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Feversham Lens
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Sunday 16th June 2019
Workington Town 54 Coventry Bears 16 (HT 26-12)
League One (tier three, kick-off 3pm)
Admission £15
Programme £2 (20pp, a really poor issue - hardly anything to read)
Attendance 895 (announced)
The usual refreshments available from an outlet in the Tony Hopper Bar, formerly the Bill Shankly Lounge (didn't bother)


Enjoyable afternoon - despite the always seemingly endless slog over to west Cumbria via the A59, A1 and A66 - as rugby league returned to Borough Park for the first time in 33 years. A decent, enthusiastic crowd on yet another day of heavy showers, albeit punctuated by spells of dazzling sunshine. The game was predictably one-sided. Town, who were based at the Workington FC ground between their formation in 1945 and 1956, when nearby Derwent Park opened, outscored their plucky visitors by 10 tries to three. Under the coaching of Geordie Chris Thorman, Workington are becoming a useful side and ought now to qualify for the end-of-season play-offs. Bears trailed by just four points going into first half stoppage time but, before the hooter sounded, two Town tries, the first converted, pretty much ended their challenge. Town scored some eye-catching tries, including two from 60 metres. Several came from astute low kicks behind the Coventry posts. Driving home, I caught Thorman's post-match interview with BBC Radio Cumbria's Town correspondent. Thorman was impressed, as I was, by some of the visitors' offloading. Shame, at times, their tackling let them down.

As surely everybody knows, Town are borrowing Borough Park because Derwent Park's pitch is presently bare earth. Town's pitch is being widened and improved in preparation for the footballers moving in for the 2019-20 season. With Derwent Park still a grass-free zone, Town's home league match with Oldham next Sunday is almost certain to be played at Borough Park. Sounding out Workington officials, I found them optimistic Allerdale Council will on June 28 give the go-ahead for the proposed new stadium, to be shared by Town and Reds. I first visited Borough Park in 1986, when the ground appeared as it had been during Reds' Football League days. Since then, it has changed quite a bit, with the main stand losing its seating tier, areas of cover being dismantled and the original classic floodlight pylons first halved in height then replaced by masts. But it's still an atmospheric enclosure with a lovely pitch. Word from the football people is Reds won't be granted another safety certificate without major investment. Have to say, Borough Park doesn't look that bad to me - certainly for the low crowds likely to watch Northern Premier League Division One West stuff next season.

Juniors from four local amateur rugby league clubs contested a series of curtain-raiser matches. One of them was Broughton Red Rose, at present without an open age team. Be great to see Rose back in the Cumberland League at senior level.

One interesting line from Town's lamentable match programme. In his notes, Town chairman Les Smallwood wrote: "Over the last few months we've been working very closely with Reds, and it is continuing to be a very fruitful and exciting relationship. I'd like to thank our colleagues on the Reds board for their openness and collaboration. The relationship between the two boards is the best it's ever been. Long may it continue."

Good to bump into MikeS, who had travelled on the Coventry team coach - and won't get home for a few hours yet! He put the travelling support at eight.


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Re: [Feversham Lens] Where are you going - where did you go? RUGBY LEAGUE [In reply to] Can't Post or Reply Privately

Sunday 16th June 2019

BATLEY BULLDOGS 24-54 SHEFFIELD EAGLES
RL Championship

Admission: free
Prog: online only

Comfortable win for the visitors who raced into an 18-0 lead in as many first half minutes. Batley rallied and were within six points at the interval. This was the cloest the home side got, as they were blown away by the Eagles in the second half.

Easy run there and back up and down the M1, with traffic fairly light in both directions.



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Saturday 15th June 2019 (ko 1305)
at Common Edge Playing Fields, Marton
North West Rugby League Division Four
Blackpool Scorpions 44 Cadishead Rhinos 24 (ht 26-14)
No admission charge or programme issued
Attendance - 80 (estimate)


All of the handful of teams whose grounds I have still to visit in the National Conference were away from home today, so I was looking for a fixture in the North West League, and, although well down the pecking order in that league, this was a stand out top of the table game. The top three in the division, these two and Garswood, are well clear of the rest, each having suffered just one defeat in their meetings with each other, with this the first of the return meetings to take place. The early kick off - it was scheduled for 1pm - was flagged up in advance via both clubs social media (though not on the RFL website), was to allow a Masters fixture (over 35ís) to follow on immediately afterwards on the same pitch.

