to a time that I thought was long gone. Old school ramshackled main stand, covered cowshed terracing and four large floodlight pylons in each corner, it was just like being in an episode of 'Life on Mars!' Whether you go for the eggchasing or the footy tenants, The Gnoll is an absolute gem and well worth a visit.

I guess picking a decent autumnal day with the surrounding valleys awash with colour only added to the enjoyment. The game wasn't bad either with current leaders Neath winning comfortably in the end. Have to say you get value for money in Wales as the cost of entry is over around £15 less what you'd pay for the English version. The only surprise for me is the urban myth that they come in their thousands to watch rugby in Wales. Seemed surreal that 60,000 went to the Millenium on the same day to watch their nation play on large screens but not many watch their local sides which seems a shame. Cracking day out either way though and can't wait for another trip.

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Saturday 22nd October 2011
Roundhegians 33 Bramley Phoenix 26 (HT 23-6)
Yorkshire Three
Admission £2 (including 4pp programme)
Attendance 90 (h/c)
Tea (in a mug) 70p


Finally got the Memorial Ground ticked off after hearing Roundhegians had resumed programme production. This fixture was top versus second in Yorkshire Three, and proved a decent game. Bramley shipped two two tries in the first nine minutes and another brace in the last eight, and this was the difference between otherwise evenly-matched teams. At least the visitors picked up a deserved bonus point to reward a gallant effort. By the 15th minute, Roundhegians, whose speedy full-back crossed twice from distance, were 17-0 up and apparently cruising. Four further penalties, two to each side, left the hosts 23-6 up at the break.

Bramley were the better team in the second half, which the referee extended with an astonishing 13 minutes of stoppage time. A converted try and two penalties saw Phoenix close the gap to 23-16 before their kicker missed a crucial shot at goal. Relieved Roundhegians replied with two tries from their replacement right wing, who finished two chances very well indeed. Two late penalties clinched a bonus point for Bramley, but they could not force a try during the seemingly endless period of added time.

The Memorial Ground is in the affluent Leeds suburb of Roundhay. Roundhegians were founded in 1926 by former pupils of Roundhay School, but are now an 'open' club. Eighty-eight trees were planted around the ground in memory of players killed during the Second World War. A lovely gesture, I thought. The site, owned by the club and, I'd imagine, worth an absolute fortune, has two pitches. The first XV pitch is nearest the entrance on Chelwood Drive. A clubhouse (dressing rooms, bar, toilets etc) and a badminton hall are positioned in the south-east corner. Grass banking, from which the pitch is railed off, along the east and west touchlines offer elevated viewing. Trees, their leaves a riot of beautiful colours at this time of year, surround the ground, along with red-brick semis. The only cover is a bijou shelter for the manual scoreboard operator. There are rudimentary lights - for a narrow training area between the two pitches.

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IAN S
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Oct 22, 2011, 8:27 PM

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Buxton 41
University of Liverpool 5
h/t 22-5
Cheshire/South Lancs. Div. 3
no admission or programme

On an appropriate day weatherwise, I visited Sunnyfields the home of Buxton RU. The Uni. were top of the league and I looked forward to what on paper looked a good game. How wrong I was. Liverpool were dreadful, some of them didn't seem to know the rules and they didn't even have a proper kit, all dressed in whatever shirt they could find.

After scoring straight form the kick off, Buxton never broke sweat in winning this game. The referee was awful and didn't seem to know what a "knock-on" was, even when, literally, they occurred right under his nose.

Great set up near the village of Harpur Hill, just outside Buxton. Despite it being sunny it was bloody freezing and this is not a venue for the faint hearted in deepest winter. This was probably why only about 20 people bothered to turn up to watch this game and 6 of them came on Liverpool's delipidated charabang. A decent tick but it made me realise why I only watch about 3/4 RU games in a season.



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Still undecided about RU

Last week at Ruislip was too depressing to even post but today a very good fare of £14 from Tamworth to Bludellsnads took me to Waterloo v Birkenhead Park. A traditional club with a superb ground maybe 600 seats albeit all facing directly into the low sun and open concrete and grass terraceing opposite

Hard to estimate the crowd but about 600 which is excellent for lower level RU anywhere for what appears to be a regular local derby. It seems the fans of both sides knew each other well and the away ones, whose side conceded I think 59 points took the defeat and banter well

Decent bars as you would expect with Lees and Deuchars on hand pump.

Could do more of this especially if a try fest but for every one of these there is an appalling game and an unfriendly set up. £5 to get in including prog is excellent value

Walked from Waterloo along the beach which is sandy here with dunes. First time I have seen the sculptures here and I really like the idea


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It seems the fans of both sides knew each other well and the away ones, whose side conceded I think 59 points took the defeat and banter well

It was 59-14.



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Saturday 29th October 2011
Blaydon 6 Jersey 12 (HT 6-5)
National League One
Admission £10 (including 28pp programme - 24pp glossy shell, 4pp photocopied insert)
Attendance 210 (h/c)


Crow Trees (in Swalwell rather than Blaydon) is worth a visit for an old grandstand and grass covered terracing. The corrugated iron stand and its slatted wood bench seats are some architectural and aesthetic contrast to the vast clubhouse, which opened in 1996. As well as two bars and a shop on the ground floor, the clubhouse has three function suites - doubtless raking in valuable income for a club struggling for support. A chav wedding reception (high heels, tattoos and bad language) was just getting under way when I arrived. The programme talked of opponents Jersey attracting a 1,900 gate for their last home fixture, and suggested the Channel Islanders are lucky because they don't have football providing stiff competition. That's rather like saying rugby union is so rubbish (which frequently it is) that people will watch it in numbers only when there's nothing else on offer. Blaydon's spacious site has three pitches. The first XV pitch is railed off, floodlit and fringed by (what else?) trees. There is an enormous amount of parking space, most of it surplus to requirements.

This was a desperately poor game. Jersey won it with a converted try five minutes from time. The visitors dominated the opening stages and, having unaccountably missed an early penalty in front of the posts, went ahead with a 21st-minute try too wide to convert. Blaydon's full-back kicked two penalties to give the hosts a 6-5 half-time lead they barely deserved. Jersey had a player sin-binned either side of half-time for one-on-one spear tackles, but Blaydon were unable to capitalise. Just when it looked as if Blaydon would hang on in a dire second half, Jersey's left-wing broke clear and passed inside to his fly-half, who had the pace and strength to make it to the line for a converted try.

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buncranaboy
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Oct 30, 2011, 7:20 PM

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One or two papers are displaying Exeter v Gloucester next Saturday is at 5.30 due to it being on ESPN but both club websites still have it down as 3.00. Anyone know any more on this?


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One or two papers are displaying Exeter v Gloucester next Saturday is at 5.30 due to it being on ESPN but both club websites still have it down as 3.00. Anyone know any more on this?

QPR v.Manchester City is on ESPN at that time.



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It was originally announced as a 5.30 kick-off when the first set of TV fixtures were released, but has since reverted to being at 3pm for reasons I know not.


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Saturday 29th Oct 2011
Keswick 40 Silloth 5
Cumbrian Division
Adm/Prog: No
Att: 60

On paper this should have been a close game between two of the top 3 but in reality it was very one sided, with Keswick's handling in the very wet conditions excellent, whilst Silloth's was poor. The home side scored most of their tries through fine 3/4 line moves which in such poor conditions was quite admirable.

The ground is a lovely affair, with a fine old grandstand in early pre cast concrete style, raised grass banking either side of the stand and both sides railed, plus a lovely old clubhouse which looked like a refugee from a WW2 RAF base. The food and drink available was of the highest order and very reasonable, a hot scotch egg (local butchers, Cumberland Sausage Meat) was £2 and a pint of Keswick Brewery Nut Brown Ale was 2.50 (and absolutely gorgeous). A full mixed grill was available including about 5 different meats plus chips and veg for 7.95 and the smell coming from the kitchen was heavenly.

On a truly foul afternoon weatherwise this was a gem of a find and for those who like old grounds it is well worth seeking out. The backdrop of Latrigg, Skiddaw and Blencathra was pretty good in the grimmest of weather, on a good day I suspect it would spectacular.


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Nov 2, 2011, 5:21 PM

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MONDAY 31st OCTOBER
AVIVA A LEAGUE NORTH.
LEICESTER TIGERS v NORTHAMPTON WANDERERS
ADMISSION £ 5
TEAM SHEET . FREE

Leicester hosted Northampton in the opening A league game of the season at welford road. Only the crumbie stand and terrace were open for the game. Leicester always get a decent crowd for these games. The first half was fairly even with Northampton scoring 2 tries to Leicesters 1 but leicester went in at half time 19-18 up . George Ford kicked 4 penalties for the Tigers. Northampton players always seemed bigger ,quicker and stronger and that showed in the 2nd half. Northampton ran in 7 tries as tigers were ripped apart. Leicester managed just 1 try in the 2nd half. Northampton scored 49 points to Leicester's 5 in the 2nd half. Final Score 24-67.


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Saturday 5th November 2011
Kirkby Lonsdale 13 Upper Eden 14 (HT 3-14)
North Lancs/Cumbria League
Admission £3 (including glossy six-page fold-out programme)
Attendance 150 (h/c)

A feisty Westmorland (in old money) derby at a smashing ground in a beautiful setting. From Underley Park's stand, thought to be at least 100 years old, you look past autumn-tinted trees and across the River Lune to Middleton Fell, Barbon Fell and the narrow ravine of Barbondale. The Howgill Fells, on this occasion lit spectacularly by the setting sun, are visible to the west. Away to the east, beyond the sticks, the church tower and and rooftops of Kirkby Lonsdale, a very pretty town, can be seen.

The rugby union club have played at this ground since they were formed in 1877 - some achievement, I'd say. In addition to the historic stand, the first team pitch has hardstanding and a wooden rail on each side. Grass banking on the stand side offers an excellent elevated perspective of the action. The rather ugly clubhouse, a grey structure opened in 1981, is 100 yards distant, beyond the second XV pitch. On its walls is an impressive display of black and white photographs going back to the club's early days. There are two other pitches on a site also offering fine views of Underley Hall. A great location on a sunny November afternoon.

Not (for rugby union) a bad game, either. Both teams were in the table's top seven at kick-off. Kirkby's outside centre kicked an eighth-minute penalty to put his side 3-0 up, but Upper Eden, from Kirkby Stephen, replied with penalties from their fly-half in the 24th and 32nd minutes to lead 6-3. Concerted pressure led to a well-worked 37th-minute try in the left corner for the visitors' scrum-half, and his half-back partner added a penalty in the third minute of stoppage time to give Eden a 14-3 interval advantage.

Kirkby Lonsdale needed to cut out the errors which had blighted their first-half performance, and things looked good for them when one of their props trundled over for a soft try two minutes after the restart, the outside centre converting to make it 14-10. The outside centre reduced the deficit to a single point with a 63rd-minute penalty, but the home team could not force another score, despite playing almost the entire 40 minutes in the Upper Eden half. The visitors were content to spoil, slow down the game and stick the ball up their jumpers. An effective percentage strategy, but not terribly inspiring. Watching was a fair crowd, certainly more than I was expecting in such a small place, but nowhere near the 1,000-plus predicted to descend upon Underley Park later in the evening for a bonfire and fireworks.

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The Moose
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Sat 5th Nov: Welsh Eggchasing Prem Div.

SWANSEA 33 NEATH 33

Adm: £10 Prog: £2 Att: h/c 550

Finally managed to watch live action at St.Helens and what a ramshackled gem it still is despite the old wooden grandstand having been pulled down. They've replaced it with some shiny new seats which don't have the same character. Loved the lopsided terracing on the cricket pavilion side though where most of the away support congregated.

Having done the Liberty, Vetch and now the oldest ground left in Swansea I guess you need to do it whilst you can. Prime real estate land by the sea so I wouldn't be surprised for someone to buy it for development. As for the game well it was a cracking local derby thoroughly enjoyable with the right result in the end. Starting to really enjoy visits to these old school seventies throwbacks type of grounds with floodlights in each corner like footy stadiums used to be.

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Finally managed to watch live action at St.Helens and what a ramshackled gem it still is despite the old wooden grandstand having been pulled down. ........... Starting to really enjoy visits to these old school seventies throwbacks type of grounds with floodlights in each corner like footy stadiums used to be.

KRTM Cool



Moose, Pontypridd's Sardis Road ground is well worth a visit if you haven't already ticked it. I haven't been there since the early 90's, so I don't know if it's changed much, but the view from the old grandstand over the pitch and the town was superb ....


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Cheers OSTRICH, I've managed to do Cardiff, Newport, Llanelli (old & new), Swansea, Neath & Glamorgan Wands so far. Still very much on my 'to do' list are Bridgend, Aberavon, Pontypridd & Pontypool. For no other reason than the grounds are stuck in a timewarp and remind me of my early 70's Southern League ground hopping days means the Welsh rugby grounds deliver much pleasure to a simple soul like myself!

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LOL Moose, when I used to live in the West Country (near Yeovil) I spent 3 or 4 seasons watching "Ponty" on a fairly regular basis when they were a pretty successful club side in the Welsh First Division (as then was). I saw Neil Jenkins make his debut as an 18/19 yo .....

I've seen most major Welsh club sides play but as for grounds, I've only ticked (the old) Cardiff Arms Park, Pontypool, Newport, Cardiff, Bridgend, Swansea, SW Police (near Bridgend) - and Hirwaun, in the shadow of Tower Colliery! That was a Welsh Cup round 3 tie v. Cowbridge from memory, it rained throughout the day as it can only rain in South Wales, and the only shelter at the ground was a row of conifers down one side of the pitch - but they did issue a 4 page programme!

<sigh> Happy days ...... Smile

Like Sardis Road, Bridgend's Brewery Field is a time-warp ground well worth a visit, but Pontypool is a slightly strange but nevertheless attractive one as it's set in a bowl in the middle of parkland.


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You'd be well advised to add Maesteg to your list, Mr Moose. A lovely village club set-up. Cross Keys is pretty good, too.


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Saturday 12th November 2011
Billingham 57 Northern 3 (HT 21-3)
North One East
Admission £4 (including 16pp programme)
Attendance 140 (h/c)
Tea (in a large cardboard cup) £1


Northern had no answer to North One East leaders Billingham's pace, slick handling and direct running. My goodness, it was almost like watching a rugby league team! Star of the show was home full-back Peter Evans, who scored four tries (all from distance) and kicked six conversions for a personal tally of 32 points. In the opening 10 minutes there was no sign of what was to come because Newcastle-based Northern spent them camped in the Billingham 22. But the visitors were too one-paced and predictable to make count their possession - and they had plenty throughout an open contest. In all, the dominant Teessiders ran in nine tries.

The Chap Next To Me turned out to be Evans's grandfather. The lad (21, I was told) began with Newcastle Falcons as a 14-year-old, but left three years later when the club suggested he should go to university. How a degree improves one's ability to play rugby union, I'm not sure. He joined Billingham, who found him a job as a plasterer. Evans has since been approached by Blaydon (who offered him £175 a week) and Darlington Mowden Park (£75 a week), but he has stayed put because he feels obligated to Billingham over his employment. A commendable attitude. I'll drop York RLFC a line about this prospect. He's made for rugby league, in which he would see much more of the ball, benefit from playing on harder surfaces in summer, and relish the increased space on the pitch 13-a-side produces.

Not, I have to say, a particularly inspiring set-up. Very close to Billingham Synthonia FC, the Greenwood Avenue ground, used formerly by now-defunct Teesside Steelers ARLFC, has four pitches. The first XV pitch, though floodlit, lacks cover and hardstanding. A two-storey clubhouse (opened in 2002, with bar and refreshments on the first floor) is positioned behind the sticks at the south end, and its balcony provides an excellent view of the action. The pitch is roped off on each side, with permanent barriers at both ends.

Uniquely in my hopping experience, kick-off was preceded by a minute's silence to salute the casualties of war and then a minute's applause in a memory of a Billingham U12s player who, according to the programme, died last week after a long battle against illness.

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Birkenhead Park 8 Rossendale 25
National League 3 North
Att: 115 (h/c)
Admission £5, incl 16pp programme
Food: "Sausage Supper" £2-50 (large piece of crispy jacket potato, 2 bangers, peas, broad beans, onions and gravy, plus as much french bread as you wanted).

BP are a very old and historic club (founded 1871) who have undoubtedly seen better times. The ground though is well worth a visit for some very quirky pitchside barriers (deliberately set at roughly 45 degrees), some lovely old terracing (overgrown and returning to nature) and a most wonderful clubhouse that dates from 1892 (I think). On the edge of the actual park itself and with many trees in full autumnal glow in the low sun, this was a great day to visit such an old club.

The game was decent enough, with the visitors playing most of the open rugby (4 tries to 1) and having rather more pace out wide than the home side.

The food and welcome was warm and the open fire in the clubhouse quite spectacular (as well as wonderfully warm) and a trip to this famous old name of Northern Club Rugby comes highly recommended.


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Two dates in my diary for rugby union:
Thur Dec 8 Agen v Sale
Fri Dec 9 Perpignan v Cavalieri Prato
fingers crossed back in time for FC United game on Dec 10

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Saturday 19th November 2011
Lymm 16 Darlington Mowden Park 12 (HT 11-12)
National League Three North
Admission £5 (including 36pp programme - 32pp glossy shell, 4pp insert)
Attendance 160 (h/c)


Fourth-placed Lymm ended leaders Darlington Mowden Park's 10-game winning run - but needed a slice of luck to edge an absorbing contest. The visitors thought they had snatched victory with a try by the flag in the first minute of stoppage time, only for the referee to pull them back for a marginal forward pass. How many times does that happen in rugby union, for goodness sake? Defeat would have been very hard on Lymm, who dug deep throughout, especially between the 67th and 77th minutes when down to 14 men after their loose head prop was sin-binned for putting a hand where he shouldn't (as it were). After Park's fly-half missed an early kickable penalty, Lymm went 8-0 up with a penalty (18min) from their inside centre and a try (21min) in the corner to their left wing, who capitalised on two missed tackles to finish well. Excellent support for the ball carrier saw Mowden Park close the gap to 8-7 with a nicely-worked try (29min) to their right wing, with the fly-half adding the conversion. Lymm's inside centre (37min) landed a penalty for 11-7, but the visitors crossed from a rolling maul (no idea who touched down) with the last move of the first half to lead 12-11. Little to choose between the teams in a tense second 40 minutes in which chances were few. The only score came 10 minutes in when, with Mowden Park sweeping the ball confidently across the backs and looking likely to cross, Lymm's right wing intercepted and ran 75 metres for a try his inside centre could not improve. The wing didn't really have the pace to go all the way, but the defender tracking back slipped and fell as he reached out to effect an ankle tap. The final whistle prompted joyous Lymm celebrations. Always nice to see a wholly amateur club beat one paying silly wages!

Lymm, founded in 1960, are a relatively young club and have always played at Beechwood, though in their debut season every fixture was away from home. An interesting venue, Beechwood, close to Lymm Dam, was part of the Lymm Hall estate. The mansion, whose last owner was one of the Lever brothers (the soap guys), was demolished in the 1930s, and when the rugby club moved in, they turned the surviving stables into a clubhouse and dressing rooms. The original first XV pitch is bordered by an ornate wall which marked the boundary of an exercise paddock for horses. This pitch is floodlit, railed off and slopes badly in two directions. In September 2010, Lymm opened a new senior pitch (along with two others) immediately to the south. This is flatter and wider, but lacks either lights or cover. It is railed off with sturdy wooden barriers, though the lie of the land means decent views can be had only from the north end and east side. Owing to the site's open, exposed position, this is a ground best saved for decent weather.

Thanks to Seagull for the heads-up on this table-topper. I made an eleventh hour decision to visit Lymm rather than West Hartlepool's home game with Waterloo in the same division. The standard of play in National League Three was an obvious step-up from the regional stuff I've seen in recent weeks. Hell's bells, a majority of the players looked like athletes!

One important item of news: Darlington Mowden Park are leaving their present Yiewsley Drive ground (home since 1970) at the end of the season. They will relocate from Mowden to a site in the West Park area, near the town's ring road, in time for the start of the 2012-13 campaign.


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Saturday 19th November 2011
Midlands 2 West (North) – Level 7
Spartans (Midlands) RFC 17 Stafford RFC 10
Admission - None
Programme – None, but walking into a virtually empty bar, I noted a piece of paper lying forlornly on a table which turned out to be the Stafford team sheet …..
Refreshments – None. Definite activity in the club kitchen, but no food on sale.
Attendance – 16 at kick-off, eventually peaking at 42!

The 2011/12 Master Plan called for Stourbridge v Frome this afternoon but I rather suspected that game might be a bit “After the Lord Mayor’s Show” for Stourbridge after their Cup exploits last week, and as a grey, miserable day dawned in the West Midlands, inertia set in and I settled for something a lot closer to home. A new ground tick and two new clubs for me.

Spartans’ ground is in Coppice Lane, Middleton (just outside the West Midlands boundary) and they share it with Aston Unity Cricket Club. A single storey brick clubhouse, surrounded in scaffolding for some unfathomable reason, but spacious and uncluttered inside. Pleasant ground, two rugby pitches, the main one roped with two plastic dug-out shelters, but both were on the far side of the cricket square so there was a short trek from the clubhouse. The training area is floodlit, not the pitches, and vast areas of the ground appeared to have received the attention of a spiked roller – it was still a bit boggy in places, and I think I overheard they’d had a water leak. The ubiquitous mobile phone array was present, but screened by conifers so not obtrusive.

Spartans are languishing in the second relegation spot this season, and desperately in need of points. Stafford were mid-table but were coming off the back on an unexpected home defeat last week. Electing to play up the slight slope, Spartans started with a bang and were 7-0 up after 2 minutes, the try scored by their no.14 who chipped over the defence, followed up, and the ball bounced just sufficiently to the left to enable him to touch down wide.

Stafford then spent the next 20 minutes or so encamped in the Spartans 22 but couldn’t find a way through, and a quick break-out by the home team on 22m had them scrambling back fast. Having made it to the far end of the pitch, Spartans capitalized with a second unconverted try from no.14 again, taking the ball through wide on the left. On 31m, Stafford opened their account, catching Spartans cold with a quick, long throw in from the half way line that resulted in Williams scoring in the far corner.

The second half saw Spartans playing down the slight slope, and having got inside Stafford’s 22 and won an infringement, the scrum elected to go for a push-over try. There then followed a fascinating 15 minutes of countless scrums during which they managed to walk it just 10 yards down-field! On 66m, Stafford’s no.22 who had only been on since half-time was yellow carded for a mystery offence, and 3 minutes later, Spartans no.6 got the break through the defence to make it 17-5.

On 74m, in a rare attack, Stafford pulled the score back to 17-10 when following a quick free-kick Yamoyamo was able to race in wide left; however he missed an opportunity to touch-down closer to the posts and the conversion was missed. Still, only one score in it, and Spartans grimly held on in the closing stages, although their cause was helped when a second Stafford player was sin-binned for, we thought on the touchlines, kicking out at an opponent. The home side’s joy when the final whistle went was palpable, and the 4 points for the win moves them out of the relegation zone.


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Saturday 19th November
National League 3 North
Penrith 29 Bradford & Bingley 13
Admission (incl 68pp prog, only 4 relevant to game) £5
Att: 160 (h/c)

Funnily enough I nearly went to Lymm but after the mornings exertions in the lakes I decided time was against me and stayed local (to where I'd been - Ullswater area). Rather glad I did as the day turned out very pleasant, the ground was good and the game very enjoyable also.

The game (3rd bottom aginst 6th) was decent enough with the lower ranked hone side eventually coming out on top on a 3-1 try count. Early on it was all B&B but after finishing off their first good move the wasted many's a chance and gradually Penrith got back into the game, actually winning the second half 16-0.

The ground is very pleasant, out on the Alston Road (A686) leaving the South side of Penrith (5 minutes from Frenchfield). A truly mammoth car park is at the entrance then up a slope to the ground finds a very smart clubhouse and dressing room block to the right, with hard standing in front on top of a slope (great Westward views of the North Lakes from here) and on the other side a large elevated seated grandstand that would hold around 300-400 and gave great views of the pitch.

Refs assesing takes a whole new level in RU with even at this level the ref being video'd by the RFU and miked up back to an assesor and the cameraman.


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Abergavenny 22 Newport High School Old Boys 14

Sat 26 November 2011
WRU Div 3 East attn c. 150
admit free prog by donation £2


Abergavenny are a venerable Union institution dating from 1875, a long history for sure, but the ground is only an improved park pitch. It was formerly the home of Abergavenny Thursdays before the Pen-y-pound ground opened in the 1930's. The main pitch ( there are 2 Rugby, one football and a bowls and petanque facility) has gathered a five step covered terrace with a capacity of, perhaps, 250; railed sides and floodlights, but it's still a park hence no admission .I liked the natty claret and old gold kit.

The programme is a doorstep of adverts with just a changing folding sheet insert with teams, ref and table. No matter as it in lieu of admission. The club/changing block is some way off. As is usual in Wales for first team RU, there was a three figure crowd.

Standard of game was lower than I expected,far too many handling errors and poor spatial awareness of team-mates spoilt many attacks. Not as good as the Rugby League Summer Conference Premier which has taken some stick on this forum. HSOB lead most of the game, but were less fit, and tired during the last 20 minutes, which were the most exciting of the game as Aber came back to coast home.

Really pleased, but greatly suprised to meet a well known couple from the Welsh cider circuit , managed to chat about random sporting events and keep off shop talk.



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Friday, 2nd December
Leinster v Cardiff
Rabo Pro Direct league
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Sat 26th Nov: Welsh Eggs Prem Div - BRIDGEND 13 ABERAVON 13

ADM: £10 PROG: £1.50 ATT: H/C 500

Thanks to fellow posters advice recently from this forum on places to visit on the rugby circuit across the bridge. Probably going to sound like a stuck record here but Bridgend was another rustic gem that I really liked. Fantastic old seated stand on one side, terrace cover behind the goal and then the real eye catcher, the huge covered terrace all down the other side. Now if I'm being picky the fourth end as a flat hard-standing car park lets it down a tad but it doesn't detract from the atmosphere of the Brewery Field. Easy place to visit by train too being a rare old school town centre ground.

Now I know Bridgend Town share this ground but I thought I should visit for the perceived 'main' sport in the town. The match whilst not the most exciting I've seen at least held my interest till the end with a fair result on the day and a draw which maintains the Wizards title challenge. Interesting to note how the church and castle remains on the hill opposite the ground haven't fallen foul of Newton's Law as they continue to defy gravity by not going over the precipice! On the occasions I fancy something different from footy it's nice to know there's an attractive ground hopping alternative where's there's not an Atcost type of stand anywhere to be seen.

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Huddersfield 27 Nuneaton 17
National League 2 North
Att: 245 (official, 260 ish on h/c)
Admission: £8 incl 48 page programme - completely professional issue with pretty much everything you needed included.
Pint of Cask Theasktons: 2.75

Well, it may have a meccano stand, but everything else about this place is a joy to behold. The ground is entered via a one way system (Brewery Lane), that actually runs through the ground and appears to be a public right of way. You come in from the B6108 but have to leave onto the A616, whilst driving around 2 sides of the ground (inside it!). On the entrance side is hardstanding and a nice grass bank which affords a good view of the action, to the left is just hard standing with most impressive club house and dressing rooms (two tier plus elevated balcony), opposite is the stand, a bit "Atcost" but reasonably well disguised, holding around 400 I'd guess, but the thing that sets the ground off is to the right, a huge railway viaduct that runs right behind the posts (at an angle) cutting Lockwood Park diagonally in two. The whole area is in a pretty steep sided river valley and former stables on the access road (within the ground) are converted into offices. It's a quite unique ground and with the floodlights on from the start, made for a really dramatic setting.

The game took a little while to get going but the standard of play, considering how wet and windy it was (as well as very boggy underfoot) was surprsingly high, with relatively few unforced errors. I won't bore you with a blow by blow, but home side never looked like losing although the bonus point system in RU (1 for 4 tries, plus one for losing by 7 pts or less) does keep the interest going for 80 minutes. The try count in this one being 3-2 to Huddersfield.

Thoroughly enjoyable and worthwhile "tick", if you are ever in the area the ground is well worth a look.


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If you haven't done Parc y Scarlets for RU then........Llanelli v Aberavon this Sat 3 Dec 12 noon ko as per home club website, so as not to conflict with international. Plenty of opportunities to double with football after.



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Leinster 52-9 Cardiff Blues
At the RDS
Admission- €20
attendance- 16317
Programme- €5

Comfortable win for Leinster to put them top of the league.



