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Feversham Lens
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Sep 23, 2017, 7:46 PM

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Saturday 23rd September 2017
Stoke-on-Trent 19 Moseley Oak 43 (HT 7-24)
Midlands One West (level six, kick-off 3pm)
Admission £4
Programme (w/a) 32pp: 24pp static shell; 8pp match insert
Attendance 130 (h/c)
No refreshments available (other than the clubhouse bar)


Stoke paid dearly for desperately weak defending. Moseley Oak visited the home 22 five times in the opening 42 minutes - and scored five tries. It left the Birmingham club 31-7 ahead, and the contest over. Stoke, in the second half playing down Hartwell Lane's appreciable slope, crossed in the 60th and 69th minutes to reduce the deficit to 12 points, before Oak finished the stronger, adding further tries in the 75th and 77th minutes. Granted, on occasion the visitors moved the ball fairly well, and they had a couple of speedy backs, the inside centre and the left wing, but Stoke's tackling was so pathetic scoring against them must have been a doddle.

The 2017-18 season marks the 50th anniversary of Stoke's move to Hartwell Lane. The 11-acre site, featuring three full-size pitches and a large, single-storey clubhouse, is way, way out of town. Open, exposed and surrounded by farmland, it is located between the well-heeled hamlet of Rough Close and the similarly affluent village of Barlaston. The first XV pitch, a huge size, is railed on each side. It is notorious for poor drainage, and this afternoon was very heavy. I noted the soil was a thick red clay. Ideal for making pots, I'm guessing. A small, modern, all-seat stand is positioned amidships on the north touchline. There is hardstanding (well, sort of) everywhere bar the east end. Grass banks either side of the stand, and at the top end, offer elevated viewing. Plenty of parking on the access road and alongside the clubhouse. A neighbouring farmer spent the 80 minutes spreading muck, which meant the game was played out amid a malodorous miasma. Perhaps the old fella doesn't care for rugby union?

Worrying moment towards the end of the match. Stoke's blindside flanker failed to rise from a ruck. There were obvious concerns about his back and neck. Certainly, his mother and girlfriend, watching from the west end, became increasingly frantic as he lay motionless on the turf. Thankfully, after lengthy treatment, he was able to walk gingerly from the field.

Stoke-on-Trent RFC are the product of a 1930s merger. Stoke-on-Trent Public School Boys RFC and North Staffordshire RFC - both formed during the 1870s - joined forces. Prior to purchasing Hartwell Lane, Stoke played at Chaplin Road, Dresden, shared until 1951 with Longton Cricket Club. Chaplin Road had just one pitch. Despite the additional use of a farmer's field in Cocknage Road, the facilities were deemed inadequate for a club eager to grow. Relocating to the country was a farsighted decision. Few rugby union clubs of Stoke's relatively modest stature can boast such a fine set-up as Hartwell Lane provides.



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Ground/Venue Totals:
Football 881; Rugby Union 239; Rugby League 203; Cricket 88; Speedway 53; Stock Cars 25; Grasstrack 15; Ice Hockey 15; Cycle Speedway 4; Greyhounds 2.

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Sep 24, 2017, 9:03 PM

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Saturday 23rd September 2017 (ko 1500)
at Finstall Park, Bromsgrove
RFU Midland Division Midlands One West (Level Six)
Bromsgrove 43 Dudley Kingswinford 36 (ht 23-17)
Admission - £7.00 inc 40 page programme
Attendance - 300 (estimate)

The Law of Sod usually dictates that, if a railway station is located on the very edge of the place it serves, any sports venue you may want to visit will be on the opposite side of town. For once it wasn’t that way today, with the very rurally sited Finstall Park just a ten minute stroll from Bromsgrove Station, both of them a good mile or so east of the town centre. Bromsgrove only has an hourly service from New Street, but with connections working out well I had plenty of time for a pre match bus ride into the town centre, and an excellent choice of five or six guest ales at the JDW Golden Cross Hotel (which was five or six more than their establishment in Gloucester could offer last week). There is also a good choice of food and drink establishments at the top of the station approach road, and I was able to make a post match call at the Ladybird Inn - six hand pumps available - as well as enjoy a chippy tea before my train home.

The weather forecast had been for skies to clear in this part of the world by mid afternooon, and they got it right on this occasion, with cloud noticeably thinning when I arrived at the ground around 2pm, and the game being played out under glorious blue skies. It ensured the venue, tree lined and surrounded by open countryside, was shown off to its best, with many of trees already starting to drop leaves and show the first of their autumnal colours.

The venue has four full sized pitches, two set end to end to the south of the clubhouse are both floodlit, whilst to the north of the building two more pitches run away at right angles, one of which has training lights. The main pitch, which stands closest to the entrance, is fully railed off with wooden stakes and metal rails. The far end, where the second pitch is set atop a slight banking, offers an elevated viewpoint accessed by a few steps, though it would have meant looking into the sun today. There are dug outs, a photographers gantry, and a manually operated scoreboard, whilst a tiny wooden stand dating back to the 1970’s is situated on the northern touchline. There is hard standing in front of the stand and the clubhouse, but elsewhere it is well maintained grass standing.

The changing rooms and clubhouse are in an attractive single storey wooden building. A large function room was hosting a pre match lunch, with a smaller room available for regular spectators to use. The fire that was burning in this room was certainly not needed in today’s weather, and I was pleased to make use of one of the several outside tables. Three hand pumps in use, with Enville Ale by far the most interesting of the beers available. I saw no evidence of hot food and drink being available for purchase before the game, but there was a kitchen hatch in the function room, and they were open for business after the game - a fairly common arrangement at rugby union clubs.

Bromsgrove had been transferred to the South West Division at Level Five last season, and they became the third Worcestershire club in the last decade or so to escape that particular travel nightmare by being relegated. The club president pointedly opened his programme notes - an entirely game specific issue incidentally - by stating how welcome it was to be back entertaining friends in the Midlands Division. Both these clubs had started the season with three wins out of three, and the game certainly lived up to expectations and then some. The lead changed hands twice in each half, both clubs had secure the try scoring bonus point by the fifty minute mark, and the hosts eventually came out on top by the odd try in eleven.


Feversham Lens
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Sep 30, 2017, 7:34 PM

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Saturday 30th September 2017
Kendal 19 Preston Grasshoppers 25 (HT 9-5)
North Premier (level five, kick-off 3pm)
Admission £7
Programme £1 (24pp, game specific, but unremarkable)
Attendance 800 (est)
Refreshments available (didn't sample)


Opening day at Kendal's new ground produced a great occasion, with a crowd three times the club's usual turn-out, but a poor game, ruined by a finicky referee. Unbeaten Preston, relegated from National Two North last season, spoiled the party by outscoring the hosts four tries to one. Kendal didn't cross until the third minute of second half stoppage time, and needed a touchline conversion from scrum-half Chris Park to salvage a bonus point. The Lakelanders bossed the opening 40 minutes, but could muster only three penalties to a Preston try. If the Hoppers fly-half had done better with the boot (two from five), the markedly superior visitors would have won much more comfortably.