This is an area I have visited numerous times for football, with the home of Blackpool Mechanics/AFC Blackpool and Collins Park standing side by side, and the Common Edge Playing Fields behind them. On a Sunday morning in the football season there would be seven or eight pitches laid out here, but at this time of year the only posts and pitch markings in place were for the one rugby pitch in the far south west corner of the site. The whole site is set for redevelopment as part of the council supported Blackpool Sports Village, which will deliver a new 3G stadium pitch for AFC Blackpool, a second floodlit 3G pitch for both football and rugby, as well as seven full size grass football pitches and one full size grass rugby pitch.

The one site not due for relocation in the development is South Shore Cricket Club, which is where Blackpool Scorpions have their base. Back when amateur rugby league was a winter sport, I have a vague recollection of seeing posts in place on the cricket outfield. Not an option now of course, and with a second team cricket match taking place, the rugby players utilised the council owned changing rooms that serve the site. The cricket club bar was open good and early - hot drinks were also available but no real ale - with one wall of the building housing a substantial display of Blackpool Scorpions photos.

A gate in the boundary fence provides direct access to the playing fields behind, with the pitch beyond the drainage ditch that divides the site, which is crossed by a basic wooden footbridge. Apart from being roped off on the side primarily occupied by the home team followers, pitch side facilities are nil. You are right next door to Blackpool Airport here, but that is not as intrusive as it sounds, with only a handful of light aircraft landing during the game. The weather forecast had suggested the coast would have the better of it today, and for once they were correct, remaining dry throughout, with sunshine breaking out as I headed back into town. There had of course been plenty of rain during the week, but underfoot conditions were perfect - the sandy soil means these pitches have always had a reputation of being virtually impossible to waterlog even in the wettest of winters.

On the field, discipline was an issue for both teams, which was a shame as the game started promisingly, Cadishead crossing three times in reply to Blackpool getting the opening two tries. As the hosts levelled, a visiting prop reacted violently to the home hooker mouthing off, earning himself ten minutes on the side line. It was to prove costly, Blackpool scoring three tries against twelve men in a spell that stretched either side of half time. After that Cadishead reduced the deficit on a couple of occasions, but were never able to close to less than ten points, and Blackpool eventually outscored their visitors by nine tries to five. There was still time for one more rather unedifying melee, that saw the visiting captain and two home players end the game in the sin bin.


Chelsea Spud
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Quite a easy trip for Mike S. I left kent at 6am and arrived back home at 1am for this match


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Saturday June 15
National Conference League 1
Milford Marlins 32-12 Saddleworth Rangers
Admission: £3 (inc prog)

Had made the mistake of thinking this was going to be Milford on the way to Hull, when actually itís in Leeds (Kirkstall Bridge) - and iíd visited Borge local GBG and micropub only 3 weeks earlier. Both revisited though and post match Bus up to near the Abbey Inn.

Milford Sports Club is a 3G facility in a cage, with additional room down the side behind the rail. Thereís no cover but the also visiting JimS and Chesterbird had spares which JimS graciously offered in the brief rain showers. It was a chatty affair with a couple of other matchgoers recognising my mate Paul. Milford showed the gulf between the 5th and 6th level in winning this comfortably. Last season Saddleworth started the season with 8 defeats and still got promoted. This season, a slightly better start has them only hoping an improved run can stave off relegation.

Sunday June 16
Championship
York City Knights 60-0 Rochdale Hornets
Admission: £17 (prog extra)

60th visit to this ground, but first for rugby league, so an appropriate scoreline. But scorelines like this donít make good entertainment and the price puts me off watching at this level more often. Probably my last visit here unless FC United get drawn at York City in a cup competition.

A visit to York would not be complete without a visit to some fine hostelries. Pre game I visited both Houses of Trembling Madness, which have different character and both well worth popping in. Post game I wandered to Walmgate Bar, passing my old flag along the way, where the Rook and Gaskill and Waggon & Horses are locates, before following the walls west to the Phoenix and thereafter the Swan and the Ship, thenfollowing the city walls north back to the station. All of those are in the GBG except the Lendal Trembling Madness.

Wednesday 19th June 6:30 pm
National Conference 3
Batley Boys 29-22 Dewsbury Celtic
No admission taken

This was played in Staincliffe, railed on both sides and a bit of one end. Whilst no cover per se, a hedge on one side would provide some shelter and shade this evening as we began in bright albeit low sunshine. I missed kick off due to traffic and the visitors were 6-0 already. They looked comfortable scoring again and pressing fir a 3rd but lost their way (and the ball a few times) and allowed Batley back in. Once they worked themselves into a lead, they never relinquished it, though the game was in the balance right to the end. Skill level was a notch below Saturdayís 5th level in skill but probably the best entertainment of the 3 games. West Ham fan Dermot also here, had a good chat and a pint in Leggers after.