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Wath-upon-Dearne 65 Moortown 0
Yorkshire Div. 2
h/t 38-0
Admission by programme £1, (puts many bigger clubs at rugby and football to shame, excellent)

This ground is in the same "park" as that what Wath Saracens used to play in in their county senior league days. Albeit across another little lane, two pitches side by side, seperated by a tarmac path.

Very one-sided game but still managed to be entertaining. Rare rugby union game where no penalties were kicked in the game. Scoring consisted of 6 tries in first half, 4 converted; 5 tries in second half, one converted.

Decent crowd for this level of about 100. Clubhouse had Ruddles handpulled on tap.



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Saturday 3rd December 2011
Yorkshire Division 2 (level 8)
Skipton 8 Bradford Salem 18
Att: 120 (h/c)
Admission: £3 including 4 page programme

Saturday West of the Pennines was foul, weather wise, so after a morning of getting soaked in rain/hail showers in the name of excercise it was a case of "first one that answers the phone in the affirmative gets my patronage". I'm so glad the nice man at Skipton picked up the phone....

The match was very much infleunced by the weather, with the 3rd placed visitors always likley to triumph with their bigger and more mobile pack, as well as their Rugby League influenced backs (players from Dewsbury Rams, Dewsbury Celtic and Bramley on show). Indeed, their opening try, with backs and forwards offloading and supporting at pace, was much more RL influenced than 15 man. Sadly as the weather deteriorated, that was as good as it got and as the game went on, Skipton managed to keep the score down mainly by forcing the visitors into errors handling a very wet and slippy ball. Try count in the end was 2-1 to Salem, but although there wasn't much in the way of open or running rugby, it was hard to fault the effort as the pitch was quagmire like by the end.

The game may not have scaled any great heights, but the ground is a cracker. There is a lovely ageing wooden grandstand on the clubhouse side, about as far removed from Arena/Atcost as you could possibly get, with steeply raked bench seating. Opposite, was a 20 yard long 3 step covered terrace which was well patronised when the hail came down!

Nice bar available too, with good ale and cheap hot food (didn't partake today, but prices were very reasonable).

Another very enjoyable (if chilly) afternoon.


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Saturday 3rd December 2011
National Division Three (North)
Bradford & Bingley 17 - 11 Morley
Admission: By Programme £6.00
Programme: A5 colour glossy 28 pages
Attendance: 300 max h/c

I decided to pop down to Wagon Lane to watch the first half of this game before heading off to the Guiseley v Workington game.

Set in a nice sports complex, admission is taken as you drive into the car park and an extremely wet programme handed over. A large modern plush clubhouse is located in one corner of the ground. I did ask a steward at the entrance of the clubhouse for another programme. After trying to charge me £6.00 he handed over another suitably wet issue.

The programme was well presented but part of it looks like static content for the season with some game specific news in place. A bit more content would make it a good issue. Copies can be downloaded on the clubs pitchero website.

Sit down food (I didn't partake but it looked nice) is served in the clubhouse which has a partial view over the pitch. The ground itself is unspectacular with a modern seated stand dominating the ground with hard standing around the rest of the pitch. The scoreboard looks like it has fallen down as what appears to be supporting posts are still in place.

Heavily swirling rain dominated the game so the head down charge tactics were the order of the day.


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Saturday 10th December 2011
Stockton 34 Ryton 14 (HT 19-7)
Durham/Northumberland Division One
Admission £3 (including 4-page programme)
Attendance 50 (h/c)

No refreshments available

Illness (thanks so much to my de facto sister-in-law for the hideous cold) and chilly weather dictated a short hop today. Plans for a footy tick at either Clifton (CML) or Blaby and Whetstone Athletic (EMCL) were quickly abandoned in favour of a more sensible destination. Stockton RUFC is just 50 miles distant, has been on my list for a while and therefore got the nod. Another venue I somehow didn't manage to get to in five years of working on Teesside. Hardly worth the wait, to be honest. The ground is part of a rambling multi-sport complex in Norton which hosts football, rugby union, cricket, hockey and bowls. The site is bisected by a railway line. Many posters will be familiar with the place because Northern League Norton and Stockton Ancients have their ground in one corner of the site.

The RU ground, open, exposed and wholly unappealing, is next to the railway. There is a stand, a battered cantilever with three rows of wooden bench seats, positioned amidships on the north touchline. The remainder consists of uncovered softstanding. There aren't any floodlights and the pitch is railed off only on the sides. A rope does the job at the east end, and the club simply don't bother with a barrier at the west end. The clubhouse, usually the key element in any RU set-up, is about 400 yards away, and shared with the cricket club. Couldn't be bothered trekking round the cricket square for a look. Getting from the dressing rooms to the pitch entails a 150-yard walk. Hardly the most intimate of enclosures.

Stockton have been among the frontrunners in Durham/Northumberland Division One all season, but were made to work by lowly Ryton, who were game enough and kept going to the end, despite losing two players to serious injuries. Not, however, as serious as the nose bleed suffered by one their older supporters. The in-demand Ryton physio could not stem the copious flow and, in the end, an ambulance had to be called to cart the fella off to hospital. He looked ashen. Hope he's OK.

As RU goes, this was a fairly open game, albeit peppered with errors. 'Stock', as their fans called them, scored two converted tries in the first 13 minutes to lead 14-0. From then on, Ryton were always playing catch-up. The visitors hit back with a converted try, but conceded again to trail 19-7 at the break. The hosts added three tries to Ryton's one (a 50m sprint) in the second half. At Ryton's request, this fixture doubled as a Durham Intermediate Cup semi-final.

It cannot be much fun spectating at this venue, therefore little surprise the ageing crowd was so sparse.

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Saturday 10th December 2011
National League 1
Cambridge RFC 26 Blaydon 28
Admission - £15.00 or £12.00 for members
Attendance - around 350
Programme - £1.00. A 32 page A5 colour glossy shell with 4 page game insert

My first suprise was the £15.00 admission charge. Very overpriced. Luckily the old boy on the gate charged me £12.00. The Volpac Ground has all it's facilities on one side. A two tier structure has grandstand seating for corporate guests on the upper level with the overhang offering some covered standing below. The facilities on the first floor clubhouse are quite nice with food served in the main room and a small club shop to the side of the bar. The rest of the ground has grass standing on the other three sides with a rough car park behind one set of posts.

Cambridge are in transition after their backer pulled out a couple of years ago. This left the club with a few financial issues to sort out. It looks like they are making progress and holding their own in this league despite losing in this game.

I'm amazed at the poor skill levels of some Union players. The simple core skills of expoliting overlaps and 2 v 1 situations etc was not in evidence today.


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Re: Poor skills of rugby union players. I well recall Daryl Powell, the former Great Britain rugby league international and present Featherstone Rovers ARLFC coach, saying exactly the same thing when he got involved on the coaching side at Leeds Carnegie RUFC. I remain utterly mystified by the high regard in which many union players are held. As 'Doug Stand', a former columnist in the Wigan RLFC programme of the 1980s, was apt to remark, even top-level union players lack the skills the average Wigan St Pat's ARL third-teamer has dripping from his fingertips. Not much changes, eh?


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I well recall Daryl Powell, the former Great Britain rugby league international and present Featherstone Rovers ARLFC coach

Careful now....!!


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Ooooh, they won't like that in Feverley Hills. A slip of the fingers. Honest!


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Thur 8 Dec
Agen 14-29 Sale
Admission: €10 (anywhere)
Attendance: 3117 (13000 capacity)

We flew out to Girona early Thursday morning (£30 rtnCool)and picked up a hire car to drive the 3.5 hours to Agen.

Stade Alfred Armandie is 10-15 minutes walk south of Agen town centre and has 3 stands, with 2 large covered seating areas along each side, a large uncovered seating area behind one goal and a small open standing area behind the other end. Prices were reduced today - I don't know whether that's generally for the Challenge Cup, or as a result of them having lost their previous home game in this, and with a catchup game midweek in the following week, therefore fielding a weakened lineup. Beer (only served in 0.25l plastic) was available beneath the stand we were in (the Tribune Terrasse along one side). Apprximately 60 Sale fans made the trip.

As the week before, Sale started well and were 20 points up midway through the first half - partly through some comical defending - and Sale took their foot off the pedal again. Agen got a try back and I wondered whether a repeat of the Exeter defeat might follow. Fortunately Sale added a 4th try just before half time to go in 29-7. The 2nd half was a bit more pedestrian - Agen got another try back, and with a full lineup might have pressed for at least a bonus point, but the match closed out without further score. We retired to the Temple de la Biere, where the Sale coach joined us... Bonus point win with the opposition not getting anything was a perfect result, but letting Agen back in may give the squad who travel for the return this coming weekend some encouragement.

Stayed in Agen overnight and then drove back towards Girona, stopping in Perpignan overnight:

Fri 9 Dec
Perpignan 54-20 Cavalieri Prato
Attendance: 6300
Admission: €21 (behind goal) - €13 to stand, €30-50 to sit alongside

Stade Aime Giral is on the North side of Perpignan, with heavy traffic getting there and only buses in the way of public transport - most seemed to drive though.

I think these were normal prices for Perpignan. One of our party preferred to sit, so we went for the cheapest seats. The standing area is very narrow, runs the length of the pitch and has a high mesh fence in front of it, so I imagine the view there would be pretty poor. Otherwise it's seating all round (25000 capacity I think), with the corners filled in and a roof with many small arches, which reminded me of Bordeaux FC... Just to our right was a band and a donkey mascot occasionally banging a drum. There was also an occasional drummer and chants from the opposite (also home) end. There was little evidence of any Italian fans being present.

This match was actually surprisingly good. Cavalieri came out strongly, should have taken the lead early on and liked to throw the ball around. They seemed particularly unlucky that this ref wasn't pulling up any crossing, as 2 Perpignan tries that ought not to have been allowed stood. The ref gave 2 penalty tries to Perpignan too, though I don't think they could complain much about those, as the Italian scrum was beaten all ends up. All the more surprising then, when Cavelieri won a scrum against the head in the Perpignan half and skipped away under the posts. They also scored a corker of a try (applauded all around) at the start of the 2nd half and threatened strongly at 15 points down with 30 minutes or so to go. Perpignan held off the challenge though and punished them up the other end before closing the match out comfortably.

Catering here was frankly a bit of a pain. They run a token system, where 1 token is worth €1.50 with a 1 token plastic glass deposit, 2 tokens for 0.25 litres (of either beer or soft drinks), 3 for 0.5 litres. You can't change tokens back to money, and whilst one or two places will take cash, you'll still have to pay the deposit and get it back as a token. Not much good if you're not coming back. They short changed us on buying 6 tokens to start with and eventually a barman gave us back €3 for the 3 tokens we had left.

Had we known earlier that the FC United game on Saturday would be changed to 12 noon, which meant we couldn't get back for that, 2 of us would probably have stayed and gone to Castres v Northampton the following day. A successful trip nonetheless.



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7/12 Fc United v Matlock Town


Workington FC
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Was there any "paper" at any of the games. I picked up a glossy colour 4 page A5 programme at Perpignan for a Heiniken Cup game a couple of years ago. I think it was issued by the L'Independent newspaper who handed out the programme with an accompanying newspaper which only featured information about the game


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TBH I'm not a paperchaser. I can't remember seeing anything at Agen, but there was definitely something at Perpignan - not sure it was free though and I didn't pick one up. Sorry that's not very helpful!



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7/12 Fc United v Matlock Town


Lucan Bohs
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Leinster v Bath
Heineken Cup
Aviva Stadium
Saturday, 17th December @ 6:00



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Leinster 52-27 Bath
Attendance-46317
Heineken Cup, Pool 3
Programme- €5 (82 pages)
Admission- €30



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Sunday 1st January 2012.
Aviva Premiership
Leicester Tigers v Sale Sharks. 28-23
Attendance : 23,132
Admission : £21
Programme : £3

A packed Welford Road saw Leicester come out on top in an entertaining New Years Day clash. Sale Started the day in 4th place with Leicester in 5th both on 28 points . It looked as if Leicester were going to run away with the game when they went 17-0 up after 23 minutes ,thanks to a Penalty Try on 6 minutes and then G.Murphy went over for a try on 14 minutes .Toby Flood converted both and also kicked a penalty. Sale came back in to the game and pulled a try back on 27 minutes through Mckenzie .Nick Macleod Converted ,he then kicked a penalty on 32 minutes as sale went in trailing by only 7 points. H/T 17-10. Two minutes in to the second half Macleod put Sale 4 points behind when he kicked another penalty. Flood then restored tigers lead with another penalty. Tigers increased the lead even more on 54 minutes. First Twelvetrees then Murphy and Smith made excellent breaks which was finished off in the corner by A.Tuilagi for the try of the game. Sale again recovered and Miller went over for a 2nd Sale try which was Converted. Flood kicked a penalty on 70 minutes meaning Sale needed to score to claim at least a losing bonus point .With time up on the clock Sale worked the ball towards the post and Macleod landed a drop kick to rescue the losing bonus point. Leicester moved above sale in to 4th place.


Workington FC
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Sunday 1st January 2012
The Championship
Bedford 32 - Cornish Pirates 13
Admission - £16.00 - standing
Attendance - 4,396
Programme - £2.50

A bumper crowd, around 2,00 more than Bedford's normal gate, attended this fixture. Only three turnstiles are available which resulted in big queues before kick off. This led to quite a few people to getting in late. I'm amazed that this ground can accomodate a crowd of over 4,000. There is one seated stand with some scaffold terracing either side. Behind one set of posts is a two step terrace with flat standing behind. It looks like there is flat standing at the opposite end. The side of the ground opposite the stand is also flat standing with a hospitality marquee behind. The only cover is in the main stand, under some raised portacabin hospitality boxes behind one goal and a small veranda in front of a bar.

New corner floodlights have been installed this season. There is a score board in one corner with the clubhouse in another corner of the ground. I'm not sure if this is a members facility but there is also a bar behind the posts.

It's a mixed crowd at Bedford with lot's of preppy teenagers wearing Hollister and Abecrombie & Fitch labels, local cockney's who have "done good", the middle class barbour jacket set and people who have absoloutely no interest in Rugby Union. This game is more of a social event than a sporting one. Lot's of people didn't venture out of the bar when the game was on and lot's of groups congregated in jovial discussion oblivious to the game.

Viewing is poor and the game played in rain and drizzle passed me by.

Programmes are on sale as you enter the ground. The sellar is difficult to spot and so it was no suprise there was still a box left as I entered 2 minutes before kick off. The A5 44 page colour issue is match specific and is an improvement on previous seasons. It is overpriced at £2.50 though.

The match announcer at Bedford is quite good. He's very enthusiastic in a "Rugger" kind of way and there is some good food provided by the Noshy's Nosh cafe in the ground. Other food was available from mobile catering outlets such as fish & chips and burgers.


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Hull 15 Huddersfield 13
National Two North
h/t 3-7
Admission £8 incl. programme

An entertaining game that finished in a an exciting finale. After scoring the only try of the first half, Hudders. ran out of steam, (surprising as they are 2nd in league), and allowed Hull to score two tries, the last one in last minute right in corner where I was stood. Hudders. then got a penalty which hit the bar and ref. blew for full time.

Strange set-up out in suburban Hull. Another rugby pitch at entrance, then a cricket square complete with small, ridiculous stand in corner. Main rugby pitch is at side of this with another identical, ridiculous stand on half way line opposite clubhouse. No one sat in it and it looked like if you did you wouldn't have seen a thing because of dug-outs and tv gantry next to it. Programme one of best I've seen in RU.



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WELSH EGGS PREM: CARMARTHEN 38 NEATH 19

ADM: £10 INC. PROG ATT: h/c 330

So the adventure around the Welsh Premiership continues and this was another enjoyable visit to a unique ground set in a public park. A mix of old stands, a bandstand, a set of Avebury ring type stones and even a cycling velodrome around the pitch. What's not to like about the home of Carmarthen Quins!

The right team won on the day to dent the all blacks title ambitions with Quins wanting the win much more on the day. A long trip to west Wales was rewarded with a fine day including a stroll along Porthcawl beach beforehand. Carmarthen was a bigger town than both of us realised and a decent place to visit with castle remnants and retail therapy opportunities for madam too, grand day out as they say!

KRTM Cool


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Hertford 3 Richmond 28
National Two South
Admission £6.00 including programme
Attendance - approx 350

Once again I was able to watch 4th level Rugby Union where the basic core skills of Rugby were missing. "Shovel" passes as usual from second rowers, who always find themselves wrecking an attacking line, were in evidence. Until Rugby Union moves away from "faces not spaces" to "spaces not faces" head down plodding forwards will be the order of the day.

Hertford RFC has a postal address of Ware and is just off the A10 road to London. A very narrow drive leads you to a small car park, from here you are directed down another small lane behind the clubhouse. This leads to a much larger car park. Parking spaces were at a premium so I would imagine it's a bit of a nightmare getting out of here at full time.

The majority of the facilities are down one side of the pitch. The small clubhouse bar was rammed with a very busy pre match lunch in a function room next door. Nice to see the Rugger traditions maintained with numerous boating blazers on display. On top of the clubhouse is a viewing balcony with a bus shelter type cover. On the opposite side of the pitch is an Atcost seated stand and a scaffolding video tower. The ground is floodlit. The pitch is railed off on four sides with grass standing on three. A nice feature is a lean rail on the clubhouse side of the ground which is the exact height and width to rest a pint.

Match Programmes are provided with admission as you enter the small car park. Well presented, the A5 issue has a 16 page shell with 8 match specific pages inside.


IAN S
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Mansfield 17
Rugby Lions 31
National Three Midlands
h/t 0-17
Admission £3 incl. programme

Decided not to bother with football after my two games I had picked out were both postponed and I couldn't find anything within two hours drive apart from re-visits.

So, after probably using more petrol driving around Mansfield, (the shite-hole it is) and getting lost, than going down M1, I finally got to this venue to find, (quote from gateman), their biggest ever crowd for the visit of 100% 'ers Rugby. They will probably still be have that record come the end of the season. 0-0 until some 30 minutes in and not good up to half time. Second half was as good a half of RU as I've seen in a while. Mansfield are a decent side themselves and their gave the visitors a good battering. Class told though and they were outscored by 5 tries to 3 eventually.

Still a good day out when not much else was on.



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Possibly a late change, I'm not sure, but there is a news item regarding the rearrangement on the home club's website dated today...

Saturday 21st January
British & Irish Cup Quarter-Final
Cross Keys v Llanelli (6.30pm)


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Saturday 28th January 2012
Fleetwood 0 Eccles 22 (HT 0-7)
North Lancs/Cumbria League
Admission £2 (including 20pp programme, excellent for this level of kick and clap)
Attendance 80 (h/c)


Waterlogging meant this tabletopper was switched hastily from Fleetwood's Melbourne Avenue ground to the nearby King George V Playing Fields. Something of a surprise on the pitch, too, as third beat the leaders with some comfort. It was only Fleetwood's second league defeat of the season - the other coming at Eccles!

Pacy Eccles full-back Chris Finch, easily the most impressive player on a very heavy surface, scored the only points of the first half, converting his own well-taken 10th-minute try, touched down in the corner. It made up for Finch somehow screwing wide an early penalty awarded in front of the posts. Scottish referee Grant Denholm angered the home fans with numerous puzzling decisions, and there were suggestions from the home linesman that the stoppage-littered first half lasted just 34 minutes. The quality of rugby in a poor game did not improve after the break. Finch kicked a 53rd-minute penalty before Eccles put the outcome beyond doubt with two tries in the last seven minutes, the second improved by Finch. Fleetwood had a man - unidentifiable in the mud - sent off in the 76th minute for apparent gouging.

Admission at Fleetwood is usually £2.50 (including programme), but was reduced to £2 to compensate for spectators having to walk a quarter of a mile from the Melbourne Avenue club house to the alternative venue.

At the final whistle, it was off down the road, having paused to admire a glorious sunset over the sea, to the SubZero ice rink in neighbouring Cleveleys to watch Solway Sharks beat hosts Fylde Flyers 11-3. More in the ice hockey section.

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Played cricket on that ground FL and believe me, it's not much drier in the summer...


Workington FC
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Saturday 28th January 2012
National League 2 North
Loughborough University 57 Caldy 17
Admission - £5.00 with programme
Programme - 36 pages A5 - included with admission
Attendance - approx 300

A very rare Rugby Union game - it was entertaining! Probably the best game I have seen for a very long time. This was down to the Loughborough side who play a great brand of running attacking Rugby Union. Attacking from any part of the field the ball is rarely kicked and Caldy were blown away. Caldy did get a bit frustrated at times which included a bit of niggle which wasn't needed. The referee had a shocker but even worse was to come from a Caldy player right on the final whistle. With only the Boro fullback to beat in a 2 v 1 situation he could have easily flopped over the line to score. Instead he decided to pass which he did - forward. Every week the lack of basic skill amazes me.

The game was overshadowed by a serious neck injury to a Caldy player. Let's hope he makes a swift and speedy full recovery.

The Boro 1st XV play on the main pitch at the front of the University campus. It's very basic open venue. It is not enclosed so anyone can watch without paying if they want to. There is a wooden fence around the pitch with a grass bank down one side. The pitch is also floodlit. There is no hard standing so you may want to bring some boots. Bar facilities are in the Student Union building which is a short stroll away - I didn't see anyone though with pints around the pitch only coffee so it may not have been open.

Some of the Ladies Rugby Union side walk around the pitch selling programmes during the game. £5.00 is charged as it also includes admission. As you can imagine there were quite a few students who didn't have any money with them. The programme is a 32 page shell with a 4 page match specific glossy insert. It's a nice interesting issue as a one off but the insert could have been a bit more upto date with news and the results page updated.

The Rugby Union side is the focus of attention at the University. The location of the current pitch is an ideal location for walk up spectators but I would estimate that 2/3 of the crowd were there to specifically watch the game. After the game I watched the University football team play Coleshill in the Midland Alliance. The attendance there was 14 with some of that attendance possibly club officials. It will be interesting to see the attendances for both clubs at the new stadium.

Interestingly one of the Junior England Rugby Union (possibly under 16's) sides was training on the nearby 4G pitch. Absoultely comical how bad it was.


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A bit of advance notice of a rare midweek game: Lancashire Trophy Wed 22nd Feb 7.30 Trafford Metrovicks v Blackburn.

The ground is at the end of Finney Bank Road, off Glebelands Road in Ashton on Mersey and is walkable from Dane Road Metrolink. I haven't been for over 30 years, and that was to play and watch lacrosse, but I dont think there's any cover.


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Sunday 11th February 2012
The Championship
Bedford 29 - Plymouth 17
Admission - £16.00 - standing
Attendance - 1,400
Programme - £2.50

Well done to Bedford for getting this fixture on. Nothing else was available in the form of outdoor spectator sport for miles around so this was my second visit to Goldington Road this season. As usual at Bedford, the day is more about a social event, with a game of Rugby Union taking place in the background. Likewise as soon as the game kicked off the programme sellars legged it with people still coming into the ground and plenty programmes left.

As usual the low level of skill was on show with some appaling decision making at half back level. Added to the wonderful sight of slow long looping passes. The player has to stretch up in the air to catch it, by which time the opposition player has a wonderful target of the ribs to smash into. I can just imagine the coaching session "Right lads we are going to practice hospital passes again".

Credit to both sides who didn't hold back on a firm looking pitch. Dread to think what the footballers of Daventry Town would have made of it all Wink


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WELSH PREM EGGS: BEDWAS 15 PONTYPRIDD 25

ADM: £10 INC. PROG ATT: h/c 550

Have to say as we left to go over the bridge at 9.30 with the car temp at -4 I thought there was no chance of any sport being on. So when we arrived in Cardiff and it was a balmy +2 I checked the lads laptop and despite the overnight frost we managed to get game on!

So my quest to get the premiership league done this season continues and always an enjoyable experience it is too. Just north of Caerphilly you find the large village/small town of Bedwas built into the Welsh valleys with the rugby club on the main road easy to find. Now the ground to be fair probably isn't the best at this level with around 300 'temporary' looking seats and a couple of other small areas of cover but for the locals it's home. Mind you around half the crowd yes'day were from up the road.

The travelling Ponty army made lots of noise as they sailed into a 22 point lead before Bedwas made a game of it towards the end. I enjoyed the bonding time I had with my lad before we returned back to the big city to pick up the retail therapy merchants! If I'd had more time I would have liked to visit Caerphilly castle but that can wait for another trip. Happy to have got my weekend fix in so decent trip after all in wonderful hilly surroundings.

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Saturday 18th February 2012
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...

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Sat 18th: SWALEC CUP - EBBW VALE 16 CARMARTHEN QUINS 6

ADM: £10 PROG: £1.20 ATT: h/c 400

Now at the start of the day I'd intended to stay local and only go to Bath City as the forecast was for prolonged rain. So as lunchtime approached I started to suffer from 'newgrounditis' and the voices told me to head West. As soon as I hit the M4 I thought it wasn't a great idea as you couldn't see a thing due to hefty showers and spray.

All was well with the world though as I crossed the bridge and the sun came out for my trip up the Valleys again for the second week in a row. I think it was CIDERJON of this very parish that once told me to visit Eugene Cross Park and despite them not being on my initial radar as they're outside the Premiership, I'm very glad I've now had the pleasure!

What a fantastic ancient relic this ground is tucked away in a natural bowl shape between the hills. A large 500+ stand on one side and huge old school terrace with barriers running the length of the other side that oozes character of days long gone by when the crowds must've been much bigger. I'm guessing Glamorgan may have played one day cricket on the ground behind one goal and clearly football is also played here currently.

Now if it had been the round ball game yes'day then it would never have started such was the mudbath of a pitch. For the eggchasers though no such qualms although it did mean a kicking game was paramount. With ten minutes to go at 9-6 it was still anyone's game before Vale duly scored a penalty try to cause another cup upset and good luck to them in the quarter finals. Another grand day out in the Principality with yet again the Welsh rugby grounds offering pleasant memories of yesteryear. Bring on the next one!

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Sunday 19 February 2012, 2:00pm: London Scottish 22-29 London Welsh; RU Championship; att: 2,103; Entry £10; programme issued.

My third visit to the Richmond Athletic Grounds this season – and the second for this particular fixture. But double the crowd present today than for either of the previous games, and support for the two clubs seemed to be a fairly even split. The stand (holding about 1,000) was ‘Sold Out in Advance’, although never seemed to get much more than half full, many of the sponsor’s guests seemingly preferring the warmth of the bar to actually watching any of the rugby. To cope with the bigger than usual crowd, an additional outside bar had been set up – but there were long queues at the catering stand and both scotch pies and match programmes sold out.

The match was a bit of a ‘dead rubber’ in that the play-off group fates of both clubs are already sealed – Welsh in the Promotion Group and Scottish in the Relegation Group. But this did not prevent the match from being hard-fought and entertaining. Welsh took the lead with a third minute converted try and went on to lead for most of the game. But Scottish were never far behind and the game ended in rousing fashion with Scottish pushing hard for an equaliser. Enjoyable, if a bit chilly on the rail on the far-side, sufficiently distant from the flippin’ bagpipes Interesting to overhear one old codger telling his mate that he “missed the good old days when this fixture always ended with a punch-up in the beer tent”.


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Rare chance of a midweek game in National One

Friday 9th March
Macclesfield v Birmingham & Solihull

Taken off Macclesfield website, typical, the only Friday in March I can't make it!



We'll be, as we are, when all the fools who doubt us fade away.


StephenHarris
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Wednesday 22 February 2012, 2:00pm: London Welsh 37-14 Doncaster Knights; RU Championship; att: 365; Entry £15; programme issued.

I’m grateful to The Wall for alerting me to this fixture, set up at very short notice. Midweek because the original fixture fell to the snow on 4 February, afternoon because there are no floodlights at Old Deer Park, and short notice because the main season part of the Championship is due to finish this weekend, before we move into the play-off phase.

Old Deer Park is a pleasant sports ground adjacent to Kew Gardens, comprising of a cricket field, bowls greens and a couple of rugby fields, and dominated by a very large pavilion/dressing rooms/bar block. It is overlooked by the Kew Gardens Pagoda. The main pitch has a single stand running the length of its west side, slightly raised and with seven rows of blue plastic seats – some of the former wooden bench seats are still present at the back. In front of this is a little, two-step, terraced paddock. A new development this season is two blocks of uncovered, temporary-looking, scaffold terracing on the east side. Otherwise the pitch is railed, with grass to stand on. None of the pitch-side catering, bars and hospitality marquees were in operation for this game.

