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kirby knitters
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SUNDAY 20 th OCTOBER 2019
GALLAGHER PREMISHIP
WASPS v LONDON IRISH
ATTENDANCE . 12,401
ADMISSION £ 19
PROGRAMME £ 3.50

The Premiership finally got its league season under way ,a little later than normal due to the world cup, And it was newly promoted London Irish who came away from the Ricoh with a narrow 29-26 win . In an evenly matched first half where the lead kept changing hands. Both teams scored two tries. Irish led 19-16 at the break thanks to a 40th minute penalty.
It took just 2 minutes of the 2nd half for Irish to get their 3rd try of the game. With the conversion and a penalty Irish had opened up a 13 point lead after only 47 minutes . Wasps finally woke up and were slowly getting closer to the line only to be held up illegally by Botha , who was yellow carded on 62 minutes . Dan Robson made Irish pay a minute later with a try. The conversion closed the gap to just 6 points. Wasps were well on top now and thought they had scored a 4 th try but an excellent tackle by Irish denied them the try which was confirmed by the TMO . Wasps managed a 72nd minute penalty but could not find the their way trough the Irish defence who held on for an opening day win. Wasps had to settle for a losing bonus point.


Is a 12,000 attendance standard fare for Wasps @ Coventry? If so, itís a bit of a shame that a 32,000 Stadium has been reduced to 11 1/3-full Rugby Premiership games and maybe a few sell-outs in the European Cup, whilst the football team plays in Birmingham.

Averaged 17,400 last season but by all accounts they are in the habit of giving tickets away in good numbers and the club are in big debt.


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Midlands 2WN
Moseley Oak v Walsall
Billesley Common is waterlogged
Switched to Walsall RFC, Delves Road
Ko 3pm on the artificial pitch.

All welcome!!


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Waste of time trying to find a grass football game going ahead, as the rain continues to pelt down. RU play on anything, which is always handy.

Northallerton v Old Rishworthians (fourth hosts second in Yorkshire Two) has survived a pitch inspection. I'll head there. Been once before but North have since started issuing. Another for the collection.


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Not overly wet in Norwich but I was keen to make the most of a rare free Saturday, quite late notice of a change of plans meant I couldn't travel far so I opted for Rugby Union as local footballing options may pop up midweek.

Norwich Union - 12 Diss Saracens - 3
Greene King IPA Eastern Counties 1 North
Sprowston Cricket Club, Barkers Lane
Attendance - 25ish

Another factor that helped choose this game was the fact it was 1st hosting 2nd. A close game was indeed what we got, no score until 26 minutes in but 5 minutes later NU had a rather flattering 12-0 lead. No further score until Diss kicked a penalty after 71 minutes. Diss Saracens are their second team.



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

Have now visited over 800 grounds, progress in recent years has been rather slow and will continue to be as things stand.


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Saturday 26th October 2019
Northallerton 14 Old Rishworthians 17 (HT 14-0)
Yorkshire Two (level eight, kick-off 3pm)
Admission £3
Programme (w/a) 12pp, basic but game specific
Attendance 120 (h/c)
Bacon butties and hot and cold drinks available from the clubhouse (didn't bother)


Seventeen unanswered second half points saw Old Rishworthians complete a deserved comeback victory in an absorbing fourth-versus-second clash. The visitors, from the Calder Valley village of Copley, stay second but are now four points behind leaders Roundhegians, who had a 47-10 bonus point win against Wath. Rishies' No 8 crossed in the 44th and 56th minutes, and his fly-half added the extras to tie the score at 14-14. The visiting fly-half was wide with a 35-metre penalty in the 64th minute but secured victory by landing a straight penalty, albeit marginally further out, six minutes later as Rishies made the most of having Brompton Lodge's gentle slope in their favour. In the first half, Northallerton, who drop to fifth, below Thornensians, on points difference, went over in the 17th and 30th minutes. Both conversion attempts were successful though North were off target with a 36th-minute penalty shot from 35 metres. The well-grassed pitch, soaking wet after 26 hours' unceasing rain, held up very well. It passed a morning inspection. North press officer Harold Johnson told me he's never known a Brompton Lodge fixture postponed because of waterlogging. The rain finally relented shortly before kick-off, and my return drive down the A19 was in bright sunshine. Given the tricky underfoot conditions, it's fair to say the game was much more watchable than I expected.

