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Mike S
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Jan 8, 2019, 6:02 PM

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Re: [oftenscore6] Where are you going - where did you go? RUGBY UNION [In reply to] Can't Post or Reply Privately

I am not sure that fixture is right

I think Bonymaen are home in the plate or the cup as I did consider this for the Saturday as opportunity arises to stay away with family

Looking at Torquay area now but I am sure you check fixture carefully


oftenscore6
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I am not sure that fixture is right

I think Bonymaen are home in the plate or the cup as I did consider this for the Saturday as opportunity arises to stay away with family

Looking at Torquay area now but I am sure you check fixture carefully

Thanks for the advice. It's still showing as on, on both the BBC website (which I expected should be right, but may have been naive) and the WRU website. But I see the Plate fixture on the Saturday also. For the WRU website, I have to click through each competition individually to find fixtures for a date - is there a better source?

Ciderjon had suggested to me checking directly with Bonymaen and I will if both fixtures continue to show.

Backup is Llantrisant, but not much there I believe.



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Re: [oftenscore6] Where are you going - where did you go? RUGBY UNION [In reply to] Can't Post or Reply Privately

I use this for up to date football fixtures but it does what it says on the label , covers all sports.

I've set it on the league/div you are considering , the cup games are also there and all other Rugby in the area


http://www.allwalessport.co.uk/...-union.aspx?cid=4991




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I use this for up to date football fixtures but it does what it says on the label , covers all sports.

I've set it on the league/div you are considering , the cup games are also there and all other Rugby in the area


http://www.allwalessport.co.uk/...-union.aspx?cid=4991

Thanks Hoddy, I appreciate that. I don't see a date level search there (one benefit of the bbc site), so it's still a case of checking each competition to find the fixtures for Sunday, unless I've missed something.



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On the agenda:
10/1 Wombwell Town v Sheffield Bankers
11/1 Goytre United v Briton Ferry
12/1 Haverfordwest v Cambrian & Clydach Vale; Carmarthen Town v Connahhs Quay Nomads


cherryhopper
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Re: [oftenscore6] Where are you going - where did you go? RUGBY UNION [In reply to] Can't Post or Reply Privately

I doubt any of the five fixtures listed on BBC website will actually be played on Sunday (Bonymaen, Brecon, Llantrisant, Denbigh and Bethesda). They all involve teams playing in the last 16 of the WRU Plate on Saturday. Maybe the WRU put these games on standby in case any of the cup matches the previous day get called off. You will also find some Division 3 games listed for Sunday on the WRU website which all involve teams playing in the WRU Bowl on Saturday. Again, I doubt any of these will be played. All Wales Sport, which I find more reliable than the WRU website, doesn't list any of these Sunday games.


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Catching up on my posts again, this time from the last Saturday of 2018 and the first one of 2019.

Saturday 29th December 2018 (ko 1430)
at Welfare Park, Senghenydd
WRU National League Division Two East
Senghenydd 18 Caerphilly 5 (ht 13-5)
Admission - £4.00
Programme - None issued
Attendance - 900 (estimate)


With rugby in England and Scotland below professional level taking a week off, I was always going to head to Wales for a fixture today. With virtually a full programme to choose from - in some years only the upper tiers have played over the holiday period - I decided to keep the Premiership grounds I needed for another time, and pick a game from further down the pyramid. This very local derby caught the eye, and proved to be a good choice.

Senghenydd is a former mining village at the head of the small Aber valley, around four miles north west of Caerphilly. It has a surprisingly frequent bus service, with journeys running at twelve minute intervals, and stops right beside the alleyway that gives access between terraced houses to the park. There is only a small car park for players and officials on this side of the ground, which means pedestrians are not having to share the narrow access road with a constant stream of cars. The main car park is on the west side of the ground, and there are huts at which spectators pay admission on either side of the pitch.

Most of the ground facilities are at the northern end of the pitch, where clubhouse and changing rooms are in separate buildings, whilst in between is a football ground style tea hut, which was open throughout for the sale of burgers and hot drinks. Of course, this being the Welsh valleys, the whole set up feels more like a football ground than any English rugby ground - there is certainly no-one wearing silly stripey blazers! No cask real ale at the bar either - not that I had ever had much hope on that score - though Doom Bar was available in bottles.