Given the circumstances, a crowd of 365 was not bad at all, albeit nearly 1,000 down on average. It might have been 364, but we’ll brush quickly over The Wall’s ‘wrong ground’ problems. The game was enjoyable, with Welsh dominant, particularly in the second half. Flying winger Joe Ajuwa was particularly impressive and deservedly scored the last try of the game, Welsh’s fifth. Doncaster were a little disappointing, but this result leaves Welsh in good form going into the play-offs.

Hot (but rather expensive) food was available in the clubhouse. An 88 page, full-colour, match programme sold for £2:50 on entry – the 4 Feb issue, updated with a teamsheet. This publication is very advert-heavy though and overall does not have a great deal of reading.


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Wednesday 22 February 2012, 2:00pm: London Welsh 37-14 Doncaster Knights; RU Championship; att: 365; Entry £15; £10 for Seniors. programme issued.

Given the circumstances, a crowd of 365 was not bad at all, albeit nearly 1,000 down on average. It might have been 364, but we’ll brush quickly over The Wall’s ‘wrong ground’ problems.

Wrong Ground ! everyone knows I will not speak Welsh, still the Richmond Athletic Ground, who share with London Scottish, is only a 5 minute walk away, so No Harm Done. In fact I probably saved some Money as well, without your warning would undoubtedly have also had the £6.50 Chilli ! Choice of Fullers or Brains, but having already had two £4 Pints in the Centre didn't bother the scorer.


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Sunday 26 February 2012, 2:00pm: Sidcup 11-12 Westcombe Park; Kent Cup Quarter Final; att: 170 h/c; Entry £2; programme issued.

I’m not usually this prolific a rugby watcher, but on a lovely spring day, Sunday rugby union in South London proved tempting. Both these clubs had played first team home league games the previous day, and in Sidcup’s case at least the line-up showed many changes from the previous day’s. Apparently the Kent Cup is always good for a few Sunday fixtures.

The Sidcup Sports Ground (aka Crescent Farm) is quite a large expanse, with four rugby pitches, overlapping with two cricket fields and alongside several tennis courts and a gym. At the centre is a large block of bars and function rooms. The main rugby pitch is railed along the east side, with a small, centrally-placed stand. This provides five rows of wooden bench seats, some of which are guano-free. The north end and west side were roped-off for this game, and there are also a couple of park benches at the north end beside the scoreboard.

An entertaining and hard-fought match, where there was never much between the teams. Sidcup scored the only try of the game, but Westcombe were more accurate with their kicking and go through to the semi-final (hopefully to be played at home on a Sunday!).

The club apologised that all hot food had been eaten up during and after junior, morning games, but baguettes were available in the bar. Entry was by bucket collection and included a match programme. Twelve pages of match-specific editorial in an eight page shell.


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Life can be oh so hard, sometimes. Last Saturday, with an injury list as long as your arm, you take on the runaway league leaders. Well, runaway in the sense that only the second place team could possibly realistically overhaul them. It’s an away fixture. And you get hammered. Absolutely blatted! 100 - 3 ….. Crazy

You then have one week to pick yourselves up and dust yourselves down before this Saturday’s match.

Which is against the second place team …… away …… Unimpressed

3rd March 2012 - 3.00pm
Midlands 1 West
Bournville RFC 80 Ludlow RFC 5
No admission, programme £3 (28pp, 8pp middle insert, rest mainly adverts)
Attendance – many coming and going, but h/c 85 at half-time.

The bizarre part of today’s “double” for the Ostrich was that in the morning, I was watching soccer at Rowheath, which until the season before last, had been Bournville’s home for over 100 years. However, they couldn’t get permission to develop the ground as they wanted (on the Cadbury’s Estate), and so they decided to decamp to Bournbrook where they have the use of part of Birmingham University’s sports facilities.

Entrance is off the Bristol Road, and at the end of a complex which features two astro-turf hockey pitches and a football cage. I watched a bit of the hockey but didn’t really understand it, there seemed to be a lot of whistle-blowing and fouling going on. I did manage to see one goal when a team in white forced the ball past someone dressed up as Darth Vader in front of the net. Weird game! I then watched a bit of the cage football, which, as far as I could deduce, was a 6-side tournament between four Vietnamese / Chinese teams. The most noticeable feature was the exuberant, shrieking, pitch invasions and celebrations by multitudes of WAGs and followers (between 50 and 100 on the sidelines, I reckon) every time a goal was scored! The only thing missing was fire-crackers or a Chinese dragon. And at the end of the hockey games, they turned on pitch sprinklers which jetted water across all and sundry …… it was all a bit surreal.

No real facilities for the rugby, but a beautiful playing surface, a railed pitch, a large grassy bank giving a good view for spectators, and a mobile coffee-bar, but I baulked at paying £2.50 for a large mexicano or whatever it was they were selling.

Bromsgrove opened the match with intent, and Ludlow just managed to stop them on their own goal-line in the first minute! Following serious pressure, Ludlow managed to scramble the ball upfield, only to have a pass intercepted and promptly run into the left-hand corner by Bournville 10 for their opening try. That rather set the pattern, and Bournville ran in 7 first half tries, the pick of which was a high kick downfield by B.14 who caught the ball and without breaking stride, cleared the defence and scored under the posts. A gusty wind didn’t help B.10’s conversion attempts, and only two first half kicks were successful. Ludlow, however, did have one moment of glory when one of their props neatly sold a defender a dummy worthy of a winger, and with a flourish went airborne and dived (belly-flopped) over the line for a try! But that was a good as it got for the away side.

Ludlow actually started the second half well, encamping in Bournville’s half, and it wasn’t until the 46th minute that Bournville got over the half-way line, but after that, normal service was resumed. A further 7 home tries were scored without reply, including one where a desperate high kick out of the Ludlow defence was caught by the wind and reversed direction, giving B.10 an easy catch and simple stride over the line, and the final try involved a kick forward and a lucky ricochet off a hapless defender giving the kicker, running on, a simple catch and score.

I’ve now re-completed seeing all the teams in the Midland 1 West division, so one of this season’s targets duly accomplished!


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Sat 3rd: Welsh Premiership - LLANDOVERY 10 CROSSKEYS 15

ADM: £11 PROG: £1 ATT: h/c 275

So the pursuit of all things Welsh eggs related continued with a trip across the Brecon Beacons into the wild west out the other side of civilization. This neck of the woods is about as far as you'll get away from the city slickers of Cardiff and Swansea!

I hadn't expected great things so it was a nice surprise to find the ground fully covered on both sides. Four areas of terrace and a decent main stand was more than adequate for the small crowd on a wet and windy afternoon. Set in the only flat piece of land surrounded by hills and valleys the home of the Drovers was well worth a visit.

As for the game well the home side appear to be having their best season ever with many a decent result against more illustrious opposition. I wasn't expecting then for the visitors to spring a shock which was well received by the traveling hordes of 80 or so! Part one of a weekend in the valleys duly completed.

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Sat 3rd March - Yorkshire 1 (level 7)
North Ribblesdale 8 Pocklington 37
Att: 140 (h/c)
Admission: £4 incl prog (only 2 match specific pages though!)

Sometimes you go to a place and you instantly warm to it and the home of the "Mighty Ribbs" in Settle is definately one of those that falls into that catagory.

The ground is towards the Southern edge of this Dales town, which although not the prettiest in some respects certainly doesn't go short facility wise and is a bit of a mecca for walkers and outdoors enthusiasts. The ground is pretty much enclose and although you can get a reasonable view from the road immediatley outside very few bothered and almost all were happy to "pay in".

The ground is dominated by a large two tier clubhouse complex at the Northern end, with an upstairs bar and covered balcony (the club shop table is in there too). The view from the balcony is good but it did get ridiculously cramped up there so I moved onto the side where the small cover is (maybe 50 at a push) and stood at the top of the slope which backs on to neighbouring houses and alleyways, with much stone walling in evidence. Proper Yorkshire!

The view of the game from here is good and the views of the nearby hills mighty impressive on a clear day (as Saturday was).

The game after a close opening quarter, was rather one sided, with a much bigger, skilled and fitter visiting side eventually running in 5 tries to the home sides one late consolation. "Pock" are not top of the league for nothing and North Ribb, for all their efforts, really struggled to compete in almost all areas. There was a rousing cheer though when their centre scored late on, even though the game was long over as a contest.

I have to say that the standard at this level is much better in the Yorkshire Divisions than it is in Lancs and Cumbria and so far, from what I've seen, much better supported and with better facilities.


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SRU - RBS West Division 1

Marr Rugby 26-0 Glasgow Academicals
Fullarton, Troon


Admission - by programme £2
Attendance - 400

This turned out to be the match which determined both the league championship and promotion (West 1 is the fifth level of the Scottish rugby pyramid) yet 8 days ago no one would have believed it possible.

Before last weekend's penultimate round of league matches everything appeared to be done and dusted with Glasgow High/Kelvinside rampaging through the league with a 100% record ...and then they were held to a shock draw by mid-table East Kilbride, leaving the top of the table like this:

Marr 17-15-0-2 71pts (inc 11 bonus poins) +345 points difference
Glasgow High/Kelvinside 17-16-1-0 71 pts (incl 5 bonus points) +247 points difference

Astonishingly, GHK who had won all their matches bar one drawn match, and had beaten Marr home and away, were in second place as a result of their inability to pick up bonus points (for scoring 4 tries in a match) and this in turn was reflected in their far inferior points difference to Marr's.

Glasgow Academicals Football Club (the former pupil club of the private school Glasgow Academy), founded in 1866, is one of the oldest football clubs of any code in the world and has supplied many Scottish internationals during its existence. In 1997 after a decline in fortunes it was decided that the first XV would merge with Glasgow High/Kelvinside's first XV (itself the result of a merger of two private school FP teams) to form Glasgow Hawks, who currently operate in the top division of Scottish club rugby. So both Glasgow Accies and Glasgow High/Kelvinside, both operating in West 1, are effectively second XVs.

Marr's task was simple - win and pick up a bonus point by scoring four tries.

In front of a boisterous crowd (by Troon's middle class standards) Marr went ahead with a converted try after 10 minutes. However, Accies were not for rolling over and fought back well. After 30 minutes Marr were temporarily reduced to 14 men after a yellow card was shown, but this coincided with the 10 minutes which virtually decided the outcome of this match as Troon ran in two converted tries before half time.

Restored to a full complement of players Marr scored the vital try after only 5 minutes of the second half. But that was to be the end of the scoring - not through any lack of trying by the two teams.

The final whistle was greeted by great celebrations and much champagne was consumed by the Marr squad in the middle of the pitch as their place in National Division One was confirmed for next season. No one seemed to think it would be possible for GHK to score sufficient points to surpass Marr's points difference and that's how it turned out as GHK 'only' managed to defeat Annan 57-8

So the top of the table finished

Marr 18-16-0-2 76 +371
GHK 18-17-1-0 76 +296

and Marr step up to National 1 and a very big step up in class.


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Saturday 10th March 2012
Wigton 41 Anselmians 25 (HT 22-12)
North One West
Admission £3 (including 40pp programme - 32pp glossy shell, 8pp game specific)
Attendance 150 (h/c)

Refreshments available - didn't partake

At the end of November, Wigton, with just one win all season, looked relegation certainties. This victory over fellow strugglers Anselmians was the revitalised Greens' sixth on the trot at Lowmoor Road and lifted them two places in the standings and out of the drop zone. Not that it was straightforward. With five minutes of normal time left, Wigton were hanging on to a slender 27-25 advantage, but two late converted tries eased jangling nerves after the visitors from the Wirral, ahead early on, had fought back from 22-12 and 27-15 down. Given there was so much at stake, this was a surprisingly open game. Wigton impressed me. With veteran former Carlisle, Barrow and Workington Town rugby league player Tane Manihera at scrum-half, they showed they could score pushover tries (one of rugby union's many blights) and also from well inside their own half (far more exciting). Two touchdowns, one in each half, were something special, featuring good hands and excellent support play. The try count ended six to Wigton and three to Anselmians.

Lowmoor Road is a rambling site on the edge of a typically sleepy Cumbrian town. From the six rows of wooden benches in the main (and only) stand, there is a superb view of the action - and the distant Kirkcudbrightshire hills. The stand, a utilitarian brick structure, has a gym and squash courts joined seamlessly to the rear. A smart clubhouse, featuring some great black & white photographs of Wigton county cup successes from the 1970s, is alongside. All but the town end of the ground is railed off with hardstanding. A cricket square is located beyond the town end and there are two more rugby pitches next to that. Adjacent to the far side of the first XV pitch is a floodlit artificial football pitch in a cage. Rolling fields stretch away to the horizon.

Nice set-up - and vociferous fans, who celebrated this crucial victory with gusto. Cumbrians really love their rugby; both league and union.

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The Moose
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Fri 9th March: Welsh Eggs Prem - CROSS KEYS 42 SWANSEA 7

ADM: £10 PROG: £2 ATT: h/c 300

So this seasons attempt to do all things Welsh continued with the delightful Pandy Park up in the Valleys. This is another absolute gem of a traditional style ground which reminded me of Matlock Town in a way with it being three sided and surrounded by those hills. Wonderfully picturesque setting with presumably the Ebbw flowing directly behind the main stand side. Terrific crumbling terrace built into the hill on the far side amongst the trees that's covered so what's not to like!

Keys won the game at a canter with Swans only moment coming right at the end of a totally one sided fixture. The home team are making a late bid for the top four and are bang on form so should give the Pirates a good game in the forthcoming semi-final. The train station is a mere five minutes walk and the only item of note on the journey home was the amount of scantily clad ladies on their way into Cardiff for a night out. Have to say I was a tad distracted from reading my programme!

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Sat 10th March: English Championship Play-Off - LONDON WELSH 32 NOTTINGHAM 21

ADM: £15 PROG: £2.50 ATT: 654

So after last nights delightful trip to the Valleys it was back to Earth with a bump and the reality check that is Old Deer Park. Wide open spaces all around in this self styled community club grounds with only one side of cover being the main stand. Those in attendance were in the main well dressed for the occasion so thought nothing of paying £5.50 for a hog roast of nearly £4 for a plastic pint.

Obviously it's due to me getting older but I much prefer the traditional rustic charms of a Welsh club ground rather than today's offering which I found somewhat bland by comparison. Only thing of interest to look at is the pagoda over the road at Kew Gardens and the many jumbo's taking off from neighbouring Heathrow.

Maybe it was the lunchtime start but the atmosphere was non existent really in such open surroundings. For long periods of the game Notts gave as good as they got with the exiles only pulling away at the end. One grumble would be why you have to pay 50% extra for watching the same standard as the Welsh Premiership. Clearly the cost of living is different here having bought a pint for £2 in Llandovery last week! Such is life and a 'quick' dash ensued for the afternoon's footy fix.

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Swans?! Last time I was at St Helen's, Swansea's rugby union team was known as the Whites.


The Moose
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Whites, Swans, Jacks....... Must be due to watching footy and eggchasing on the same weekend. Most confuzzling at my age! Fair point well presented though as having been to St. Helens earlier this season versus the noisy neighbours from Neath I should've remembered Swansea are indeed known as the Whites. I sit corrected Blush

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A couple of forthcoming Sunday fixtures in the London area may be of interest:

Sunday 25 March, 2pm: Westcombe Park v Aylesford Bulls - Kent Cup Semi Final

Sunday 15 April, 3:15pm: London Welsh v Bristol - Championship


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Fri 16th - WELSH EGGS PREM: PONTYPRIDD 41 BRIDGEND 16

ADM: £10 PROG: £2 ATT: h/c 730

So this seasons journey across the valleys continued with the excellent Sardis Road which is only ten minutes from the rail station. What another gem it was too with a 1500+ stand on one side and a cover for around the same on the other. Lovely curved old school terrace at one end with the clubhouse at the other completing a superb setting in the hills.

A rather one sided game with Ponty continuing to make strides towards the top four and the play offs. Five tries to one so the locals had plenty to cheer. Finally managed to clarify which ground had been used in the 'Dick the Kick' episode of Stella recently and stood at the end where it was filmed, sad I know! There's moves afoot to get regional rugby back in the valleys but probably Bridgend have the better ground should they be trying to get the Celtic Warriors up and running again.

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Saturday 24th March 2012
Rossendale 40 Birkenhead Park 10 (HT 14-3)
National League Three North
Admission £5 (including glossy 36pp programme)
Attendance 122 (h/c)

An unsatisfying game for the neutral. Both teams were in the top five before kick-off, but the hosts saw off with ease a very poor Birkenhead Park side whose performance on a sunny afternoon perfect for running the ball was blighted by umpteen unforced handling errors. The female referee (the first I've seen in rugby union) tested my patience to the limit by finding fault with virtually every scrum, and the two physios were hardly off the pitch, especially in the first half. Compared to the highly-skilled amateur rugby league I enjoyed in Hull last week (at half the price), this was crap, frankly.

Not much of a ground, either. The Marl Pits site (half a mile along Newchurch Road from the vandal-ravaged remains of Rossendale United FC's Dark Lane stadium) offers, in addition to the rugby pitch, two football pitches (one inside a third world athletics track) and a swimming pool in the process of being rebuilt. The clubhouse and dressing rooms are the other side of the athletics track-cum-football pitch from the rugby arena. This is a simple railed pitch with dug-outs. No floodlights, and the only cover was provided by a truck (I kid you not) in one corner. Must be bleak up here in the middle of winter. Nice backdrop of the 'Cloth Cap Hills', though.

Ironically, in light of their utterly abysmal handling, Park's try, with five minutes of normal time left, was the best of the game - a 75m effort featuring four players. The Wirral club's defence went AWOL after that, however, leaking two more soft tries as Rossendale, in line for promotion, ran in a total of six touchdowns.


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Glad to see you've visited Sardis Road, Moose! Cool

Midlands 2 West (North)
Aston Old Edwardians RFC 48 Shrewsbury RFC 0
Admission free, programme £1
Refreshments – ham salad cob and ½ Carling £2.95, Pork Farms pork pie and litre of milk from Londis £1.55
Attendance – 81 (h/c)

The ground is at the end of Sunnybank Avenue in the north Birmingham suburb of Perry Common and consists of two rugby pitches, (one floodlit) and a cricket square. There is ample parking in front of the pitches and a small clubhouse / bar, while the changing rooms are away in the far corner by the cricket pavilion. The ground slopes slightly downhill towards the bar, also from corner to corner, and this proved rather telling in the second half. The rugby pitches are "taped". There were no other facilities.

In the bar, there was a stand inviting you to take a matchday programme gratis. Excellent, clubs at this level don’t always issue, but sometimes paperwork is put out on the bar. However, investigation showed that the programmes in the stand were for the last home game vs. Burntwood. Being a paper chaser, I then mounted surveillance on the stand from a corner of the bar, but by 14:45, nothing fresh had appeared. I then noticed someone outside the bar clutching a programme with his pint. After interrogating him (and about half a dozen others holding programmes), I tracked down a seller back at the main entrance, and was charged £1 for it!

In the car park, there is the Stone. This is a plinth commemorating the opening of the ground in 1927 and is dedicated to the old boys of KEGS Aston who died in the First World War. On top of the plinth is the Stone. This is, ummm, a rather large stone. More a sort of boulder. Quite a nondescript boulder, in actuality. A boulder, one could say, without any particular merit. Walking round it, trying to discern the inner significance and meaning of the Stone, I stepped backwards and fell over a kerb. BlushPirate That Stone should carry a health and safety warning. Sly

AOE kicked off up the slope. On 6m, Shrewsbury infringed in front of their posts, but the AOE kicker, no.21, but the easy penalty chance wide. Play was fairly evenly contested and both sides were putting together good passing movements, but there were an increasing number of time-outs for injuries on a fairly hard pitch and drink stoppages given the warm conditions, and that led to a rather disjointed game for the spectator.

On 23m, the home side opened the scoring when AOE21 did all the hard work and managed to offload to AOE15 when caught on the line, the latter stepping over for the try. AOE4 and S6 were spoken to for a minor bout of handbags, and AOE7 should have scored on 33m but was stopped by a high tackle – a good case for a penalty try but the referee only gave a scrum which Shrewsbury stole and cleared. A penalty after 37m by AOE21 made it 8-0 at half-time.

Going downhill in the second half, AOE gradually exerted superiority. On 42m, AOE18 broke a tackle in midfield and thundered home between the posts. It was 22-0 after 56m when AOE15 broke right and eventually scored under the posts.

The next score came on 60m when AOE21 ran the ball in from 30 yards out with a frustrated AOE14 hard on his shoulder, imploring him for an offload which never came! Four minutes later, AOE21 again did all the hard work to create an easy try for AOE12, and on 73m, AOE7 and S2 were sin-binned for something the referee saw off the ball that seemed fairly innocuous to me.

On 76m, our frustrated no.14, who had spent much time muttering on the wing, gained possession and set off on a searing run down the right flank before weaving across field and cutting back to score under the posts - no way was he going to relinquish that ball!! However, it was then pointed out that the elderly, white-haired Shrewsbury touch judge was flagging by the half way line for (presumably) a foot out of play; however, the referee studiously ignored him and gave AOE the points. Laugh

The match concluded with a slow motion lumber half the length of the pitch by AOE18 who, when eventually tackled, managed to release the ball, which was spun through a number of hands in secondary phase and eventually back to AOE18 who scored by the posts.


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Sunday 25 March 2012, 2pm: Westcombe Park 20-17 Aylesford Bulls; Rugby Union, Kent Cup Semi-Final; att: 145 h/c; Entry free; no programme issued.

Westcombe Park achieved a narrow win in this cup semi-final and go forward to the final, which is to be played at Medway RFC, Rochester on Sunday 29 April (which left supporters grumbling about having to go to such a “crap” ground, for a cup final).

The Goddington Dene Sports Ground lies at the edge of Orpington on the south-east London/Kent border. It is a large ground, featuring facilities for rugby, football, cricket and tennis. The adjacent Goddington Park has further football and rugby pitches. The whole is a 25 minute or so walk from Chelsfield railway station – a bit longer if, like me, you chose to go via the Five Bells in Chelsfield village for some lunchtime refreshment. The main rugby pitch lies a cricket field away from the large bar and dressing room complex. It is fully-railed all around, with infill provided by a full circle of advertising hoardings. Midway along the north side is a modest little stand providing several rows of wooden bench seats. The pitch is not floodlit, nor is there any hard standing. On Saturday matchdays, a pitch-side bar is provided in the Orpington Cricket Club hut, which stands behind the west goal.

I’ve added a photo of this ground to my small collection of rugby stadium snaps at this link:
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This game was disappointingly low-key; much more so than my quarter-final game at Sidcup a few Sundays back. More obviously treated as a reserves game I think by Westcombe, who had an important home league game the previous day where they are facing a desperate battle against relegation from National Two South. I’m not sure what sort of gates they get this year on a Saturday (normal entry £10), but I know last season’s average in the same division was 238. The club was hoping for a ‘bumper’ gate for this match, but I heard several describe the turnout as ‘very disappointing’. My headcount came after 20 minutes – in fact people kept trickling in, to eventually number possibly around 200 by the end.

Most people seemed to consider Aylesford as the favourites for this tie and they were indeed dominant in the scrum. The first try came early for Aylesford as they pushed the home defenders back over the line to score. Westcombe trailed 8-12 at half time but started the second half strongly, playing a running game to push ahead and just about deserve the win. Better kicking by either side would have been enough to win.

A kitchen was in operation in the bar area. I suffered a dreadful, half cold, steak and kidney pie for £1:50. Sausage or bacon rolls and chips looked better options. Disappointingly, there was no match programme issued. I picked up a copy of the previous day’s – a decent enough effort within a pre-printed shell.


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Saturday 31st March 2012
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.

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Saturday 31st March 2012
U.S.A.P 47 Bayonne 9
France Orange 14 Competition
Admission 21 Euro's
Attendance - estimate 11,000
Proramme - glossy A4 colour sheet printed on both sides. Teams on one side and match details on the other. Free of charge on entering the ground

An unusual Rugby double was available in Perpignan today with USAP kicking off at 2.15pm and the Catalans Dragons at 6.30pm. I can't say I like giving money to the equivalent of a sporting mafia but I did today. The ground was nearly full on a very nice sunny day in Perpignan. Average game but I didn't expect anything else. It's a good ground to watch sport as the stands are raised up and close to the play. A bit like the Recreation Ground at Whitehaven. Close up to play I mean, not the grounds.


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English Eggs Div 2 South: CLIFTON 31 REDRUTH 24

ADM: £10 inc. Prog ATT: 187

So plan A to get Team Solent done went once the lad wanted me to sort a car out for him. Little time to do anything else new so I had the chance to visit Station Road home of Clifton RFC. Now I've seen the ground before when watching footy at Cribbs (AXA as was) next door so had always wanted to get a game in here.

The walk from Sea Mills took me past three footy grounds namely Brizzle Manor Farm, Lawrence Weston and of course Cribbs Friends Life. First opportunity to take in the 'scenic' Severn Beach line too. Anyways the rugby ground is basically railed off with a 300 odd seated old wooden stand in the traditional sense. The game was always competitive and close fought with Clifton just about deserving their win against the Cornish visitors. Have to say the Welsh Prem offers better VFM but enjoyable day nonetheless.

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Welsh Premiership

Pontypool 27 Newport 17

Admission £8 standing Prog £2

Of all the Union grounds in Wales this is the one I wanted to visit most having seen tv coverage of supporters packed up the hillside in the 70's and 80's and although I have walked across it not seen a game

Pontypool are about to be relegated for reasons that have no apparent logic as they are not in the bottom 2 but the WRU had decided to franchise what is the top level of club rugby below the regions and Pool have been excluded along initially with Bridgend but they have managed to reverse the decision

The ground has not had any investment for a long time and consists of a stand that once had close to a 1000 seats but is now standing to the rear and seats in front and the rest of the ground being open parkland on a non match day and indeed only a tape stops people walking in. Although it would be easy to avoid, everyone appeared to pay. Within the park on the far side is steep banking partly within and partly outside the tape which starts with 34 steps of terracing with crash barriers for the full length of the pitch and then become banking and then the natural hillside

Attendance was about 700 which is very good for the Premiership now although Newport are the traditional rivals and the support was a fair mix of ages which is not always the case at Welsh Club Rugby and even a substantial number of replica shirts on display

If the ground has a slightly run down feel the town has this to a greater extent with few shops and numerous closed pubs


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April 14th: Welsh Eggs - PONTYPOOL 27 NEWPORT 17

Also at this one and quite enjoyed the game with Pooler worthy winners in the end getting a bonus point victory. Loved the setting in the local park similar to Carmarthen and on a decent spring day. The ground is indeed a relic from a time gone by all the better for it oozing character and charm. Locals I spoke to seem optimistic the appeal gone into the WRU will see them remain in the league for next season. IMHO Bedwas probably deserve to be relegated instead based upon league position and facilities but what do I know! Sad to see the 'Up and Under' pub all boarded up by the park entrance which seems to be a sign of the times.

Only negatives for me is there's no clubhouse which I thought was compulsory for rugby teams! The only facilities to be found are in the leisure centre opposite which means they're missing out on much needed revenue. Also minor grumble re the town is there's no sign to tell you which way to turn coming out of the local train station. So guess who went the wrong way along the canal towpath. I was probably half way to Cwmbran before I realised all was not well with my sense of direction Blush Just Aberavon left now in the premiership for me.

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A double header at the Richmond Athletic Ground on Sat 21st with Richmond v Lydney at 12.30 (the home team going for promotion and Lydney just above the drop zone with 2 games left) followed by London Scottish v Esher at 3 in the last game of their season.

The first one ending about 14.00 gives ample opportunity to double up elsewhere............


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Saturday 21st April 2012
Wath-upon-Dearne 19 Bradford Salem 17 (HT 9-14)
Yorkshire Two
Free admission
Programme £1 (24pp, excellent for this level of rugby union)
Attendance 300 (h/c)

The best season in Wath's history took another dramatic twist as they secured victory over promotion rivals Bradford Salem thanks to a strong late surge. Wath, to play Wells at Twickenham in a fortnight in the Senior Vase Final, trailed 17-9 going into the last 10 minutes and looked odds-on losers. But in the 72nd minute their scrum-half scored a try in the corner, the full-back converted superbly from the touchline, and the latter kicked a decisive penalty awarded in front of the posts with a minute of normal time remaining. Wath now need to win one of their outstanding two league games (both away) to pip Salem to promotion and go up alongside champions and local rivals Barnsley. Wath, for whom defeat by Salem would have ended promotion hopes, earned a place in Yorkshire Two only last season by taking the Yorkshire Three title.

