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ciderjon
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Mar 1, 2019, 9:04 AM

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University of Bristol 4ths 26 Hartpury University 4ths 14

Wed, 27th Feb 2019, 2pm
BUCS Western 3B
Attn 14 f + n
Venue: Dings Crusaders, main pitch 3G
Status: Revisit

The RL game scheduled here failed to materialise, which would have been a required revisit for second sport but being a beautiful afternoon I decided to stay and watch the above.

Hartpury 4ths had already won this league, I was told they were all first year students, and this will be split into higher teams for next season. Bristol 4ths are second in the table and really pleased to get a win over local opponents. Played in good spirit, plenty of rugby skills but rather low on tactical awareness.

Ground description as per post #1697 of this thread. Will still have to make a couple more visits here to do the other pitches.



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cherryhopper
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Mar 2, 2019, 12:46 AM

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Friday 1st March
Somerset 1 (Level 9)
Castle Cary 7-17 Crewkerne (HT 7-0)
Headcount 65 - F + N


Only found out about this game this afternoon when searching for 1st v 2nd matches to mention on appropriate thread. Ground is a nice set up just off the A371 a couple of miles north of the village but just half a mile from the railway station. Main pitch has three floodlight pylons on each side erected in 2016, and is enclosed by a wooden fence on three sides with advertising boards behind the near try area facing away from the pitch towards the clubhouse which is about 30 metres back behind the posts. The far end is enclosed by a tree lined grass bank which extends round the side behind the second pitch which runs parallel to the main one.

Match kicked off at 7:30pm, missed the start but arrived in time to see the only score of the first half as the hosts, bottom of the table with just 5 points all season, took a surprise 10th minute lead with a converted try. They managed to hold onto their lead until the break with a terrific goal line stand in the last few minutes of the half but they were finally breached early in the second half when a visiting back found space to his left running into the corner for a try, conversion looked to me like it missed but flags were raised so must have counted to level the scores. A penalty on the hour put the visitors ahead for the first time and they secured an important victory in their own battle for survival with a second converted try with 10 minutes remaining. The hosts never gave up in their search for a losing bonus point as they pressed for a late try, in the end they attempted a drop goal with the last kick which would have given them that losing bonus but it came back off the upright. For Level 9 the standard was much better than I expected and enjoyed the game more than Brynmawr the previous Friday. The switch was presumably returning the favour as the two sides met at Crewkerne also on a Friday night on 16th November when I was at the North Petherton v Bridgwater & Albion derby. Crewkerne won that game 53-7 and as they also have light hopefully they will have more Friday games in future. Curries were available in the clubhouse for £4 with rice and naan bread, choice of beef, chicken or chilli of which I went for the beef.


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The Moose
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Mar 3, 2019, 7:52 PM

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Sat 2nd - EGGCHASING CHAMPIONSHIP: COVENTRY 20 RICHMOND 16

ADM: £17. PROG: £3.50. ATT: 2,409

Top up job completed at the second tier of rugby, having spent the morning at the ‘Venice of the Cotswolds’ (Bourton on the Water) on the way up. Surprising to find a ground so close to the city centre these days, a ten minute stroll away & close to the station too. I wanted to do this for rugby rather than their footy tenants. In saying that, should Cov City ever come a calling, I’d be happy to go back.

The main stand dwarfs the rest of the ground, which is mainly hard standing except for a small cover on the opposite side. Easy enough to find street parking, rather than the £5 on site charge. Clearly there’s some room to build further stands as required, should they ever contemplate reaching for the billy big biscuits next level. It would be interesting to see what crowds they’d get, if they do ever play at the same level as ‘Franchise RFC’ who share up the road at the Ricoh.

An intriguing match, if never quite exciting, but Cov deserved to win it. Richmond had a good kicker, but not much else, so you could see why they’re in trouble of dropping back down. Two quality tries won it for Cov, who seem to have found their right level. Pleasant drive back down through The Glawster countryside & another division finished off till next season.