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Last new football ground (948) Baza Arcom Progresul Spartac 1-1 Unirea Bascov
With FC United: 133
On the agenda:
21/9 FC United v Warrington Town
24/9 Warrington Town v FC United

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Sale Holmfield
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National Conference League Prem Div
Leigh Miners Rangers v Egremont Rangers 12-28 (adm £3, prog £1 att 550 (est))


A bumper attendance at Sutton Park, Leigh MR's Academy venue, saw a pretty comfortable win for the visitors. Thanks to Andrew G for pointing out this year's occurrence of what seems to be an annual fixture as part of the home club's beer festival.
Egremont, who had some support present, did look the stronger team, as would be expected from League positions, but were only 6-10 up at half time. Later they went as far ahead as 6-28 before the Miners scored a converted try to make the final score more respectable.

The ground is on a par with the first choice ground of many other NCL clubs , being fully railed off and floodlit. There is grass banking on each side, but no cover save a gazebo on the halfway line, and the beer tent behind the goal at the entrance. I thought it was far enough out down Manchester Road to justify a bus trip from the bus station (especially as it was free on my ticket!)from where there are several buses such as the 34. Beer at the George and Dragon, by the bus station was both cheaper and better, if less exotic, than that at Sutton Park.
Finally, the programme was a decent effort, and, unusually, sold separately from admission. I got the penultimate copy 50 minutes before kick-off, though these weren't normal circumstances.


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Wednesday 19th June 6:30 pm
National Conference 3
Batley Boys 29-22 Dewsbury Celtic
No admission taken

This was played in Staincliffe, railed on both sides and a bit of one end. Whilst no cover per se, a hedge on one side would provide some shelter and shade this evening as we began in bright albeit low sunshine. I missed kick off due to traffic and the visitors were 6-0 already. They looked comfortable scoring again and pressing fir a 3rd but lost their way (and the ball a few times) and allowed Batley back in. Once they worked themselves into a lead, they never relinquished it, though the game was in the balance right to the end. Skill level was a notch below Saturdayís 5th level in skill but probably the best entertainment of the 3 games. West Ham fan Dermot also here, had a good chat and a pint in Leggers after.

OB ... another Hammer was also here (with Gulliver) sorry i missed you both Jim.As usual these local derby games serve up great entertainment and are always in front of a healthy crowd and tonight was no different. Enjoyable evening.





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Also at Sutton Park. Quite a hopfest with plenty of familiar faces in attendance including Guatemala, Hutch and many thanks to Mike S for selling me his match programme after arriving 30 minutes before kick off to find they had all sold out. A separate programme just for the beer festival was given away free at the gate. Some visiting fans in front of us were amazed there were spectators with no affiliation to either team that had travelled hundreds of miles for this game! Stayed in Sowerby Bridge on Saturday night for the second leg of my weekend on

Sunday 23rd June - 1400 @ Crossflats
Coral Womens Challenge Cup Quarter-Final
Keighley Albion 24-26 Wakefield Trinity (HT 12-14)
Attendance 350/400 est
Admission by donation - saw no programmes
Burgers £2.50


A month on from my first ever womens rugby union match, this was my first taste of womens rugby league and what an introduction! This was a thriller from start to finish and ended in heartbreak for the tier 3 hosts who were denied a huge upset win by a last minute converted try from the Super League visitors. The hosts, going down the considerable slope, took an early lead with a try in the right hand corner but the visitors soon levelled with a run from her own half down the left wing from Chloe Billington who grounded in front of the posts for an easy conversion to take the lead. The visitors regained the lead midway through the half with a try in the left corner but the visitors responded with a good move finished by the sockless Hannah Watt. Another conversion and soon after a penalty from the boot of the faultless Lisa Taylor gave Trinity a 14-8 lead but Albion came back with a third try in the corner, the same player had completed a hat trick, Laura (don't know her surname). No such problem identifying the Super League visitors, they all had squad numbers with their own names on their back. The conversion which would have levelled the scores at the break was missed but to be fair all three were difficult touchline attempts. The hosts seemed just as comfortable playing up the slope which they are used to and regained the lead on the hour with a fourth try from Laura, who was one of four home players playing in tracksuit bottoms rather than shorts, grounded just past the posts meant an easier conversion attempt which was kicked. The 4 point lead was wiped out when Saskia Lewis went over in the left corner to level and Taylor succeeded where the home kicker failed converting from the touchline to regain the lead for the visitors. It looked as if Albion had pulled off the giantkilling when they scored another converted try with five minutes to go to lead 24-20, but Trinity's pressure finally told with a last minute try, Billington's second, to level and Taylor converted to give them the win and break home hearts.