The hosts led with an eighth minute penalty, but Salem, very strong in the forwards, replied with converted close-range tries in the 19th and 38th minutes. Wath, who never looked like crossing in the first half, added two more penalties through their full-back's boot to trail 14-9 at the break. Salem edged further clear with a 48th-minute penalty before Wath provided that thrilling finish to a fairly dull, though undoubtedly tense, forwards-dominated encounter.

Wath's Moor Road ground is no great shakes. It's part of a public park, which also features a cricket square and a bowling green. It lacks both cover and floodlights. Each side is roped off. Fringed by trees, it has a pleasantly rural feel, which is a little surprising because the former coal mining communities in the Dearne Valley are as grim as Yorkshire gets. The clubhouse is a two-minute walk across the park.

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Sat 21st: Welsh Prem - ABERAVON 75 CROSS KEYS 29

ADM: £8 PROG: £1 ATT: h/c 525

So the journey across the valleys ended with a trip to Port Talbot and the fantastic relic that is home to the Wizards. I appear to have saved one of the best till last with terracing on all four sides a covered end and ricketty old wooded main stand. Surrounded by hills / mountains on three sides the Talbot Athletic ground is a lovely setting to watch sport in. Although eggchasing will never replace footy as my number one pastime of a weekend I've thoroughly enjoyed my visits to the 70's throwbacks the Welsh Prem offers you. Think of Springfield Park, Wigan and you get near to what some of the grounds are like.

I expect many of you have passed the ground on the way to Swansea City in the past and wondered what hidden gem with old school lights lies just off the M4. It's well worth a diversion here if only for the opportunity to reminis of days gone by as Aberavon much akin to the rest of this league is like Matlock, Buxton, Merthyr and even Plough Lane Wimbledon. Wonderful archaic ramshackled grounds and yes I'm going to miss them now I'm reverting back from the dark side!

Oh by the way the Wizards won a one sided match by eleven tries to five against a second string Keys outfit who are clearly focussed on the B&I and Swalec cup finals to come. Over a hundred points scored, decent home made chicken curry from the tea bar and the chance to relive my youth at a ground stuck in a time warp, what's not to like Smile

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Sunday 29 April 2012
Cranbrook beat Brockleians – Kent Salver Final
Gillingham Anchorians beat Dartfordians - Kent Vase Final
Tonbridge Juddians II 26 - 18 Medway RFC - Kent Plate Final
Canterbury 22 – 14 Westcombe Park - Kent Cup Final
Entry: £3; att: 600 h/c; programme issued.

Kent Finals day, with four matches on two pitches over five and a half hours, played at Medway RFC in Rochester. The Priestfields Recreation Ground is a council-owned facility, home to four rugby and two football pitches. The two main rugby pitches are floodlit, but do not offer much in the way of spectator facilities other than grass banking and a few wooden benches. Both pitches were roped off along the sides for these games. The main pitch is overlooked from its west side by the single storey clubhouse, which has a large concrete patio giving a raised view over the pitch.

The first game kicked-off on pitch two at 12 noon in pouring rain and the last game finished on pitch one at 5pm in warm sunshine. Most types of weather featured in between and the whole surrounds became a slippery sea of mud. I watched large chunks of each of the three warm-up games, and then the Cup Final in its entirety. Only the Tonbridge Juddians team was actually billed as a second XV, but I think that all eight teams were somewhere short of first team status. All eight had supporters present, with Westcombe Park best supported of the seven ‘away’ teams, having brought a coachload down from south-east London. Much beer was drunk and some ‘rugby-behaviour’ was noted.

In the Cup final, Westcombe moved to a 9-0 lead after 10 minutes or so, taking advantage of a series of penalties. But Canterbury were much stronger in open play, leading 19-14 for much of the second half before sealing the game with a late penalty just as it looked as if ‘Combe might get back in to it.

Additional refreshment facilities were set up in marquees for this event, with a hog roast, chips, burgers, locally-made pork pies and other delights on offer. It was hard to put a figure on the attendance as people were coming and going depending upon which match they were here to see, whilst spectators at one game might be players in the next – but somewhere between 500 and 700 I would say. The match programme was included with admission and covered all four games – unfortunately it did not contain as much information about the clubs and competitions as I would have liked. Overall, all quite enjoyable, despite the weather.


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I also popped into the event in Rochester for an hour or so, I was in the area at the time anyway.

TBH I didn't know much about the teams involved and my knowledge of rugby is rather limited but it's something I've become more interested in recently, all very enjoyable despite the naff weather.

Somebody mentioned that Tonbridge Juddians first team had lost a play off final to Chinnor the previous day.


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SATURDAY 5th MAY
AVIVA PREMIERSHIP
LEICESTER TIGERS v BATH RUGBY. 28-3
ATTENDANCE. 24,000
ADMISSION £ 21 ( standing.)
PROGRAMME. £ 3

Leicester got the win they needed for a home semi final next week in front of a sellout crowd at Welford road. The first half was very stop start and tigers were unable to break a poor Bath team down. Leicester were 3-0 up at the break thanks to a Toby Flood penalty. The 2nd half belonged to tigers who scored 3 tries through A.Allen, a penalty try and H.Agulla. B.Twelvetrees kicked 2 penalties and 2 conversions. Bath's only points came from a penalty from Olly Barkley early in the 2nd half.


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The first half was very stop start

That's the essence of rugby union, surely!


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Match 2

Saturday 5 May 2012
President’s Day fixture (13:30)
Old Yardleians under-16’s – 24 Five Ways OE’s under-16’s -13
No admission or programme.
Attendance - 139 (h/c) (of which, at any one time, approximately 50% were watching the game, 30% were queueing in the bar and 20% were queuing at the barbecue). (Plus 3 canines, a heron, and a few thousand mosquito-like horse-flies congregated around one side of the pitch – which I hastily avoided!)

I arrived from Shirley Town Reserves’ postponed match to find organised chaos in progress with various teams warming up and various mini-rugby participants happily racing round the seconds pitch. I believe a mini-rugby game was actually taking place, but it wasn’t entirely clear.

The entrance is a narrow track off Tilehouse Lane 200 yards south of Whitlock’s End station, and I had to run the gauntlet of a stream of arriving cars. Parking on site for at least 100 vehicles. To the right is the club house, which isn’t as imposing as it looks when viewed from Highgate United’s ground which it backs onto – in fact I had, last season, watched 10 minutes of rugby here during half-time in a Midland Alliance match, as you can hop over the intervening ditch between the two clubs!

The bar is quite small, but the usual honours and captains boards were on display, complete with a collection of around 250 rugby club ties from teams across the globe. Outside, I was served with a hot-dog from the barbecue (£1.50) but the onions were watery and turned the bread bun and the tissue paper into an amorphous mess. The sausage was quite tasty!

The organised chaos eventually morphed into a presentation of trophies to the mini-players and juniors which we dutifully applauded. Then, 10 minutes late to the annoyance of the match referee, it was on with the U-16’s game, which turned out to be 30 minutes each way.

Old Yardleians U-16s are, I gleaned, a bit of a joint venture with Birmingham and Solihull Bees U-16s, which led to a strong home side being fielded. However, coaches from both these clubs were prowling the touchlines shouting instructions at the home team, which was slightly confusing. The match started evenly with a FW.10 penalty miss from 30 yards just wide, followed by OY.26 forcing a try in the left hand corner and OY.10 brilliantly converting from the touchline, the ball bouncing off the cross-bar and over.

This was a game of intelligent, thoughtful rugby, but it didn’t pay to think about it too long on the pitch because both sides were pacy and when following up, were often on the opposition before they knew it. There were some well-worked back moves, kicking from hand was largely accurate, and at least one of the OY backs possessed a wicked side-step which gained him many, many yards running.

After 15m, FW.6 grounded a push-over try from 10 yards, Old Yardleians then made it 12-5 on 26m after pressure had won them a 5m scrum and a break by OY.20 saw him over in the left hand corner. A FW.10 penalty bounced in off a post to make it 12-8 at the break.

The away side took the lead on 36m, with KE.14 going over in the corner following a quickly taken penalty, and on 43m, I thought Yardleians might have blown it when they gave up an easy penalty attempt from dead centre in favour of kicking the ball into the corner, but the kick was poorly directed and KE regained possession.

However, Yardleians raised their game and as their opponents tired, they started to gain yardage with searing runs from the back, and bulldozed through to score two tries on 52m and 57m. KE.13 was ejected from play by the referee for some skulduggery or other (substitution was allowed), but overall it was a clean, fast-paced, absorbing match.

With the game finishing at 14:45, it was time for a quick sprint up the road for Match 3 …..

to be continued back on the WDYG thread ….


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Sunday 13 May 2012, 3:00pm: London Welsh 17-24 Bedford Blues; RU Championship – Play-Off; att: 3,010; Entry £15; programme issued.

With beer-swilling, fancy-dress clad rugby fans clogging all of London’s public transport in London on Sunday morning (heading to the Sevens at Twickenham) it was hard to guess that there was also a serious match taking place at Old Deer Park. The Championship play-offs are, typically, a bit of a nonsense. Newcastle are in theory ‘relegated’ from the Premiership, with Welsh, Bedford, Cornish Pirates and Bristol playing off for the single promotion spot. Except that ..... Bedford and Cornish Pirates have been told that they will not go up even if they win. Bristol would be promoted, but they are now out, having lost to Pirates over two legs. That leaves Welsh, who have lodged an ‘appeal’. They say they have two options on grounds to play on next season “Both of which have hosted Premiership and Heineken Cup rugby this season”. Favourite rumour around the ground yesterday was that one option might be a groundshare with Harlequins at The Stoop. Overall, Newcastle might not be worrying too much just yet.

This was actually a pretty good game, highly competitive, largely error-free, and pretty tough. It was noticeable that almost all of the crowd were, for once, actually watching. Welsh dominated the first half hour, during which I do not think the ball entered their half, but had just 9 points to show for that domination. From here on, Bedford just got stronger and stronger. By the end, Welsh were very much on the back foot, but Bedford could not quite score enough points, and the score left the two-leg aggregate at 30-27.

This was a big crowd by Old Deer Park standards. Since my last visit, several units of temporary, uncovered seating have been placed on the east side of the ground where a couple of months ago there was some temporary, uncovered terracing. And additional standing was provided yesterday behind each goal in the sophisticated form of a line of wooden pallets. Kevin and I were fortunate enough to find a perch on the rail in the tiny paddock in front of the stand from where we had a good view.

There were a whole host of additional catering facilities set out on the grass in front of the pavilion yesterday. We stuck to liquid refreshment in the form of cask London Pride. The usual heavyweight, but advert-laden, London Welsh match programme was issued. Interestingly, the home leg of the Play-Off final will be played at a ‘venue to be advised’.


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Sunday 13 May 2012, 3:00pm: London Welsh 17-24 Bedford Blues; RU Championship – Play-Off; att: 3,010; Entry £15; programme issued.

The Championship play-offs are, typically, a bit of a nonsense. Newcastle are in theory ‘relegated’ from the Premiership, with Welsh, Bedford, Cornish Pirates and Bristol playing off for the single promotion spot. Except that ..... Bedford and Cornish Pirates have been told that they will not go up even if they win. Bristol would be promoted, but they are now out, having lost to Pirates over two legs. That leaves Welsh, who have lodged an ‘appeal’. They say they have two options on grounds to play on next season “Both of which have hosted Premiership and Heineken Cup rugby this season”. Favourite rumour around the ground yesterday was that one option might be a groundshare with Harlequins at The Stoop. Overall, Newcastle might not be worrying too much just yet.
Interestingly, the home leg of the Play-Off final will be played at a ‘venue to be advised’.


I'm not usually in the habit of quoting from my own posts!

London Welsh have now said that The Stoop is not one of the grounds they are considering for next season should they be promoted, but that Oxford United's Kassam Stadium is. Indeed Oxford has been announced as the venue for the 'home' leg of the Play-Off final on 30 May. Seems bonkers to me.


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Sunday 13 May 2012, 3:00pm: London Welsh 17-24 Bedford Blues; RU Championship – Play-Off; att: 3,010; Entry £15; programme issued.

The Championship play-offs are, typically, a bit of a nonsense. Newcastle are in theory ‘relegated’ from the Premiership, with Welsh, Bedford, Cornish Pirates and Bristol playing off for the single promotion spot. Except that ..... Bedford and Cornish Pirates have been told that they will not go up even if they win. Bristol would be promoted, but they are now out, having lost to Pirates over two legs. That leaves Welsh, who have lodged an ‘appeal’. They say they have two options on grounds to play on next season “Both of which have hosted Premiership and Heineken Cup rugby this season”. Favourite rumour around the ground yesterday was that one option might be a groundshare with Harlequins at The Stoop. Overall, Newcastle might not be worrying too much just yet.
Interestingly, the home leg of the Play-Off final will be played at a ‘venue to be advised’.


I'm not usually in the habit of quoting from my own posts!

London Welsh have now said that The Stoop is not one of the grounds they are considering for next season should they be promoted, but that Oxford United's Kassam Stadium is. Indeed Oxford has been announced as the venue for the 'home' leg of the Play-Off final on 30 May. Seems bonkers to me.


Can confirm the above, told to me chapter and verse by an Oxford United person yesterday. London - Welsh, suppose Oxford is almost halfway between the two, and there are lots of Welsh people or decendants of Welsh people in the area near the Stadium Cool


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Sat Aug 11th: PSF - BATH 40 LONDON WELSH 31

ADM: £10 ATT: 4,493 PROG: none they couldn't be bothered!

Pleasant afternoon in the sunshine and a five try to four win for the locals which was easier than the score suggests. I don't think either side will trouble the top four mind and both defences seem a tad fragile. Missed opportunity by not producing a programme as there was a decent crowd in so money could've been made. That said many of those there were more interested in trying out the new two pint buckets of beer!

KRTM Cool


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Saturday 1st September
Here we go again -

First match of the season - Midlands 1 West

WALSALL v BERKSWELL & BALSALL

Possibly last season at Delves Road.


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Sale Sharks 16-23 Saracens
Premiership

This was my first rugby union match in several years and Sale's first competitive match in their new home of the Salford City Stadium. This wasn't a particularly exciting match with the first half seeing each side score a few penalties but not really come close to scoring a try. Sale did eventually score a try early in the second half when a Saracens pass was intercepted and one of Sale's wingers ran seventy or so metres to score. However Saracens were the better team overall and managed a try of their own in the corner (allowed after consultation from the TV official) and then extending their advantage with a couple more penalties.

Having watched much more league than union in recent years it took some time to get use to seeing sides kicking for goal when given a penalty twenty yards out rather than running.


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MONDAY 10th SEPTEMBER
AVIVA PREMIERSHIP 'A' LEAGUE
LEICESTER TIGERS A v NEWCASTLE FALCONS A
Admission .free complementary
team sheet -free.

A wet evening at Welford Road . A healthy crowd saw a comfortable win for Tigers who ran in 7 tries to Newcastle's 2. Leicester got 5 of their tries in the first half to lead 31-13. A closer affair in the 2nd half . Leicester won the match 45-23.


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National 3 Midlands
Sutton Coldfield RFC 60 Derby RFC 5
Admission: £5 (non member). They tried to sell me membership. Do the maths: membership = £60 + £1 admission x 13 league fixtures = £73. Non membership admission = £5 x 13 league fixtures = £65. Right …..
Programme: with admission, 20pp glossy but flatters to deceive. 11.5 pp adverts and (compared to the previous home game programme, which was available free in the bar) 2 articles and all the photos were generic).
Attendance: 172 (h/c, as best you can judge these things, given the floating population back and forth to the bar)
Refreshments: ½ Strongbow and ham cob £1.40 at the bar. Teas, coffees, burgers, hot pork/chicken sandwiches available at an outside BBQ.

A pleasant, warm day to get the Ostrich’s rugby season underway, and the objectives this year will be to complete ticking the 10 teams I need to see in this division, plus recomplete Midlands 1 West, the level below, in which I need three teams.

Sutton won promotion into this league with an unbeaten record. This was their third game in N3M, the highest level they’ve played at, and they have now won all three, but it has to be noted two of those have been against fellow promotees, the visitors today having won Midlands 1 East last season. Sutton haven’t run up against any of the division’s big beasts yet, like Ampthill, and it will be interesting to see how they get on when they do.

The home side nearly took the lead in 43 seconds when speedy winger Burchill was forced into touch by a last-gasp tackle a few yards out. But despite constant Sutton pressure, Derby opened the scoring when Miller mishandled in midfield and gave possession to Marlow who had an easy canter in. Sutton’s Edwards went over after 10m but play was called back for offside. Then on 15m, Miller equalised with a try in the left corner, and following that, it was more or less one way traffic. Sutton added tries from Edwards, Burchill, Mark Sutton and Evans to lead 31-5 at the interval, and although Derby rallied at the start of the second half to at least have an equal share of play, Sutton’s clinical finishing continued to rack up points with further tries from Tait, Raistrick, Miller, Burchill and Tweedie, by which time the Derby defence was in disarray and blaming each other.

It was a clean game with only one minor bout of handbags following some Derby dullskuggery in a maul (a Derby forward was clearly short-arm jabbing an opponent in the ribs). Chatting with the miked referee’s watcher (assessor) at the interval (they are far more approachable than their soccer counterparts, I reckon), I learnt that they aim to watch each referee around 8-10 times a season at this level, and today’s referee, Ben Ward, who confusingly played in virtually the same yellow and black strip as Derby, was only in his 3rd or 4th appointment at this level. He seemed happy to let the game flow, and I thought overall he had a good game.

On the adjacent pitch (I patrol the touchlines between the two), Sutton 2nds tanked Droitwich Saxons by 76 or thereabouts to 3, with the referee taking pity on the visitors and ending the match 15 minutes early! Imagine the furore if that happened in soccer!!


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Saturday 15th September 2012
Penrith 14 Billingham 13 (HT 11-5)
National League Three North
Admission £5 (including 64pp programme with 4pp game-specific insert)
Attendance 205 (h/c)
Coffee (from a machine in the clubhouse) £1.20


God, this was awful - even by the often risible standards of rugby union. We're holidaying in Cumbria for a fortnight. My girlfriend accompanied me to the amateur rugby league at Askam last Saturday, enjoyed the match and was engaged with the action right to the final whistle. She also attended this game, but had seen enough by half-time and spent the second 40 minutes in the car reading a novel. Don't blame her! When even rugby union diehards admit it's scrappy, you know it's terrible. I don't think I've ever seen so much dropped ball.

Billingham led with an early unconverted try, but Penrith hit back with two penalties and a try for an 11-5 interval advantage. The visitors scored an unconverted try and a penalty around the hour to edge 13-11 in front. Penrith then snatched a barely deserved victory, their first of the season, with a stoppage-time penalty. With the last kick of the match, Billingham missed a long-range penalty.

Winters Park, on the road to Alston and not far from Northern League Penrith FC's ground at Frenchfield, is a pleasant enclosure. The ruins of Brougham Castle can be seen from the only stand, which is positioned centrally on the west touchline and offers several rows of bench seats. Beyond, Lakeland's western fells fill the horizon. Blencathra and Helvellyn are prominent. The pitch, flat and wide, is railed off, save for the north end, which backs onto two other pitches, the nearest of which was in use for a second XV fixture against Upper Eden Boars. The clubhouse, like the stand, fairly modern, is on the east side of the ground, slightly raised on a grassy bank.

As is so often the case with rugby union, a nice set-up spoiled only by what happens on the pitch. How (and why) do people watch this sport every week?


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RBS West Region Division One (4th level of Scottish pyramid)

Irvine 8-53 Marr
at Maress, Irvine
Admission £3 including programme
Attendance: 200
Bar

A decent crowd for this all-Ayrshire contest with the majority of the crowd supporting the visitors from Troon.

A tight first half ended 3-6 so the final score was not really expected, even though Marr were dominant. Two tries within the first 5 minute of the second half settled the result, although Marr had a long wait before they secured the bonus point with their fourth try. Connor Bickerstaffe, the Marr full back was outstanding, causing havoc with mazy runs when he got possession. I lost count of the number of tries he scored - at around 19 or 20 he could well move up to a higher level of rugby.

Marr continue to ride high, topping this league after 3 matches, having been champions and been promoted in the past two seasons.

Maress is the headquarters of Irvine Sports Club and on a neighbouring pitch an Ayrshire Amateur FA Cup tie between Clark Drive, whose home ground it is, and Ardrossan Castle Rovers was progressing. In the distance could be heard the crowd at the SJFA Ayrshire District League match between Irvine Victoria and Girvan.


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Midlands 1 West
Lichfield RUFC 77 Barkers Butts RUFC 15
Admission: £3 (old codgers rate), programme with admission (32pp glossy, mainly adverts + 4pp match insert, including teams, past match reports and league round-up)
Refreshments: veggie burger, onion rings and lettuce £2.95, very tasty
Attendance: 119 (h/c)

Another week, another festival of points, with the Ostrich knocking off a new ground in Cooke Fields, which is a complex behind the Horse and Jockey pub, on the Tamworth Road a mile or so east of Lichfield, and ticking one of the three newcomers I need to see in this league, the newly-promoted Meridan-based club, Barkers Butts.

Entering and paying on the gate, there’s hard-standing parking for 50 cars and an overflow grass car park for another 40 or so. The main pitch is off to the left, unusually for this level floodlit, with two dugouts, and a covered stand seating 200. The two-tier brick club-house and changing rooms are ahead, and behind them are three further pitches, set at a higher level, with at least one of them floodlit. Upstairs in the clubhouse is a function room / bar for sponsors that looked packed when I poked my head through the door, downstairs is a general bar, with a collection of Staffordshire plates and the usual rugby mementoes and paraphernalia, and a snack bar, “BJ’s”, with a wide menu including “The Front Row Burger” – a triple cheeseburger, lettuce, ketchup and chips, and “The Beast” – wait for it …. – 6 sausages, 3 bacon, 3 eggs, beans, chips and 3 bread and butter, both for £5.95. The Ostrich thought it had died and gone to heaven, but settled for a less cholesterol-intensive veggie burger.

Again unusually, the ground sports a working tannoy, as I discovered during the first half when they started appealing for a car owner who was blocking the entrance to the equipment container. After two announcements, they inadvertently switched to broadcasting some Sky sporting event over the tannoy, which meant for the next five minutes or so, until they realised their error, we seemed to be playing in front of an enthusiastic crowd of 40,000 rather than 119. Sly

As to the match, Butts started by missing an easy 3rd minute penalty; Lichfield responded scoring a penalty of their own after 6m. After that it was good, entertaining stuff, with Lichfield more than masters of the close handling movement, although more than once this included neatly handing the final pass off to a bemused opponent! Butts had numerous breaks, but usually contrived to misplace the ball in the final 10 yards or so, although they did score a first interception try through Hughes after 11m and a second on 52m when a substitute plunged over from a maul in front of the posts.

However, the away side’s defence often went AWOL and Lichfield registered 12 tries, many involving searing midfield breaks. Their final 35 points came in the last quarter, including a hat-trick for winger Rowlands – his first came when a high kick into the Butts 22 bounced awkwardly for full-back Knox, who fell, twisting his ankle, leaving Rowlands an easy catch and sprint on the outside, the second was a kick into the middle of the park which sat up perfectly for Rowlands to take at full stride, and his final score was an interception in his own 22 and an unchallenged run the length of the pitch to ground between the posts. And there were 7 conversions and three tries on the day for Lichfield’s other winger Josh Massey.

The match was efficiently officiated by Carl Hall, an exchange referee from the Durham Society, who was happy to let the game flow.


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Saturday 22nd September 2012
Bramley Phoenix 15 Rotherham Phoenix 11 (HT 15-3)
Yorkshire Three
Admission £2 (including four-page programme and raffle ticket)
Attendance 55 (h/c)
Refreshments available - took my own

Another lamentably poor game of kick and clap. This was a tick and some paper - nothing more. After a fortnight of buzzing about on holiday, and having hurt my back thanks to careless lifting, I wasn't prepared to drive far. Despite suffering some equally dire rugby union at Penrith last weekend, I had to settle for another dose of the inglorious game because this was the only paper-guaranteeing tick within a 40-mile radius of home.

I'll try to be positive. Bramley Phoenix's compact ground, The Warrels, is rather pleasant. Hemmed in by red-brick back-to-backs and allotments (pure Leeds), it has a surprisingly secluded, semi-rural atmosphere. Mature trees fringe the site and the views to the north over the Aire Valley are excellent. I guess planespotters might like to know it's on the Leeds-Bradford Airport flight path. The clubhouse, long and low, is on the near (south) side and adjacent to a parking area. There is hardstanding on this touchline only. Neither cover nor floodlights, but an attractive setting.

The game illustrated graphically (if graphic illustration were needed) the all-round superiority as a spectacle of rugby league. This was union at its worst: endless stoppages, countless set-pieces, the play stuck in a small area of the pitch for minutes at a time, and numerous incidences of dropped ball and missed tackles. Union players generally know how to kick to touch, but even this was woeful! Bramley looked surefire winners after scoring two tries in the opening eight minutes. The hosts' position appeared unassailable when, on the stroke of half-time, Rotherham had a player sent off for his part in a brawl. A Bramley player was sin binned and the Rotherham coach's protests earned him a red card. The visitors framed much better a man down and closed the gap to 15-8 with a pushover try. Bramley had a player sent off in the 59th and 80th minutes, but Rotherham, clueless with ball in hand, failed miserably to capitalise, adding only a penalty to their points tally.

Be a while this season before I bother with rugby yawnion again.


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SRU - West Division One
Marr 51-3 East Kilbride
Fullarton, Troon
Attendance: 250
(including a sizeable EK contingent)
Admission (including programme) £2
Full bar facilities in clubhouse.


In contrast to the report above, this was another scintillating performance by Marr whose pace and commitment has to be witnessed. Their full back Connor Bickerstaff, who scored 3 tries last week ran in another couple today and none of Marr's opponents seem able to stop him when he is in full flow.

Marr now top the league, with a remarkable points difference


1 Marr 4 4 0 0 182:24 +158 4 20
2 Kilmarnock 4 3 0 1 120:84 +36 3 15
3 Glasgow High/Kelvinside 4 3 0 1 102:120 -18 2 14

GHK's negative points differential arises from their 57-7 home thrashing administered by Marr in their first match of the season


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Advance notice of a fixture that should lead to double opportunities on Saturday Dec 1st - Moseley vs Rotherham Titans in the Championship at 12.45


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13th October 2012
Midlands 1 West
Barkers’ Butts RFC 24 Northwich RFC 13
Admission with programme: £3 (20pp mostly adverts plus a 4pp match insert)
Refreshments: bacon baguette from the “Muppets Korner” in the clubhouse £2, not the best specimen I’ve ever sampled.
Attendance: 143 (h/c, if anything understated)

When asked by the family where I was going today, I decided to act it out in charades. Mrs O. deduced I was going to see Arsenal. Master O. came up with The Dog’s Bollocks. We’re not very good at charades in this household ….. Laugh

The name derives apparently from the 15th century when the “barkers”, who produced tannin from tree bark for leather work, were commanded by King Edward IV to set up their “butts”, or movable targets for shooting arrows at, in the fields to the west side of the city of Coventry for the inhabitants to practice their archery on feast days. The rugby club goes back to 1947 and was founded as an old boys club for Barkers’ Butts Secondary Modern School. Over the years, no less than 7 international players have come through the club's ranks, including England stars Neil Back and Danny Grewcock.

The appearance on Northwich RFC at the Bob Coward Memorial Stadium today for a league match was a bit of an event, the club having been switched south from North West 1 in the close season to balance up the leagues. Enquiring of an away official, I learnt they sort of “volunteered” before they were forcibly conscripted by the RFU. On balance they have increased travelling – an average of 77 miles or so compared with 47 miles, but I believe the RFU are compensating them with travel expenses, and they have a promise of a switch back next year if they want it.

Barker’s Butts ground is on the outskirts of Meriden, Warwickshire on Pickford Grange Lane, which is the back road to Tile Hill and Coventry. It’s very much in the countryside, parking for around 100 cars (the car park was pretty full today) and sports 4 rugby pitches with one floodlit. The main pitch is railed on three sides, with two dugouts but no stand. The clubhouse is a low slung brick building attached to a huge two storey edifice without windows, which I walked round but could find no entrance into. I gather it’s a badminton complex; it could have been a secure nuclear arsenal from the look of it.