KRTM :-)


AndrewG
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Mar 4, 2019, 11:23 PM

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Saturday 2nd March 2019 (ko 1500)
at Wood Terrace, Westoe
RFU Northern Division Durham and Northumberland One (Level Seven)
South Shields Westoe 42 Gateshead 13 (ht 25-6)
Admission - £3.00 inc programme (20 page shell + teamsheet insert)
Attendance - 150 (estimate)


News last season that Westoe Rugby Club and South Shields Cricket Club, who share Wood Terrace, had submitted plans for a new ground on parkland around a mile to the south had moved this one up my to do list. Rail strikes affecting Saturday’s for most of this season would have meant a difficult journey, but, with these suspended for now, and the weather forecast indicating heading east was the best option, today seemed a good chance to get the ground done. In fact, in doing my research ahead of the game, I found the plans had been withdrawn late last year in the face of considerable local opposition. I think the official position is the club are now considering their options, but you can see why they want to move - they have just one pitch for all their senior and junior games, having to hire out pitches from schools and the local authority, including for the first team early and late season when cricket takes priority.

An early start, the return to 3pm kick offs, and the fact that the best weather of the day was around lunch time encouraged me to take a stroll on arriving in South Shields, and, in the words of song, ‘gan ta The Lawe’. There was no ‘Tender lying off at Shields Bar’ to see, but the stunning views out to sea over both Tyne piers made the climb up to Lawe Top well worthwhile. I was pleasantly surprised in general with South Shields, its town centre busy and vibrant, certainly in contrast with my visits of recent years to Jarrow and Gateshead. No doubt the seaside resort status helps in this regard, but at this time of year I suspect its greater distance from Newcastle is a bigger factor, encouraging more locals to shop local rather than head to the big city every weekend.

Chichester metro station would be no more than half a mile from the ground, but for reasons explained above I headed into South Shields pre match, and did so again post match as the westbound platform at Chichester is closed for the next few months due to engineering works (the info was well flagged up on the Nexus website). A plethora of bus services provide very frequent links between the town centre and stops right outside the ground, saving me a mile walk in each direction. At first glance it looks a very working class locale, the ground hemmed in by terraced houses. However, one block east is Westoe Village, consisting of villas built by business leaders in the town, mainly bigwigs in the mining and shipbuilding industries, and still one of the most exclusive addresses in South Shields today. It was in one of these houses that the founders of the rugby club first met, and they have played at Wood Terrace for the entirety of their 140 year plus history, with the cricket club having been here even longer.

Entrance to the ground is through the clubhouse foyer, where admission is charged. It is a fairly ramshackle building that has probably seen better days, but there is a spacious room available to use. No real ale on offer today, though they did have one hand pump available, but they did have Cameron’s Road Crew on keg, which was quite decent. Hot food and drinks were available from the kitchen hatch. The visiting team change in buildings attached to the clubhouse, but the home team emerge from the separate cricket pavilion, an impressive and presumably aged brick built structure, albeit with an exterior that could do with some tlc. The rugby pitch is railed on both sides - obviously temporarily where it overlaps the cricket pitch - but the only hard standing is at the clubhouse end. There is a substantial area of covered terracing on the far side, the club name painted on the façade, offering an elevated viewpoint, and with a couple of rows of wooden scaffolding type seating within. The pitch is floodlit, and there is a manually operated scoreboard at the northern end, behind which are floodlit tennis courts, unused today.

I have not been having much success at choosing close games recently, but for once, today, I had chosen with the ground as the priority, and the convincing home win by six tries to one was no great surprise. That said, the margin of defeat was rather harsh on Gateshead, but they lacked the weapon of an effective rolling maul that brought Westoe three tries, nor could they rip through their opponents defence in the way that the hosts inside centre did to secure another two scores. A real turning point came in first half stoppage time, with Gateshead attacking at 18-6 down, only for Westoe to steal possession and eventually score with the last play of the half at the other end. The outcome was never in doubt after that, but I was pleased enough to get the ground done - it is certainly not one I would like to have missed. Not one to go on the at risk register just yet, but for any rugby ground hoppers on here who have not yet been, certainly one to keep an eye on.

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The Moose
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Mar 10, 2019, 8:55 PM

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Sat 9th - STH WEST PREM LGE (level 5): BOURNEMOUTH 41 EXMOUTH 10

ADM: £7. PROG: £1. ATT: h/c 360

Head ruled the heart with choosing eggchasing for the second weekend in a row. I had to be in Weymuff again, so chose the nearest new ground I’d not been to before. In saying that, I’d actually been to Chapel Gate just shy of three decades previously, but for footy. On another side of the multi sports comlex clubhouse, is where former Darzet Comby side play. Since my visit, they’ve now added 60 or so uncovered seats to their ground, which adjoins the hockey pitches.