Keighley Albion play at Crossflats Cricket Club between Keighley and Bingley. A match was taking place on the adjacent cricket pitch which spectators have to walk part the way round to reach the rugby league pitch through a green metal fence. The near side is roped off while the end to the left is enclosed by a rail with advertising boards which doubles as a rail for the adjacent junior pitch which also has a rail on the far side with the changing rooms in the far right corner. The far side enclosed by a fence with another small recreation ground behind comprising a childrens play area and small football pitch. Hills behind both ends give the ground a picturesque backdrop. Only other furniture is an open bench perched on two tractor tyres on the cricket pitch side.


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AndrewG
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Saturday 22nd June 2019 (ko 1435)
at Eastside, Saltend
National Conference League Division One
Skirlaugh 13 Featherstone Lions 14 (ht 0-6)
Admission - £2.50 inc 28 page programme
Attendance - 90 (estimate)


I am hoping to complete the remaining grounds I need in the National Conference this season, and today was the obvious opportunity to visit Skirlaugh, this, on paper, by far the most competitive looking home fixture they had through to the end of August. Skirlaugh have been based at the former BP Sports Ground ever since they joined the Conference, though prior to that they played in the village from which they take their name. Not surprisingly, given its former owners, it is in an area dominated by industry, with a power station and chemicals park providing a less than appealing backdrop on the skyline. EYMS provide frequent buses on the Hull to Hedon route that stop within five minutes walk of the ground, though anyone arriving by train should note it is beyond the Hull city boundary and therefore outside the limits of a Plusbus ticket.

I was unaware prior to my visit that plans have been submitted to redevelop the site, although not as far as I can see yet approved, with a decision by the council delayed late last year for further investigations. Plans on the Yorkshire Energy Park website show that industrial units will occupy the current sports ground, with replacement sports facilities provided on the former aerodrome site immediately to the east, accessed via an entrance directly from Hedon Road. If, and as always it remains a big if at this early stage, it goes ahead, it will clearly be a new ground even for those who worry about new pitches overlapping. This may concern more than rugby league followers on this forum, as football is also staged here.

Changing rooms and clubhouse are located in separate buildings, with the ground accessed between the two, where admission is charged and programmes dispensed. It is, incidentally, well above the norm for rugby league programmes. The first issue of this season, and only that one as far as I can see, can be viewed on Skirlaughís website, and todayís issue follows a similar format. Bar and tea bar are both located within the clubhouse, and open from well before kick off. Hot drinks and food are available, but no real ale.

There is a large playing area, with two railed pitches with rugby posts in place standing side by side some distance from the clubhouse. This explains the slight delay to kick off, neither team allowing enough time to troop back to the changing rooms after their warm ups and then get back out by 2.30pm. The main pitch is identified by a large sign saying Skirlaugh ARLFC, the reverse of which doubles as a manually operated scoreboard. The pitch is railed on three sides - just the far end is open - with dug outs on either side. Both BP RUFC and Hedon Rangers FC also play here - the positioning of dug outs suggest there would be two pitches between the clubhouse and main rugby league pitch, and one more to the east of it, but, with no markings or posts in place at this time of year, I canít tell who plays where.

The teams begin the day fifth and fourth respectively in the table, separated by one point, with both in a good run of form. Featherstone have a player red carded early in the game for a head butt, which sees their officials and supporters spend the rest of the game in full whinging mode at the match officials, which does become rather tiresome. The on field action, however, provides fine entertainment, the visitors leading at the interval despite their numerical disadvantage. The hosts go 12-6 ahead by the hour mark, but then fail to deal with a short Featherstone kick off, which leads to an equalising try. It is then nip and tuck, with Skirlaugh seemingly snatching victory with a late drop goal. However, they again fail to claim the ball from the restart, and are penalised on the third tackle of the set for the visitors to win the game with its final kick.