The Kendal club had waited 10 years for this day because the developer building a supermarket on the old ground was forced to endure three public inquiries. Few would say the frustrating wait hasn't been worthwhile. New Mint Bridge, which cost more than £10m, is an impressive, multi-pitch set-up overlooked, from the east, by hills. Whether Kendal will ever have a team to match the 12-acre facilities is debatable. The first XV pitch's main structure extends between the 22s on the south side. With two floors, it provides clubhouse, bar, dressing rooms, kitchen, refreshment hatch, souvenir shop and a tier of seats (circa 200, in four amber and black sections) covered by a balcony offering a fine view of the action. Substantial dug-outs are positioned opposite. The pitch is fully railed and floodlit. All it lacks is more cover. Plentiful parking - neatly landscaped - inside the ground for early arrivers. With mature trees lining the east end and 12ft saplings dotted about the place, it really doesn't feel like a new ground. Thankfully, a 60-minute cloudburst blew over moments before RFU president Bill Beaumont emerged from the tunnel to open the ground officially. It stayed dry for the match, with the sun even putting in a few appearances.

As last Saturday at Stoke-on-Trent, an injury late in the game prolonged the second half, this time to 55 minutes. The Hoppers scrum-half, Jake Squirrel, who had collided with a team-mate, was stretched off after lengthy treatment.

Picked up BBC Radio Cumbria (for a laugh: like every other local radio station, it's bloody awful) driving home via the Lune Gorge, Kirkby Stephen and Stainmore. To my astonishment, the station's reporter (probably a club official rather than an actual journalist) described the match as a "great spectacle" and a "great advert for the sport". WTF? What was he watching? In my view, rugby union referees as dedicated to the perfect scrum as today's official should be made to sit through footage of their games. The players did their bit, too. Kendal's fly-half kicked away possession constantly, there were numerous handling errors and both teams appeared happy to keep the ball amongst the forwards. RU purists probably loved it.

The old ground, Mint Bridge, half-a-mile down the A6 towards town, albeit on the other side of the road, remains untouched. Indeed, it was pressed into action this afternoon for overspill parking. Not sure when the bulldozers are booked in, but it can't be long before they rock up and flatten the lovely barrel-roofed grandstand.



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

Ground/Venue Totals:
Football 881; Rugby Union 239; Rugby League 203; Cricket 88; Speedway 53; Stock Cars 25; Grasstrack 15; Ice Hockey 15; Cycle Speedway 4; Greyhounds 2.

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Feversham Lens
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Oct 1, 2017, 10:43 AM

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A few pics of Kendal's swish new ground...

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Editorial blurb in the match programme described New Mint Bridge as the best rugby (sic) facility in Cumbria. By some margin, league or union, I'd say.



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

Ground/Venue Totals:
Football 881; Rugby Union 239; Rugby League 203; Cricket 88; Speedway 53; Stock Cars 25; Grasstrack 15; Ice Hockey 15; Cycle Speedway 4; Greyhounds 2.

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AndrewG
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Saturday 30th September 2017 (ko 1500)
at Shaw Lane, Barnsley
RFU Northern Division Yorkshire Two (Level Eight)
Barnsley 20 Yarnbury 20 (ht 6-7)
Admission - £3.00 inc 16 page programme
Attendance - 150 (estimate)

Many readers on here will have visited Shaw Lane for football in recent seasons, but this was a first visit for me. Not everyone had heard of the football club moving on it seems, as a couple of spectators for their FA Cup tie rolled up at around 2.45pm, and were receiving hasty directions to Athersley from home officials. The ground is a mile or so west of Barnsley town centre, whilst frequent bus services serve stops on Dodworth Road, around five minutes walk away. Five minutes to the entrance on Shaw Lane that is, once inside it is another five minutes to the pitch, most of it uphill. The whole site covers 18 acres - a tarmaced boundary walk stretches around the cricket ground and the outer rugby pitches, with an information board measuring it at over a mile in length.

After the initial climb up the driveway you reach the well appointed ground of Barnsley Cricket Club, with the main entrance to the clubhouse above this on the western side. The cricket club were the original owners of the ground, and a series of boards in the clubhouse foyer detail the history of the site. Basically, the loss of Yorkshire CCC 1st team games in the late 70’s, and eventually even 2nd team games in the 80’s, contributed to financial difficulties that saw the site put up for sale. The rugby club, cash rich from the sale of their previous home in the Stairfoot area of town for development, bought the site just over 20 years ago, and have developed it impressively.

A couple of rooms stretch around the main bar area, with two hand pumps in use, the choice being Acorn Barnsley Bitter and Robinsons Dizzy Blonde. The building extends in an L shape, and a rear exit leads past a bowling green - one of two on site - passing a function room and kitchen area. These are actually the lower floor of the buildings that stand at pitch side, so another short but steep climb leads to the ground entrance. Admission was charged here, although as often seems the case at rugby union, it relied on the honesty of spectators to pay. A couple of young ladies were manning a table next to the entrance, but there was no sign to indicate they were collecting gate money. I went over to enquire, and was asked which game I was watching - the 2nd XV were also at home and would presumably be free to watch. The programme - an entirely game specific issue - came with the admission price despite having a £1.00 price printed on the cover.

The aforementioned upper floor of buildings contain changing rooms and a small pitch side bar. This was hosting a pre match sponsors lunch - no real ale available in this bar, but hot drinks could be purchased. An overhang provides a little cover on this side of the pitch, which is railed and has hard standing on three sides. The exception is at the northern end, where pitch side it is just grass, although a fenced off path climbs behind here to reach some of the outer pitches. The western side has a stand with four rows of seats, and a very high roof that extends to provide a little standing cover to the 2nd XV pitch that is directly behind it. The front row of seats is uncovered, and the back row is behind a barrier that most spectators use to stand and lean against, so on a damp afternoon only two rows of seats are really usuable. The roof is supported atop a building that houses a seemingly unused large room.

A couple of steps of uncovered terracing extend to one side of the stand. Both the 1st and 2nd team pitches are equipped with floodlights, and in such gloomy weather conditions these were turned on for the second half of the 1st team game, though not for the 2nd team! The main pitch is also equipped with dug outs, and a manually operated scoreboard is used. It is a very impressive set up for this level of rugby, and was, afaik, all pretty much in place before the short term footballing groundshare here, so has not come about as a result of ground grading regulations.

The game brings together the only two teams still unbeaten in this division after four rounds of fixtures, and, although at this relatively lowly level of the rugby pyramid errors become noticeably more prevalent, the crowd were entertained with an absorbing close contest. Early Barnsley pressure should perhaps have seen them lead by more than two penalties, but they were disrupted by two game ending injuries, most notably to their hooker, and tries either side of the break put Yarnbury 14-6 ahead. However, discipline then let the visitors down, three sin binnings and a sending off forcing them to face three separate spells of being down to 13 men. The red card also brought a penalty try to reduce their lead to just one point, but when back to 14 players they somehow extended their lead to 20-13. Deep into stoppage time, a break by the home captain led to a try under the posts, and a routine conversion with the last kick of the game ensured the spoils were shared.