The pitch is fully railed, with a decent sized stand on the western side. It comprises four rows of bench seating atop very steep stone steps, and is populated during the game by some of the most vociferous of the home support. The far side of the pitch has the only dug out - occupied by the home team - and three steps of terracing, much of it obscured and overgrown by vegetation that means great care is required in watching where you step. The southern end is also fairly rough ground, and beyond the boundary fence is an area that is used for pre match warm ups which is marked on my A-Z as a cricket ground, but has clearly not been used as such for some time. Further rugby posts are visible beyond that area, but I think they may be part of the local school facilities.

The setting is attractive with steeply rising valley sides on either side of the ground, although the scenery is not as rugged as some of the larger valleys. The pitch is equipped with training lights, and these were switched on for the last twenty minutes of the game, providing enough light to avoid the closing stages being played in gathering gloom. League leaders Senghenydd always look likely to prove too strong for their visitors from the local big town, although an interception try keeps Caerphilly in touch. In fact, had they had a reliable kicker - a presentable conversion and two penalties were all missed - the visitors could have remained right in the hunt as determined defence restricted the hosts to two tries.

Saturday 5th January 2019 (ko 1415)
at Strawberry How, Cockermouth
RFU Northern Division Cumbria One (Level Seven)
Cockermouth 38 Hawcoat Park 19 (ht 24-12)
No admission charge or programme issued
Attendance - 100 (estimate)


Something of a tidy up job this afternoon, as I had been here previously for football, although it is very much first and foremost a rugby ground. Cumberland County League side Cockermouth FC are still based here, and although I canít recall the pitch lay out from my previous visit, I have no reason to assume it was any different than today. Nor could I remember quite how uphill a walk it is from the town centre - around a mile away - age certainly makes you notice these things rather more. At least there are some very acceptable watering holes on route, both the Castle Bar and the Bitter End have plenty of choice to keep a real ale enthusiast happy.

The big plus of all that uphill walking is an unobstructed panorama from the ground to the south and east. The view takes in all of Englandís highest mountains, and is impressive enough today, one of those gloomy winter afternoons when it never feels like it is fully daylight. In better weather, it would be simply stunning. The main pitch is railed along both sides, with dug outs on the clubhouse side, although the visitors decamped to the far touchline for the duration of the game. This was the only game here today, but the football pitch runs alongside the rugby pitch, with another rugby pitch at right angles, and a further set of rugby posts away in the distance, where there also appeared to be a few training lights.

Clubhouse and changing rooms are in a fairly modern looking building, although I suspect it may be that it has fairly recently been renovated. Two hand pumps at the bar, but one was covered with a towel and the other was offering Sharpís Atlantic - I had hoped for something rather more local! I think hot food was limited to serving players and officials post match, but the kitchen was open from just before kick off for the sale of hot drinks. A post match coffee was very welcome on an afternoon that felt chillier than the advertised 6įC, whilst I had time for a chippy tea back in the town centre - Cumberland sausage of course!

Cockermouth have made an impressive step up to level seven, seemingly never looking back from an opening day of the season win over Aspatria. Their place in the top four when this eight team league splits is assured, having lost just three times - twice to leaders and local rivals Keswick and at Hawcoat Park. The visitors are in a battle with Wigton for the final top four place - they have a game in hand and have still to meet - but they could really do with picking up points today. It is a real contrast in styles - Cockermouth scoring most of their points through their backs from open play, with Hawcoat Park reliant on the efforts of their forwards. It finishes six tries to three, with the hosts scores coming in groups of two, and the visitors seeming to have to work far harder for each try. The Barrow based team do close to within five points at one stage in the second half, but despite late pressure they miss out on the four try bonus point.