Northallerton's recent successes, which include a couple of promotions, appear likely to be coming to a halt. Eight of last season's team are no longer available, as a result of retirement, injury (including a career-ending detached retina) or moves to clubs (such as York) higher up the pyramid. This is North's second season of charging for entry and issuing programmes. Last season, programmes were hawked pitchside during games. This season, a proper gate (well, a car boot) operates at the ground entrance.

This was my second (and almost certainly last) visit to Brompton Lodge, a two-pitch set-up a mile or so out of Northallerton, the scenically dull Vale of Mowbray's uninspiring 'capital'. Few discernible changes to note, other than the addition of a small camera gantry and access via the Brompton road now being blocked off after construction of a housing estate. The blockage clearly puzzles locals as much as visitors. The first XV pitch's facilities are limited to a single-storey clubhouse (pleasant if unusually short on memorabilia), dressing rooms and squash courts, all behind the north end posts, beyond which runs the Northallerton-Middlesbrough railway line. The west side of the pitch has a permanent railing barrier, opposite there is merely a rope. Only the adjacent second XV pitch has lights, presumably for evening training sessions. No hardstanding, no cover. Plenty of free parking.


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Tata Steel 7 Pontypool 59


Sat 26th October 2019, 2.30 pm
WRU Championship (2nd tier of club rugby)
Attn c.400 Admit £5 incl programme

Many on here will have visited this ground even if no game was watched, as you have to use it to access Tata Steel fc beyond it.

The weather devastated sporting fixtures in Wales, I had already decided on rugby first thing, but it still took me an hour on social media to get confirmation of a game definitely on.

Desparate, near dark, driving conditions slowed me down, yet passing the Porthcawl turnoff, the sky suddenly lightened. By the time I reached the ground even the rain had stopped. Tata's decision to play was vindicated as the pitch hardly cut up at all and a good game ensued.

The main feature of the ground is a large two story block in a New Elizabethan Functionist style. Bars, catering, changing rooms all within. Outside the building are two balconies, slightly covered each capable of holding a hundred of so spectators.. This style is very underrated these days, could be a case for listing.There are floodlights, and the pitch is mainly railed with dugout opposite each other.

Tata have recently been promoted, and showed they belong in the Championship, but we're outclassed by a large, strong Poola side who lead this division.,

With Poola going into November with a 100% record you begin to wonder if this season will belong to them, as they have so often narrowly lost out. Can't say I was there in the 70's glory days but have become a marginal well wisher since my children all attended secondary school in Pontypool.

Good luck to both teams for the season as I was delighted to see such a good game today.



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AndrewG
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Saturday 26th October 2019 (ko 1430)
at New Field Recreation Ground, Edinburgh
Scottish Cup First Round
Edinburgh Academicals 32 Musselburgh 24 (ht 17-7)
Admission - £10.00
Programme - 40 pages, free
Attendance - 160 (estimate)


With development work at Raeburn Place finally under way, Edinburgh Academicals have been homeless this season, and have so far played all their league fixtures away from home. A home cup draw saw them utilise the sporting facilities of the independent school to which they are affiliated, Edinburgh Academy. They have yet to confirm where they will stage their home league fixtures, which are due to start next month - presumably this venue either falls short of the standards required for the Premiership or is not available on a regular basis.