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Southern Counties South (Level 7) - Friday 06/10/17
Yeovil RUFC 20 North Dorset RUFC 49
Admission: free
Programme: none
Refreshments: J2O £2.25, and smallest bag of pork scratchings I’ve ever had £1
Attendance: 166 (h/c)

When I used to work in Dorset, we always had a saying: “Tell ‘em Tuesday, but don’t tell ‘em which” Sly The same seems to apply to Friday night kick off times; it wasn’t until midday that I managed to ascertain via the North Dorset twitter feed that it was 19:45. The A303 can still be a bit of a pig even outside the holiday season, and west-bound traffic was slow around Sparkford but thankfully not stationery. Yeovil’s ground is situated south of the conurbation just off the A37 Dorchester Road; look for a roundabout with a pub or restaurant called the Red House, and the entrance is signposted from there. There’s a large carpark as befits a club out in the sticks, and a long, low, white-painted clubhouse that turns out to be rather spartan and functional. There are 4 pitches, the main pitch and one training pitch floodlit, and overlooking the complex is one of the four Barwick Park follies, the Cone, which is 75 feet high and resembles a wizard’s hat with a knob on the end. These are 19th century in origin, and thus predate Terry Pratchett!
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Yeovil RFC are a club with a bit of an identity crisis. They may or may not be the Ivel Barbarians. As far as I could glean from the Honours Boards, Yeovil RFC merged with Westlands RFC to form Ivel Barbarians RFC in 1995, and nothing seems to have changed since. Nowadays, though, they ply their trade as Yeovil again, but there’s still plenty of Ivel Barbarians references – the entrance to the ground, the scoreboard (not in use tonight), and the team carry “Barbarians” on the back of their shirts.

This Friday night game pitted Yeovil against my local team, North Dorset, whom I saw a few times last season, and frankly looked a little lightweight. They seem to have improved somewhat this season; still a nippy side but the scrummaging was impressive, with Yeovil often very much on the back foot. After a fairly dour first 15 minutes, the home side opened the scoring after pressure on the right, and were 12-3 in front on 27m when there was possibly the moment that changed the game – a Yeovil player was clean through with the line in front of him, but tweaked a hamstring and collapsed allowing North Dorset to regroup and clear. After that, the momentum changed and North Dorset led 12-13 at the break thanks to a push-over try (33m) and a surging run through three defenders (37m). On 34m, one of the bank of four LED floodlights on the clubhouse side failed, and couldn’t be resuscitated despite attention; luckily, it was one of the two inside pylons rather than a corner one, so there was still sufficient light to continue.

After the interval (only 4 minutes), North Dorset let rip with some spectacular running, including a 60 yard punt return down the right touchline. Yeovil gamely tried to get back into the match, but couldn’t really compete defensively. Entertaining fayre.

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Friday 6th October 2017 (ko 1945)
at Yeovil Showground
Southern Counties South (Level Seven)
Yeovil 20 North Dorset 49 (ht 12-13)
No admission or programme
Attendance - 200 (estimate)

Yeovil remain winless folowing their promotion from Dorset & Wilts 1 South last season despite getting off to a flying start in which at one point they led 12-3. The first points came with a penalty try in the 15th minute, conversion was missed. After the visitors got on the scoreboard with a penalty (well at least they would have done if it workedLaugh) the hosts scored their second try which they did convert but that was as good as it got for them and the visitors finished the half scoring two unconverted tries, one in each corner, to take a single point lead at the break. In between these tries one of the floodlight pylons (there are four on each side) went out but the game carried on despite a large swathe of the pitch being in relative darkness. North Dorset, whose fans made up a sizeable portion of the crowd, secured the bonus point with two early second half tries finally converting one at the fourth attempt. Yeovil replied with a penalty before North Dorset scored a further two tries, one conversion. A try in the corner very well converted gave Yeovil hope at 20-37 but they couldn't find that elusive fourth try which would have given them a bonus point, instead North Dorset scored their seventh and eighth tries, the last one converted to fall one point shy of the half century.

Ground is a good few miles south of Yeovil just off the A37 Dorchester Road and walkable from Yeovil Junction station in daylight. Both sides of the pitch are enclosed by a wooden fence with advertising boards and camera gantry on the south side. The clubhouse and changing rooms are in one long building on the north side stretching between the 22 metre lines with a narrow patio in front providing hard standing, with a raised wooden platform underneath an overhang providing the only cover.

Yeovil only fairly recently reverted back to the name of the original club formed in 1875, they had been known as Ivel Barbarians after a merger with Westlands RFC in 1995, the team's black and white quarter shirts still have Barbarians written on the back.


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Oct 7, 2017, 7:14 PM

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Saturday 7th October 2017
Sunderland 32 Darlington 12 (HT 25-0)
Durham & Northumberland League, Division Two (level eight, 3pm kick-off)
Free admission, no programmes
Attendance 150 (h/c)
Refreshments available (didn't sample)


Only once (Hessle, in case you're wondering) in 35 years of watching rugby union have I broken my 'rule' of sidestepping the sport's non-issuing clubs. This afternoon, however, I doubled that tally, albeit for a ground very much in the 'hopping porn' category. With the weather forecast (correctly) indicating the Durham coast was one of few locations in line for a sunny afternoon, and with Midlands RU clubs taking a break from league fixtures, it was the ideal time to 'tick' Ashbrooke Sports Club. Sunderland Football Club played here, between 1882 and 1883, during their early nomadic years.

A mere 10-minute stroll from the city centre, Ashbrooke is a multi-sport complex catering for athletics (Sunderland Strollers), bowls, cricket (since 1887), hockey, rugby union, squash and tennis. In addition, a parks-standard football club is based at the venue, though plays elsewhere. The landlocked site is dominated, from its south-east corner, by a vast Victorian pavilion. From its bar, on the first of two floors, one has a wonderful view over the cricket square to the rugby pitch beyond. Another key feature is a ramshackle grandstand, providing bench seats, positioned between the 22s on the north side of the rugby pitch. Although condemned (rightly so, judging by the gaping holes in the benches) and fenced off, a fair number of spectators found a way in. Nobody died, naturally. One final element worth mentioning is beyond the site's perimeter: an adjacent church's tall steeple, which overlooks the sticks from the east end. Reminiscent of Gateshead (Fell) RUFC. I learned the complex is run by a not-for-profit trust, which recently sold to a developer a strip of land occupying half the west end. The resulting multi-storey apartments, complete with balconies enjoying a sublime panorama of both cricket and RU facilities, are hideously ugly, but lend a feeling of enclosure.

Ashbrooke Sports Club, in a natural bowl and unsigned from any road, isn't easy to find. Even from Tunstall Road, 50 yards away, it is invisible. One can enter via Meadow Vale (to the left of the apartments) or through wrought-iron gates on West Lawn. The latter leads to an elevated steel walkway, decanting spectators straight onto the pavilion's upper floor. Nicely quirky.

Today's match, which doubled as a fundraiser for a charity in memory of an ex-Sunderland player who succumbed to cancer in 2016, didn't promise a festival of rugby union. In that respect, this 'hop' met expectations. Another poor game. The hosts tend to yo-yo between the top two of three divisions in the Durham & Northumberland League. Second-bottom, they have started the season with five straight defeats. Darlington, in freefall since ceasing to pay players, started only a place, and a single victory, better off.

All over by half-time. Sunderland, capitalising on a penalty count heavily in their favour, crossed in the second, ninth and 31st minutes, adding two conversions and two penalties (the second from halfway) for a decisive 25-0 interval lead. Darlington, founded in 1863, one of the oldest rugby union clubs in England, did better in the second half, thankfully. They registered tries in the 60th and 67th minutes to close the gap to 13 points before, with three minutes left, Sunderland (formed a decade later) went over for a bonus point-clinching score. Despite winning, the Wearsiders remain in the relegation zone, a point behind Darlington.