Beyond the clubhouse, is the home of Bornmuff Lions who clinched promotion to the National Div Two South, with this emphatic victory. For a while Exmuff were in contention, but the home side pulled away with a five tries to one win. All the facilities are on the clubhouse side with a few uncovered seats now accompanying the 150 or so covered seats in the main stand. The rest is railed or roped, but rather exposed on what was a chilly afternoon. Quite liked the raised grass banking on the opposite side, which reminded of Cindy’s Forest of Dean rugby ground. Back to correct shaped balls for next weekend.

KRTM :-)


AndrewG
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Mar 11, 2019, 10:57 PM

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Saturday 9th March 2019 (ko 1500)
at The Sportsway, Chasetown
RFU Midland Division Midlands Three West (North) (Level Eight)
Burntwood 40 Old Saltleians 14 (ht 14-7)
Admission - No charge
Programme - None issued
Attendance - 100 (estimate)


This third versus second placed clash caught my eye, and with leaders Shrewsbury well clear with a 100% winning record, it is a straight fight between these two for the second promotion place. Old Salts began the day with a five point lead, and Burntwood’s fixture list sees them play their top two rivals in successive games, so with a trip to Shrewsbury to come next, this was a must win game for the hosts. One of their supporters who I spoke to just before kick off was far from confident, pointing out how well beaten they had been in the reverse fixture. That, incidentally, would have been at Old Salts temporary home, their ground at Water Orton being a victim of HS2, and the completion of the new facility to replace it still estimated at being a couple of years away.

My visit to Chasetown for football had been by coach with Chorley as the away team, so this was a first time heading here by public transport. It has regular bus links with Lichfield, Cannock and Walsall, all of which require further connections to reach a railhead with long distance services. Particularly convenient timings on the return journey persuaded me to travel via Wolverhampton and Walsall, although other options may have been slightly cheaper. Right by the bus stops, the Uxbridge Arms provided lunch and a good choice of four real ales. From there, the pedestrian route to the ground is to walk past the football ground, then cross the bypass by means of a footbridge to emerge right next to the pitch. Vehicular access is from a turning off the bypass a short distance to the north.

The ground is built on reclaimed mining land, and is relatively new. A plaque on the clubhouse wall dates its opening as 2002. It is a very smart building, with changing rooms and two spacious lounges served by a central bar on the ground floor. Upstairs, a function room is hosting a pre match meal. No real ale at the bar, but the kitchen is open throughout the afternoon, offering spectators a choice of hot food and drinks. A patio area outside the clubhouse overlooks the 1st XV pitch, but is set slightly below pitch level so is not a viable area from which to watch the game.

The main pitch is roped off along the clubhouse side, and railed on the far side and at the car park end. It is all grass standing, but underfoot conditions are generally good. At the far end the land rises, and a footpath that is one of the trails into the Chasewater Country Park leads up the slope. The nearby lake is not visible from here, but its presence is felt in the swarms of midges, so an interesting elevated viewpoint is not somewhere to linger. Fortunately, the insects stay away from pitch level. The pitch has a manually operated scoreboard, and what I would assume are match standard floodlights. A second pitch on the north west side of the clubhouse also has lights. The 2nd XV were also at home, and they trekked off through a copse of trees to an area where more posts were visible in the distance, and which Google maps suggests hosts a further two pitches.

The wind had eased somewhat from its morning peak, but Burntwood played with a still significant breeze behind them in the first half. They applied considerable early pressure and eventually made the opening score, but it still looked like the visitors may have more weapons at their disposal, especially from their dangerous fly half who soon brought them level. The hosts again took advantage of the elements to open a half time lead, but it was the early stages of the second half that proved pivotal to the outcome. Old Salts applied concerted pressure, but outstanding home defence frustrated them and saw the visitors penalised three times in attacking positions. Burntwood added to their lead with a breakaway try, and their bonus point score on the hour mark came from a fine sweeping move. That effectively ended the game as a contest, but further scores saw the try count end 6-2 in the hosts favour.

A very tidy venue and a decent standard of rugby for such a relatively lowly level. And whilst, yet again, I was unable to pick a close contest (successive games at the end of January are the only ones of those I have managed in 2019), this one was far from predictable and provided a thoroughly entertaining afternoon.