With no bar at the ground, the club were today using the facilities of Dean Bowling Club, about half a mile away. I had my pre match drink at the Stockbridge Tap, and then walked up to the ground via Inverleith Park, which offers a fine elevated view over Raeburn Place. The outer structure of the stand that will run the full length of the new pitch is already in place, but I imagine there are several months of work ahead before the ground is ready to use. The pitch will have to be rotated through ninety degrees, but, as it will overlap the two pitches that were already in place, I donít imagine that will be too problematic.

Had the weather not made this part of the country an obvious direction to head, I may not have bothered with a potentially one off staging of a game on what is, after all, a school playing field. It is though, perhaps not too surprisingly, rather more interesting than that suggests, and proved well worth a visit. With entry to the ground possible from three separate points, home officials came round at pitch side just after kick off to charge admission, whilst programmes were handed out a little later in the first half - paper chasers would have been having kittens! Although entirely match specific the programme is mostly advertising, but does invite home supporters to a meeting next week regarding the clubís future plans - presumably primarily where they will be playing home games for the rest of the season.

The players changed in the clock tower topped cricket pavilion, then walked past the cricket field which had two small rugby pitches set up either side of the square. Beyond that two full sized rugby pitches stand side by side, the furthest of which was used this afternoon. A newer pavilion stands along the far side of this pitch - the changing rooms here were used by the hockey players who had two pitches on the other side of the building. However, the building provided toilet facilities for rugby spectators, and within the entrance hall a counter had been set up serving hot drinks from before kick off - very welcome on a chilly afternoon.

A row of benches stand outside of the hockey pavilion, and being atop a row of three steps provide a decent view of the game. The pitch is roped along both sides through thick wooden stakes, whilst shallow grass bankings rise at each end. With relatively little rain having fallen here over the previous twenty four hours, the underfoot conditions on the grassed areas are very good. Atop the banking at the northern end of the ground is a small wooden stand, with a row of bench seating from which several spectators watch the game. A manually operated scoreboard sits in the corner of the ground, but was not used this afternoon. No floodlights, hence the early start in case extra time was needed.

Musselburgh were the lowest ranked of several clubs to step up to the Premiership this season because of the start of the Super Six competition, and they have found it a tough ask, lying at the foot of the table with just one win to their name. Accies are currently just one place ahead of them, but won comfortably when the teams met in a league game a few weeks ago. Two tries inside the opening twelve minutes meant the hosts never trailed here, but the visitors put up a good fight, and, helped by a 10-3 second half penalty count in their favour, closed to within five points with around ten minutes left. Ironically, a successful kick from one of their penalties moved Accies lead beyond one score, calming their nerves as they ended the game under further pressure. Five tries to four was the final count, and probably a fair reflection of an entertaining game.


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Friday 25th October (KO 1945)
Western Counties North
Avonmouth Old Boys 27-14 Gordano (HT 10-0)
Attendance 130 (estimate)
Admission £3 including programme


Hosts came out on top in the 'Battle of the Bridge' dominating most of the game except for falling behind briefly when the visitors scored two converted tries early in the second half. Hosts, aided by the strong wind, led at the break through a penalty and converted try. Missed the visitors' first try at the start of the second half whilst trying unsuccessfully to get a cup of tea from the clubhouse at half time, saw them score their second through a kick and chase grounded in the corner but I think it was awarded as a penalty try as the conversion was kicked in front of the posts. After this the hosts, knowing they were now in a game, put their foot back on the pedal and turned the game back around as the drizzle turned to heavy rain for the last half hour and they scored two converted tries and a penalty to clinch the win.

First visit to a ground I have passed a few times before on the M5, pitch railed off with advertising boards on 3 sides, at the far end a grass bank leading up to more pitches behind with a wooden fence at the top. No cover for spectators but there is a sizeable barrel shaped tin roof dugout for the visiting team which no subs or coaches bothered to stand in and could have saved 20 or 30 spectators from a drenching but not accessible unless climbing over the railings. The home dugout is underneath a camera gantry. The clubhouse and changing rooms in a brick building in the corner by the entrance a good 50 yards away from the pitch and not possible to watch the game from there and keep dry. Behind the clubhouse is a large billet style tin building which presumably has an indoor training area inside.