Sale Holmfield
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The Rochdale Hornets v Swinton Lions game this Sunday is not being played at Spotland as remedial work on the pitch is ongoing.
It looksl ike the plan is still to play it that day at a venue yet to be confirmed (Swinton have suggested the AJ Bell home of Salford Red Devils).


Sale Holmfield
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Jun 28, 2019, 12:30 PM

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The Rochdale Hornets v Swinton Lions game this Sunday is not being played at Spotland as remedial work on the pitch is ongoing.
It looksl ike the plan is still to play it that day at a venue yet to be confirmed (Swinton have suggested the AJ Bell home of Salford Red Devils).


The match has been moved to Rochdale Mayfield (Steve Gartland Way, OL11 3AG) still kicking off at 3PM. Swinton aren't happy...


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Swindon might not be happy but now much cheaper is Mayfield compared to the AJ Bell?


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Saturday 29 June 2019
Hemsworth 26 Garforth 8
Yorkshire Div 5
Venue Hemsworth RU
Almost nothing new on offer today especially with Swindon off early in the week and NEW Ravens calling off away at Birmingham the day before for the second time in three weeks.
Match showing in RL express as at Garforth but on the league website at Hemsworth. No contact details on line apart from sending email but ground number on RU club website and game confirmed half way up M1
Facilities for an RU club are basic, a small clubhouse behind the posts of main pitch and a second pitch used today also running end to end beyond that. Just a rope down most of each side sufficed. There is no station in towns but trains run alongside pitch but in cutting. They can be partly seen from ground but not the other way around
Division 5 is the lowest level of RL but the clubs appear more reliable than the higher division. Both cubs near bottom of this division but standard surprisingly good got level
Temperature in Yorkshire thankfully lower than back home in Staffs but shade from trees very welcome
Having found Lambwath appear not to be using their new ground and with Bramley folding, just a handful of very hard to check clubs to go in Yorkshire Mens


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30th June 2019

LEEDS RHINOS 31-12 CATALANS DRAGONS
(Super League)

Admission: £32 (South Stand seating)
Programme: £3 (didn't buy one)
Pin Badge: none for sale
Attendance: 12, 168 (I think)

I caught up with a friend of mine from NYC who was in the UK for the baseball, but decided to give the second game a miss and he wanted to watch his first ever RL game. This worked with the Rhinos playing a very rare game on a Sunday, and also I had not been to Headingley before.

We met @ Leeds station and caught the 56 bus up to the ground. I made a f-up on the way as I left the match tickets @ home, but thankfully the club reprinted them for us when we arrived @ the ground.

Enjoyed the game as a neutral. Leeds raced into an early 18-0 lead, with the 2nd try a gift from the Dragons. The vistitors reduced the arrears by half time to 18-6, and were within one score when Sam Tomkins went over early in the 2nd. Two tries and a DG secured a priceless two points for Leeds in the quest to avoid relegation.

Just points difference seperate them, Huddersfield, London and Hull KR at the bottom of the table.



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Sat 29th June 2019
NW Mens League Friendly
Blackpool Stanley 18 Langworthy Reds 32
Att: 70
No admission or paper

Blackpool Stanley are Blackpool's oldest amateur club, celebrating 40 years in 2019. They've not always managed to run an open age side but at no stage has the club folded completely with some form of Junior or senior rugby being played every year since formation. Indeed yours truly turned out for the U16s and 18s in their formative years!

In those days matches were played at Borough Park (former home of Blackpool Borough RLFC) and a council pitch on Stanley Park near Blackpool Zoo. Nowadays the club has it's own permanent base in Kingscote Park in Layton (entrance from the end of Rathlyn Avenue) with a very large and well grassed pitch plus plenty of space for training and a really tidy changing room and clubhouse complex raised above the pitch at the Southern End. It's slightly too far to get a really good view of the action but many chose to watch from the elevated view on a very warm afternoon (being close to the bar being an obvious attraction). No real ale in the bar but prices were cheap and hot pies and drinks were also available.

There's no pitchside furniture to speak of but the West side has a good line of trees and bushes close to the pitch which would provide useful cover on a less clement day.

Stanley are currently playing in Div 5 of the NW Mens League and are coached by ex Hemel Hempstead and Hunslet prop Brett Whitehead. They have struggled for fixtures this season, with only 9 in the league to start with, 2 have since dropped out (Salford City Roosters A and former conference club Rylands Sharks) and others have conceded fixtures as well, so they are making up their fixture list with friendlies. This run out against Div 2 Langworthy could have been a bit one sided but the visitors brought a large mixed squad and with most of the development players on in the first half Stanley went in at ht 10-0 up thanks to 2 opportunist tries from their left winger. The 2nd half saw normal service resumed as a few more senior Reds players made a big difference and final score of 18-32 (4 tries to 6) was a fair reflection. It was a very useful run out for both teams and the game was played in a terrific spirit but with little semblance of a friendly in terms of the ferocity of the tackling!