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Chesham 12 Honiton 27
South West senior vase final
admission free as was fully printed prog with nothing of interest within
Attendance 350/400
Too wet for RL with no cover in the north today even if able to find out what would be on
Forecast was dry for South East and correct, just as well as exposed and very windy venue. Chesham play in the ground of the local academy and were there before it was fully rebuilt, about half a mile uphill to the west of the town. The pitch was roped down each side but nothing else pitch side. Despite being in school grounds, the club have built a clubhouse with bar and hot food available
The tournament is one of three played in each of the four RU regions with there being an intermediate cup and junior vase. Early rounds suffer from walkovers but by this stage is take seriously and Honiton will now play the London winners for a place at Twickenham
I was grateful for the knowledgeable company of Andrew G for background to the tournament and despite being close to 100 venues, assistance with the laws of the game that I barely know and certainly cannot interpret
Honiton scored early and took a significant lead facing the wind before half time and always had sufficient to win.


cherryhopper
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Mar 17, 2019, 11:08 PM

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Friday 15th March
Welsh National League 1 East
Blaenavon 27-19 Cwmbran (HT 15-7)
Headcount 106
Admission £5 - No programmes printed as they weren't sure game would be on

Crucial win for the hosts in this relegation battle in which I spent the whole game thinking they were the team in the black and white that lost as that was the colour of the stand, only to realise they were the team in black and red who won when I got home and checked the score onlineBlush. The absence of a programme or scoreboard didn't help. The hosts led 15-0 with two tries, one conversion and a penalty before the visitors came back with a converted try just before the break. An early second half converted try put the hosts back in control but the visitors never gave up coming back with an unconverted try, the 15 point margin soon restored as the hosts scored their bonus point 4th try, conversion hitting the post. The Crows hit back with a converted try to make it an 8 point game with 10 minutes still to play, another try would have given them two losing bonus points, a kick one, but good defence from the hosts prevented them them getting any match points and keeps them 2nd from bottom in the relegation places.

A nice old ground in the valleys which, like Brynmawr, I probably didn't see the best of the scenery visiting for a night game. Main stand is elevated above a small paddock area and has four rows of concrete bench seating. Grass banking surrounds the other three sides, highest opposite the stand where 7 steps of open terracing is built in around halfway. A small concrete step at the far end provides a dry route around a mud bath directly behind the try area. The clubhouse is outside the ground over the road.


cherryhopper
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Mar 17, 2019, 11:49 PM

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Sunday 17th March
1430 @ Daventry RFC
Jason Leonard U20 County Championship Division 1 Pool 2
East Midlands 29-19 North Midlands (HT 15-0)
Headcount 122 - No admission charged
Saw no programmes but picked up a 4 pager from Daventry's Midlands Senior Vase Final the previous day.

Hosts advance to the quarter finals in this winner takes all decider. Unlike Friday, correctly guessed the home team were wearing the combined Northampton and Bedford colours of sky blue, black, green and gold and they took an early lead through a penalty with the game remaining tight until two tries late in the half, one converted, gave the hosts a comfortable lead at the break. The visitors finally got a foothold in the game with a converted try in the first minute of the second half but the hosts responded with two converted tries to give them an unassailable 29-7 lead before the hosts rallied with two late consolation tries, one converted to give the scoreline a more respectable look.

Ground is a nice set up just off the A425 southern bypass, there is an Atcost stand on the side opposite the clubhouse, split equally with three rows of blue seats one half, three steps of terracing the other half. Each side has four floodlight pylons which were surprisingly switched on despite being mostly sunny, though the skies darkened occasionally and there was evidence of a pre game hailstorm when I arrived 15 minutes before kick off, later than planned after having to find another way round Byfield, where the A361 was closed. There is another pitch behind the stand to the south, a junior pitch with miniature posts to the east and a pitch at a right angle to the main pitch to the west which was enclosed by an athletics track with only 200 metres marked out with lanes, the remainder just a dirt track. The single storey clubhouse and changing rooms occupies most of the north side with a marquee adjoining one end.

More rugby planned next weekend stopping off at Oadby Wyggestonians v West Bridgford Friday on way to Otley v Hull Ionians on Saturday - Cross Green a must tick before it disappears at the end of the year.


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