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Saturday 19th October 2019
Yorkshire 2 (level 8)
Wensleydale 19 Thornensians 24
Att: 135 (h/c)
Admission: by second half collection
Programme: 16pp match specific, free from the clubhouse

This was one of the closer remaining Yorkshire grounds required so once we had confirmation they were regular issuers off we went at the first opportunity.

The club has risen rapidly through the ranks, with three promotions in the last 5 years. (Yorkshire 5 no longer exists now though).

The ground is on the South side of the A684, West of Leyburn and very much in rural territory with some very pleasant views of the Dales from the elevated clubhouse.

There are 4 pitches on the tiered site, 2 running parallel with the clubhouse and road and the furthest two at right angles to these two. The view would be best from the clubhouse had they played on the pitch nearest, with a steeply elevated viewing pathway, railed, outside the clubhouse. However the lower, 2nd pitch is considered the best (and it'd be hard to disagree having walked on both) so the first XV play on there. There's no pitchside furniture, bar both sides being roped off. There is however a small electronic scoreboard on a groundsman's hut and this was kept up to date all afternoon.

The game was entertaining enough although the home side will be wondering how they threw away a 19-7 ht lead. Better kicking from the visitors was the difference in a game of three tries apiece.

The clubhouse, recently renovated, was mighty impressive, with handpumped ale from the local Wensleydale brewery (choice of 3).

Well worth the trip, but definitely one for a dry, clear day.


Seagull
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Saturday 26th October 2019
North One West (Level 6)
Penrith 37 Birkenhead Park 30
Att: 175 (h/c)
Admission £5
Programme free with admission, tri fold single sheet to make a 6pp issue. Neat and all essential info included.

The ground has been covered many times before so little to add there other than it's now a 4G (or APG as the RFU call them) which was welcome on such a wet day. However, by the time we got there the rain had cleared South to leave a lovely autumnal afternoon and we treated to a cracking game between the 3rd and 2nd placed clubs.

We were also treated to a sight not seen for many a year - Penrith's first choice kicker was one of the props! He wasn't half bad either although with most tries scored in the corners they didn't do him many favours. Try count of 6 to 4 to the home side meant that all bonus points were snapped up.

The ground still boasts a good sized and well elevated stand on halfway, but the slatted bench seats are very harsh on the backside,most regulars brought cushions with them to ease things somewhat!

Although not a tick it was another very enjoyable afternoon out topped off with a visit to Tebay services on the way home.


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Saturday 2nd November 2019 (ko 1415)
at Avenue Street, Bolton
RFU Northern Division North Two West (Level Seven)
Bolton 25 Aspull 6 (ht 7-6)
Admission - No charge
Programme - 36 pages, £2.00
Attendance - 90 (estimate)

The World Cup final meant a fairly sparse rugby union fixture list today, and, as my preference was to watch events from Japan live at home, very little in the way of choice for an afternoon game. This local derby rather came to the rescue, rearranged from the last weekend of September, when the monsoon that hit the north west of England saw it postponed due to a waterlogged pitch.

Little has changed from my previous visits here - the hand pumps on the upstairs bar were still unused, but there was a decent choice of bottled real ale, including two offerings from Timothy Taylorís. Hot drinks were also available, but not food, at least not before the game. The unenclosed nature of the site prevents the club from charging admission - programmes were sold from a table set up under a gazebo alongside the clubhouse. No attempt, though, was made to elicit sales from anyone who didnít go up to the sales point. The programme was a 32 page season long shell with a 4 page match day insert, but the insert was for todayís date and not the postponed one.