As at Kendal last Saturday, the referee was determined to take centre-stage. Blowing up for the tiniest infringement, he ensured continuous play was at an absolute premium. Pillock. Clearly, the players were as frustrated as the spectators. That said, somebody from either team dropped the ball every few seconds. Can't blame the ref for such abysmal core skills.

Those irritations aside, an excellent 'tick'. A ground worthy of any hopper's attention, though how much longer the tumbledown RU grandstand will survive is anyone's guess.

Chatted to a couple of Darlington fans before kick-off. They had very little complimentary to say about Darlington (1883) Football Club, their tenants, and suggested the relationship between the clubs is not at all good. Rugby (league or union) and football incompatible bedfellows? Blimey, who'd have known?



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

Ground/Venue Totals:
Football 881; Rugby Union 239; Rugby League 203; Cricket 88; Speedway 53; Stock Cars 25; Grasstrack 15; Ice Hockey 15; Cycle Speedway 4; Greyhounds 2.

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National 2 South (Level 4) - Saturday 07/10/17
Taunton Titans RUFC 81 Worthing Raiders RUFC 17
Admission: £8 (concession)
Programme: £2 (game-specific 24pp glossy. It’s paperwork, Jim, but … 13pp adverts, 4pp mugshots of the Titans players, no season’s fixture list, and no mention it’s a National League 2 South game anywhere as far as I can see)
Refreshments: burger £2.50 from the tent
Attendance: 450 (guesstimate)

Early morning flu jab and an indifferent weather forecast suggested a trip not too far from home by car rather than train, so I opted to visit the newly-christened “Commsplus Stadium at Hyde Park” for a first sighting of Taunton Titans. From the motorway, it’s towards the town and then right on the A38 Bridgwater Road at the Creech Castle junction. Turn right about ¼ mile up that road into Hyde Road, and the ground is at the far end of it. There’s quite a big carpark – pay at the entrance gate – but it was full by around 2:00, however there is overflow parking in a field on the opposite side of the road. Entering the clubhouse through the “Welcome” doors will only get you into an empty reception area for the conference suite, although upstairs are toilets and a private room where a club lunch was being held. If you walk past the club shop (which is advertised as selling programmes, but doesn’t) and the kiosk with the blazer (who was selling programmes and raffle tickets), and walk past the 200 seater stand to the far end of the clubhouse, you’ll find a smallish bar and coffee corner (where only one harassed girl was serving on the Costa machine, and I gave up queueing as a bad job during halftime) and a red tent with a barbecue providing the only food – again, just one guy serving and with everything being prepared to order apart from a plain burger, I opted for a plain burger.

On the far side of the floodlit main pitch are the dugouts and the Les Phippin Memorial Stand, basically a small non-descript Atcost style steel construction, containing just a single ancient office chair, worn down to the foam stuffing. Still, railway anoraks would be in their element here, with a constant procession of HSTs and Voyagers past the ground; even a couple of ancient class 150s on the stoppers, and one of the brand new 5-car Hitachi class 800’s, on driver familiarisation, I presume. The complex contains 3 other pitches, with one also floodlit. There’s an excellent tannoy system, but an over-exuberant and over-loud commentator, who unfortunately, pre-match, failed to announce half the Worthing squad names. Still, I shall forgive him, he played my favourite Olly Murs track before the start. Sly

Taunton went into this fixture with a perfect record of 25 league points in 5 games; and this was never in danger today. They scored two tries in the first 7 minutes before Worthing woke up, and clinched the fourth try bonus point on 20m to make the score 24-7. After that, it was just a question of how many, and it would have been more if kicker Gary Kingdom, whose praises for reliability with the boot were heartily sung in the programme, hadn’t had a distinctly average day at the office, missing 5 moderate conversion attempts. Taunton were tenacious in attack and held possession for long periods. Pick of the forwards was flanker Ratu Vakalutukali (or “Toots” as he was listed in the player line-up in the programme Laugh) who notched a hat-trick of tries. Referee Adam Wookey sensibly allowed play to flow, although another referee might have had an issue with 10 yard encroachment. He gave a 76m penalty try and sin-binned Worthing’s Whittall following an incident in a Taunton drive about 10 yards from the away try line, which might have been for hacking the ball out of player’s hands, but it was a somewhat unclear exactly what had happened.

Enjoyable high-scoring romp and if Taunton can keep up the sort of tempo they displayed today, they’d be a good bet for promotion this season.


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I had also considered the game at Sunderland, but, in view of the favourable weather forecast for the north east, decided it was a good day to head for ‘altitude’ at Consett. Arriving in town in time for lunch I was questioning my decision, as it remained murky with a bitingly cold wind, but it had brightened considerably by kick off, and the second half was played under glorious blue skies.

Saturday 7th October 2017 (ko 1500)
at Belle Vue Park, Consett
RFU Northern Division Durham and Northumberland One (Level Seven)
Consett and District 30 South Shields Westoe 12 (ht 13-7)
Admission - £3.00 inc 36 page programme
Attendance - 140 (estimate)


Rugby in Consett remains at its original ground, next door to the old football ground, although the club now refer to it by a sponsored name that will no doubt change every few years. The site of the old football ground and much of the land around it is covered by a new school and leisure centre, with associated outdoor facilities including floodlit 3G pitches. I assume the rugby club must have given up a small parcel of land to the development, as they have received an extension to their clubhouse as part of the work. Apparently, at one stage the plans also involved relocating the rugby club, but council funds were insufficient to buy that much land.

The ground is a ten minute stroll north of the small town centre and bus station. I use the bus and train interchange at Metro Centre as my railhead, from where Go North East provide four services per hour to Consett, with a journey time of around 40 minutes. The journey passes through the scenic Derwent Valley, with the views on the return as you drop down from Consett to Shotley Bridge particularly impressive. Consett also has frequent bus links to Durham, some of which I believe serve stops right outside the ground, as well as direct services to Newcastle, although the journey time to the latter is the longest of the three.

The rugby clubhouse, a building that they still operate, is located in the town centre, but the extension to their facilities at the ground has allowed them to do pre and post match entertaining there. Entrance to the ground is through the foyer of the new building, where a table is set up for charging admission and dispensing programmes. The bar is upstairs, where the old part of the room is hosting a pre match meal, with the extended area, which includes the bar itself, providing plenty of space for regular spectators. No real ale, unfortunately, and I saw no evidence of hot food being available for sale, at least not pre match, but hot drinks could be bought at the bar.

Changing facilities are downstairs, and the extension has come complete with an L shaped balcony, that proved a popular vantage point during the game. The balcony also provides a small amount of cover at ground level. That apart it is a very basic venue, mostly taped off along the clubhouse side with a couple of small stretches of metal railings. The far side is bounded by advertising hoardings, providing something sturdy to lean against whilst watching the game. Two pitches stand side by side - the 3rd XV were also at home today - and both are floodlit, the pylons between the pitches holding lights for both. There are no dug outs and, more surprisingly, no scoreboard.

This division looks set to be a tightly contested one this season, with the top five teams starting the day separated by just five points. These two started out second and third, each with a record of four wins and one defeat, in each case the one loss coming at the hands of other teams in the top five. Consett started off well, with two tries in the opening half hour as they led 13-0, but Westoe hit back with scores either side of the interval to trail by just one point. The hosts response was impressive, however, with a penalty and a converted try putting them firmly back in control. Westoe then had to survive an extended period of pressure, which they did successfully, but, by the time the visitors had any attacking possession of their own, they were realistically just chasing a bonus point. That was still the case deep in stoppage time, when Consett stole the ball at a ruck, their flanker breaking away half the length of the pitch for a fourth try that sealed a 5-0 point haul.