Feversham Lens
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Jan 12, 2019, 8:32 PM

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Saturday 12th January 2019
Ampthill & District 48 Plymouth Albion 15 (HT 15-8)
National League One (level three, kick-off 2.15pm)
Admission £10
Programme £2 (28pp, game-specific, glossy, lamentable content)
Attendance 365 (per Ampthill website. My headcount came to 270. The rugby union crowd calculator at work again!)
Didn't bother with the refreshments hut


Fifty minutes in, Plymouth Albion opted to run a penalty awarded in front of the posts. The tap came to nothing. Had they kicked for goal successfully, the visitors, playing down a considerable slope, would have trailed by just two points (20-18). Then, between the 56th and 67th minutes, Ampthill ran in four tries - two to wing Sam Baker, all converted - to blow away the Devonians. Coincidentally, Ampthill scored 48 points last Saturday yet managed to lose, 49-48, at Esher, in what must have been a remarkable (or remarkably loose) contest. A distinctly pedestrian Plymouth side, who led 5-0 after six minutes and were level, at 15-15, after 44, never looked like scoring many points. When Ampthill got the ball wide, to their speedy backs, they looked a decent team. Several of Amps' tries were scored from distance after slick handling and kicking combinations. The try tally finished 7-2. The referee awarded both teams a penalty try (nobody in my vicinity knew why) and yellow-carded a player from each.

I'll lift a club website quote from Ampthill head coach Paul Turner: "This was a good win against an in-form and confident Plymouth. At 20-15, early in the second half, we raised our level, producing some of the best football of the season. I was delighted with the energy and skill, the performance making up for the disappointment at Esher. This result sets us up nicely for the big game at Blackheath next week." Ampthill stay fourth, level on 62 points with Rosslyn Park (third) and Old Elthamians (second). Blackheath have 63 points. Tight division!

Dillingham Park, located opposite, I noticed, the Ampthill Town FC ground, is an odd set-up. At first glance, it appears to be a bog standard lower division RU arrangement: two pitches (the worst - a mudbath - equipped with training lights) next to a clubhouse, in this instance a red brick, two-storey structure (changing rooms downstairs, bar - complete with warming log burner and plentiful archive photographs - on the first floor). Five years ago, however, Ampthill were given a plot of land a couple of hundred yards away, beyond woodland surrounding Cooper's Hill (apparently, the largest remaining area of heathland on Bedfordshire's greensand ridge). The plot was big enough to lay out two pitches, accessed via a muddy path through trees. For this level of RU, the facilities are pitiful. The land is SSSI-rated, which means Ampthill cannot develop either of the two remote pitches into a proper ground. The first XV pitch is railed on each side and roped off at the ends. On the east side, there are permanent dug-outs, a small wooden hut serving tea and coffee, and a marquee bar disused since a gale blew its roof to pieces. The pitch slopes pretty steeply downhill towards the north end, where, at a gap the boundary fence, admission is taken and programmes sold. Owing to the land dropping away, there is barely room on the west side for a single line of spectators. Most of the crowd gathers opposite, on the sort of grass bank even non-league football outlawed years ago. The slope is dotted with benches and wooden crush barriers (never tested, I'm betting). But this most basic of enclosures lacks hardstanding, cover and floodlights. It's quirkily out of the common, though, and there's a nice view, to the west, of rolling countryside. Contrary to Sarah Keith-Lucas's Friday evening weather forecast, it rained throughout the second half then all the way home up an A1 again blessedly quiet.

Back to the railed former first XV pitch, alongside the clubhouse. Ampthill and Richmond tangled on its heavy expanse today at second team level (1pm kick-off). I watched for 20 minutes or so, during which the visitors scored two converted tries, before going for a walk in the woods.

Pre-rugby, I had a brief snoop round Ampthill. Looked a nice little town, with several impressive Georgian buildings. Shame about the welter of motorists battling for supremacy on its narrow streets. Congratulations to the sadist who decided to locate two mini-roundabouts cheek-by-jowl right in the town centre. Rules of the road, anyone?

By the time the RU had finished, it was half-time, over the road, in a footy game between Ampthill Town and Hatfield (Town? Is that South Midlands League?). Earlier, I had thought about watching the second half of the football but, in the end, decided it didn't hold sufficient appeal to delay embarking upon my return north.

Bit of information for the very few who might care: my first choice RU fixture today was Peterborough versus Oundle (Midlands One East). Changed my mind when the home secretary texted to say Peterborough don't issue.