After many years of being rather baseless it's great to see the club finally with a place of their own, well worth a trip on a nice day.

(For those with interests in such things, the adjacent open space was once home to former West Lancs Leaguers Layton Institute).


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WEST WALES RAIDERS 0 DONCASTER 72
@Stebonheath Park
No programmes any more : on-line, allegedly
Attendance : 65 (and that is being generous)

A truly awful game. So one-sided it was a joke. Those in the sponsor's box gave up at half-time and went into the clubhouse to watch cricket on television.
How such a team can bother at this level is beyond me.


Mike S
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Jul 6, 2019, 7:56 PM

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Birmingham Bulldogs 68 Telford Raiders 16
Venue Avery Fields Bournville RU
attendance 20
6th ground I Have seen Bulldogs host games. they were at a 4G pitch within the complex at Moseley last year.
Venue is a new build although area is shown as sports ground on maps. it is situated 5 mins walk from Bearwood Cross Roads but the address is Edgbaston. there seems to be some involvement of one of the Birmingham Universities in the site. A changing room block has a function room above, but no access today due to a function today. a serving hatch sold bottles of Doom Bar for £4 for those who wanted
Pitch is 4g with only union markings. there are two other, one has considerable banking due to the drop in the ground, the other just flat. The main pitch is railed with dug outs but overall even more sterile than most new builds
Game one sided and I am told Telford had six debutants in the squad. Both had full complement
Not for the first time, had a lucky escape today as was looking to do London Chargers but the normally reliable South London could not get a team. This was posted on RL fans forum but I don't think by either club so would not have found out unless clubhouse of Old Blues answered. I have been kucky for two seasons now but only a matter of time. I would have done this one by train so may have made Skolars for a rare Coventry Bears away win
July usually is the time enthusiasm wanes but will try and manage another couple of weeks and least there are PSF back ups now, albeit these are of limited interest.


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Jul 7, 2019, 1:20 AM

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Kingstone Press Cider National Conference Division Two
Beverley 12 Wigan St. Judes 26
Admission with prog £2 decent effort too
Food and drink available in the adjacent hostelry The Potting Shed which boasted four real ales
Attendance was hard to judge. I reckon about 200 present but how many were there just for the beer garden who could say? Certainly some were.


A very watchable game indeed. Beverley dominated much possession but only scored once before conceding twice, both converted and then a penalty. Solid Wigan defence and a lack of finishing by the hosts were the difference. Beverley got to within two but were back to eight adrift soon after. The final try, also converted came right at the end.

Being based at a leisure centre my expectation for this venue was none too high but I was pleasantly surprised. The pitch was enclosed three sides, railed each side and roped one end. A grass bank outside the rear of the pub offered a fine elevated view down the near touch line. The opposite side was just a flat grassed area but not looking big enough for a second pitch. Trees bounded one end with the leisure centre beyond that. Tennis courts were at the other end.

Parking at the ground and leisure centre suggested an expensive afternoon as I arrived before 1.00 which would have cost me £5.40. I drove further out of town and found road parking about 6 or 7 minutes walk from the ground. I then walked across to the far side this pleasant town for a revisit to Chequers Micropub with sample ales from Brass Castle, Half Moon and Arbor breweries tasted and approved before walking back to the ground, prog acquired and left in the car with plenty of time to spare to walk back to the ground again before kick off. A very pleasant afternoon out.


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Jul 7, 2019, 7:58 AM

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Don't be caught out paying at the leisure centre car park, whose signage, admittedly, is confusing. The car park is free to leisure centre users, which includes anybody involved with Beverley RL matches. A local pointed this out on my first visit, and I had it confirmed by the leisure centre reception staff. You must, however, acquire a ticket from one of the machines. No payment needed. I imagine the idea is to ensure Beverley's many visitors pay to park before exploring the town centre.


