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AndrewG
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Aug 7, 2017, 9:06 PM

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Saturday 5th August 2017 (ko 1525)
at Aspatria War Memorial Recreation Ground - aka St. Mungo’s Park
Cumberland Rugby League
Aspatria Hornets 32 Cockermouth Titans 30 (ht 16-22)
Admission - Donations collected
Programme - 16 pages, no charge (see note in text below)
Attendance - 160 (estimate)


A top of the table clash persuaded me to dip into the lowest tier of amateur open age rugby league in Cumberland, and a third visit to the small town of Aspatria, having twice previously visited Bower Park, the well appointed rugby union ground, once for football and once for rugby union. Rugby League is played at a different venue on the northern edge of town, and one that I think may well have also staged football at some point. Public transport links are quite straightforward, with both bus and train services to Carlisle, the bus proving the more convenient option for me today.

There are no clubhouse facilities at the ground, so the club use a local pub as their base. Previously this was The Grapes, which is currently closed and up for sale, so they are now at the Letters Inn, which is no more than a five minute walk from the pitch. A real ale option was available in the shape of Cross Bay Halo. Pre match food, pie and peas, was being served to club officials and sponsors, and, with supplies seemingly plentiful, other customers were invited to partake, myself included. Very welcome it was too, as there are precious few other lunch options in town. It was in the pub that I picked up a programme, which were scattered on several tables, and I saw none at the ground. It is a season long issue, similar to the outer shell often used by rugby union clubs, and is not match specific. They seem to have been issuing in this format for a few years, as issues from previous seasons can be found on their website.

The pitch sits in an attractive tree lined recreation ground that also features a bowling green and children’s play area. I assume it is council owned, but I would guess the club play a hand in maintaining it, as the pitch and surrounds were in immaculate condition, and looked far too neat and tidy for my experience of what you can expect to receive from a council run venue. A changing room building sits about 100 yards back from the pitch, and an old bandstand is sited right next to the corner flag, and would provide a little cover in wet weather. Pathways provide some hard standing on one side and at one end, but, despite a rather wet week, underfoot conditions on the grassed areas were very good. The pitch is roped off only on the south side, were most of the home support gathered, whilst the opposite side has a natural grass bank which gave a good elevated viewpoint. The slope continues to give the pitch a noticeable cross field gradient. On an idyllic afternoon weatherwise, it is a very pleasant setting.

Four teams started the day still in contention for the title with two rounds of fixtures to go, with Aspatria trailing joint leaders Cockermouth by two points. Unlike last week I got a game as close as it looked like it should be on paper, but not without a pre match scare when the appointed referee failed to arrive. The hosts were able to secure a qualified replacement, though not without a substantial delay as I was told he had to travel from the Whitehaven area, and they had to get the agreement of the visitors to the wait. One of the benefits of picking a crucial fixture is that both teams are more likely to be keen to get it played. It was well worth the wait as the teams shared twelve tries, with a stoppage time try and conversion from the touchline seeing Aspatria come from behind to claim victory, having lead for just three of the previous eighty minutes.


Feversham Lens
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Aug 8, 2017, 5:13 PM

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A Crusaders fan I know was told the game is very unlikely to play at the stadium by one of their committee. That was before today's game so hopefully their fans were told today where that game will play. Memories of Oxford not telling their fans a game v York had been shifted to Henley and several fans turning up at IIffley Road mind.....

Crusaders' Facebook account says the club are "in the final stages" of confirming the venue for Sunday's Shield game with Hunslet. So, it won't be at Queensway.




Sporting (and other) images at https://www.flickr.com/photos/feversham/

Ground/Venue Totals:
Football 874; Rugby Union 229; Rugby League 203; Cricket 84; Speedway 53; Stock Cars 24; Grasstrack 15; Ice Hockey 15; Cycle Speedway 4; Greyhounds 2.



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cherryhopper
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Aug 8, 2017, 11:58 PM

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Now confirmed the game will be played at Queensway Stadium.
http://www.northwalescrusaders.co.uk/...e-queensway-stadium/


Feversham Lens
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Aug 9, 2017, 9:48 PM

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Wednesday 9th August 2017
Seaton Rangers 8 Hensingham 18 (HT 6-6)
Cumbria League (6.45pm)
Admission £2
Programme (w/a) 4pp
Attendance 204 (h/c)
No refreshments available


Tries in the 62nd, 73rd and 78th minutes saw Hensingham claw back an 8-6 deficit and maintain their 100 per cent record. The Whitehaven side are now joint leaders with Distington, whom they host next Wednesday in a potential title decider.

This was a bruising, energetic encounter between hugely committed opponents. On a pleasant evening, the action was enjoyed by a good sized crowd. Seaton scored a 25th-minute try and kicked two penalties. Hensingham also crossed in the 15th minute for the only try their stand-off converted.

Seaton's ground is on a shelf above the clubhouse, an impressive structure built on the site of the village's former railway station. The line, a seven-mile branch known as the Northern Extension, closed as recently as 1992, along with the Admiralty armaments factory it served. The trackbed is now a cycleway.

This evening the pitch, on the small side, was taped along each touchline. There isn't any permanent furniture, though a superb view across the Solway to the Kirkcudbrightshire hills is ample compensation.

Rangers have long-term ambitions to join the National Conference League. Before the game, the short, narrow pitch was occupied by juniors of all ages, undergoing skills drills. Workington is only two miles away, but there wasn't a single Workington Town shirt to be seen. St Helens, Warrington and Wigan replicas appeared to be the apparel of choice.