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SATURDAY 7th OCTOBER 2017
NATIONAL 1 (level 3)
COVENTRY 30-27 BISHOP STORTFORD
ADMISSION . £ 15
PROGRAM .£ 3. (40 pages) over priced
Mug £ 2.
ATTENDANCE . 1,703.

This was my first visit to the Butts park arena and my first time watching Coventry play. Coventry started the match with 5 wins from 5 and sat second in the table. The visitors are in this division for the first ever time having won promotion last season. They started the match in 7th place. The visitors started well and scored a try after just 2 mins. Coventry then scored 3 tries and took the the lead 19-10 after 24 minutes. Some excellent Kicking from cullen kept the the visitors in the game and they went in to half time trailing by 3. 19-16. I don't know where the referee got 3 added minutes at the end of the first half after a stoppage of more than 5 minutes for a leg injury to Coventry player Pete White who was stretchered off and went to hospital.
There was a long stoppage not long in to the 2nd half after a spectator collapsed in front of the main stand . The Coventry medical team were excellent dealing with the gentleman. Bishop stortford took the lead with a Banks try on 53 minutes. Both teams added more points from a penalty in which stortford were playing with 14 due to a sin binning. Coventry picked up the try bonus thanks to full back stokes 2nd try and 8th of the season. Bishop stortford leveled with 4 minutes to go 27-27. Coventry won it in added time through a Maisey penalty. The 2nd half lasted 54 minutes. The win took Coventry to the top of the table but we're pushed all the way by a very good stortford team . An excellent day out at the butts.


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I didn't go, since I was watching football in West Calder, but I see the crowd for Marr's match on Saturday, home to Ayr, was 1,250. I think the previous record at Fullarton was 650.

This was the first Ayrshire derby in Scotland's top division since the days of the great Kilmarnock Rugby Club in the 1970s.

Things have progressed rather since I first posted about Marr Rugby. Looking back I see my first Marr post was in 2009 when the team was in the 6th level of Scottish rugby. In 2010, still in the 6th level I noted the crowd as 200.

I pride myself in having spotted the special nature of the team back then, several of that team are still in the squad:

From 2012: (Redpath is still in charge and Bickerstaffe is still playing despite two very bad knee injuries.)

"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."


Sadly. on Saturday they lost to Ayr, their first home defeat for two seasons, but they were down to 14 men from midway through the first half. It will be a struggle in the top division but their start hasn't been too bad W2 D1 L2.


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Saturday 14th October 2017
Bridgnorth 21 Derby 22 (HT 7-5)
Midlands Premier (level five, 3pm kick-off)
Admission £6
Programme (w/a) 12pp: glossy, colourful and game specific
Attendance 260 (h/c)
No food available (as far as I could see)


Outside centre Ben Marlow (the only player on the pitch with any pace) scorched over for a try treble as Derby denied Bridgnorth cruelly at the death. Marlow completed his hat-trick from the last play of an absorbing contest, crossing in the seventh minute of stoppage time. He had to work for all his tries, finishing each time from 30 yards or so, but there's simply no substitute for pace. Marlow's first try came in the fifth minute of first half stoppage time, the last play of the opening stanza, so the home team - looking for only a second league win this season - were effectively done by two sucker punches as concentration wavered. Generally, not much to choose between the teams. North made fewer errors, notably in handling, and must have thought they were on course for victory when leading 21-12 with 18 minutes left. Rousing finale from Derby, mind. It delighted those visiting fans who chose to wear comedy 'Homo Twickiens' blazers in livid amber and black stripes. Worst I've seen since Burnage five or six years ago.

The Edgar Davies Ground, its entrance fiendishly difficult to find, is a picturesque enclosure. Across the Severn, the red-stone buildings - including two churches - of Bridgnorth make an attractive backdrop. Steam locomotives on the heritage Severn Valley Railway are heard rather than seen. Both ends are open, each side hemmed in by trees. Facilities are basic: no hardstanding, no cover and no lights, through there are permanent dug-outs. The changing rooms, housed in a hodge-podge of structures, are at the river end. The clubhouse, nearer town, is a five-minute walk.

North want to leave this ground. Biggest problem is flooding caused by the broad, fast-flowing Severn bursting its banks. I was told the latest plan is to relocate to Swancote, a local authority facility off the A454 Wolverhampton road, where the club has pitches for its youth teams. At present, Swancote lacks a full-size pitch. The only pitch Bridgnorth own is at the Edgar Davies, adjacent to Severn Park, little more than a pay & display car park on grass. As a piece of real estate, the flood-prone Edgar Davies is worthless. Bridgnorth don't appear in any hurry to move, though another inundation this winter might sharpen minds and accelerate things.

This wasn't my first choice game. I intended to watch Stourbridge versus Huddersfield in National League Two North. On arrival at Stourton Park, however, I discovered the fixture was being played on a roped back pitch because the 'proper' ground, which has two stands, is getting a plastic surface. Work began in May, but poor summer weather has caused it to overrun. Should be ready in a few weeks, the gateman (an Ilkley lad) informed. Thankfully, Bridgnorth, another 12 miles west, came to the rescue. I see Stourbridge won 32-17 (commendable effort from Field) to extend to seven games their 100 per cent start. For the very few likely to care, Stourbridge charge £5 admission, with a glossy, game-specific 44-page programme an extra £2 (looked good; the gateman let me have a flick through before I did one).



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Saturday 14th October 2017 (ko 1500)
at Mortimer Park, Kingsland
RFU National League Two North (Level Four)
Luctonians 3 Leicester Lions 40 (ht 3-5)
Admission - £10.00 inc 40 page programme
Attendance - 447 (official and in line with my estimate of 400-450)

Rural Herefordshire has never been the best served part of the country for public transport users, and there have been times in past seasons when I have looked at a trip to Kingsland, around four miles north west of Leominster, and would have needed to involve a taxi in at least one direction. Currently though, although the village is only served by four buses per day, the timetable is quite favourable, especially for a 3pm kick off. Buses operated by Lugg Valley Travel depart Leominster bus station at 12.05pm and 2.05pm, with a return available just before 5.30pm.

With both pubs in the village advertising food available, I took the earlier bus, and was pleased to find a choice from three hand pumps at each hostelry, even though neither is currently GBG listed. I called first at The Angel, evidently a tied Wye Valley house, but with a good choice of styles of ale, the Autumn Devil going down very well with my lunch of chilli. I also had time for a drink at The Corners Inn, with the Hobson’s Best, relatively locally brewed in Cleobury Mortimer, quite acceptable. From there it was around a half mile walk to the ground, through quiet village streets, where the few people you did pass invariably exchanged greetings.

Mortimer Park lies in open countryside in an idyllic setting, particularly when enjoyed on a day of glorious autumnal weather such as today. It is shared with cricket, and has its place in the annals of cricketing history, Herefordshire once claiming a victory over Middlesex here in the old 60 over competition. The club name comes from Lucton School, a fee paying school in the even smaller village of Lucton, a couple of miles away.