The game was between two sides in the lower reaches of the table. I’d already seen Butts spanked at Lichfield a few weeks ago, but Lichfield are an exceptional side this year, and Butts had performed reasonably well on the day. They are a quick-handling, running side, and put their talents to good use today, while in contrast Northwich looked more comfortable in forward play. Northwich opened the scoring with a 9th minute penalty, Butts took the lead on 17m with a very slick passing move that put J. Knight over in the corner. Northwich made it 7-6 with a penalty awarded after the kicker of a high punt forward had been impeded, but Knight scored a second try in the left corner on 31m.

Two quick tries straight after the interval made it 24-6, first M. Knight did well to stretch and intercept a Northwich pass and run the ball in from 15 yards, the second try was a 50 yard gallop out of defence by Priest.

After this, having secured the bonus point, Butts rather went off the boil and Northwich got back into the game with lengthy possession inside the Butts 20 yard line but no breakthrough other than a 62m plunge-over try and conversion.

Butts brought on their secret weapon, a gargantuan replacement prop, who lasted 5 minutes or so before being sin-binned; Northwich then added insult to injury with a precision kick out of defence which ricocheted first bounce into the Butts dugout and demolished their tray of chocolate donuts.

There was no further score, although Butts did cross the line in the final minute, but the ball was touched down by a chasing player just beyond the back line, so no try.

An entertaining match in front of a fairly partisan home crowd who gave the referee more stick than he deserved. Just Berkswell & Balsall to tick in this league now …..


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Sat Oct 20: Nat Lge 2 (N), Darlington Mowden Park v Luctonians (before they move to Darlington Arena).
Sun Oct 21: British & Irish Cup, Leeds Carnegie v Jersey @ York RUFC, Clifton Park. This is first of 3 'Home' matches Leeds will be playing away from Headingley, the others being in Championship v Moseley Nov 11 @ Wharfedale RFC and Mar 10 v London Scottish @ Hull Ionians RFC.
Sat Oct 27: Midlands 1 (W), Walsall v Worcester Wanderers (after learning on this forum of possible ground move, Aldridge Airfield the most likely destination).


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Surprised to hear Leeds are playing a game at Clifton Park, York. It's a tiny ground, with one small stand and no hardstanding. Mind you, Leeds RU 'crowds' look daft at a venue the size of Headingley.


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Just discovered there is a Friday game tonight (19th) in National Three Midlands - Broadstreet v Nuneaton at 7.30pm


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Nice facilities - well worth doing


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Nice facilities - well worth doing


That will be Rah-Rah Rugby Union type facilities I'm guessing, bars and corporate entertaining areas rather than stands and covered terraces. Understandable though that people would prefer to stand in the bar drinking rather than watch that kick and clap rubbish......



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Just discovered there is a Friday game tonight (19th) in National Three Midlands - Broadstreet v Nuneaton at 7.30pm



Nice facilities - well worth doing


That will be Rah-Rah Rugby Union type facilities I'm guessing, bars and corporate entertaining areas rather than stands and covered terraces. Understandable though that people would prefer to stand in the bar drinking rather than watch that kick and clap rubbish......


Yep




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Fair play. Decent (non Atcost) stand. Just amazed so many people want to turn up and watch...........



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...they're watching someone take a kick at goal.


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RBS West Division One

Marr 94-3 Glasgow Academicals
Fullarton, Troon
Admission including programme £2
Attendance
250

Another visit to Fullarton and another breath-taking performance by the home team. Accies took an early 3-0 lead and Marr looked a bit flat for the first 10 minutes before steamrollering their 4th placed opponents with unrelenting pace and aggressive defending.

Marr are not a particularly big team, but they are superfit and magnificently coached by manager Craig Redpath and his team. They play with a level of professionalism well in excess of their position in the fourth tier of Scottish rugby.

As the score mounted the coaches were permitting no let-up. ""You've got to be playing for your individual pride now" they reminded the team. All criticism I heard was 100% constructive.

Again full back Connor Bickerstaffe ran riot and at times seems untouchable - his and his team's first try was as good as I've ever seen, as he left opponent after opponent for dead.

Marr scored 12 tries, Bickerstaffe perhaps 5 of them.

At the end of the match as the teams were warming down I heard the Accies coach tell his huddled shattered players "What do you expect if some of you don't turn up twice a week for training?"

Unfortunately, I'll miss the big one next week as Marr make the short journey to take on Kilmarnock. I suspect Marr have never beaten Killie in their long history and have certainly never met them in league competition - Marr have been climbing up the pyramid whilst Killie have slowly been slipping down from their top division position of 15-20 years ago.

It will be worth seeing!

Top of table

Marr 7 7 0 0 386-68 7 35
Glasgow High/Kelvinside 7 6 0 1 179-179 3 27
Kilmarnock 7 4 0 3 162-118 5 21


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20 Oct Nat Lge 2N: Darlington Mowden Park 34-18 Luctonians, Att 330, Admission £6 incl 28 page full colour programme; Chicken & Bacon Roll £1.50; Tea £1. Concrete Cantilever stand with 7 rows of wooden benches flanked by terracing, far side with 2 concrete steps built into the grass. Herefordshire visitors took the lead with a well worked try following a good spell of pressure before the home side got into gear scoring 3 tries to lead 24-8 HT. 10 more points early in 2nd half including bonus securing 4th try effectively ended game as a contest at 34-8 despite Luctonians rallying with 2 unconverted tries to give scoreline a bit of respectability. On way out took a look at home of Darlington RFC once in Nat Lge with Mowden but now staring in face relegation to Durham/Northumberland Lge following 8 straight defeats. This is a much more impressive set up with lights and a modern clubhouse which incorporates the main stand under a gabled roof. This would make a much more suitable home for Mowden than Darlington Arena should they groundshare or merge. On to Sun 21 Oct British & Irish Cup: Leeds Carnegie 27-33 Jersey @ York RUFC, Att 823; Tickets £10 in advance, £12 on day incl 'Carnegie Times' 8 page newspaper style programme; Cheeseburger £3.50; Tea £1. Small stand with just 2 rows of wooden benches & 3 steps of terracing behind. Luckily fog cleared in time for KO to leave a sunny afternoon and a thrilling game of rugby which saw Jersey claim a shock win their first since promotion although they have still to win in Championship. Leeds scored only try of 1st half but more than cancelled out by the boot of Mike Le Bourgeois giving visitors 15-10 HT lead, then took advantage of the 1st of many 2nd half sin bin's to score their 1st try against 14 men, added another after Leeds reduced the arrears with their 2nd try had to survive late Leeds onslaught after they were reduced to 14 men but held on to win 33-27 despite being outscored 3 tries to 2. An historic victory for Jersey hopefully they can carry this form into the Championship.


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Parc Erias in Colwyn Bay, home of RGC 1404, is staging two international double headers next month:
Fri 9 November: Russia v USA 6pm followed by Samoa v Canada 8pm.
Sat 17 November: Canada v Russia 6pm followed by Tonga v USA 8pm.
Also on 17 November NZ Maori All Blacks play a Championship XV at Castle Park, Doncaster RUFC with a 1205 KO, then on Fri 23 November they play Canada at Iffley Rd, Oxford with a 7:30pm KO.


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Maori All Blacks are also playing Leicester at Welford Road on Tuesday 13th.



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By coincidence, in the quest to tick all the teams in National 3 Midlands, this season’s master-plan scheduled the Ostrich to be at the ground pictured above today ….. nothing like that crowd for this game, though, Andy!


27 October 2012 - National 3 Midlands
Broadstreet RUFC 68 Longton RUFC 7
Admission £5, programme with admission (24pp adverts + 4pp match inset, pretty rudimentary)
Refreshments: J2O and ham salad roll £3.30 in the bar
Attendance: 89 outside (h/c), must have been more who didn't venture outside the bar, given the weather conditions, though

The ground is just off Rugby Road after the roundabout with the A46 on the eastern outskirts of Coventry. A sharp curve on the approach drive brings you to a pay-station where the efficient stewards extract admission, beyond which is ample parking for around 150 cars, reasonably full today. Once parked, you enter the back of the impressive stand in the photograph, passing a brand new BMW series 3 on the way, courtesy of sponsors Synter. It’s a bit like entering the foyer of a Radisson Hotel, all brick and high vaulted wooden ceiling with a bar on the right and a club shop on the left, (from which I brought a pair of Broadstreet shorts in green and red for £15), with various other sponsors’ rooms off and upstairs.

The bar was well patronised, Villa v Norwich on the screens, but unfortunately only one hard-pressed guy serving, and no sign of hot food. Back in the foyer, turn right and you access the back of the stand which has plastic bucket seating for 252. It’s a bit of a way back from the touchline, and doesn’t give the best of views from the top of it owing to supporting pillars, so I positioned myself about half way down. Nowhere outside, however, was exempt from the bitingly cold northerly wind today.

The main pitch is railed with advertising hoardings on the two sides, with two plastic dugouts. There’s two further pitches beyond and at least another three pitches and soccer posts off to the far left. The main and one other pitch are floodlit, two of the pylons double as mobile phone masts. And there is also an electronic, scrolling LED display scoreboard, which was running through the teams when I entered the stand; these were “as per programme”. However, just as the teams came out, the tannoy announced that the Longton side was nothing like what was in the programme, and the correct team would now be displayed on the scoreboard, which then promptly cut out to show just the scoreline and minutes played – so I wandered over to the announcer’s booth and got the team changes straight off his laptop.

On paper, this had looked likely to be a fairly dour middle-of-the-table affair, so I wasn’t expecting Broadstreet, after a hesitant start, to completely demolish their Staffordshire opponents. Fly-half Richards found a gap to exploit and open the scoring on 9 minutes, winger Bicknell outpaced the defence on the right side 3 minutes later, Richards hit a 35 yard penalty with the wind and after 17m Broadstreet were 15-0 up. Longton’s Sam Moors sold an expansive dummy to bring the score back to 15-7, but after that, the home side were off and running. Longton couldn’t match them in the scrum and were often marched backwards, and their defence looked pretty porous. Broadstreet added a further 5 tries before the interval to lead 44-7.

A tannoy announcement that there would be hot food on sale at half-time led to the Ostrich nearly being bowled over in the stampede to the bar, but it seemed it wasn’t so much the food as the warmth from the lit circular brazier which was the attraction. I availed myself of a beef and horseradish batch for £2.50; coffee was also being sold.

Broadstreet took 10 minutes or so to get back into rhythm after the restart, but then normal service resumed and they added 4 further tries before easing off in the last quarter. Longton did make several forays forward but their handling let them down at crucial moments, and the final scoreline didn’t exaggerate Broadstreet’s dominance. I’d be surprised if they’re not up there in the promotion battle before too long.


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North One West (level 6)
Fleetwood 12 Carlisle 32
Att: 120
Admission: £3 incl 20pp prog, very good effort and well above the norm at this level

Fleetwood's first season up at this level and they are struggling a bit (one win from 9 now), however today's performance wasn't bad considering they played the best part of an hour with 14 men after the open side prop was dismissed for a head butt. Carlisle predictably ran away with it in the second half and got their 4th try (and the bonus point) with the last move of the game. Fleetwood actually scored two really good tries in the first half with 14 men but struggled after the break as the extra man told.

The ground is basically two sided (you can't really watch from either end) with the clubhouse and car park on the side you enter on (between the houses, but well signed). It's just flat standing but well enclosed and tarmac'ed on the clubhouse side.

Good, down to earth atmosphere here (no rah rah's in sight!), food and drink was cheap but didn't partake.


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Sat 03/11/2012 – National League Division 2 North
Birmingham & Solihull RUFC 25 Huddersfield RUFC 10
Admission: £10. Seems a helluva lot for this level, but there you go ..... Crazy
Programme: “they’re in a box just inside the clubhouse door, help yourself”. 16pp glossy, specific to the game i.e. no match insert, mainly adverts, admittedly, but all the basics included.
Refreshments: ham roll £1.50, “and help yourself to the onions”.
Attendance: 189 (h/c)

I’ve not been to Portway before, which is just off Junction 3 of the M42; take the Alcester road and quickly turn first left into Forshaw Heath Lane. The entrance is on the right about ¼ mile down this lane, and I initially overshot it. Down the humped driveway, there’s a sign saying “car park” up to the left, but I ignored it and drove on down to the clubhouse car park, paying admission at the entrance there.

It’s a strange, rather run-down sort of place, nothing like as suave as Broadstreet last Saturday. The bar in the clubhouse had 2 TV screens, a hatch serving confectionery, cakes, crisps and the like, but no tariff so it was difficult to see exactly what they were offering for sale, a lot of action photos of mini-rugby on the walls, and a pair of Jason Leonard’s shorts in a glass case.

Off to the left of the clubhouse are the changing rooms and behind that the main pitch, which is floodlit and railed on all 4 sides with advertising hoardings. There are 3 other rugby pitches in the complex and I think some soccer pitches to the right and in the far distance.

The pitch has two perspex dugouts and a small, somewhat grotty concrete and corrugated iron stand, with graffiti and holes in the sheeting. Makes the old Bloxwich Strollers stand at Walsall RUFC look like Twickenham! There were three lonesome plastic orange chairs in the stand, so I asked a guy if they were available. “Dunno, I bring my own,” he commented, indicating a much more luxurious blue canvas contraption. I rescued one of the upturned orange seats and duly parked myself on it.

At 1:45, the three match officials were out on the pitch. They looked to be having a jolly time punting a ball backwards and forwards, but then I realised with horror they were testing the bounce; it was a pseudo pitch-inspection. The ground in fact was totally sodden, and already seriously muddy in places on the 22 yard and halfway line. My grandstand compatriot remarked they’d already asked for the lines to be repainted, and it was just like “a February pitch.” At 1:51, a man arrived, unrolling a reel of extension cable which he then connected to the microphone console. “Testing, testing …” Nothing! Much fiddling with switches then elicited a menacing, dull, bass rumble from the tannoy. “Sounds like War of the Worlds!” said my compatriot.

As to the match, Huddersfield arrived rock bottom of the table, having lost all 9 league matches this season, whilst the Bees had a 3-6 record. It was a very cautious first half, not aided by the greasy, muddy conditions, and there were numerous handling errors. The referee allowed awfully long advantages before hauling play back to the position of the original offence, which didn’t help proceedings. Chapman notched an easy 8m penalty in front of the posts having missed an earlier but harder chance and Brown made it 10-0 on 30m, being judged the narrow winner of a 50-50 race with a defender to a bouncing ball over the try line. Bees’ Sinclair had been yellow-carded just before this try, and Huddersfield did pull 3 points back with a penalty after 35m.

At half-time, I wandered back to the bar for a coffee and hot dog, £2.30, which was quite a decent frankfurter, but it took me 5 minutes to locate where they’d hidden the milk.

The game opened up considerably after the interval. On 42m, Heath took the ball on a straight, diagonal run through the defence to make it 15-3, and on 48m. Huddersfield’s Clark struggled over the line by the goalpost with half the defence on his back – the referee consulted the touch-judge before awarding the try, and Owen’s conversion made it 15-10. Huddersfield’s Hinchliff was sin-binned on 54m and Chapman scored the resulting penalty, then 2 minutes later, Heath went over the line with a run and theatrical dive to finish off a fine, flowing move.

The home side spent the remainder of the match looking for the fourth try and a bonus point, but it wouldn’t come, and with 5 minutes left they had Gregg yellow-carded, after which Huddersfield duly encamped within 15 yards of the Bees line, but couldn’t penetrate a stalwart defence prior to the final whistle.


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Newport Saracens 19 Rogerstone 25

Sat 3 Nov
WRU Div 5 East
admit £2 incl prog
attn 85 coffee 60p pasty £1 Can Coke £1

My first visit to Saracens newish (2008) ground, occasioned by my giving up on finding a Gwent Amateur Cup tie that was actually played on the specified ground.

The Maesglas ground has an imposing entrance in that it has its own roundabout on the A48, rugby themed gates and a large car park. Facilities after that are a tadge more modest as the rest is made up of eleven shipping containers housing dressing rooms , toilets, tea bar etc. The pitch is fully railed off and there is some grassed hard standing on one side. There are match quality floodlights , two perspex and wood dugouts but no cover as yet.

I find the Div 5 spectating experience worthwhile, obviously there are more errors creeping in, and the standard of place kicking is noticeably poorer than more senior leagues.

Saracens managed to lose this one by a conceeding a rash of penalties at the beginning of the second half, which allowed the away team back into the game to the obvious despair of the home coaching staff.

Saracens' shirt sponsor is 'The Pen and Wig', so we though it churlish not to repair there after the game. Delighted to find 'The Full Nelson' from Maesglas's own new micro 'Tiny Rebel' one of four beers on offer. Needed a couple of pints to gain the acquaintance.



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Leeds Carnegie have announced 2 further home matches on the road whilst work continues on new £1million playing surface at Headingley: Championship match v Bedford on December 2nd will take place at Cross Green, Otley RFC, KO 2pm; the following Sunday (9th) their British & Irish Cup match v Pontypridd is being played at The Sycamores, home of West Park Leeds RFC, KO 3pm.


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Sat 10th November 2012
Silloth 34 Netherhall 8
Cumbria Division (level 8)
Att: 75
Adm/Prog: Nil

The Cumbria Division is rapidly becoming a bit of a wilderness with 2nd XV's being drafted in this year to make up the numbers to keep the league viable. There's nothing below it in the national league structure in this area and the standard can be vary variable indeed.

The two teams had met in the reverse fixture the previous week (Netherhall are based in Maryport, 13 miles back down the coast towards Workington) and the game had apparantly been a bit of a slug and mud fest, with the bottom the table home side pulling off a surprise 17-14 win. There never looked like a chance of a repeat today as the fitter and faster Silloth side revelled on a surprisingly firm pitch (they rarely have games off here for waterlogging, nor on the football next door seemingly), running in 5 tries to 1 for a comfortable win. One of two old scores were settled from the previous week as the second half became a bit of a battle, but it never got completely out of hand, the ref handled most things well and in the end just sin binned one from each side to keep a lid on it.

Silloth play next door to the football club (Cumberland County League) and share their clubhouse with them. The pitch is fully railed and floodlights are currently going up. There's some elevated banking and hardstanding on the clubhouse side which affords a good view of the action. There is no cover though.

The Solway Coastline around these parts is stunning and the drive up the coast from Maryport is one the best. Silloth itself is a fascinating town laid out almost in model village style, with very wide tree lined streets and many still cobbled.


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Nov 12, 2012, 5:08 PM

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SATURDAY 10th NOVEMBER
QBE INTERNATIONAL.
ENGLAND v FIJI. 54-12
ADMISSION. £ 40
PROGRAMME £ 6
ATTENDANCE . 81,110

My first visit to Twickenham in which i was very impressed. A cracking atmosphere before and during the game. England won this comfortably ,but it took them 18 minutes to get their first points on the board. England led 25-0 at half time scoring 3 tries and a further 4 in the 2nd half. Fiji went over twice in the 2nd half. England's Danny Care was sin binned after 10 minutes and Fiji's captain Deacon Manu was sin-binned just before the half hour mark. Toby Flood kicked 3 penalties and 4 conversions. An excellent day out. England now face tougher matches against Australia, South Africa and New Zealand in the next 3 weeks at Twickenham.


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SUNDAY 11 NOVEMBER
LEEDS CARNEGIE 38-12 MOSELEY @ WHARFEDALE RFC attendance 1427
Admission £15 incl programme; Chilli & Rice £5.30
Nice setting surrounded by hills in Yorkshire Dales. Small elevated main stand along halfway line on far side with 5 rows of green plastic seats, near side had a terrace which was mostly covered, near end had wooden fence with pathway behind, far end was a no go area for spectators with a stone wall just inches away from the edge of the try area. One sided game in which the home side secured bonus point with 4 first half tries, Moseley replying with 4 penalties to make it 26-12 HT but failed to trouble the scoreboard in second half whilst the hosts added 2 more tries for a comfortable 26 point victory.


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FRIDAY 11 NOVEMBER
NATIONAL LEAGUE ONE
ROSSLYN PARK 20-14 ESHER
Admission £10 incl programme (12 black & white pages inside 8 page colour shell); Bolognese & Pasta £5 (refused to pay £9.50 for Beef Stew & Mash!). Attendance not given out, guess close to 1,000.
Nice old ground with plenty of character just 5 mins walk from Barnes station. Old wooden main stand next to a small terrace with grass bank on far side, near side has a narrow terrrace running length of pitch with 3 rows of wooden benches pointntless when everyone stands, perhaps there to fulfill a minimum seating requirement if they win promotion to Championship but enough room to put temporary stands over the training areas behind each goal which make viewing difficult a long way back from pitch. Esher led 3 times with kicks, second one a drop goal, only for hosts to level then lead with the first try just before HT 13-9. A penalty try increased the lead early in 2nd half before the visitors finally got over the line 2 mins from time but too little, too late.


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Sat 17/11/12 - National 3 Midlands
Hinckley RUFC 35 Scunthorpe RUFC 11
Admission including programme: £6 (16pp including a topical article on last weeks’ internationals)
Raffle: £1, but no winning number was announced ......
Refreshments: tasty beef and H.R bun, coffee £2.50 at the main clubhouse
Attendance: 142 (h/c)

Second visit of the season to the town of Hinckley, this time to see the hapless soccer club’s more illustrious neighbours. The rugby club play at the Leicester Road Sports Ground, which is just down the road from the Greene King Stadium in the direction of the town. Turning in through the gates, there’s an extensive if rough car park (a bit like United) immediately on the left, between the road and the railed, floodlit rugby pitch, which has a substantial dugout but no stands. Behind the nearside goalposts is the clubhouse, looking a bit worn, and changing rooms.

I entered the bar to be met with a “club dinner” in full flow. “You can’t stay here unless you go and stand quietly HERE at the bar, or get a coffee from the servery over THERE, but we’d prefer it if you went to the lounge”. So I went to the lounge, where there was another meal going on, this time a ladies hockey club. Another official: “You’ll have to go right down THERE …” So I went right down there and found myself in a cupboard cum cloakroom, although it did have a menu for the “Leicestershire RFU Grand Centenary Dinner” mounted on the wall. The cupboard soon lost its attraction, so I ventured outside to explore.

Alongside the clubhouse are courts for the local tennis club. Watched a bit of action, then meandered round the back of the clubhouse and headed for the adjacent cricket pitch, which backs onto the Hinckley United ground. Perambulating towards it, I glanced left up a track and noted a hi-viz jacketed steward at some gates with a box, so wandered up to him to find out what was going on up there.

“That’ll be £6.”
“Pardon?”
“You’ve come for the rugby?”
“Well, yes ….”
“It’s up there “ – pointing to a distant building with a pitch behind it.

Oh, I said – so that’s not the rugby club pitch down at the entrance, by the clubhouse? No, we’re now on the new pitch – up there!
Right …. can I bring my car up, seeing as how you’ve got a car park up here? No! Officials and players only.
OK …. can you get refreshments up there? No! There’s no facilities.
Good grief!

Wandered back to the main clubhouse and braved the custodians to extract a coffee and bun from the servery, then walked back to the new pitch. This was also fully railed, with a basic electronic scoreboard in one corner, a covered standing area, and a clubhouse that wasn’t a clubhouse. The changing rooms are there, but peering through the windows, all the other rooms contained piled furniture, dustsheets and paint pots. Enquired, and found out that the building was eventually going to house the changing rooms for all the rugby sides playing, but nothing else. "It'll take time and money to complete". Even the toilets were locked. “You’ll have to go back down to the clubhouse” one hapless spectator was told …

As to the match, Hinckley came out and posted 8 points in the first 5 minutes while Scunthorpe were still asleep, a penalty and a try from a tapped free kick that McFedries ran in direct from 20 yards. Scunthorpe then laid siege to the Hinckley line, and must have had 80% of the territorial possession in the remainder of the first half, only to see Howe score a breakaway try for Hinckley on 22m, a flowing move finished off in the corner. Scunthorpe elected to put points on the board with a 26m penalty from Barker, but Hinckley came back with a push-over try 3 minutes later. Just before the interval, the visitors were rewarded for effort when Barron rolled over the line from the back of a maul for a try to make it 18-8.

Scunthorpe were briefly back in contention shortly after the restart with a second Barker penalty, but then dissent meant a Hinckley penalty was moved 10 yards forward and into range, Smith knocking it over. On 61m, in a more even second half, Walsh rolled over the line after Hinckley had pressurised the defence, and just before the end, Constant scored Hinckley’s final try, again from close range, making it 35-11.

A fair result at the end of the day – Hinckley took their chances when they came, and defended stoically in the first half when they needed to. Scunthorpe were let down by a weak back line, and couldn’t turn superiority in the scrum into points.


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Ostrich mate, how the devil are you? Smile

Came here to post about a Rugby match I covered and here you are, why weren't you watching the Roms!?!

Anyway, back to my reason for posting.

Bournemouth 22-27 Launceston - National Two South

Context here http://theonionsack.blogspot.co.uk/...-national2south.html with report and photos also linked.

Both matches at Chapel Gate in the last two weeks going right to the wire.



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Grounds- 122

Last new- Studley Entaco, home of Feckenham FC.

Grounds this season- 13 (4 new)

Games this season- 20

Goals this season- 65

Last game(s)- Romulus 1-3 Carlton Town- Evostik NPL One South- Mon 22nd Aug

Stourbridge 2-0 Arlesey Town- Evostik Southern Premier- Sat 27th Aug

Sutton Coldfield Town 3-1 Romulus- Evostik NPL One South- Mon 29th Aug


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17th Nov 2012
Cumbrian Division
Windermere 28 Carlisle Crusaders (2nd XV) 0
Att: 90
Admission £1
Prog: 4pp, free with admission

I'd heard whispers that this was a nice little set up and for it's level, boy did it deliver. Set in a natural bowl on the edge of Bowness, this is a truly idyllic location with the clubhouse and dressing rooms at the top of one corner with a rather small carpark. Most of one side is railed with a small wooden grandstand straddling halfway and providing a good view of the action. There are good vantage points on both sides with plenty of elevation on offer.

Admission was collected at the top of the slope with a free basic 4 page programme available from a champagne bucket (the rah rah boys do things in style, y'know Wink).

The game in truth wasn't great and the home side won at something of a canter, registering their fourth (and bonus point) try early in the second half to complete the scoring.

Boots or wellies would be useful as much of the pitch surrounds were very wet/muddy, but the pitch itself held up well.

A visit comes very highly recommended.


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Sat 24/11/12 - National 3 Midlands
Sutton Coldfield RUFC 13 Ampthill RUFC 10
Admission including programme: £5 (20pp glossy, topical articles)
Refreshments: hot pork bap with burnt bits £3 in the clubhouse
Attendance: upwards of 172 (h/c). Inhabitants of lower bar to be added, so at least 200.

In the light of the weather – the cold, heavy rain set in from around 13:00, and there are zilch covered spectator facilities at Walmley Road – I very nearly abandoned this one in favour of Plan B (Romulus v Loughborough Dynamo), but, armed only with a flu-jab, a velcro-covered waterproof and an umbrella, I decided this was a “must-see” game, even in a downpour, and wandered down to the ground. Enquiries at the gate revealed the game was definitely on, no inspection or anything, and indeed both sides were warming up on the main pitch which actually looked in very good nick.

Pre-match, I decided to ensconce myself in the upstairs bar and was lucky enough to secure a second row seat in front of the picture windows which gave a panoramic view of 75% of the ground, (and nothing of the remainder), but no matter, it was warm, dry, and the atmosphere, especially in the second half, was superb.

This match was between the top two in the division, Ampthill arriving in first place only by virtue of points difference, so the onus was on Sutton to get a result. But the conditions didn’t favour Sutton’s usually expansive running game, and given the greasy conditions, they often let themselves down by poor handling. However, both packs were well up for it, and we proceeded to witness a right forward battle with the game constantly flowing backwards and forwards.

Ampthill started pressuring Sutton early on but the defence was resolute. Sutton hardly got out of their half in the first quarter but scored an unconverted try in the left corner after 18m in what was their first serious attacking move. Ampthill responded with a 28m penalty in front of the posts converted by their full-back, who then attempted two long-range penalties just before half-time, both narrowly wide.

Two minutes after the restart, an Ampthill forward was sin-binned but Sutton couldn’t make anything of the temporary numerical advantage. However on 52m, the referee, who had an excellent game throughout, brought a Sutton penalty 10 yards forward and Groom converted easily to make it 10-3. Ampthill responded quickly and when Sutton were penalised, a kick into touch followed by a catch and drive saw the pack go over, the try converted, and suddenly it was 10-all.