Steady rain fell throughout the game, and with the pitch merely roped off along both sides, there is little in the way of shelter. However, a large shed at one end has three shuttered entrances - one leads to pitch side toilet facilities, one to a groundsmanís storage area, but the shutters on the third entrance were down, and by standing in front of them you just about remained sheltered from the elements. Watching from behind the posts is not my preferred vantage point, but it helped in following the game that both sides sported clear numbers (probably even rarer in rugby than football), and the backdrop from here of a banking covered by trees displaying their autumnal colour is probably the best this ground, sited in a very working class area of town, has to offer.

The pitch today stood up to the weather very well, but ball handling conditions were obviously far from ideal, and certainly did nothing to encourage the attacking style of rugby that Aspull displayed when I saw them on their home ground earlier in the season. A couple of early penalties had the visitors 6-0 ahead, but Bolton gradually took control after that, and even a second half sin binning failed to halt the home teamís progress, as they ran out comfortable winners by three tries to nil.


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Saturday 9th November 2019
Wensleydale 21 Wetherby 17 (HT 7-7)
Yorkshire Two (level eight, 2.15pm kick-off)
Admission by donation (£1.50 suggested)
Free programme (12pp, game specific)
Attendance 105 (h/c)
Mug of tea (from the clubhouse kitchen) £1


Heworth amateur rugby league ace Fergus 'Stretch' Chapman scored two second half tries as Wensleydale came back from 0-7 and 7-10 down to pip Wetherby in a tight game. Full-back Chapman, who spends amateur rugby league's National Conference League off season with Leyburn-based Dale, charged over for a sensational 60-metre solo effort (60mins) then won a foot race to the in goal area to touch down a team-mate's beautifully weighted grubber (78mins). Dale's fly-half converted both tries to transform a 7-10 deficit into a 21-10 advantage. In the fourth and last minute of stoppage time, Wetherby secured a deserved losing bonus point by crossing next to the posts for a converted try. Earlier, the visitors, who started strongly, moving the ball from one side of the pitch to the other, then back again, took a fourth-minute lead with a soft try converted in the shadow of the posts. Dale then got on top but a string of unforced errors meant they had to wait until stoppage time to draw level. Their right wing, receiving the ball in limited space, did well to bounce off two tacklers and touch down in the right corner. The fly-half, who missed kickable penalties in the 20th and 47th minutes, added the extras from the touchline. Wetherby went 10-7 up in the 57th minute through a penalty in front of the posts. For the neutral, this was an enjoyable contest of fluctuating fortunes. With the teams, placed eighth (of 14) and 10th respectively, level on 16 points before play, I hoped for a close match, and so it turned out.

Dale's Cawkill Park ground, located between Leyburn and Wensley, next to the valley 'A' road, is a four-pitch set-up (the smallest two are merely for kids) with a plush clubhouse, the bulk of which was opened 18 months ago. Funding came from the National Lottery and Sport England. The heavy, narrow pitch nearest the clubhouse and dressing rooms is equipped with training lights and used by the second XV. I was told Dale's "next project" is upgrading this to first XV standard. Apparently, Dale play occasional first XV games on it, if the opposition are known to include a few speedy backs. Leeds Medics & Dentists were the latest 'victims'. The present first XV pitch, 50 yards from and a little below the clubhouse, is the least impressive part of the site. Its surface is lumpy and bumpy, and it slopes down appreciably from north to south. Ropes are strung along each touchline. There isn't any cover or hardstanding. In keeping with the rural setting, there's a farm behind the east end posts and a barn - housing lowing cattle this afternoon - in the southwest corner. Brings to mind the Underbank Rangers amateur rugby league ground near Holmfirth. As a lifelong walker, I've never really rated Wensleydale, which is little more than pleasant. Too broad and shallow to be dramatic, it wouldn't make my top 10 favourite Yorkshire dales. That said, Wensleydale's scenery does become interesting west of Leyburn, and two of the valley's significant summits, Addlebrough and Penhill Beacon, are visible from Cawkill Park. The wooded Leyburn Shawl (which has a Mary, Queen of Scots connection) rises, to the north, behind the clubhouse. Plenty of parking, with overspill available in a field for those who miss out on the aggregate area by the clubhouse.