Sporting (and other) images at https://www.flickr.com/photos/feversham/

Ground/Venue Totals:
Football 874; Rugby Union 229; Rugby League 203; Cricket 84; Speedway 53; Stock Cars 24; Grasstrack 15; Ice Hockey 15; Cycle Speedway 4; Greyhounds 2.



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onion_bag
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Aug 12, 2017, 1:35 AM

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National Conference League - Division 3
Dewsbury Celtic 12 Dewsbury Moor 36
atten 500+

This was a rip roaring,mega feisty, and explosive local Dewsbury derby. As one lady spectator told me 'they dont like each other' . Understatement of the year as these two 'ripped' into each other from start to finish. The game ened 11 v 11 as a result of several major 'rumbles' with legs, heads and fists flying everywhere. But on a damp evening in West Yorkshire it was perfect playing conditions for a most enjoyable encounter. Brilliant entertainment.

Dewsbury Celtic is one of the most famous names in amateur rugby league with a long and proud history. It is one of the oldest Irish sports club in Yorkshire and possibly Britain. The origins of Dewsbury Celtic can be directly linked to Ireland’s Great Famine of 1845. The main clubhouse is decorated with plenty of historical memorabilia and is recommended to visit in this rugby league 'bonkers' town.


View Photos from Dewsbury Celtic




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Feversham Lens
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Aug 12, 2017, 10:27 PM

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Handy Thursday evening fixture coming up...

August 17 (6.30)
Yorkshire League, Division Three
Allerton Bywater Bulldogs v Farnley Falcons

Might get along to this if the weather is decent.




Sporting (and other) images at https://www.flickr.com/photos/feversham/

Ground/Venue Totals:
Football 874; Rugby Union 229; Rugby League 203; Cricket 84; Speedway 53; Stock Cars 24; Grasstrack 15; Ice Hockey 15; Cycle Speedway 4; Greyhounds 2.



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Wiretown.Editor
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Aug 13, 2017, 1:28 AM

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Location: New Brighton or Hawarden (both in Wales)
Team(s): Warrington Town are #1, Stranraer, Matlock Town, Warrington Wolves

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The Qualifiers
Warrington Wolves 52 Catalan Dragons 24
Free ticket, prog £3
Chicken Balti pie £3, lots on sale
Att 8.5k


Dominant display from Wire and no prob halfway to retaining Super League status.

Good ale courtesy of Real Ale Shack, Lower Angel Barley Mow and Blue Bell the last two a first visit for many years.

Home in good time as on an evening out.


AndrewG
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Aug 13, 2017, 11:32 PM

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Saturday 12th August 2017 (ko 1430)
at King George V Playing Fields, Widnes
North West Rugby League Division One
Halton Simms Cross 14 Halton Farnworth Hornets 14 (ht 6-4)
Admission - No charge
Programme - None issued
Attendance - 180 (estimate)


Simms Cross are a long established name in amateur rugby league circles, BARLA National Cup winners in 2007, whilst four years before that a run to the 4th Round of the Rugby League Challenge Cup was rewarded with an away tie at Wigan. However, despite its undoubted status as a rugby league stronghold, it is probably fair to say Widnes based amateur clubs have not faired that well since the switch to a summer season, being without representation in the National Conference, and with Simms Cross outside the top tier of the North West League. However, this year both they and neighbours Halton Farnworth Hornets are challenging at the top of the division, although they may be battling for runners up spot as Folly Lane’s games in hand should give them the edge.

Home venue is a council owned playing field, with the Halton Corporation Club providing their clubhouse and changing rooms. Whether the council retain any interest in running the clubhouse I do not know, but it feels very much like a rugby club, with plenty of Simms Cross memorabilia on the walls. The bar is upstairs, but, not unexpectedly, no real ale available. The changing rooms are downstairs, and are also playing host to Warrington League Premier Division side Halton Borough FC on the opening day of their season, their pitch, a couple of hundred yards beyond the rugby one, appeared from a distance to be taped off along the touchlines, although the crowd watching them was a fraction of the size of that watching the rugby.

The rugby pitch runs away lengthways immediately outside the clubhouse, the closeness of the nearest set of posts explaining the need for metal grilles on the upstairs windows. There is no pitch side furniture, however, with the playing area not even roped off. In reasonable weather conditions it is a pleasant enough, partly tree lined, setting, and being on slightly elevated ground it offers fine views of the supports of the new Runcorn-Widnes crossing, obviously designed to resemble a ship’s sails.

A crucial fixture and a local derby obviously help to boost the crowd numbers, with a slight majority of those present seemingly supporting the visitors. They were all treated to a cracking contest, with three tries apiece, and the game always as close as the scoreline suggests, with never more than six points between the teams. Discipline always seemed to be an issue for the hosts, but they survived two sin binnings without conceding during those twenty minutes. Given the very basic nature of the facilities, probably a ground to do on a nice day and for a crucial fixture, and today certainly ticked all those boxes and provided a very enjoyable afternoon.


Feversham Lens
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Aug 18, 2017, 6:23 PM

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Location: York
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Handy Thursday evening fixture coming up...

August 17 (6.30)
Yorkshire League, Division Three
Allerton Bywater Bulldogs v Farnley Falcons

Might get along to this if the weather is decent.

Rearranged for the 23rd. Probably too sunny an evening on the 17th…




Sporting (and other) images at https://www.flickr.com/photos/feversham/

Ground/Venue Totals:
Football 874; Rugby Union 229; Rugby League 203; Cricket 84; Speedway 53; Stock Cars 24; Grasstrack 15; Ice Hockey 15; Cycle Speedway 4; Greyhounds 2.


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