Sutton’s hard pressed defence then fended off almighty Ampthill pressure, including another speciality catch and drive from 5 yards out, and with the clock ticking down, it looked like both sides had pretty much battled themselves to a draw. But on 76m, Sutton won a penalty wide on the left, about 20 yards out, Groom held his nerve and slotted the ball between the posts. 13-10 and the bar erupted with joy!

Just time for Ampthill to come back, win a penalty of their own 25 yards out, and go for the equalising points. But the kick, while on target, fell agonisingly under the bar – and that was the last play of the game. Right down to the wire .... enthralling stuff!


The Moose
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Nov 24, 2012, 5:14 PM

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24/11 Southern Counties South: DEVIZES 6 TROWBRIDGE 7

ADM: No PROG: Yes but sold out ATT: h/c 175

With being marooned this week by monsoons a plenty common sense prevailed especially with many of my footy options succumbing to the elements. So a relatively local trip then to watch an eggchasing derby in yes you've guessed it.... persistent rain!

Poor game really in abysmal conditions but at least it went ahead and considering the mudbath it was played in both sides gave their best. Mistakes by both sides knocking on constantly but Trowbovegas just about deserved the win scoring the games only try.

Only cover was on the clubhouse side of the London Road ground with the rest open to the elements. After being unable to get through many local roads this week due to the flooding I was grateful to get any sporting action in and a new ground as well.

KRTM Cool


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Saturday 24th November 2012
Wilmslow 13 Carlisle 19 (HT 3-19)
North One West
Admission £5
Programme (w/a) 36pp
Attendance 80 (h/c)
Tea £1

With the awful weather rendering pointless any long trips to watch football, I opted for a medium-length hop for rugby union - my usual 'wet Saturday' standby. I never expect to be well entertained by the 15-a-side code and this dreary contest was a par-for-the-course kick and clap offering. To be fair, the first half was reasonable, but normal service resumed after the break, when the game petered out in a midfield attritional slog. I've said this before, but I'll say it again: how can anyone watch rugby union every week?

Carlisle (third at kick-off) had some pace and a few ideas, and deservedly led 19-3 at half-time. All the visitors' points came from their sturdy fly-half, who scored a soft 27th-minute try, converted it and added four penalties. Wilmslow, fifth in the table and largely ineffective, replied with a penalty. The hosts were much improved in the second half, however, and a strong start was rewarded with a 45th-minute penalty try. Neither side looked like scoring again until the last minute, when Wilmslow landed a penalty. An inability to pass and catch (schoolboy stuff, God knows) robbed them of the chance to mount stoppage-time pressure.

The Memorial Ground is hidden away amid the mansions (as in should be taxed) of this frightfully affluent Cheshire stockbroker belt town. It's built on a shelf above the Bollin Valley and water meadows known as The Carrs. Nice place for a pre-match riverbank stroll, despite the locals appearing happy to let their ghastly mutts crap whenever and wherever they pleased. There's a small stand (looks old, but isn't) with a few rows of bench seats on the near side and an ugly assortment of buildings adjacent containing the clubhouse and dressing rooms. Old habits die hard in rugby union: I was asked to leave the main bar because I wasn't a member. Nice. The main pitch is railed off and (unusually for this level of rah-rah) the ground has floodlights, which were switched on for the second half. There is also a second XV pitch and a training pitch. Mature trees fringe the entire site.

Wilmslow (to their great credit) do an excellent programme. Not the standard four-page insert amid a static ocean of ads one tends to find at rugby union, but an issue whose content changes completely every game. Good work!

As ever with this code, I came away reminding myself not to hurry back. At least it stayed dry. Driving back to my Huddersfield weekend stopover, the downpours didn't hit until the east side of the M60 was reached.


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Workington FC
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Nov 25, 2012, 12:09 PM

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Saturday 24 November 12
Loughborough Students 5 Ealing Trailfinders 41
National League Division One
Admission £8
Programme £2
Att - around 200

Comfortable win for the bigger Ealing side. As usual a low level of Rugby ball handling and decision making skills. Good performance by 'Sir' from an Ealing point of view. Suprised the Student side are not playing at the new stadium. They still play on the basic pitch at the front of the campus. The programme is a 48 page shell with a 4 page insert. Very good shell with lots to read.


cherryhopper
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Nov 25, 2012, 7:33 PM

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This may have had something to do with the fact Loughborough University FC were playing Bridgnorth in the main stadium at the same time. Ground grading obviously not as strict for National League One as football's Step Five despite not letting Birmingham use their own ground in that division. Was hoping for plenty of Friday or Sunday opportunities when rugby & football clashed. After learning of the new stadium I visited the old ground last February for their shock 27-17 defeat to Leicester Lions on the same day their Rugby League team were playing Hunslet Old Boys in the Challenge Cup which I only found out when some of their players arrived to watch the end of the Union game that it was played on Holywell Pitches behind the new stadium.


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This may have had something to do with the fact Loughborough University FC were playing Bridgnorth in the main stadium at the same time.

He knows that he did both ? 14-00 & 15-00 !



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Raging Bull NW League 4 North
Bae Warton 56 Bolton 3rd XV 0
Admission/Prog: None
Att: 15

Due to family commitments I had very few options open and this was barrell scrapeage of the highest (lowest?) order.

This is the regional league structure that sits outwith the National Leagues and is primariliy for non-1st XV's (in some cases as low as 6th teams!), but there are a few 1st teams in there and Bae are one. On a very heavy pitch Warton played some reasonable stuff at times as their faster backs ran riot; I lost count on the tries but I think they ended up with 9 and had the bonus point secured by ht.

The ground is part of the complex next door to Warton Aerodrome that once was home to Bae Warton's football team in the West Lancs and was also used in years gone by by Preston NE Youth. There are two cricket grounds, the football ground (still where it was), a junior football pitch and the rugby ground, plus a large modern changing room block, but no other facilities bar a single dugout on the RU pitch.

Not the most thrilling of afternoons but better than staying at home (honest!).


Workington FC
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Nov 26, 2012, 4:53 PM

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This may have had something to do with the fact Loughborough University FC were playing Bridgnorth in the main stadium at the same time. Ground grading obviously not as strict for National League One as football's Step Five despite not letting Birmingham use their own ground in that division. Was hoping for plenty of Friday or Sunday opportunities when rugby & football clashed. After learning of the new stadium I visited the old ground last February for their shock 27-17 defeat to Leicester Lions on the same day their Rugby League team were playing Hunslet Old Boys in the Challenge Cup which I only found out when some of their players arrived to watch the end of the Union game that it was played on Holywell Pitches behind the new stadium.

According to the football match programme. It states that the stadium will be used for predominantly for football and only the one off "special" Rugby Union games.


cherryhopper
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Nov 30, 2012, 7:49 PM

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Early KO Sat 1 Dec: National League 3 (London & South East) Tring v Gravesend 1pm. Match was abandoned last Saturday due to bad light when they kicked off at the ridiculously late time of 2:30. Ground is in Cow Lane next door to the Football club who are home at 3pm.
Also Twickenham is offering Free Entry to England v New Zealand women's international 5pm assuming enough people leave after the men's match.


cherryhopper
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SATURDAY DECEMBER 1ST - SOUTH WEST 1 WEST - SIDMOUTH 22-23 CAMBORNE
ADMISSION £3 inc PROGRAMME 8 page insert inside 32 page shell - PASTY £2 - TEA 50p
ATTENDANCE 150 Approx.
Making a last minute decision this morning to head west to escape the freeze to a town giving me the choice of 2 sports the visit of 4th placed Camborne appealed more than Sidmouth Town's bottom 2 clash v Plymstock, keeping the football there as an option for Boxing Day. Lovely ground right in town centre with an old green painted wooden stand beyond white 2 storey building housing bar and changing rooms, plastic railings on both sides which offered scenic views, the far side decked with park benches one a memorial elevated on a small wooden terrace with scoreboard behind, the near end has advertising boards on a wooden fence with footpath behind, the far end backs on to a care home with pink fascia and an appartment block offering a free view of the game from the balconies. No parking at ground, left my car in a side road off Station Road a 5 minute walk away. As for the game the hosts opened the scoring in the second minute with a well worked try but missed the conversion and two subsequent penalties which they would rue later. The visitors kicked their first points only for Sidmouth to reply immediately with their second try. 2 Kicks and a late try gave Camborne a 14-10 HT lead, all kicks in second half scoring going 10-17; 13-17; 16-17; 16-20; 19-20 (drop goal) to set up an exciting finish where home side took the lead 22-20 only for Camborne to have the last word with a penalty 2 minutes from the end.


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SRU West Division One (4th tier of pyramid)

Marr Rugby 46-3 Glasgow High/Kelvinside
Fullarton, Troon
Attendance 200
Admission £2 including programme


Marr continue to steamroller the opposition this time annhilating their closest rivals for the second time this season.

The league table is astonishing and possibly unique - Marr is the only club in the league with a positive points difference having hammered all the other teams in the league:

League table - scroll to bottom
http://www.scottishrugby.org/...p=447&Itemid=789


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Very local today to visit a ground I have driven past lots of times.

Midlands Three West (North)
YARDLEY AND DISTRICT 14-28 ECCLESHALL

A little concerned when I was told that the visitors were stuck on the M6 but we eventually licked off at 2-30 and just managed to finish without needing the available floodlights.

Home side on top early before falling 0-10 behind, visitors led 7-20 at half time. Yardley rallied after getting a red card for a head butt and pulled it back to 14-20 but late scores clinched a deserved victory.

Glad I decided on rugby today with puddles on the pitch in places but no issue about the match going ahead.


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Sat 08/12/2012 - Midlands 1 West
Berkeswell & Balsall RUFC 0 Stoke-on-Trent RUFC 51*
* Ha! – the scoring following a second half incident - opinions on the touchline differed! It looked to me like a straight penalty in front of the posts so I scored it as 3 pts: 0-47. The scoreboard and the Stoke supporters around me scored it as an unconverted try to the no.8 and strangely thought the kick was missed – 5 pts: 0-49. The referee however must have awarded a penalty try which was indeed duly converted – 7 pts: 0-51 as per RFU website!! Cool
Admission and programme £3 (16pp, match specific, a good effort!)
Refreshments £2.20 - J2O and crisps from the bar
Attendance 66 (h/c)

A re-completion of the M1W league clubs for the Ostrich. BBRFC play in the middle of the Bermuda Triangle between Solihull, Coventry and Warwick, technically in Honiley Road, Meer End, which is just off the A4177 south of Balsall Common. It's directly underneath the southern incoming flight path for Birmingham International Airport, which led to the interesting spectacle of a low altitude PIA Airbus lining up with the floodlights during the second half.

BBRFC is a relatively new club, founded in 1981. There are two pitches, side by side, the main one railed, and with a manual scoreboard. The main pitch is also floodlit, the second pitch half-floodlit down one side only. There's plenty of acreage on the campus for a third full-size pitch, but this area seemed to be marked out with three mini-rugby pitches.

Through the gates, there's a car park for around 60 cars on a rough surface that comprised equal measures of gravel, mud and oak leaves, and the smallish brick and tile clubhouse and changing rooms are set at an angle in one corner. I didn't venture into the bar initially as the Members' Christmas Dinner was in full swing for around 80 folk, and therefore perambulated round the ground where ominously just one side was warming up. Numerous intense mobile phone calls were being made by various officials and as kick-off time approached, I thought I'd better find out what was happening. The guy I spoke to (who turned out in fact to be the Warwickshire Society match referee) advised that Stoke had been held up on the M6 (see Simonblues report above! Laugh), but were now straggling in, seemingly in a convoy of cars, and he was therefore intending to kick off 15 minutes late at 14:30.

So, back to the bar, where I managed to quietly tuck myself away from the happy hordes lunching, for a juice and crisps, no other food being available today for casual visitors. Eventually the teams emerged and threw everyone by lining up for the kick-off on the far training pitch, requiring us spectators to trek across the main pitch, which proved to be a quagmire.

As for the match, it really was no contest. Stoke, playing down the slight slope, carved up the home side remorselessly in the first half, leading 0-29 at the break. BB hardly got out of their own half and were outplayed in just about every department, especially the scrum. Their handling was poor and their tackling often desperate in defence. Stoke's aptly named fly-half Sam Christmas led the festivities with some accurate place-kicking, Duggan, Wilshaw and Rowley all scoring tries.

After an audibly expletive-laden half-time coaching talk, BB made a better fist of the second half, but even when awarded a penalty in front of the posts - "Let's get some points on the board, let's get moving" hollered the coach - contrived to make a right hash of the kick. Stoke were more or less happy to hold them at bay, and then let rip up the hill in the closing stages, scoring two more tries from Christmas and Loska to complete the whitewash.

BB were promoted into M1W this season, and at this half-way mark currently occupy one of the three relegation slots. A long, hard winter in store for them, I'm afraid ….. Unimpressed


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Saturday 22nd December BROADSTREET RUFC 24 SOUTH LEICESTER RUFC 40 National 3 Midlands

Attendance-est 100+ Admission-£5 including programme-a 4 page insert in a 24 page advertising shell

With local football decimated I turned to a rare bit of egg-chasing with a visit to Broadsreeet RUFC which is situated just on the A46 Rugby Road just out side Coventry; Buncranaboy had alerted me to the fact it had a decent amount of cover, although the rain stopped around 2pm; after an excellent pint of Rev James in the plush clubhouse I ventured out for the 2.15 pm kick-off between Broadstreet (12th) and South Leicester (3rd). The home side stormed into a 17-0 lead early in the first half and that prompted the visitors to wake up and realise they were heading for a humiliation; from then on their better handling and superior tactical kicking saw them claw back the deficit and run out convincing and deserving winners. Although it was not needed I sat in the 200 seater stand with a viewing balcony alongside both tacked onto the back of the clubhouse. I spent the game in the excellent company of cl of this parish!


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Saturday 29/12/12. Premiership. London Welsh 15-34 London Wasps @ Oxford United FC.
Adm £15+, prog £3, att 10,045.

The combination of a local derby and a potentially winnable game helped Welsh to record an all-time club record attendance. It also led to massive traffic jams with the last stragglers making it into the ground just before half time. Best option was to park a mile away and walk, which was easy enough.

Welsh don't normally open the east stand, but there were a few people there on this occasion. The bars did the usual food options, and stayed open after the game which was very welcome. There are the usual signs banning taking alcohol to your seat, but these don't apply for the rugby. There's a pub outside the ground which was doing more trade than the stadium bars before and after the game.

The game? Reasonably competitive for about 70 minutes, then Welsh collapsed. Reasonable entertainment, but less atmosphere than you'd get at a football ground with a much smaller crowd. Can't see myself going back, but I can now say I've seen a premiership game.



Cambridge City - on a tour of places we've never heard of and can't spell.


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Sale 33-27 Worcester
Attendance: 6,347
Admission: £35 / £14

A very rare rugby union visit for me. I think it is the first game I have been to since the sport turned professional. It was certainly Part-Timer Junior's first ever game. It was also my first visit to the Salford City Stadium, which was pleasant enough despite having that meccano and lego feel about it of many new grounds. The pitch was fantastic given the recent weather and it was also a pleasantly mild but windy evening.

I won't attempt a match report given my relative ignorance of the nuances of the game except to say that Sale deserved their win as they looked much the more threatening side but made life difficult for themselves by their indiscipline. They conceded three early penalties to gift Worcester an early nine-point lead and continued to infringe for much of the game. The end of the game struck me as bizarre. Trailing by six points and knowing that time was up, Worcester chose to kick a penalty into touch, thus ending the game. Admittedly they were in their own 22 and had they conceded a score they would have lost their losing bonus point but surely you always attempt to win, don't you?

Some general thoughts about watching rugby union after so long an absence. It is a very different game to when I used to watch Wasps playing regularly on a mud heap in front of a couple of hundred spectators! Physios, ballboys and water carriers constantly patrolling the touchlines are irritating to spectators in the front row (or at least they were to this one) even though they did attempt to keep low and out of the way. Is it really necessary to have so many of these people on the pitch at every breakdown? I found it very distracting. Finally what a pleasure it was to be in a rugby crowd instead of a football crowd. When the referee made a decision they usually criticised the players for being stupid instead of the referee. On one occasion when a spectator disagreed with a decision he shouted his displeasure at the referee ending it with the word 'Sir'.


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Saturday 5th January 2013
Burnage 24 Bradford & Bingley 7 (HT 13-7)
National League Three North
Admission £5 (including unimpressive 24-page programme)
Attendance 120 (h/c)

Refreshments available - but took my own

A fourth kick-and-clap outing of the 2012-13 season and, unfortunately, this was no less dull than the previous three. Unable to get through to a couple of North East football secretaries, and lacking the motivation for a 120-mile drive for an EMCL tick at Aylestone Park, I opted to cross the Pennines and play a 'get out of jail free card' with a visit to Burnage's Varley Park and its 3G pitch. It was the first rugby game of either code I'd seen on an artificial surface - and it played, well, as if it were grass. Sadly, a pristine pitch cannot do anything for the absent core skills, abysmal decision making and shortage of broken field running that so blight the 15-a-side code.

At least the right team won. Burnage were no great shakes but didn't need to be. They took what few scoring chances they created, tackled reasonably well and, on the whole, simply sat back and waited for the visitors to drop the ball, which they did every couple of minutes. It really was astonishing that Bradford & Bingley had so much possession during the second half yet failed to register a single point.

The teams, both looking over their shoulders at National League Three North's relegation places, traded tries after a scoreless opening quarter before Burnage took a firmer grip on proceedings with a 39th-minute touchdown from a rolling maul to lead 13-7 at the break. Penalties in the 42nd and 53rd minutes pushed the hosts out to 19-7 and as the visitors' big pack ran out of steam, and their backs of ideas, Burnage added a 79th-minute try to secure a rather flattering margin of victory.

Varley Park (like Adams Park, Wycombe) is in a pleasanter setting than its dreary approach through an industrial estate would indicate. Spectator accommodation is minimal, with only the near side and far end accessible. Burnage need to think about getting some hardstanding laid: no-one took kindly to paddling about in thick mud. There's neither cover nor dug-outs but the venue is floodlit. The lights were switched on for the last 10 minutes. A fairly standard RU clubhouse (vast bar, twerps in loud blazers etc) is positioned between the car park and the 3G pitch. The site features two other rugby pitches (both grass), a five-a-side football court and a nine-hole pitch-and-putt golf course. Mature trees on three sides of Varley Park make a pleasing backdrop, though the incessant din from traffic on the adjacent M60 does not.

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Saturday 05/01/2013
The Championship – Stage 1
Moseley RUFC 23 Jersey RUFC 19
Admission: £17 + £2 transfer to stand seats. Blinkin’ heck! Pirate (Well, it is the second tier of the RFU, I suppose ….)
Programme: £2 (48pp glossy, flatters to deceive, however, 27pp advertising and zilch about the visitors)
Refreshments: £2.18 chicken pie and litre of milk from local shop by the ground before the game. Wasn’t going to pay any more after the soddin’ admission charge but it was perishing up in the stand today, so relented: £1.80 coffee and Mars bar from snack bar at half time
Attendance: I’d say around the 1,000 mark.

Somewhat taken aback by the admission charge, so whinged for a concession (£12), but they were adamant the Ostrich didn’t qualify. Advised them most soccer clubs gave concessions at 60, and was then granted a chocolate from the bowl on the table at the pay-station in lieu …. Would have preferred the £5 deduction Unimpressed.

I’ve been here just once before, when Bournville used the ground for a one-off league match, but it must be at least 45 years since I last saw Moseley play, back in the old days at the Reddings. I call this ground “Portakabin Central”. There’s 16 portakabin hospitality boxes stacked in two tiers behind one goal, and numerous other portakabins dotted around housing the changing rooms, club shop, bar etc. Apart from these, there’s a (rather open to the elements) stand with around 800 seats and a canvas roof (which was about 80% full today), a small platform on the other side for a TV video camera, a manual scoreboard and that’s about it. Parking for, I guess, 150 cars outside the ground.

Both sides are in the basement of the 12-team Championship, only Doncaster Knights below them, nevertheless, there was some attractive running rugby and slick handling on display today. Jersey took the lead with a second minute penalty, and Moseley equalised 5 minutes later. Jersey fly-half Le Borgeois then attempted an ambitious penalty from just inside his own half which, with the wind, fell just under the crossbar, and attempted the feat a second time from a couple of yards further into his half on 18m, this time he got the distance but was slightly wide. He was, however, accurate on 26m with an easier attempt to make it 3-6.

Moseley then shocked Jersey with two quick tries, a sudden breakaway two-on-one situation which Hayter took over the line, and a close range effort from prop Thorp. Neither was converted.

A further exchange of penalties early in the second half made it 16-9 – Moseley fans were urging their side on to score two more tries and a bonus, and King obliged with a score after sustained pressure in the left corner, giving the home side a 14 point cushion, but Jersey were looking increasingly confident and stunned the home side with two quick tries in the 68th and 72nd minutes, a fast movement down the right wing putting Griffiths in, followed by a charge-down of a defensive clearance; it was unclear which player took it over the line. Neither try was converted so the score was 23-19, and Moseley had to navigate a nervous final 10 minutes before securing the win. An entertaining match !

Plus point: they played Meatloaf’s “Dead Ringer” at half-time …. Cool
Minus point : what I’m going to call the “Yodelling Twerp”. Some eejit in the stand kept breaking into a long solo two-pitch warble, at the climax of which, everyone else in the stand shouted “WHAY” and broke into a round of applause. Obviously some sort of ritual. The first time it was startling, the second time tedious, the third time annoying; by the sixth time, I was ready to put out a contract …. Frown

Journey back to the city centre by bus in the company of a Jersey fan (there were more than a few present today) – interesting to hear his thoughts on the game out there on the Island – and on Guernsey FC too!


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The Championship – Stage 1
Moseley RUFC 23 Jersey RUFC 19

Attendance: I’d say around the 1,000 mark.

EDITED TO ADD: The Jersey website gives the attendance as 1,001 !! Laugh


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Saturday 12/01/13 – Midlands 2 West (North)
Tamworth RUFC 10 Wolverhampton RUFC 7
Admission: free, no programmes
Refreshments: £1.20 mug of coffee and Mars bar in the clubhouse
Attendance: 63 (h/c)

Plan A today was Redditch United v Bedford but I didn’t fancy a rail replacement coach south of Birmingham, so scoured the fixture lists and came up with this gem – a bottom-of-the-table v top-of the table clash that didn’t exactly go by the form book.

Tamworth’s clubhouse is at the end of Solway Close, through a housing estate off the Burton on Trent road north of the town centre. There’s an old, converted two storey house which serves as the clubhouse, to which a changing room and function room block have been added, adjacent to parking for around 50 cars. The clubhouse is a bit faded in appearance, although enhanced by two wide-screens showing QPR v Spurs, and the bar is small, but the folk were friendly and a hot coffee was soon rustled up.

The whereabouts of the pitch, however, is not immediately apparent from the clubhouse and turned out to be over a hill and down a slope about ¼ away, at the bottom end of Wiggington Park (a public park), adjacent to the West Coast main line, and therefore quite a haven for railway buffs into Pendolinos, mind you only one freight was sighted all afternoon. Freightliner 90043, if you’re interested. There are three pitches in a line, the main pitch being the central one, which is railed (mostly!) on the two sides, and there is also a small floodlit training area.

As for the match, it was quite an epic. I suppose you could say mud is a great leveller, but let’s take nothing away from lowly Tamworth here, they deserved this! They spent the first half hanging on to their composure and their sanity in the face of relentless Wolverhampton pressure and a series of strange refereeing decisions. The league leaders could have taken the lead after 2m with a penalty dead in front of the posts for offside, but W.13 inexplicably put it wide. It took Tamworth 17 minutes to get out of their half, but then they did have a long period of possession but couldn’t crack the away defence. Wolverhampton were reduced to attempting a penalty from the half way line that fell well short, but just when it looked like Tamworth had successfully navigated a scoreless first half, right on the interval, Wolverhampton broke through on the right and W.7 took the ball over, the try being well converted from wide by W.10.

Into the second half, it was Tamworth’s turn to pressurise, and on 47m, they missed a golden opportunity to score when T.11, on the end of a long cross-field movement, failed to hold the final pass and dropped the ball about 5 yards out with an empty try line beckoning him. Much clutching of heads in the vociferous crowd!

But Tamworth continued taking the game to Wolverhampton and were eventually rewarded on 67m when T.12 went over after the ball had been worked out to the right hand corner, with T.15 notching the equalising conversion. Could this be Tamworth’s day? One final effort, and after 81m, T.15 held his nerve to put over a fine penalty, wide from the left – 10-7 and Tamworth duly survived the remainder of play.

The Tamworth coach was so delighted at the end, he shook everyone’s hand, including the Ostrich Sly. A well-deserved victory indeed!


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Some pictures here of Saracen's refresh of Barnet Copthall stadium, to be known as Allianz Park:
http://www.saracens.com/news/view.php?Id=7338


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RARE MIDWEEK FIXTURE ALERT!
Needing all the back-ups I can get this Tuesday 15 January WINCHESTER v PORTSMOUTH Hampshire Cup Quarter Final. Not sure correct KO time, Portsmouth website says 7pm, Winchester site says 7:30. Ground just behind Winchester City FC.


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Rochdale 23 Vale of Lune 11
North One West (level 6)
Att: 125 (h/c - about half with the visitors)
Admission by programme: £5 (44 pages, all very swish but only 4 pages game relevent, although this was the outside 4 with game details on the front and teams on the back)
Ham & Mustard Muffin £1 (it's a muffin in these parts!)

Something of a surprise this as Rochdale's lumbering and aggressive pack got the better of VoL's speedy backs. Two visiting sinbinnings cost them dear with all 3 of the home sides tries coming when the visitors were short handed. There was only one side with any skill and speed, but equally only one side with real aggression and mastery of the dark arts of close contact RU and sadly the latter won.

The ground is very basic, just railed off and floodlit with no spectator facilities other than a small first floor balcony at one end on the clubhouse. Apparantly there used to be a stand but this is long gone. Nice views of the Pennines from one side of the pitch and the area it's in (Bamford) is rather upmarket.

Finally a note to the ref: Maroon and white hoops v red and white hoops (of equal width) is a colour clash in anyone's eyes, especially on a damp and muddy pitch. No wonder he got so many calls wrong!


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The ground is very basic, just railed off and floodlit with no spectator facilities other than a small first floor balcony at one end on the clubhouse. Apparantly there used to be a stand but this is long gone. Nice views of the Pennines from one side of the pitch and the area it's in (Bamford) is rather upmarket.

Here you go!



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Heineken Cup

Sale Sharks 6 Montpellier 27
Att: 6,088

Entry: £15 Standing (£25 - 45 Seating)
Car Parking £5
Coffee £2
Pie/Hot drink £4.50


Visitors always in control, Sale huffed and puffed whilst Montpellier always seemed to have plenty in reserve, and were far more incisive when attacking. HT 6 - 12

Total domination by the visitors in the 2nd half, the final score being a penalty try after the hosts had held the visitors at bay on their own line for several minutes. FT 6 - 27 (Sale: 2 penalties, Montpellier: 4 Tries (one a penalty), 2 Conversions, 1 Penalty).

With only one way in/out of the stadium I was warned that it could take up to an hour and a half to get off the car park. Was able to while away the time as the outside catering and the bar stayed open well after the final whistle. In the event we managed to drive traffic free off the car park 45 minutes after the game ended.


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One possibility for tomorrow, Burnage's artificial pitch:

"If all goes to plan then there WILL be rugby played at Varley Park this weekend!!!!!! We have made fairly extensive plans in an effort to beat the predicted snowfall over the next 24-36 hours.

Our Grounds Staff & Volunteers will be keeping an eye on things & will attempt to deal with every contingency if the severe weather conditions should hit us.

Provided we don't get a huge dump of snow we should be in a position to plough, brush and even melt the snow which may fall on the 3G pitch prior to the National League Three North fixture against Rossendale RUFC on Saturday afternoon (2:15pm kick-off).

There is a full weekend of activity & fixtures at stake so you may rest assured that every effort will be made to render the surface playable." Taken from their website: http://www.pitchero.com/...-weather-835099.html


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Kendal also optimistic:

http://www.kendal-rugby.com/...4:news&Itemid=71


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Kendal is well worth doing as this has a decent stand and the ground could be lost due to possible relocation

Other Union possible tomorrow for those in London is at London Scottish ( Richmond Athletic Ground 5 mins from station which passed an inspection today and with Scottish opposition shouldn't be a late call off

Brixham and Exmouth also confident but if you can get this far west there should also be some football

Doncaster have travelled to Melrose and of off will be switched to Galashiels and this has underground heating

Carmarten are also confident

All the above should obvoiuly be checked further


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Maidenhead are another 3/4G at level 5. They are due to be at home tomorrow, so might be an option.