Luctonians have designated today Lucs in Pink day in support of October being Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and their website has been tinged in pink all week in the build up to the game. They are playing today in specially designed pink shirts, which are being auctioned after the game to raise funds for Breast Cancer Haven Hereford, and the clubhouse and the stand are liberally decorated in pink. There are collecting buckets into which I of course make a donation, this being a cause I will always support if I can as I lost my mother to the disease, but please don’t think anyone was waving a collecting tin in your face every few minutes, as that was certainly not the case.

The clubhouse is a single storey building situated behind the posts, with the changing rooms adjoined to it. A packed pre match lunch, again as part of the fund raising, means it is pretty much standing room only inside, but in shirt sleeve weather most spectators take their drinks out to the patio overlooking the pitch, where there are several tables. Two hand pumps offer Doom Bar or the far more interesting Old Prickly, another Hobson’s brew. There is also a pitch side catering hut, which has hot pasties available, coffee from a coin operated Rijo machine, as well as a bar with Old Prickly also on hand pump here. Alongside a barbeque is serving burgers, so there is certainly no shortage of catering options.

The main feature of the ground is an elevated stand sitting level with the half way line, built atop a gymnasium area, and only around four years old I believe. Seven rows of plastic tip up seats offer a fine view of both the game and the surrounding countryside. There are no dug outs as such, but the area immediately in front of the stand is out of bounds to spectators, and has two rows of seats for the respective benches. Advertising hoardings enclose much of the pitch, obviously temporary where overlapping the cricket field, with a few stretches simply roped off. However, spectators can, and do, stand on all four sides of the ground, with walkways taped off between the cricket squares.

The are four other rugby pitches in the complex, though none are in use today. Two are wrapped around the outside of the cricket field, and both are equipped with training lights on the boundary side. The designated second pitch is a stand alone one at the far end of the complex beyond the cricket pavilion, and this one is equipped with match standard floodlights. The main pitch is not floodlit, but another one behind the stand is, although that one is quite a small size and presumably only used by junior teams. A small electronic scoreboard alongside the clubhouse is utilised today, but a larger manually operated one still stands at the opposite end of the pitch, whilst a public address system is used throughout the game.

This was a strange game between teams who began the day level on points in the league table. Luctonians totally dominated the opening half hour, but only had a three point lead to show for it, missing one very presentable penalty, and having a try ruled out for offside after a long discussion between referee and touch judge. However, Leicester then enjoyed a spell of dominance, but it was the last play of the half deep into stoppage time before they made it pay, with a try from a rolling maul. The second half was a disaster for the rules, conceding four tries in a fifteen minute spell, the first of them just 35 seconds after the break, and all attributable to defensive errors. That was very much game over, and the visitors added one more late score to wrap up a comprehensive victory.

My return bus will pass right by the ground, and will presumably stop on demand, but with plenty of time available I stroll back to the marked stop in the village centre. Whilst waiting a car passes by, its windows wound down in the warm weather, and I am surprised and impressed, in such a sleepy outpost, to catch a little of Mabel McVey over the car speakers. I arrive back in Leominster in good time, and round off an enjoyable day by calling for a chippy tea on route to the station. For anyone who only occasionally watches rugby union, this is certainly a ground worth adding to your to do list, and is probably up there with Wharfedale amongst the more interesting one in the higher echelons.


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Having visited Mortimer Park twice, I would certainly endorse that sentiment - one of my favourite rugby grounds, not least for the sweeping panorama of countryside and rolling hills from the stand. A long overland trek by car from Birmingham, though!

Did you spot the rather imposing 18th century memorial to the Battle of Mortimer's Cross just across the main road from the ground, on the corner as you took the road back to Kingsland village?


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I hadn't realised that was what the memorial was commemorating as I didn't stop to read the inscription - though I had noted on my street atlas that the site of a battle was marked just to the north of the ground.

Incidentally, too late now to edit my post, but in the penultimate paragraph, it should state that 'The second half was a disaster for the hosts' - no idea why I typed rules instead of hosts.


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Wednesday 18-10-17
UEA Women - 33 University of Leicester Women - 7
BUCS Midlands 1A
Colney Lane
Attendance - 40ish
No admission charged or programme issued

A venue I've "visited" well in to the hundreds of times as the location for an interval session alone let alone as part of
a longer run, but never up until today to watch rugby.

A closer match than the score suggests UEA ahead early on and 14-0 up after 12 minutes, before Leicester pulled it back to 14-7 midway through the first half. Not long before half time UEA made it 21-7. An early try for UEA made it 26-7 and the only further scores were right at the death.




Watford FC supporter hence the name also follow Hull FC but rarely get to see either these days.

Have now visited over 700 grounds, progress in recent years has been rather slow and will continue to be as things stand.


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Friday 20/10/17 @ 19:30
Wadworth 6X Southern Counties South (Level 7)
Sherborne RUFC 46 Yeovil RUFC 3
Admission: £4 including programme
Programme: 20pp, excellent and shows what can be done when you put your mind to it. Game specific articles and colour photos of previous match.
Refreshments J2O £2, Mars bar 70p, half-time coffee £1
Attendance: 242 (h/c) Bet there’s a few Western League clubs who wouldn’t mind getting that level of support ….. Sly

Sherborne Rugby play on the same Raleigh Grove sports complex as Sherborne Town FC, although their stadium is called Gainsborough Park. The huge car park serving the campus lies south of the town just off the Dorchester Road; if using the train, there’s a short cut (steep) path from close to the station to the grounds which puts the football and rugby about 10 minutes’ walk away. The main rugby pitch’s primary access is through a gap in the trees on the south side of the car park, where you’ll encounter a pay table. There’s no cover around the floodlit, railed main pitch, only a small tea-hut, and the only other furniture of note is a manual scoreboard on the far side, which I think had raised grass banks down the length of the pitch. A second pitch lies further down the hill back towards the main road.

The clubhouse/bar is a short distance away – go up the path on the far side of the car park, and it’s on the left, adjacent to the cricket pitch, beyond a rather imposing building which turns out to the Sherborne Town Band Practice Hall. The changing rooms are attached to this latter building. There are plans afoot to expand the clubhouse, with an Autumn 2019 target date, and they are raising funds for the project. It’s perfectly acceptable as it is – quite spacious, with the usual rugby memorabilia on the walls, mainly shirts, and a kitchen with a wide hatch to the bar.

Sherborne started top of the league (played 4, 18 pts) with Yeovil one off the bottom. The away side made the early running, scored an easy penalty, would have had a try apart from a knock-on practically on the line, then put a second penalty wide. At which point Sherborne rumbled into gear, and Yeovil hardly got a sniff of the home touchline again. It was a workmanlike, relentless performance from the league leaders, rather than exhilarating rugby, and eight tries were notched, mostly short range and from the totally dominant scrum. Only in the closing 20 minutes did we a see a neat kick and chase over the defence, caught and grounded in the corner; and an opportunist try when a flustered, under pressure Yeovil defender tried to kick away from behind his line, and the ball was charged down under the posts. The margin of the win would have been greater had Sherborne’s kicker not missed five conversions.

Hi-tec refereeing tonight – the ref and his assistants were miked, which I can’t recall seeing before at this level. Laugh An increasingly gusty wind and the onset of rain in the second half was presumably a harbinger of the arrival of Storm Brian, which should make tomorrow interesting ….

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Saturday 21st October 2017

MELTON MOWBRAY 6-45 BEDFORD ATHLETIC
(Midlands 1 East - level 6)

@ Melton Sports Village, Burton Road, Melton Mowbray
Admission / programme: none
Attendance: 50-60

Windswept and exposed is the perfect description for this venue. Also no spectator facilities pitch side as well. There is a decent clubhouse which is a short walk away from the rugby pitches.