Interesting to overhear a couple of rival officials discussing "greedy" Saracens' shameful cheating, exposed earlier this week. If HMRC gets involved (as, surely, it must), I imagine a 35-point deduction will be the least of the London club's worries. The Dale bloke said: "We considered paying our players but when they realised, after tax, they'd get about eighteen quid a game, they told us to give them the money in kit and beer."

Many thanks to Seagull for his recent PM about Dale joining the ranks of programme issuers this season. It's a ground I've driven past many times but put off visiting in the hope Dale's recent rise up the Yorkshire leagues would result, eventually, in the club offering paper. Programmes, for which there isn't a charge, are handed out in the clubhouse before the game. A club official, clutching a flat cap and seeking donations, tours the pitch perimeter in the second half.

Always nice to drive to a game without having to set a wheel on a motorway. My route took in Boroughbridge, Ripon, West Tanfield, Masham, East Witton and Middleham. Lovely autumn colours today.


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Saturday 9th November
Leodiensian 22 Goole 25
Yorkshire One
h/t 0-18
admission £5, incl. 4 page programme

The proverbial game of two halves, again. After getting stuck in traffic after a accident at J46 on the M1, (I had originally set off for Harrogate that kicked off 15 minutes earlier than this game), I ended up at Crab Lane, home of Leodiensian RU. I also had the choice of Moortown RU, just a short walk from Crab Lane. Most of the sparse crowd had come from Goole and they were rewarded with a early penalty and a try. A further penalty and a converted try looked to have put them out of sight. Leos. though, came storming back in a very entertaining second half. At 10-18 Goole scored the decisive try. From then on Leos. were camped in Goole's half but fell just short in the end.

Crab Lane won't be found on any A-Z as it's just a pot-holed track leading off King Lane in the Alwoodly district of Leeds. Some of the pot-holes were very big, a smaller car would have had problems.



We'll be, as we are, when all the fools who doubt us fade away.


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Saturday 2nd November 2019
National League One
Darlington Mowden Park 17 Rosslyn Park 24
Att: 1,000 (official), 550 est headcount
Adm: £10, kids free
Prog: 32pp, £2 - fully match specific and decent effort
Hot Pork Pie from the bar £1.50 (excellent)

Covered many times before, but it is a slightly odd experience going to watch rugby in such a huge mdern stadium, yet one that already looks and feels way older than it is (16 years), with only 3/4 of one side open. If you enter via the bar in the NW corner you have walk along the end of the pitch to get to the one stand that is partly open.

In saying all of that, everyone we met, both officials and supporters, were friendly and enthusiastic but you couldn't help but feel this must be a massive millstone around the club's neck.

Parking in the stadium carpark was plentiful and free and getting away afterwards onto the A66 was a breeze.

The game was entertaining enough although slightly odd. First ten minutes the home side looked like running away with at 14-0 but RP rallied well and fully deserved their win, with their pack dominating in the scrum and at the line out. Final try count of 3-2 to RP flattered the hosts. I've rarely seen a team start so well and dominant but fall away so dramatically as DMP did.

Good tick though as it was never done as a football ground for me.


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Saturday 9th November 2019 (ko 1415)
at The Playground, Whitehaven
RFU Northern Division Cumbria One (Level Eight)
Whitehaven 15 St Benedicts 33 (ht 7-19)
Admission - Donations collected
Programme - None issued
Attendance - 150 (estimate)


Todayís game takes me half way through the current Cumbria One division in terms of grounds visited, and of the remaining seven I have seen football on pitches at the same complex at a further two. It is fair to say The Playground, situated just a few minutes walk south of Whitehaven town centre, is probably the most basic venue in the league, but it certainly provided another entry in my list of unusually named grounds ticked. The ground is shared with Whitehaven Cricket Club, and, rather surprisingly, both clubs have their own building alongside the playing area housing clubhouse and changing rooms. The rugby clubhouse comprises one large room, with one hand pump at the bar, today dispensing Ennerdale Blonde. Post match food was being prepared in the kitchen, but there was no sign of food or hot drinks being on sale before or during the game.