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And Gloucester are very confident

A 'balloon' kept frost out of the pitch until it snowed which could damage it but they have now covered the pitch

Not cheap mind for what is likely to be a weakened team and a one sided game


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Thanks cl, Kendal is first choice for me now - it's passed a second inspection this afternoon and I suspect provided it stays frost free overnight (which looks likely, too much cloud cover) it'll go ahead.


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Exmouth now gone despite being on the sea/ estuary which shows how far west one would need to go tomorrow


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Maidenhead are another 3/4G at level 5. They are due to be at home tomorrow, so might be an option.

Maidenhead OFF, Old Patesians unable to travel from Cheltenham. However an Under 18's Academy fixture Wasps v Saracens is being played there later today, 5:30pm KO.


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STOURBRIDGE RUFC 12 BROMSGROVE RUFC 21 National League 2 North

Admission £8 for me and the lad and a programme Attendance-well in excess of 300

A revisit to Bridgnorth Rad Stourton to watch top of the table Stourbridge (played 18 won 18) take on eleventh placed Bromsgrove. SHOCK HORROR..the visitors ran out deserved winners.They scored a converted try early on and were never behind. It seemed that the homesters were always taking the ball standing still and created very little. The ground consists of a main stand on the far side, an area of terracing on the clubhouse side and a raised outside balcony from where I watched proceedings. Many less hardy souls watched from inside the clubhouse. The pitch was almost perfect, if a little sticky down the middle. Good to get some sport in on a day like this.


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Also at Stourbridge 12 Bromsgrove 21. My first ever rugby union game - better than it is on telly, but still not quite convinced its any good. I was rather glad Bromsgrove won as Stour's fans seemed mainly rather arrogant. I've no idea whether it was a good game or not, but as it turned out, better than driving to Telford for a 0-0.

Grumpydwarf and Grumpyjunior must have been in disguise as snowmen because I was unable to spot them. Admission £10, prog £2.


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Welcome to the brave new world of eggchasing TIM Wink

Anyhoo as the snow came down on Friday I expected to be going nowhere however I was rescued by;

EURO LOSERS CUP: BATH RUGBY 53 BUCHAREST WOLVES 8

TKTS: £15 (BOGOF) PROG: £3 ATT: 9,873

Convinced madam to sludge through several inches of white stuff so we could join the masses going to Bath on Thomas. Normally tiz nigh on £30 to be seen at the Rec but yes'day they did a two for one offer at a bargain half price deal. Whilst the game was as expected somewhat one sided I was still grateful to get my sporting fix.

Due to it's temporary stands on two sides this'll never be my favourite ground but at least it's handy for the train station. Highlight of the afternoon was to watch many of the crowd 'enjoy' a free for all snowball fight that kicked off big time. Not a day to be a steward as they got splatted several times!

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Kendal v Penrith (National League 3 North) - p-p

Penrith seemingly took one look at the pitch and refused to play, hopped back on their bus and buggered off. Thanks chaps. My petrol expenses are on the way to you. Call yourselves Northerners? Pah.


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Kendal v Penrith (National League 3 North) - p-p

Penrith seemingly took one look at the pitch and refused to play, hopped back on their bus and buggered off. Thanks chaps. My petrol expenses are on the way to you. Call yourselves Northerners? Pah.



As did their 2nd XV at Hawcoat Park



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Kendal v Penrith (National League 3 North) - p-p

Penrith seemingly took one look at the pitch and refused to play, hopped back on their bus and buggered off. Thanks chaps. My petrol expenses are on the way to you. Call yourselves Northerners? Pah.



As did their 2nd XV at Hawcoat Park


Tish, bunch of Southern Pansie Interlopers.

Thankfully I've already done their ground as I think I'll be boycotting them from now on Wink


IAN S
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Saturday 26 th January

With most football at places I need likely to be off a choice of six RU games is on:

Macclesfield v Coventry
Manchester v Altrincham Kersal
Heath v Old Brodlians
Stockport v DMP
Beverley v Morley
Driffield v Pontefract



We'll be, as we are, when all the fools who doubt us fade away.

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I've been to all those, Ian. I'd pick Heath out of this little lot. Nice setting, cover and a decent Halifax derby, too.


IAN S
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It would depend on the state of Scapegoat Hill, not driving through Huddersfield with its wall-to-wall roadworks.



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If it manages to beat the freeze I may try Heath too, although I think further West will provide better options for beating the weather if the forecast is correct.


I'm looking at:

Chester v Percy Park
Lymm v Billingham
Wirral v Anselmians
Caldy v Otley
New Brighton v Orrell
West Park (St Helens) v Warrington

followed by ice hockey at Cleveleys, Fylde v Deeside.


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Some pictures here of Saracen's refresh of Barnet Copthall stadium, to be known as Allianz Park:
http://www.saracens.com/news/view.php?Id=7338

Bad news for anybody who, like myself, was hoping to attend the first match here on Sunday v Cardiff Blues in LV cup. This match is being used as a test event and capacity is restricted to just their 3,500 season ticket holders. Dissappointed but feel more sorry for Blues fans or any Welsh rugby fans exiled in London who can't go and support their team than us groundhoppers who can pick out any game to attend there.


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Bad news for anybody who, like myself, was hoping to attend the first match here on Sunday v Cardiff Blues in LV cup. This match is being used as a test event and capacity is restricted to just their 3,500 season ticket holders. Dissappointed but feel more sorry for Blues fans or any Welsh rugby fans exiled in London who can't go and support their team than us groundhoppers who can pick out any game to attend there.


Thanks for that news Cherryhopper. I was planning to go to Copthall on Sunday but had just seen from Saracens' website the season ticket holders only news - although it is three or four clicks away from the 'Our Next Fixture' banner.

In the process I saw they have another Sunday home match coming up on 3 March against London Welsh. That one talks about matchday entrance and advance ticket sales for all and sundry. So I may go to that one - and I'll be able to supprt the away team, who I had been following for the last couple of seasons until they did a bunk out in to the sticks for this season's home games.


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Saturday 26 January update

Neither coes of Rugby is much use a backup after a severe frost and there are few possibilities in the Midlands or North especially with details availbale predating the snow

With wet weather chances are much higher so RU only a realistic back up in the South West although Esher seem confident if no significant snow falls. This is walkable from Hersham Station

In the south west the nearest game for anyone heading west and south on M4 M5 is Weston Super Mare which has passed an inspection and also has a big stand. Further south Bourmemouth (adjacent to Bourmnemouth Sports ex Dorset County League) seem confident.

All six top games are likely to play as pitches are covered as a minimum including Harlequins Leicester and Bath plus Northampton although Sale may be at risk amd some of the on the day admission charges are excessive

Games off include Westcombe Park and Canterbury along with surprisingly Guernsey

In the Midlands Luctonians bear Leominster and possibly Newport ( Shropshire) say they have a chance at least pre snow as do Waterloo in Crosby but phone calls in the morning would be essential.

I am only passing on what I know and as always don't blame the messenger


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Oxford Harlequins v Maidenhead South West Three bottom two clash is on according to club Tweets, in fact they have four teams at home today


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Cardiff v Cardiff Met Univ (SWALEC Cup) @ Cardiff Arms Park 2.30 is ON (club website). It's a 13th revisit but a new fixture (!) so there we will go.



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Saturday 26 th January

With most football at places I need likely to be off a choice of six RU games is on:

Macclesfield v Coventry
Manchester v Altrincham Kersal
Heath v Old Brodlians
Stockport v DMP
Beverley v Morley
Driffield v Pontefract


Is there a decent website to find out whether these are on or not? Manchester, Stockport, Lymm or Macclesfield would suit me as I'm Stockport based today and have given up on football options...

EDIT: BBC has Stockport and Macclesfield off. Macc football still on (FAC v Wigan). Manchester also off (cheers Hoddy)



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7/12 Fc United v Matlock Town

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Not one that I know of - just a case of the old fashioned way, phone the clubhouse up, if no answer likely that game is off.

Not tried any as I CBA.



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Southport 3 Sefton 6
South Lancs and Cheshire 2 (level 8)
Att:115
Admission by donation
Programme £1 (20pp, decent effort)

One to note for when it's wet as this was in remarkable condition considering the state of the out pitches and local fields. It's also a very nice ground with an old wooden stand, hard standing and a small walled bank to watch from on the opposite side. Decent clubhouse doing real ale and hot food too.

The game was very tight and runaway leaders Sefton were fortunate to get the points as all the try scoring opportunities went Southport but they bombed the lot.

The ground is about two miles South of the town just past the Royal Birkdale golf course on the A565 and is well worth a visit.


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LUCTONIANS 5 STOURBRIDGE 13 National League Division 2 North

Admission-£7 inc programme Attendance 400+

After a morning of CBA and inertia I finally decided to go for some more egg-chasing and drove the 45 miles to Mortimer Park, Kingsland (a few miles north west of Leominster) home of Luctonians. The home officials had made a tremendous job of clearing the pitch, although they may have regretted it by the end as the midfield resembled a quagmire and will take some recovering. Mortimer Park is very basic; nice, new clubhouse, heaving with corporate hospitality pre-match; a complex of at least 6 rugby pitches; the main pitch is railed off on 2 sides with a very small uncovered meccano seating area on the far side and small overhang from a portakabin on the opposite side; the game was certainly one for the purists with most of the action going on in the middle of the park. Stourbridge led 6-0 at the interval courtesy of 2 penalties; they increased the lead with a converted try shortly before the end with the homesters replying with an unconverted try just before the final whistle.
Post-match refreshments were taken at the Queens in Ludlow and the Old Castle in Bridgnorth, both serving local Shopshire ales.


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Leeds Carnegie have been ordered to replay their match v Plymouth Albion which they won 34-16 on January 6th due to the condition of the pitch which cut up so badly that scrums had to go uncontested. The match will be replayed next Sunday February 3rd at West Park RFC in Bramhope which has a 3g surface 2:30 KO. Their next 2 home games after that have been switched to Otley: February 10th v Newcastle which, to avoid clashing with Ireland v England, will kick off at 12 noon making a treble possible with Rugby League at Huddersfield 3pm or Castleford 3:30 followed by Dewsbury v Featherstone 6pm (Live on Premier Sports); March 3rd v Cornish Pirates KO 2:30. They hope to be back at Headingley for the visit of Rotherham on March 31st. As far as I'm aware Leeds Rhinos home games are unaffected by these pitch problems.


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Leeds Carnegie have been ordered to replay their match v Plymouth Albion which they won 34-16 on January 6th due to the condition of the pitch which cut up so badly that scrums had to go uncontested. The match will be replayed next Sunday February 3rd at West Park RFC in Bramhope which has a 3g surface 2:30 KO. Their next 2 home games after that have been switched to Otley: February 10th v Newcastle which, to avoid clashing with Ireland v England, will kick off at 12 noon making a treble possible with Rugby League at Huddersfield 3pm or Castleford 3:30 followed by Dewsbury v Featherstone 6pm (Live on Premier Sports); March 3rd v Cornish Pirates KO 2:30. They hope to be back at Headingley for the visit of Rotherham on March 31st. As far as I'm aware Leeds Rhinos home games are unaffected by these pitch problems.


Presumably because RL scrums have been uncontested for years........



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LV Cup
Sale Sharks 36-17 Scarlets
Admission: £17 (standing)

Revisit to Sale, unusually this season to see a home win. Competitive performance first half from a young Scarlets side who led for most of the first half. Once Sale got in front though, they didn't look like losing. In this bizarre competition structure, each team plays the teams in another pool (and none in their own) - don't let vienna get any ideas! Each had won 1 and lost one in Sale's pool, so bonus points were important - and Sale sealed theirs with a few minutes to spare.

Real ale available in the south and east stands (Auld Lang Syne in the south, a lighter beer in the other - not in all bars though). Advance tickets are £2 cheaper than I paid, but you need to buy them before the day. Seats are a hefty £27-47 for adults (also £2 cheaper in advance).

I'd learnt from my last visit that getting here clockwise around the M60 is a nightmare with queues at the junction for at least 90 minutes before kick off, and long waits afterwards to get out. There's still a queue but I'd recommend parking on the other side of the M60 - Eccles rugby league ground is one option, for any event here.

Pre-match, first ever visit to the Trafford CentreShocked. Wethertick taken at the Mardi Gras - Ringwood 49er OK, only 2 guest beers so not exactly a top Wetherspoons. More aimed at a food market.



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With FC United: 136
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4/12 Hamburg II v Luneburg Hansa
7/12 Fc United v Matlock Town


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Cardiff 20 Cardiff Metropolitan University 16

Swalec Cup 1R
Sat 26 Jan 13
Venue: Cardiff Arms Park
Status: 13th revisit
admit £5 (oldies but goodies reduction) prog £1
attn c.500

This cup has been much devalued by the WRU as it is now restricted to clubs from tiers 2 and 3, lower clubs playing in the bowl or plate competitions,taking away some of the magic of, say, a village side playing a well known name.

We nearly got a shock result here too, as the students put on decent display. Cardiff, who had Crimmins sent off, looked schoolboyish at times but undeservedly crept into the lead in the final few minutes.

Always a pleasure to visit the Arms Park, Men of the Match: The Groundstaff

Livener taken at City Arms, followed by lunch at Zero Degrees home-brew pub both adjacent to ground.



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Leeds Carnegie have been ordered to replay their match v Plymouth Albion which they won 34-16 on January 6th due to the condition of the pitch which cut up so badly that scrums had to go uncontested. The match will be replayed next Sunday February 3rd at West Park RFC in Bramhope which has a 3g surface 2:30 KO. Their next 2 home games after that have been switched to Otley: February 10th v Newcastle which, to avoid clashing with Ireland v England, will kick off at 12 noon making a treble possible with Rugby League at Huddersfield 3pm or Castleford 3:30 followed by Dewsbury v Featherstone 6pm (Live on Premier Sports); March 3rd v Cornish Pirates KO 2:30. They hope to be back at Headingley for the visit of Rotherham on March 31st. As far as I'm aware Leeds Rhinos home games are unaffected by these pitch problems.

The main pitch at West Park Leeds RUFC is NOT 3G, but grass.
There is a 3G pitch on the complex, but it has no spectator facilities and would be unsuitable for Championship competition.


cherryhopper
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Leeds 30-30 draw with Leinster A in British & Irish Cup on January 19 was played on the 3G pitch at West Park, moved there at the last minute. It was originally due to be played at South Leeds Stadium.


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Leeds 30-30 draw with Leinster A in British & Irish Cup on January 19 was played on the 3G pitch at West Park, moved there at the last minute. It was originally due to be played at South Leeds Stadium.

Yes you are correct there. The match should have kicked off at 11.30 and after snow was cleared finally got the go ahead at 12.45. There is a match report on the Leeds Carnegie section of the Leeds Rugby website, but no mention of the attendance.
They are charging £!0 on Sunday so I think it will be on the main pitch which has a seated stand, but no other cover.
As I mentioned before the 3G pitch has no spectator facilities. It is caged and similar to the ones used for football.


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London & South East Vase Semi Final

Maidstone 38 Old Priorians 0

@The Mote, Maidstone

No admission.charge, programmes were available but I didn't get one.

Both sides went into this with 100% records in their respective leagues and a close encounter was anticipated but it proved to be anything but, once the hosts got their noses in front it was one way traffic for the remainder of the first half and the visitors were probably fortunate to be only 12-0 down.

The visitors threatened briefly in the second half but rarely looked like breaching the hosts solid defence and the final scoreline was probably a true reflection of play.

My first rugby game for years, the most noticeable difference from football is the way players just get on with the game withoit whinging.

An enjoyable afternoon despite the cold swirling wind.


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Sat 2nd Feb 2012
National League 3 North
Kendal 22 Penrith 27
Att: 320 (h/c est)
Admission: £7
Prog: 24pp, fully professional and plenty to read, free with admission
Food: Cumberland Sausage Bap £2.50

After being called off at the last minute two weeks ago I had another crack at this fixture and I was very glad I did.

The game was most un-Union like, wide open and quick as Penrith were seemingly missing over half their regular pack so bottom of the table Kendal won about 6 or 7 scrums against the feed, leaving Penrith to play fast and loose and living off scraps of possession. It was 0-0 after half an hour but could easily have been about 20 all had some of the chances been taken. Then a very flappy drop goal openened the scoring for the visitors and from then on it was great fun. Penrith were 27-10 up on the hour, but the last 1/4 belonged to the home side and two tries gave them real hope of springing an upset, but they just lacked the composure to convert their possession into enough points. Final try count 4-3 to Penrith.

The ground is well worth a look, having been the home of Kendal RU since 1927. There's a great old barrel roofed stand with about 8 rows of wooden bench seating on the East side, with three separate areas around the ground of raised gras banking that provides a good view of the action and of the Southern Lakeland Fells.

A typical large RU clubhouse and changing room complex is at the entrance end, the bar had two handpulled beers from the Lancaster Brewery (Amber and Blonde).

Cracking afternoon out :)


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Darlington Mowden Park played their first match at the Northern Echo Arena last Saturday in which they beat Bromsgrove 62-7. Sunday saw the last ever match played on the first team pitch at Yiewsley Drive before the developers moved in, an Under 14's County Plate match v Westoe. The last match the first team played there turned out to be the 40-10 win over Birmingham on January 5 as the scheduled swansong v Huddersfield January 19 fell victim to the snow.


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Darlington Mowden Park played their first match at the Northern Echo Arena last Saturday in which they beat Bromsgrove 62-7. Sunday saw the last ever match played on the first team pitch at Yiewsley Drive before the developers moved in, an Under 14's County Plate match v Westoe. The last match the first team played there turned out to be the 40-10 win over Birmingham on January 5 as the scheduled swansong v Huddersfield January 19 fell victim to the snow.

Attendance for the Bromsgrove game said to be between 1,800 and 2,000. Average at Yiewsley Drive was 300. Mowden Park expect to average between 600 and 700 at the NEA. That's an awful lot of empty seats.


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Ealing Trailfinders 34 Richmond 17
National League 1
Admission - £15.00 - complete and utter rip off.
Programme - 28 pages, match specific glossy print. Free with admission
Attendance - hard to tell as there we maybe 200 pitch side and maybe another hundred in an upstairs balcony area.

It's about three years since my last visit to the Trailfinders club. With the clubs rise through the leagues I thought that there may have been some ground changes. There is a new scoreboard/TV gantry, very much in an East German stylee. There is now some seating in front of the clubhouse but thats it. For a club close to promotion to the next level I thought a bit more work would have been done such as hardstanding.

The off the field facilities are very good and its just what Rugby Union people need as the majority who attend the games go for the social aspect and not the spectating of the game. Home made pies and Cumbrland Sausage baguettes (£3.75) were on sale in the clubhouse. The sausage was nice but no way was it Cumberland.

Despite the fine club house the spectating facilities are basic. Behind both sets of posts is grass standing. It's also grass standing opposite the clubhouse with a couple of portable uncovered seating stands in place. The ground is floodlit. A gazebo club shop is next to the club house selling clothing and club lapel badges.


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12.15 ko: Eggchasing Championship - LONDON SCOTTISH 25 NOTTINGHAM 13

ADM: £12 PROG: £3 (poor) ATT: h/c 480

Having driven through snow on the way East to Londinium I was quite relieved to find game on and never in doubt with only light rain in Richmond. This was Brucie Bonus starters for me as main reason for heading this way was the 3pm ko at Staines Town later on. I was surprised how well the Jocks played against a team much higher in the table and the result was never really in doubt. If the rugby isn't up to much you can always plane spot being on the Heathrow flightpath.

Typical rugby ground where the bar facilities are far more important than the 'stadium'. Old concrete 60's style of cantilever stand with wooden bench uncomfortable seats which they charge much more to sit on. Spent most of the game standing on the terracing in front of the stand and was amazed on a chilly February day to see so many exiled Scots wearing their family logo skirts aka kilts! We even had a lone bagpipe player too to remind peeps of the Highlands. Rest of the ground is just railed off grass flat standing so not great but most of the locals stay on the main stand side. Mad dash in trusty steed onto;

CONFY SOUTH: STAINES TOWN 1 EASTLEIGH 3

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North One West
Altrincham Kersal 3 Sale 9
Att: 180 (h/c)
Admission £3
Prog: free with admission, 24 pages, 4 page match insert.

This one wouldn't have lived long in the memory but for the warmth of the welcome at this very homely club.

The game was very much "one for the purists" as big spending Sale "Amateurs" just about deserved to win this 80 minutes of punt and grunt by 3 pens to 1. The heavy pitch didn't help but the home side just didn't have the pace or knowhow to break down the visitors defence despite spending an unfeasible amount of the 2nd half camped in their 22.

Pitch side facilities were nigh on non existant, it's simply a railed off pitch (but with match standard floodlights), one of three in a pleasant leafy area between Sale and Altrincham. There is a little raised grass standing on the West side of the ground sheltered by trees, which afforded a decent elevated view, but wellies were the order of the day as the pitch surrounds were sloppy to say the least.

The clubhouse was pleasant and the beer excellent (Monty's Pale Ale at 1.99 a pint), fast food was available in the clubhouse with a bbq going on the patio outside as well.


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Italy v Wales on February 23 + all the recent postponements = a number
of SWALEC League matches re-arranged for Friday February22 and a few on Saturday morning:
Kick Off's 7:15 unless stated
Championship: Ebbw Vale v Glamorgan Wanderers; Newbridge v Llanharan; Tata Steel v Narberth.
League 1 East: Heol y Cyw v Tredegar.
League 1 West: Llangennech v Carmarthen Athletic.
League 2 E: Tylorstown v Llantwit Fardre (7pm); Rhiwbina v Garndiffaith (Sat 1130).
League 2 W: Haverfordwest v Builth Wells (Sat 1145).
League 3 E: Brynmawr v Abergavenny (Thursday 21st); Abertillery BG v Tredegar Ironsides.
League 3 SE: Penarth v Pentrych.
League 3W: Newcastle Emlyn v Amman Utd (Sat 1200).
League 4 SW: Bryncethin v Briton Ferry.
League 4W: Trimsaran v Llanybydder.
League 5E: Newport Saracens v RTB Ebbw Vale.
League 5W: Gowerton v Cefneithin; Pembroke v Pontyates.
League 6 Central: Cambrian Welfare v Llandrindon Wells (Sunday 24th 1430).
Fixtures from www.wru.co.uk/994_774.php subject to change, advisable to check on individual club websites. Please ignore all fixtures listed for this Sunday 17th, they all involve teams playing in SWALEC Cup/Plate/Bowl this Saturday and it's a safe bet they won't be playing twice in 2 days. Hopefully some of these will be re-arranged for Friday March 8th on Hop weekend. So far that night just Llandovery v Cross Keys in Premiership, Oakdale v Machen in 4E & New Dock Stars v St Davids (7:30) in 5W. If arriving in Wales a day early there's Tata Steel v Bonymaen in Championship & Blackwood Stars v Cefn Coed in 5SE on Thursday March 7th.


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Sat 16/02/13 (14:15): National 3 Midlands
Sutton Coldfield RUFC 31 Sandbach RUFC 5
Admission: £5 including programme
Programme: 20pp glossy with a few topical articles, match reports, fixtures etc.
Refreshments from the Hard Ruck Cafe: £3:00 pork bap and apple sauce, £1.60 2 x percolated coffees
Attendance: 204 (h/c).

The Ostrich continues his flight through the N3M clubs, (only South Leics, Nuneaton and Syston to see now) as Sutton Coldfield push for back-to-back promotions. They’ve won their last two matches, both away, scoring 98 and conceding none, but today was a sterner test – if you’re going to be consistently successful, whatever the shape of the ball, sometimes you’ve just got to get stuck in and grind out the win – and that’s what happened today; the final result in no way reflects the battle mid-table Sandbach put up.

Arriving reasonably early, I was able to secure a front row seat in the upstairs bar in front of the picture-windows, which gives about the only panoramic view you can get of the ground.

The Cheshire side were out of the starting blocks early, on a heavy-looking pitch and, with the philosophy that attack was going to be the best form of defence, they nearly shocked Sutton when SA.11 just failed to get in the corner in the 2nd minute. By the quarter-hour mark, the visitors had had a major proportion of the play, and Sutton were having to embark on some desperate defensive work at times. The excellent female referee sensibly ignored the odd bout of off-the-ball handbags and let the combatants get on with it, but quickly stamped on any dissent. With tempers fraying, play became a bit sloppy and SA.11 took advantage of a break-down in play on 25m to intercept and hack the ball forward, twice, breaking the defence and picking up to touch down in the right corner. The conversion drifted wide right.

Sutton, perhaps surprisingly, eschewed a couple of reasonable penalty attempts, but as the first half drifted to a close, they embarked on a long, 10 minute period of possession in the left-hand corner which left both Sandbach and the Ostrich woozy, the former from the pressure and the latter from having to hang over a central-heating radiator on at full blast in order to eyeball the action, and it was more than a relief when the home forwards finally drove over for a try which White converted.

Into the second half and on 51m, Sutton scored a second converted try, a hack-on and pick-up similar to Sandbach’s opener but nowhere near as elegant. Play was then fairly evenly poised, and it was only in the last 10 minutes that Sutton pulled away with further converted tries from White, a break through the middle, and SC.18, finishing off a move wide to the right. A penalty from last play of the match made it 31-5, a somewhat flattering score, but a win is a win and it keeps Sutton up in contention with Ampthill for the league title.


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Sun 17 Feb 1500
Kassam Stadium, Oxford
London Welsh 25-26 Sale Sharks
Admission: £10 + £2 booking fees
Attendance: 4082

A lovely day for a first visit for me to the Kassam Stadium, out in the countryside, and without any of the town sighted as I travelled on the Sale supporters coach. Pre-match stop in Brackley, a useful reccy should FC United get promoted this season! Quick post-match beer in the Priory Inn, next to the ground - well actually in their marquee as there's no real ale in the main bar, or within the ground.

In this 3 sided ground, I was in the bottom of the south stand at the open end. The stand behind the goal was closed and I think it was only London Welsh fans in the stand opposite (mixed in south stand). There is quite a pricing difference, as blocks went from £10 to £22 in the next block and £26 in the one after. There's a screen at the open end, but it spent quite a bit of time showing adverts rather than the action or replays.

The match see-sawed with Sale opening an early lead, then giving away several penalties to allow Welsh to build up a 12-3 lead before coming back right at the end of the first half to score the first try (converted) to take a 13-12 lead. Another 7 points for Sale was added within 3 minutes of the restart and it looked like Sale might kick on from 20-12, but Welsh scored a penalty straight back, before a try of their own. Another penalty stretched their lead to 5 before Sale replied twice, once off the inside of the post to take the lead in the final 10 minutes. With 2 minutes to go, from a sustained spell of pressure, Sale got a penalty in front of the posts, but elected for a tap penalty - reasoning being that if they could score a converted try, that would eliminate Welsh's consolation bonus point, but that almost came back to bite them, as they lost the ball within 20 seconds remaining, but on the Welsh tryline. After an initial break, Sale contained quite well however and after several phases, the indiscipline was on the Welsh side and Sale were able to kick it out to finish the game. Cracking finish!

This leaves an intriguiging dogfight at the foot of the table, with Sale a single point behind London Irish and Welsh 2 points further ahead. Worcester aren't out of it yet, another 4 points further ahead. There are 7 games to go.

I had an interesting chat at the game with a fella with an Oxford Cavaliers Rugby league top on at the game. Several people with him were also involved in rugby league in the area and he's looking forward to the Championship 1 side starting up shortly - they've taken 3 of last year's Cavaliers side, but those not getting a game with the more senior side could well be making appearances for the Cavaliers... I can see why Oxford rugby league side are choosing not to clash with London Welsh though.



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4/12 Hamburg II v Luneburg Hansa
7/12 Fc United v Matlock Town


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North One West
Kirkby Lonsdale 9 Liverpool St Helens 40
Att: 240 (h/c)
Admission: £3 including smart full colour prog (only 4 match specific pages though)

Feversham Lens covered this one in depth earlier this season and it's fair to say that on a nice day (as this was, for Mid Feb) there are few finer places to spend your Saturday afternoon.

The view from the "high" side, compete with grass banks, railed, raised standing and a wonderfully ricketty old wooden stand are splendid with the Western Yorkshire Dales as a high quality backdrop.

Luckily for me this was also a half decent game with the league leading visitors eventually running in 6 tries against a very spirited home side who although second best in many departments never kept trying and were loudy encouraged by the voiciferous locals.