Unbeaten leaders Athletic took a while to get going and in the end ran out comfortable and deserved winners. It took until 24 minutes for the first points were scored - a penalty to MM. After this BA took control and crossed the whitewash three times before the end of the 1st half. The tries coming on 28, 31 and 36 minutes. Two of which were converted. On the stroke of half time MM reduced the arrears slightly with a second penalty.

HT 6-19

BA continued the 2nd half where they left off and scored four more tries (47, 60, 66 and 69 minutes). MM finished off the scoring with an unconverted try in the 80th minute.



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Saturday 21st October 2017
Northallerton 29 Castleford 6 (HT 0-6)
Yorkshire Three (level nine, kick-off 3pm)
Free admission, no programmes
Attendance 71 (h/c)
No refreshments available


Storm Brian put paid to thoughts of traipsing across the country, to Leek, Lichfield or Orrell. Driving for hours through wind and rain, to watch a game (of any football code) spoiled by yet more wind and rain, simply didn't appeal. I opted for a 45-minute jaunt to one of my nearest unticked RU clubs, non-issuers Northallerton, and a first-versus-second encounter in the murky depths of the Yorkshire leagues.

As forecast, torrential rain teamed up with an extant gale-force wind shortly before kick-off. Thankfully, one of the home players had parked his cherrypicker next to the halfway line, its lee offering a little shelter from the horrible weather. At least it kept my legs dry. Most other spectators got soaked. Camera stayed in the car this afternoon. Even with a storm cover protecting the big lens, photography would have been a joyless chore.

The wind was blowing across, more than down, the pitch, but favoured whoever was attacking the clubhouse/railway end of the Brompton Lodge ground. In the first half, that was Castleford, whose inside centre landed penalties in the 33rd and 35th minutes after striking a post from 35 metres in the 17th. Northallerton's fly-half watched a 25th-minute penalty whipped wide of the sticks by the gale.

A 6-0 lead didn't look big enough to me, and so it proved. The pragmatic hosts, far superior in the forwards, used their pack to good effect, creating close-range tries in the 49th, 61st and 74th minutes. They were either pushovers or rolling mauls. From the only decent handling sequence of the game, Northallerton's full-back crossed in the 66th minute, completing a move begun in the Castleford half by his No 10. An encouraging afternoon's work for the hosts: a comprehensive win over their closest rivals and, to boot, a try-scoring bonus point. Castleford, trapped in their half, were barely in the contest after the break. The visitors never threatened a try.

Northallerton's basic ground is in the village of Brompton, a couple of miles northeast of the town centre. It is as featureless as both Northallerton and the Vale of Mowbray, the latter the scenically dullest part of Yorkshire. Even Wainwright slated this miserable corner of the Broad Acres while composing his Coast to Coast walk. Open and exposed, Brompton Lodge has two pitches. As is so often the case with RU, the second XV pitch has the floodlights. The main pitch lacks hardstanding, cover, floodlights and dug-outs. It is railed on the south side only. Behind the posts at the west end, three separate structures - all monstrously ugly - house the dressing rooms, bar and squash courts. The Northallerton-Eaglescliffe-Middlesbrough railway line passes to the rear. A Grand Central HST was the most exciting motive power 'spotted' during the 80 minutes. There's limited parking either side of the access track on the south side. The backdrop consists of, yawn, ploughed fields, red-brick semis and a lot of sky.

I think I'm right in saying promotion this season will guarantee Northallerton, founded in 1882, playing at the highest level in their history for 2018-19. They appear to have a reasonable team, certainly by the standards of Yorkshire Three. In conditions suited to expansive RU, I reckon they'd have absolutely creamed pedestrian Castleford.

Hoping for something better next Saturday...



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Football 881; Rugby Union 239; Rugby League 203; Cricket 88; Speedway 53; Stock Cars 25; Grasstrack 15; Ice Hockey 15; Cycle Speedway 4; Greyhounds 2.

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Saturday 21st October 2017 (ko 1500)
at Silver Royd, Scalby
RFU Northern Division Yorkshire One (Level Seven)
Scarborough 37 Old Brodleians 5 (ht 17-5)
Admission - £5.00 inc 40 page programme
Attendance - 400 (estimate)


Decided to head east to avoid the worst of Storm Brian, and was rewarded with blue skies still in evidence when I arrived in Scarborough late morning. Strolled down to the seafront for a pleasant, if tad blowy, walk along the beach. Summer season seemingly extends to the end of October - surely a little optimistic on England’s east coast - so everything was still open, though potential customers were few and far between. Most usefully the cliff lifts were running, saving the steep climb back to the much busier town centre, where I had plenty of time for lunch.

Scarborough moved to this ground, just beyond the edge of the town’s urban sprawl, in 2009, and it is a very impressive facility both on and off the field. I imagine Scalby would have been a distinctly separate village at one point, but much new housing sees it merge in to the rest of town, though it still appears a fairly up market area. The ground is around three miles from the town centre, with Arriva service X93 and Scarborough and District service 15 providing regular buses to within a few yards of the entrance. I used a Plus Bus ticket which meant that travelling out by one operator and returning via the other did not incur extra cost.

Entrance to the ground is via the clubhouse foyer, where admission is charged and programmes dispensed. The ground can then be accessed via a corridor on the ground floor, or upstairs via the balcony. Changing rooms and a commercially run fitness suite, gymnasium and squash courts occupy the ground floor, with a veritable maze of bars and function rooms upstairs. One room was hosting a pre match lunch, with another large room available for spectators use. Four hand pumps were in use - a couple were fairly uninspiring nationally available brands - but the Otherside IPA from York Brewery that I sampled was very pleasant. Hot food and drink could also be had from the bar.

A balcony overlooks the pitch and runs the length of the bar areas, providing sea views that could be better enjoyed in nicer weather, though it still proved a popular vantage point in today’s blustery conditions. Steps lead down to the pitch side, and the ground is fully railed and has hard standing on all four sides. New dug outs are in place on the clubhouse side, and an electronic scoreboard behind the posts displays a running clock as well the scores. The main feature of the ground is an impressive stand opposite the clubhouse. It runs around half the length of the pitch, and has six rows of individual plastic tip up sits with very generous leg room, although there are quite a few obstructing pillars.

There are further catering options pitch side, with a hatch window on the lower floor of the clubhouse, and a metal container utilised alongside the stand. Both had a choice of hot food and drinks, and the one next to the stand also served beer - fizz only. The main pitch is floodlit, and, with the weather increasingly gloomy, these were switched on during the second half. Behind the stand are four more pitches standing side by side, the nearest of which is also floodlit and was this afternoon hosting a 2nd XV game.

The game between teams lying second and third in the table does not really live up to expectations. For the second Saturday running, I see a side take the lead only to go on to lose heavily. Playing with the wind behind them in the first half, Brods score from a rolling maul, but it is soon obvious that they cannot match their hosts in the scrum, and, with kicking difficult in the wind, the scrum assumes an even greater importance than it would normally. It quickly becomes largely one way traffic, and the final 6-1 try count in favour of the hosts is certainly not an unfair reflection of proceedings.

