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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.


(This post was edited by Ostrich on Sep 22, 2012, 5:50 PM)


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



Nice facilities - well worth doing


Andy D
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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......



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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




Andy D
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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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Oct 26, 2012, 12:12 PM

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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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