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Saturday 29th June 2019 (ko 1435)
at Gillfoot Park, Egremont
National Conference League Premier Division
Egremont Rangers 6 Wath Brow Hornets 12 (ht 0-8)
Admission - £3.00 inc 32 page programme
Attendance - 685 (DJ headcount)


My choice of game today was largely influenced by the weather, the peak of the short lived heat wave having already passed West Cumbria by, although this was an attractive enough fixture anyway, a local derby between rivals challenging at the top of the table. It was, as the scoreline suggests, tightly contested throughout.

No notable changes to the ground since I was previously here - in fact the only difference I noted was a stall selling drinks, both cold of the soft and alcoholic varieties and hot. I was a little later than I planned making the five or six minute walk from clubhouse to pitch after locating someone with a teamsheet to note down the line ups. I donít worry if no programme is issued, but like to get one if one is, so I was a little concerned at the numbers approaching the ground ahead of me. In the event there was a plentiful supply, the club obviously adept at matching the print run to the large crowd for a derby fixture.

A welcome new addition for real ale drinkers in Whitehaven, the Harbour Master bar having three hand pumps, supplied mainly by the local Ennerdale brewery it seemed. Outdoor seating overlooking the marina provided a pleasant spot just a few yards from the bus stop to catch the half hourly service to Egremont, where there was also one hand pump available at the clubhouse. Good to bump into DJ at the ground, our paths having not crossed for a little while - he was sandwiching a visit here with cricket at Chester-le-Street on Friday and at Sedbergh on Sunday.

Saturday 6th July 2019 (ko 1430)
at Beverley Leisure Centre, Beverley
National Conference League Division Two
Beverley 12 Wigan St. Judes 26 (ht 6-14)
Admission - No charge
Programme - 16 pages, £2.00
Attendance - 200 (estimate)

Also at this game, although, having visited Beverley as recently as 2017 for rugby union, I didnít bother with a trip to the town centre on this occasion, and instead took the half hourly bus service that stops right outside the ground. The main advantage of this was avoiding an unpleasantly overcrowded train journey up from Hull, with the masses heading to Beverley racecourse.

I agreed with Paulís headcount, though as he said the presence of a pub overlooking the pitch made it more difficult than usual. I assumed that anyone on the pub balcony was there for the rugby, but discounted those sitting in the beer garden, as they couldnít have had a view of the whole pitch. Incidentally, the Potting Shed, which also provides the most convenient toilet facilities for spectators, can only be accessed directly via three steep steps, so anyone unable to manage that would have to head in via the pubís front entrance.

Changing rooms are in a separate pitch side building, so no one attending the rugby actually needs to use the main leisure centre complex. However, I saw one or two spectators with hot drinks in takeaway cups, which I guess they obtained from the leisure centre cafť. The lady selling programmes positioned herself pre match where the entrance pathway emerges pitch side next to the changing rooms, but it is not a venue where admission can be taken in the traditional sense. I watched the game from the far side, from where Beverley Minister provided a fine backdrop, and was surprised that no one came round once the game was underway to try to elicit programme sales.

The barriers on either side of the pitch are of the movable metal type, often positioned roadside when crowd control is required. However, several had advertising boards attached, and I assumed they might be left in situ for the duration of the rugby league season. Not the case, with barriers and dug outs dismantled immediately after the final whistle, and within fifteen minutes they were all being stored away, with the only furniture left in place the rugby posts themselves. Most be quite an effort by the clubís volunteers to do that for every home game.

Enjoyable afternoon, leaving me with just Batley Boys, to whom I have lined up a visit in August, to complete the National Conference, unless Barrow Island move on to their new pitch this season.


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Jul 7, 2019, 11:59 PM

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Birmingham Bulldogs 68 Telford Raiders 16
Venue Avery Fields Bournville RU
attendance 20
6th ground I Have seen Bulldogs host games. they were at a 4G pitch within the complex at Moseley last year.
Venue is a new build although area is shown as sports ground on maps. it is situated 5 mins walk from Bearwood Cross Roads but the address is Edgbaston. there seems to be some involvement of one of the Birmingham Universities in the site..


Isn't this part of the old M&B sports ground, also Averys at one time ?


Mike S
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Jul 8, 2019, 6:32 AM

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Re: [buncranaboy] Where are you going - where did you go? RUGBY LEAGUE [In reply to] Can't Post or Reply Privately

I am not sure but did wonder

Did both M&B grounds, my recollection is the cricket ground with lots of cover albeit not for the football was I think off Portland Road and the football was on the right heading towards the city

Avery Sports is off Sandon Road

Others will know better than me


Wiretown.Editor
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Jul 13, 2019, 9:42 PM

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Kingstone Press Cider National Conference Premier Division
Thornhill Trojans 16 Egremont Rangers 32
No admission, collection bucket taken, raffle £1, missed it by one ticket, decent prog £2
Club was open with bar and tea/food bar there. Bacon buttie was £2. Nothing real in the bar on sale put plenty of fizz
Att. 140 appx.