Thanks to modern mobile communications, I know before I arrive back in town that the 1750 train has been cancelled, Trans Pennine Express deciding to terminate a late running inbound service at Malton, despite the fact it could have reached Scarborough and been ready for its return no more than 15 minutes late. More fool them that they will now have to refund 50% of my not inconsiderable fare - hopefully every other customer affected will also submit their compensation claims. In the event I am not unduly inconvenienced - the wait gives me time to head over for a sit down chippy tea at a restaurant that remains open till 6.30pm, before ticking off a couple more festival beers across the road at the local JDW.


cherryhopper
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Oct 24, 2017, 12:01 AM

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Sunday 22nd October 2017 (1500)
at Stacks Field, Ilkley RFC
British & Irish Cup - Pool 3
Yorkshire Carnegie 19-8 London Scottish
Attendance 650 (official, looked more)
Admission £12 inc 8 page A4 sized programme
Pork Pie & Mushy Peas £3 - Toasted Tea Cake £2

Tight affair which came to life in the second half after a first half which almost ended scoreless until the visitors kicked a penalty in the 39th minute. Missed the opening try which put the hosts in front whilst waiting for my half time toasted tea cake, seen the youtube highlights since it was a run to posts from a line out and the try was easily converted. Scottish regained the lead ten minutes later after penetrating the Carnegie goal line for a good few phases finally scored when moving the ball from the right to go over in the left hand corner, missed conversion meant it was just a single point lead. The hosts scored their second try to regain the lead midway through the second half. From a penalty they turned down a kick at goal instead an excellent kick to the corner and they scored from the line out, missed conversion meant it was still just a 4 point game going into the closing stages when the hosts scored the try of the match, another kick towards the corner was kept in play and after two exquisite passes the ball was touched down under the posts for a converted try. In a middle was young female referee Sara Cox, I don't think it was the TV and Radio presenter of the same name! Also in attendance was the Jolly Green Giant, whose own headcount was 950, 300 more than the official figure.

Stacks Field is in a lovely setting on the edge of the Yorkshire Dales with hills to the north, which are topped with trees, and south on a more barren landscape. There is a covered terrace underneath the clubhouse split by red padded seats for substitutes, and large viewing terrace on the top, the only seats for spectators are in a single row at the front of the balcony. On the opposite side is a raised grass bank but not many spectators chose to watch here due to the strong wind blowing accross the pitch. Over the road is an unroped football pitch belonging to Ilkley FC who play in the Craven & District League, not to be confused with Ilkley Town of the West Yorkshire League who play at Ben Rhydding on the eastern edge of town.


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Oct 25, 2017, 11:01 AM

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Saturday 21st October 2017
Cumbria League
Workington Zebras 12 Cockermoith 5
Admission £3
Programme - free included in admission
Attendance - around 80

A cold drizzly day in Workington but there is plenty of cover available in the large grandstand that dominates this old ground. It has had some refurbishment work done since my last visit. A new changing room block has been built behind it and tip up seats installed in the middle. Unfortunately part of the roof is missing, at one end, as there appears to have been some storm damage. There is also a terraced paddock at the front of the stand.

The stand covers nearly the length of one side of the ground. The clubhouse is in one corner and now has some decking in front of it. The rest of the ground is steep grass banking, which needs cut and there is no hard standing.

It is nice to see that the Zebras are issuing a programme in the Cumbria League. It's a full colour glossy issue match specific issue. Not much to read but it does the job.

Workington shaded this game but it was a good effort by Cockermouth who kept going against a physically bigger side.

It's always nice to visit this historic ground that should be on everyone's bucket list.


IAN S
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Oct 28, 2017, 8:02 PM

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West Leeds 14 Morpeth 14
North East One
h/t 6-8
admission £5 incl. programme


This game stood out as a potential decent one, it wasn't! It pitted the second place visitors against West in third place. A breakaway try on fifteen minutes put the visitors in front before the teams traded penalties with each other before the break. A DG put Morpeth further ahead and a further penalty extended their lead. West came back with a try of their own and a last minute penalty tied the score.

Blue Hill Lane was in a surprisingly up-market part of Leeds, at least it looked like it. At the top of the said hill it is no place for inclement weather. The view from the outside patio of the clubhouse though is good, with tables and benches to sit on it would be a pleasant place in sunshine. Partners Blonde was in good form in the decent clubhouse.



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Saturday 28/10/17 @ 15:00
Tribute Western Counties West (Level 7)
Torquay Athletic RUFC 38 St Ives (SW) RUFC 13
Admission: £3 including programme
Programme: Only 8pp, but minimal advertising, game specific, and contained everything you’d need as a memento. Labelled the “Tics Times”.
Refreshments: a bit pricey, J2O and cheese and onion roll in the bar £4.10, half-time chips £2
Attendance: 178 (h/c)

This is an extremely easy one to get to by public transport; exit Torquay station down the drive, cross the road, and there’s the entrance to The Recreation Ground. A pay station lets you into the premises, and inside there’s a fair amount of parking space around the sea-front end of the pitch. Down the length of the pitch is a huge, elevated wooden grandstand, the canopy of which is designed to mimic Brunel’s old Victorian Great Western Railway station with hundreds of decorative “dagger boards” hanging down along the eaves. About 1/3rd of the grandstand is cordoned off, presumably unsafe, but the remaining area would easily seat 300 or so, basically on wooden bench steps.

The changing rooms lie underneath the grandstand, and there’s a more modern-looking tea hatch and clubhouse situated at the far end. The clubhouse sports some interesting mementoes, including a large display of various club ties in alphabetical order ( … “Cullompton, Dar Es Salaam, Dartmouth” …. ), a Zimbabwe Rugby Union plaque, and club caps dating back to 1893. Manchester United v Spurs was on the satellite – I didn’t bother and with an hour to kill before the game, opted to pass back out of the ground and take a stroll down the sea front promenade towards the marina.

On the far side of the pitch is a curious, long metal frame which has a series of floodlight bulbs mounted on top of it – presumably training lights. A hand operated scoreboard graces the sea-front end, and from the stand, you could watch jet-skis and cabin cruisers whizzing behind it across the bay. Two modern wooden dugouts complete the picture.

I noted that the pitch looked a bit rough in places and was told they don’t have any formal second pitch; they occasionally hire one up in Torre, but only if needs be. The club runs two teams so there’s a fair bit of wear and tear on it.

Cornish club St Ives, the “Hakes”, arrived joint second in the table (29 pts from 7 games), with Torquay 7th, but on a bit of a high as they’d defeated rivals Paignton on their patch 8-9 last weekend. Although the locals were pessimistic, in the event we were in for a bit of a surprise. It didn’t start well for the home club when they conceded an early penalty in front of the posts (after the referee had played an exceedingly long advantage) and when St Ives notched a simple try on 8m, one wondered if it might be a drubbing. But the Tics captain, man-mountain Jon Woodhead surged over to make it 7-8 before getting himself yellow carded for over-enthusiasm in a maul. St Ives took advantage of the sin-binning with a second try, but Torquay hit back with a penalty, and ominously had two tries disallowed before half time, for a forward pass and non-grounding respectively.

10-13 at the resumption, Torquay took the lead for the first time when their full back found the hole and scored under the posts, and pulled away with three further slick converted tries. St Ives had a player yellow carded for the last 10 minutes, and a Torquay player followed him just before the end following fisticuffs.

A game of two halves, really; very much a cautious cat and mouse affair in the first half, but once Torquay started opening up following the interval, St Ives were there for the taking, and their defeat might easily have been heavier.

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