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The Moose
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Jan 13, 2019, 7:33 PM

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Sat 12th - STH WEST ONE EAST: WIMBORNE 10 NEWBURY BLUES 59

ADM: Free. PROG: £4. ATT: h/c 200

Began the day thinking I was heading for Stourpaine & some footy, but the traffic gods decided otherwise. So a vulture job it was at Leigh Park, with the home side expecting planning approval for a new humble abode. The ground played on now, is nought more than a recreational facility, hence no charge for admission. Very few seemed happy to stump up £4 for paper to cuddle, but were more than content to pay it for a pint!

Not much here really, other than a roped off pitch & a decent upstairs clubhouse. Ideal for watching the game from mind on a chilly afternoon. Approximately half the attendance, came from Newbury which perhaps isnít surprising as theyíve won all sixteen league matches to date. Clearly destined for a climb back up the divisions, they played excellent running rugby. Nine tries to the good before taking foot off the gas in the last five minutes. Two home tries late on, at least got Wim on the scoreboard.

KRTM :-)


AndrewG
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Saturday 12th January 2019 (ko 1420)
at West Park, Long Eaton
RFU Midland Division Midlands Two East (North) (Level Seven)
Long Eaton 52 Matlock 19 (ht 21-12)
Admission - No charge
Programme - 32 pages, free
Attendance - 140 (estimate)


This is another incredibly tight division, likely to provide a number of interesting fixtures as the season progresses. Leaders Melbourne are well clear and look to have the title pretty much wrapped up, but the next eight teams, in what is just a twelve team division, begin the day divided by just eight points in what should be a fierce contest for runners-up spot and the play off place it brings. Long Eaton, runaway champions at level eight last season, start in second place, whilst Matlock, who clinched a play off place in 2018 (I saw them lose that game at Luton), are five places and six points back with a game in hand.

Arriving in Long Eaton by train, I divert to the town centre for lunch, before crossing the footbridge over the Erewash Canal and taking a pleasant stroll through West Park. The more direct route back to the station after the game is no more than a half mile walk. For a ground situated in the middle of a public park, facilities are quite good. Clubhouse and changing rooms are contained in a single building, which noticeably has shutters on all its windows, probably a necessity given its isolated location. However, everything is opened up for the match, and a few tables and chairs are placed outside on the patio.

A pre match lunch is taking place, but there is plenty of space in the clubhouse for regular spectators. One hand pump at the bar, dispensing Harvest Pale from Castle Rock Brewery, whilst the kitchen is set up for the sale of hot drinks even whilst the pre match meal is being served, something plenty of rugby clubs seem unable to manage. Programmes are scattered on the tables of those enjoying lunch, and I ask a club official if someone will be coming round to sell them to spectators, but am told to help myself to one of the spare copies. It is a season long shell with a four page match specific insert, and has a £1.00 price tag on the cover. However, I never saw any attempt to sell them, rather surprising as the grounds position in a public park precludes taking a gate in a normal sense, so whether they issue if there is no pre match lunch I do not know.

Reading one of the information boards dotted around West Park, I learn that the stream that flows through it is designed to be used as part of the townís flood defences. I assume this explains the presence of a number of grass embankments, one of which stands between the main pitch and the clubhouse, and which is a popular vantage point during the game. There are six rugby pitches in total, with the main pitch and one other floodlit, and a third having training lights. Only the main pitch is in use today, and stages a colts fixture ahead of the first team game, which causes the game to start five minutes late. However, on the gloomiest of winter afternoons, the floodlights are switched on throughout. The main pitch is fully railed, and, although it is all grass standing, underfoot conditions are very good for the time of year. An electronic scoreboard behind the posts is updated throughout.

Long Eaton always have the edge after scoring two tries in the opening quarter of an hour, but their final margin of victory is flattering to say the least. Matlock twice hit back to remain in touch at half time, but the home teamís left winger scores a hat trick in the opening fifteen minutes of the second half to effectively settle the result. However, Long Eaton then incur two sin binnings for dangerous tackles, giving Matlock ten minutes against fourteen men and five minutes against thirteen to score the two further tries they need for a bonus point. They manage one score in that spell, and are still chasing their fourth try when it is back to fifteen a side, only for Long Eaton to score from an interception on the half way line, whilst their eighth try from the last play of the game really puts the icing on the cake.

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