Thoroughly grand entertainment in exquisite surroundings. Oh and a very decent pint too.... Cool


Workington FC
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North Lancs Cumbria League
Aspatria 31 Old Aldwinians 18
Admission - £4.00 (non member)
Programme - Free
Attendance - 120 (hc)

Where is Aspatria - well its about 9 miles from Cockermouth, 8 miles from Maryport and 8 miles from Wigton in West Cumbria. It can be accessed by public transport by rail and lies on the Carlisle to Barrow line. The station is about a 5 minute walk to the Rugby Ground. Although it is classed as a small town (its population is around 2,700), Lake District Cheese is produced here and Sealy beds manufactured.

Despite the size of the town Bower Park is one of the better grounds in Cumbrian Rugby Union. It boasts a raised covered seated stand for around 200 people, new floodlights and two step terracing on two sides. There is a also a large clubhouse. The following day two representative Rugby League games between sides from Cumbria and Lancashire were taking place. Aspatria (or Spyat-tree to West Cumbrians or A-spay tree arrr - to posh outsiders whio have moved to the area) used to be the top club in Cumbria many years ago but they have been left behind by Penrith and Kendal. They could still gain promotion this season so the win was a vital one for them.

Just a word on the match programme. For this level of Rugby Union it is very good. It consists of a 40 page shell with the match details on the front cover. There are some very interesting articles inside and it is well presented. Also stapled inside is a 20 page match specific insert which is a good read. It puts the efforts of many higher level clubs to shame.

There's nothing to see in the town but a visit to the Rugby Club is recommended.


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Sun 17 Feb 1500
Kassam Stadium, Oxford
London Welsh 25-26 Sale Sharks
Admission: £10 + £2 booking fees
Attendance: 4082

There's a screen at the open end, but it spent quite a bit of time showing adverts rather than the action or replays.

I had an interesting chat at the game with a fella with an Oxford Cavaliers Rugby league top on at the game. Several people with him were also involved in rugby league in the area and he's looking forward to the Championship 1 side starting up shortly - they've taken 3 of last year's Cavaliers side, but those not getting a game with the more senior side could well be making appearances for the Cavaliers... I can see why Oxford rugby league side are choosing not to clash with London Welsh though.


Interesting to read about the screen - pity they don't leave it in place for football, unless it's just been put up. The pitch has been ruined incidentally - it was in a terrible state for last Tuesday's game against Fleetwood, badly rutted and sanded in places.

First time I've seen a reference to the 'Cavaliers' and while I'm not a fan of naming sports clubs in this way (as happens in cricket these days) at least they showed a bit of imagination in using a name with Civil War origins.


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Sun 17 Feb 1500
Kassam Stadium, Oxford
London Welsh 25-26 Sale Sharks
Admission: £10 + £2 booking fees
Attendance: 4082

There's a screen at the open end, but it spent quite a bit of time showing adverts rather than the action or replays.

I had an interesting chat at the game with a fella with an Oxford Cavaliers Rugby league top on at the game. Several people with him were also involved in rugby league in the area and he's looking forward to the Championship 1 side starting up shortly - they've taken 3 of last year's Cavaliers side, but those not getting a game with the more senior side could well be making appearances for the Cavaliers... I can see why Oxford rugby league side are choosing not to clash with London Welsh though.


Interesting to read about the screen - pity they don't leave it in place for football, unless it's just been put up. The pitch has been ruined incidentally - it was in a terrible state for last Tuesday's game against Fleetwood, badly rutted and sanded in places.

First time I've seen a reference to the 'Cavaliers' and while I'm not a fan of naming sports clubs in this way (as happens in cricket these days) at least they showed a bit of imagination in using a name with Civil War origins.




Been watching the Cavaliers since 2000 been putting bits on here for the last 5 or 6 years, I had a feeling no one ever read what I wrote Cool

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Since I am not a rugby fan myself, until recently (when I got internet access at home) I did not bother to read the 'other sports' section much, if at all. But now that I have time to do so, I find it quite interesting especially when comparing it to football in terms of spectator facilities and programme issuing, etc.


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Friday 22 February - Swalec League Division 3 South-East
Penarth 10-0 Pentyrch - Attendance approx 100
Admission £3 including 20 page programme from games original date 29 December (par for the course for these re-arranged Friday night matches on 6 Nations Weekends but better than no programme at all) with only the home team line-up with their positions in English and Welsh, visitors to be confirmed. Knew before setting out that Tylorstown was frozen off but thought the coast would have a better chance of playing than the Valleys. After Tondu and Tata Steel failed to answer their phones settled on Penarth who confirmed their game was on. Pitch was a bit hard but frost free and was railed off only on near side, behind which was a building containing 2 clubhouses, a kitchen, changing rooms and an old stand on top which may or may not be condemmed. There were 6 people watching the game from here but couldn't work out how to get into the stand until I saw them come out at the end through the kitchen door. The only way in from outside was through a gate which was locked. Luckily it was quite sheltered from the biting wind in front of the stand unlike on the far side which only had some temporary barriers and a roped off cricket square, nothing behind either goal. The game itself wasn't great, the home side with the wind at their backs camped firmly in the visitors half for 30 minutes with only 3 points to show until Aaron Ellis went over for the game's only try. Pentyrch did have a bit more territory in a stop-start scoreless second half but couldn't get back into it and ended the game pegged back in their own 22 for most parts. My lowest ever rugby score but still yet to see a try-less game.
There are now four Principality Premiership matches on Friday 8 March for those attending the hop but have done Ton Pentre. They are Bridgend v Swansea, Carmarthen Quins v Llanelli, Llandovery v Cross Keys and Pontypridd v Aberavon all 7:15 KO's.


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RBS WEST REGIONAL SHIELD - FINAL

Marr 64-31 Kilmarnock
At Fullarton, Troon
Admission: £2 (including programme)
Attendance: 350


RBS sponsors the three national club knockout competitons - Cup, Shield and Bowl - the finals of which are all held at Murrayfield Stadium (this season on 20 April) in a marvellous end-of-season festival of club rugby.

The Cup is competed for by clubs in the 3 national divisions. The Shield is competed for by clubs in the top 2 levels of the regional leagues (for the purposes of the competition clubs are divided into 4 regions - West, East, Borders and Caledonia (Midlands and North) whilst the Bowl is competed for by all remaining clubs.

The 4 regional Shield winners play a semi-final for the right to appear at Murrayfield, so as well as being the West final this match was effectively a national quarter-final.

Kilmarnock are the current holders of the West Regional Shield, but only their most fervent supporters could have thought they had any chance against a Marr team which has steamrollered all opposition this season, winning every match they have played - in the league they have a perfect record winning all their 14 matches and picking up a bonus point for scoring 4 or more tries in every match. Their match average is 50 points scored with under 10 conceded.

On a beautiful winter' day, with a blue sky and a nip in the air, the match started as one might have anticipated and after 20 minutes Marr had run in 4 converted tries and led 28-3. It looked as if the game would end in a cricket score, but astonishingly Kilmarnock fought back and in the second quarter they dominated the match with their forwards posing a lot of problems for the Marr defence. Half-time Marr 37-17 Kilmarnock.

The second half continued in a similar vein - although Marr always maintained a healthy lead, Killie did not roll over and continued to ask questions of the Marr defence. The final try count was 10-4 to Marr.

So Marr progress to the National Shield semi-finals. They will be joined in the draw by Aberdeenshire (from Aberdeen) (league record 13-0-1) who are the Caledonia winners, Berwick from Borders and the winners of next weekend's East Final between Livingston (league record 12-0-0) and RHC Cougars (Royal High/Corstorphine) from Edinburgh.


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North One West
Vale of Lune 20 Liverpool St Helens 16
Att: 125 (h/c)
Admission £5
Prog: Free - 16 pages, 8 match specific. Lots to read but a fixture list and league table wouldn't go amiss.

Powderhouse Lane is one of my favourite sporting venues. A large ramshackle clubhouse at one end, 9 steps of terracing the full length of the pitch, large grass and tree lined bank for those with mountain goat tendancies and always a warm, down to earth welcome. The ground is on the edge of Torrisholme, between Lancaster and Morecambe and has a semi rural feel with plenty of small hills and greenery around. Not one for a cold, wet day (there's no cover any more since the stand was demolished) but on a fine day it's a grand place to be. The pitch is massive and very much encourages open rugby, with 20m in goal areas and loads of width.

Top of the table LSH looked well in control at 9-3 up at h/t (all pens), but Vale came back strong the second half, scored a penalty try after numerous scrum resets on the line and then scored an absolute cracker of a try through their pitbull of a scrum half who seemed to take on half the LSH side over a mazy 40m run, bouncing off tackles before darting between the posts for what proved to be the game winning try. LSH scored a good one of their own with a perfectly executed 3/4 line scissor move, but a late penalty for Vale meant they could hold out for a win that lifts them to 3rd the league, with a game against the other top dogs, Sale, at home next week.

If you're not impartial to the odd bit of punt and grunt it's a game well worth considering.


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AVIVA Premiership
Leicester Tigers 27 Saracens 32
Admission £24.00 to stand - complete and utter rip off - I know I should have avoided it.
Programme - £3.00 - 100 pages very good with lots to read
Attendance - 20,728

Quite a subdued atmosphere for the late Saturday night 8.00pm kick off. Interesting to hear two Brummies embarrass themselves. One was attending his first ever game of Rugby. He was a "Villaaar" supporter and couldn't understand why all the crowd were not singing songs so he decided he would sing "get into em and [email protected]@@ em up" a few times. He also thought that, even though he had never played Rugby, it looked quite easy and he would be good at it. He then had to leave before half time because he was cold.

Can't say I would recommend a visit due to the expensive admission fee.


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Midlands 1 East
Peterbrough Lions 54 Market Bosworth 19
Admisssion - ?
Programme - £2.00
Attendance - around 100

Very strange set up at Peterborough Lions. Just to clarify Peterborough Lions could be classed as the second Rugby Union Club behind the longer established Peterborough RFC. Both clubs now play at the same level but the upstart Lions, who have quite a bit of money behind them, have moved forward on the field and are leaving the older club behind.

From their website,

"The Club was formed in 1944 by workers at the Baker Perkins factory, who organised a team to play against the Free French Air Force based at the Westwood aerodrome, hence the original name of the club.

The Club remained on this site until the relocation of APV Baker in the late 1980's. The club then became nomadic moving from Phropres Sports Club to Stanground College to Deacon School, where the Club formed close links and launched its junior section.

The 2000 to 2001 season saw the club promoted to East Midlands Div I, missing out on the championship spot on points difference. Cup competition saw The Club progress for the first time to the 3rd round of the Tetley Bitter Vase, a performance that we intend to improve upon. Relegation in 2003-4 occurred despite the club having a thriving social side and significant numbers of new payers.

In 2005 the club changed its name to Peterborough Lions and signed a deal to play its home games (2005-6) at Peterborough United Football Ground. Promotion to Midland 4 ES rapidly followed. A change in ownership at the football club saw the Lions move after two successful seasons to the East of England Showground for the 2007-8 season.

Finally for the first time since leaving Baker Perkins at the end of the 1980 the club can look forward to a home to call its own. Thanks to the support of Peterborough City Council the Lions are leasing part of Bretton Park for the next 60 years. Ambitious plans have been drawn up for a new clubhouse, playing and training facilities.

Due to time constraints the start of the 2009 season will see the Lions making use of temporary accommodation at Bretton Park. However the location and the support of the local community will ensue that a warm welcome awaits all who visit the new Lions Den".

I think that there is probably a bit of, lets say, not friendly rivalry as the Lions have more money to spend than Peterborough and aquired a large contingent of their players. The Lions line up contained a large number of Lithuanians and a smattering of South Africans.

The ground is very difficult to find with my sat nav giving up. Basically you need to get near to the Cresset Shopping Centre in Bretton a suburb of Peterborough. Lets just say it appears to be a rough area. If you can get to the back of Sainsbury's you are nearly there. There is a small wooded area, with quite a few taxis parked up. The ground is behind the wood. It's a very large site with the club having two pitches, clubhouse and car park enclosed by security fencing. The changing rooms are outside the complex in a block of changing rooms used for adjacent football pitches.

It's a really quirky set up. I believe that the land used to be used as a school sports facility. It is now a bit of a dump. The club have laid a car park with some derelict tarmac tennis courts next to it. It could easily be used for overflow car parking if required but I'm not sure if there is adequate access. The main feature is a massive clubhouse area which is of the temporary corporate hospitality nature used as golf tournamnets etc. It really has seen better days and is a bit ramshackle. The strange thing is when you go inside a new wooden chalet type clubhouse has been constructed inside. The rest of the place has either been abandoned or never developed. The wooden chalet is bland inside with a small bar. Outside is a small tarmaced area with bench seating fastended to the ground. An electronic scoreboard is in place but does not work so a cricket scoreboard was used today instead. There is a large metal fence down one side of the pitch and that is it. The rest of the site has various portacabins, bits of fencing etc left lying around. It's hard to tell if things will be developed or this is it. Anyhow it is quirky and ramshackle. From rumours going around Peterborough the club allegedly do pay out a lot in wages so that may be where their prioroities lie. If they do move up the leagues and did develop the facilities you could guarantee that any grandstand would be built out of scaffolding poles and planks. It's just that sort of place.

I arrived late so I'm not sure if there is any admission charge. There were a couple of young girls in the clubhouse with a box of programmes and I purchased one for £2.00. Its a 20 page A5 issue printed professionally on glossy paper in full colour. It is also match specific.

On the field the Lions dominated but seemed to get bored as they racked up the scores.


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Midweek Rugby!

Those of you who have not visited Delves Road, Walsall may be interested in a rare midweek match under our floodlights.

Wednesday 27th March KO 7.30pm
Staffordshire Cup Quarter Final
WALSALL v LICHFIELD

First team match, usual admission is £4 including a programme.

Will double check all the details on Saturday when we are at home to Stratford.


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Midweek Rugby!

Those of you who have not visited Delves Road, Walsall may be interested in a rare midweek match under our floodlights.

Wednesday 27th March KO 7.30pm
Staffordshire Cup Quarter Final
WALSALL v LICHFIELD

First team match, usual admission is £4 including a programme.

Will double check all the details on Saturday when we are at home to Stratford.



Excellent Simon - keep us posted


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EGGCHASING DIV.1: CINDERFORD 37 ESHER 41

ADM: £10 PROG: £2 ATT: h/c 400

This had always been one of the to do list one day and it wasn't till around lunchtime I made the decision to head to the Forest of Dean. Well chuffed I did too as even though I'm more of a footy buff I thoroughly enjoyed the game as the result was in doubt right up to the final whistle. With five tries for each side it could've gone either way.

Like its neighbour up the hill, Dockham Road has two sides which are steep grass banks providing superb views over the Forest and beyond to the Brecon Beacons. A small olde worlde wooden bench stand on the clubhouse side and elevate pitch carved out into the hill. On a pleasant Spring day this was a delightful place to spend my afternoon.

Bimbled up the hill to catch the last half an hour of

STH. LGE DIV.1 S+W: CINDERFORD TOWN 2 YATE TOWN 2

Both grounds are well worth the visit though interesting to note the rugby is the main sport in the town getting around 400 compared to the footy's 138. Grounds in this part of the world never fail to disappoint.

KRTM Cool


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SWALEC Welsh Division Two North
Denbigh 30 Colwyn Bay 3
Admission: £2 including 20pp prog (8 pages match specific)
Att: 95 (h/c)

I'd always been curious about how the Northern Divisions in Wales had been re-aligned within the league structure (they used to start at Division 5 level if memory serves correct), so I wasn't expecting too much quality at a level which may once have been supposedly on a par with National League division 6 (effectively 8, with the Premiership and Championship now in place).

My fears worsened when the visitors ran out in a fair old mish mash of shorts/socks (although almost all were navy and white, just not all the same kit or vintage!).

It was obvious from the outset there was only going to be one winner as Denbigh not only looked the part but were stronger in every department as well as being bigger/faster/fitter. The only surprise that that through their own over elaborance and profligacy they only managed 5 tries. It was no surprise at all that Colwyn Bay didn't get a sniff of a 5 pointer all afternoon but to their credit they never gaver up even though the situation was beyond hopeless for most of the time.

The ground is much more non league football than typical RU club. Railed on 3 sides with floodlights it also boasts a neat modern stand with concrete terracing and crash barriers that would shelter around 70-80. There's also hard standing along most of the side nearest the clubhouse, which has a number of rooms but was much more down to earth than most you'd encounter in English Union circles.

Not in the most scenic location on the edge of an industrial estate to the North of the Town it does have good views of the Clwydian Hills to the East however and on a pleasant early Spring Afternoon I could have done much worse for two quid!

Quite hard to compare the standard to the English system as there was a big gap between the sides. Denbigh would probably be OK in North One West (level 6), but Colwyn Bay would be a couple of Divisions lower, being level 8 at best I guess. I'm going to try to get to a game in Division One North before the season's out to see what the standard in that is like.


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RFU PREMIERSHIP
Sunday 3 March 2013

Saracens 35 - 14 London Welsh (Allianz Park, Copthall - att. 9,960 or so)

£25 for a ticket in one of the temporary stands (at one end); £3 for a programme; £5 for a burger(!); £2.50 for chips; £1 for a cup of tea was very reasonable I thought.

The mrs and I went along to see what was what, both having been to Copthall as kids for sports days. The setup is good excepting the predictably extortionate food prices. Sarries got a win and a bonus point to go top of the table and the atmosphere was fairly good (bearing in mind the amount of 'encouragement' given over the tannoy etc). What's a nice touch is that people can go on the pitch after the players have left it so kids can play around etc. The thing that did get up my nose a bit was, sitting at ground level, having the London Welsh squad players and coaches warming up in front of us and obscuring our view. I wished they'd buggered off and done it somewhere else - not in front of paying fans trying to see the game.

Overall worthwhile although I'd like it to be about a fiver cheaper per ticket. The mrs enjoyed her look at Gavin Henson's arse and she is pleased with her gloves and scarf (and chips!).


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UPDATE on SWALEC League fixtures this Thursday & Friday for those heading to Wales for the hop with a few additional matches from previous post, KO's 7:15 unless stated:
Championship - Friday - Llanharan v Bargoed.
Tata v Steel v Bonymaen previously scheduled for this Thursday now being played March 23.
Division 1 East - Thursday - Merthyr v Gilfach Goch.
Division 2 East - Thursday - Llantwit Fardre v Rhiwbina
Division 4 East - Friday - Blaenavon v Monmouth; Oakdale v Machen
Division 4 SW - Thursday - Pyle v Penlan (7pm)
Division 5 SE - Thursday - Blackwood Stars v Cefn Coed
Division 5 West - Friday - New Dock Stars v St Davids (7:30) ground just over roundabout from Parc y Scarlets on A484.


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Although some way away, depending on what direction you are travelling from there is also:

Friday 8th March
Wrexham v Welshpool
SWALEC Lge 3 North
7-30 ko

Ground at Bryn Estyn Road on the Holt side of Wrexham, LL13 9TY

Looks to be railed with a decent sized stand and floodlights.


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A venue change for Saturday 9th March
NATIONAL 3 MIDLANDS
BROADSTREET v SCUNTHORPE
@ RUGBY LIONS RFC . Webb Ellis Road. 3PM.

This is due to the Daily Mail school's cup competitions being played at Broadstreet.


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Friday 8 March 2013 @ Church Bank
Llandovery 39-17 Cross Keys - Attendance about 250
Admission £12 - Programme (28 pages) £2
A nightmare journey which took over 5 hours to drive 170 niles from my home near Ringwood - the main hold up a broken down vehicle on the M4 roundabout at Swindon which took 40 minutes to get past - meant missing the first 10 minutes and an early Llandovery try. The Drovers added 2 penalties before scoring another try from a well worked move on the left hand side which started in their ownhalf. Cross Keys kicked their only points of the half before another home try made it 25-3 at half time. The bonus point was secured early in 2nd half after a kick through. The visitors then started to make a game of it coming back with 2 tries of their own but the home side had the last word scoring their 5th try to make the final score 39-17. The ground is dominated by an impressive elevated stand with seats in the clubs green, red & white colours spelling out LRFC flanked by 2 covered terraces. A narrow terraceprovides more cover on opposite side withno barriers behind either goal, one end has the entrance and clubhouse with another pitch behind far end.


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Midlands West 1
WALSALL 26-14 STRATFORD UPON AVON
Delves Road, Walsall.
£2 (membership) including programme.

Fairly comfortable victory in the end although Walsall spent much of the last 10 minutes showing solid defence as the visitors tried to turn the game round. Three tries to one in the mud at Delves Road.

MIDWEEK MATCH
The details of the forthcoming floodlit midweek match posted earlier were confirmed in todays programme. You would all be very welcome at-

Wednesday 27th March ko 7.30pm
Staffs Cup Quarter Final
WALSALL v LICHFIELD (first team match)
Delves Road, Walsall.
£4 admission including programme, bar and tea bar open throughout.


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List of SWALEC League matches this week on Thursday 14th & Friday 15th March:
(KO's 7:15 unless stated)
Championship - Friday - Bridgend Athletic v Llanharan; Ebbw Vale v Bonymaen
Division 1 East - Thursday - Merthyr v Heol y Cyw
Friday - Rumney v Rhydyfelin (6:15); Tredegar v Penallta; Ystrad Rhondda v Gilfach Goch
Division 1 West - Thursday - Kenfig Hill v Loughor
Division 2 East - Friday - Abercynon v Llantwit Fardre; Llantrisant v Pill Harriers
Division 2 West - Friday - Haverfordwest v Aberystwyth (7:30)
Division 3 East - Friday - Abertillery BG v Brynmawr; Pontypool Utd v Abergavenny
Division 3 SE - Friday - Brecon v Pentyrch
Division 4 East - Thursday - Clifynydd v Chepstow (7pm); Oakdale v Machen
Friday - Caldicot v Hafodyrynys
Division 4 SW - Friday - Birchgrove v Glyncorrwg; Nantyffyllon v Pyle
Division 4 West - Friday - Tycroes v Llanybydder
Division 5 East - Friday - Usk v Nantyglo; Brynithel v Rogerstone (Saturday 1230)
Division 5 South Central - Thursday - Ferndale v Glyncoch.
It is advisable to check these games on each club website including away team if home site doesn't mention the game.


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TWICKENHAM

Can anyone help please. We are going to Twickenham in a couple of weeks (Saracens v Ulster). Where are the best places to park or the easiest way to get to the stadium.

Thanks.


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South West Trains run half hourly services to London Waterloo from both Reading and Windsor & Eton Riverside which stop at Twickenham. I often catch the train from Sunningdale just off the A30 on the former line but if you're coming from Chorley the latter line would be your best bet, Datchet (2 miles from J5 of the M4) looks the easiest station to reach on that line.


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Saturday 16 March 2013
With another wet Saturday forecast rugby backups to the weekend football may be needed. Not mentioned in last Sundays Rugby Paper are the regional finals of the Intermediate Cup, Senior and Junior Vase which double as National Quarter Finals. KO's 3pm unless stated:
Intermediate Cup
North - Bridlington v Eccles
Midlands - Coalville v Old Laurentians
London & SE - North Walsham v Brighton (2:30)
Senior Vase
North - Selby v Trafford Metropolitan Vickers
Midlands - Stourbridge Lions v Old Leamingtonians (2pm, I think they play at same ground as the main Stourbridge club)
London & SE - Maidstone v Cantabrigians (2:30)
Junior Vase
North - Manchester Medics v Baildon (they groundshare at Bowdon RFC)
Midlands - Harbury v Old Yardleians
London & SE - Wymondham v Farnham (2:30)
The South West Finals were played on February 23rd with St Austell, Drybrook and Newent winning through to the National Semi Finals which take place on Easter Saturday.


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Cherryhopper, many thanks for that, as you've just given me a Plan B for tomorrow (Harbury) if Woodford United doesn't survive the rain .....


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TRP also printed the wrong fixtures for Midlands 2 West (South) which should have read KENILWORTH v DROITWICH & SHIPSTON ON STOUR v EARLSDON giving you 2 more backups nearby.


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RFU Midlands Junior Vase Final (at Waterloo Fields, Middle Road 15:00)
Harbury RUFC 9 Old Yardleians RUFC 11
Admission: free
Programme: free from the bar (4pp). Harbury (like the Yards) are a Midlands 4 West (South) side, level 9; I doubt they’d issue usually.
Refreshments from the bar: J2O £1.50; a more than welcome halftime coffee £1
Attendance: 266 (h/c) Probably more in practice.

With Plan A, Woodford United, called off following a mid-morning pitch inspection, the Ostrich decided to forgo the clash of the Northern Premier galacticos at Keys Park and the more dubious delights of Stourbridge v Weymouth, and settle for the rather intriguing cup tie highlighted by Cherryhopper above. About 60 clubs entered the first round, from Bedford Swifts to Skegness, Uttoxeter to Clee Hill. The winner progresses to the National Junior Vase Semi-Final and is therefore one game away from gracing Twickenham.

First, it was a question of finding Harbury, which turned out to be a pleasant Warwickshire village, overlooked by an old four-sailed windmill on a hill, and containing a hostelry called the Old New Inn (or possibly the New Old Inn, I can’t remember); however, I suspect it’s commuter belt Leamington Spa. The ground is outside the conurbation, on the road down to the Fosse Way, and the complex includes three rugby pitches and a cricket square. The club was founded in 1962 and moved to its current home in 1979. The clubhouse, which looks like a two-story house, has the changing rooms below, and a slightly claustrophobic bar upstairs, although they’re probably not accustomed to crowds this size. There is a side room devoted to Alan Padbury, a club stalwart who died young, of cancer, and there is a memorial match played in his name each season.

On arrival, I was shoehorned into the pretty much the last hard-standing slot in the car park although there was overflow parking on the (sodden) cricket outfield. Old Yardleians brought two coach-loads of supporters which swelled the crowd. Yards are one of those clubs I have a strange affiliation with – they play at the back of Highgate United’s ground, and I once hopped over the ditch at halftime and saw 10 minutes of a 2nd XV game there; I’ve also watched an U-16 game on their ground while waiting for the start of a Shirley Town game, just down the road. This was the first time I’ve seen their first XV.

As a warm up, we were entertained by a U-11 match between Harbury and Rugby St Andrews, 15m each way in the bottom end on the main pitch in front of the clubhouse, which didn’t do much for the state of the wet ground, but was an interesting contest with a lot of endeavour and some neat handling, which Harbury won 10-5.

Then on to the main contest, the teams emerging from the clubhouse and running onto the pitch through a triumphal arch of red and white balloons, carefully erected by a party events organiser. Slightly surreal.

As for the game, well, an absolute nailbiter that went down to the wire. Yards (league champions in all but name) looked the classier side but Harbury (5th in the league) were up for it. In the first half, the home side missed three relatively easy penalties in the swirling wind; Yards scored the only try after 23m when Hendrick dived over in the corner.

A veritable monsoon arrived at half-time – getting around 200 people out of the lashing rain and into the bar was quite an acheivement, but we made it, and the Ostrich found a suitable perch in front of the windows overlooking the pitch, which he occupied for 20 minutes of the second half, until the windows finally and irretrievably steamed up! In that time, Harbury, playing down the slight slope, had conceded a 47m penalty but then Secher redeemed himself from his first half misses by scoring three penalties – 9-8 to Harbury ! So the stage was set for the finale – Yards laid siege to the Harbury lines. Their kicker, White had an easy penalty attempt on 78m but the ball blew off the tee twice – running out of time, he snatched the third attempt horribly wide. Anguished groans from the away support.

On 80m, another Yards penalty, this time from wide right – White was just wide. Had the Yards final chance gone? 82m and a third penalty from wide left. And White landed it – last kick of the match and 11-9 to the away side. You couldn’t have asked for a better finish!


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NATIONAL DIVISION 2 NORTH BIRMINGHAM @ SOLIHULL RFC 16 PRESTON GRASSHOPPERS 19

Admission-£10 with prorgamme Attendance-144 Refreshments-real ale in the clubhouse from Silhill Brewery

GAME PLAYED ON PITCH 2 AT PORTWAY (pitch 1 was totally waterlogged).

Having visited this Portway site may years ago when Halfords used an outside footnall pitch (no longer there) in the Midland Combination, I knew I had to return for rugby union. It was not until 1.55 when I camE out of the clubhouse that I realised it was not being played on the main pitch; the visitors had agreed to play on pitch 2 next to the main pitch and the club had fully roped it off; reluctantly I decided to stay and watch a decent game with the result being in doubt till the end; I will have to return to tick off the main pitch.


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