The intention to visit Myton Warrirors was abandoned as I could not get away early enough. This proved a worthy alternative. A very watchable game that was in the balance until late on. TT got the first try and then defended very well even though down to eleven for a few minutes due to sin binning. ER got one back right on half time to lead 4-6. They scored another after the restart and then got another. TT never gave up and levelled at 16 all but then the momentum swung again with two more converted tries and a last minute penalty finishing the scoring.

I had been here before for football with Overthorpe Sports and that pitch is still in situ closest to the club house. The main rugby pitch is behind one goal and runs at ninety degrees to the football pitch. Both are fully railed off and the rugby pitch has permanent dug outs either side of halfway. There is a second rugby pitch that runs alongside the football further from the club. The A team were in action on that. No furniture there though.

Pre match saw a revisit to the nearby Leggers Inn. The house beer and Scarborough Hello Darkness were tasted and approved. Food looked good too.Mad


Mike S
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Jul 13, 2019, 9:51 PM

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Re: [Mike S] Where are you going - where did you go? RUGBY LEAGUE [In reply to] Can't Post or Reply Privately

Saturday 13 July 2019
West View 30 Edinburgh Eagles 52
North East Rugby League
Venue Hartlepool Rugby Club
Attendance 90
Day of confusion, starting with my own
I have always wanted to go to Hartlepool Rovers, having seen this from train. much terracing and some cover and looks run down. I was delighted when an RL club sprung up
Match confirmed by twitter and with ground. I knew the location but had sat nav on. I thought I was heading off at a slight tangent and suddenly saw a rugby ground on the right with post protectors up and a coach outside. It appears there is Hartlepool Rovers RU and Hartlepool RU whose signage shows HRUFC. To confuse further Rovers play close to West View Road, although so do HRUFC to some extent. the club ciaim a history back to Victorian times and were I assume first
Anyway I was following sat nav to correct place, just not the place I thought
Considering that West Hartlepool and Rovers were traditionally the top two in town and HRUFC third, the ground is not bad with four steps of open terracing down one side and clubhouse behind the posts. a second pitch is at the far end
I saw League table before the game suggesting Edinburgh needed a win to come top before the play offs and the one on the RFL website confirm they are top on goal difference. However during the week Edinburgh website indicated Jarrow had won the league. I can only assume that the game between the two sides was the deciding factor
The North East League has improved year on year with one two forfeits this year. Both todays teams are in their first season as members, West View are newly formed whist Edinburgh have showed huge commitment just to exist as there is almost no other teams to play north of the border, let alone to compete as equals. the only time I had seen them before was in a Challenge Cup tie against the university in Cheltenham before the UNI had there brief semi pro adventure
Further confusion was that everything I saw indicated 2.30pm and I was still in car trying to work out which union club was who when I realised they were starting.
Referee insisted on each club providing a touch judge but these came and went before not existing at all, especially as the visitors suffered a number of injuries
Would like to watch some of the play offs in this league over the next few weeks but on call so cant travel this far
Home to pick wife and baby up before 7pm from vigil mass but hopes of home at a sensible time were defeated by request for sit down Indian meal. Home briefly as need to be in Tycroes near Ammanford to start 3 days work in Wales by 10am in the morning
now time to pack and try and appreciate history of RU in Hartlepool. Hopefully Wikipedia or Mr Lens on here will add to my modest knowledge


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Jul 15, 2019, 9:46 AM

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League One
Keighley Cougars 50-18 West Wales Raiders
Admission £10, Programme £2, Att: 702


Pride day at Cougar Park, and the home team turned out in rainbow jerseys. I'm told a Coronation Street actor was present and Katie Price was due to attend but withdrew at late notice.

Though I expected a comfortable home win, the slope at Cougar Park can sometimes make it difficult.to gauge how the game is going to go. In the first quarter of the game Raiders looked decent, before conceding two tries late in the half to go in 16-6 down at the interval. Cougars looked much better in an occasionally feisty second.half, with the slope in their favour.

Three sin binnings - one.from each side following a punch up, and a.secind for Raiders following a spear tackle. Expect to see the RFL take further action over the first incident.



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