The large playing area has the cricket field at its centre, with a rugby pitch set up at either side, each only partially overlapping. The furthest rugby pitch, unused today, has a little terracing, partially overgrown, on its far side, but the 1st XV pitch is the one directly outside the clubhouse. This is simply roped off along each side, and, apart from some paving immediately alongside the clubhouse, is entirely grass standing. A club official came around to collect donations at pitch side during the first half. Programme issuing is hit and miss in this league, but a mention on Whitehavenís website of benefits to potential sponsors includes advertising on their social media, but nothing about programme advertising, suggesting that they are regular non issuers.

Cumbrian club rugby has been right royally shafted to pacify the complaints of others having to travel up here, and with the number of Cumbrian clubs at level seven now restricted by design, several have dropped down to the county league. The unsurprising effect is a division with a wide range of standards, and too many very one sided games, but todayís local derby features two teams who have each lost just one game so far this season. St Benedicts were always in control after scoring the first three tries, though when the hosts pulled back to 10-19 down it looked like game on. Two further tries put the visitors back in control, and the leeway was much needed as they played the last fifteen minutes with thirteen men after two red cards for high tackles.

The score for the game was officially reported as 17-35, although Whitehaven posted the same score as I recorded on their social media immediately after the conclusion. The scoreboard alongside the clubhouse was unused, but sometimes an unclear signal can lead to doubts as to whether a conversion was successful, though not today when both sides clearly missed one attempt each. It will go in my records with a footnote attached, but the official score is solely decided by the referee, and, I suspect, today he just made an error. Not too surprising really, when one official is expected to keep score, keep track of time, keep track of sin binnings, of which there were four today, ensure that rolling substitutions do not exceed the permitted number, all whilst carrying out their primary task of refereeing the game. One final observation on todayís Millom based official - on signalling the reason for the two red cards, each time he used the rugby league signal for a high tackle rather than the union one - in a league hotbed such as this, just about everyone involved with union will also have had some involvement in league.


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Sunday 10th November
FOSROC Super Six
Ayrshire Bulls 13-25 Heriots Rugby (HT 13-15)
@ Millbrae
Attendance 1,341
Admission £15 - Programme Free (8 pages)


The first weekend of this new competition attracted some excellent attendances despite BBC, Sky Sports and even the Rugby Paper not mentioning these games in their fixture lists even though the game was live on the BBC Sport website. Since Bulls' predecessors Ayr Rugby Club won the league and cup double last season this result must have seemed a bit of a surprise but the visitors were too strong for the hosts with all three of their tries coming from pushing the Bulls back in scrums or mauls. The hosts kicked the first points for an early 3-0 lead but the visitors forced their way over to score the first try which was converted. The hosts retook the lead with a 40 yard interception run and converted try before the visitors levelled at 10-10 with a penalty and regained the lead pushing over in the corner for a try which they failed to convert. The hosts reduced the arrears to two points with a penalty to end an exciting first half. The second half failed to live up to the first, the visitors drove the hosts over the line in a maul and a penalty try was awarded, don't remember them kicking the conversion, must now be an automatic 7 points for a penalty try. Three more points were added 10 minutes from the end and the hosts never looked like bridging the two score gap.

Needed to tick Millbrae before Ayr RFC and Ayrshire Bulls move to Dam Park Athletics Stadium which they plan to convert into a rugby hub. Not sure what this will mean for Whitletts Victoria, the junior football club who currently play at Dam Park. Millbrae has a nice raised stand which was packed for this game covering about half the south side with four rows of white plastic benches. Apart from that not much else, a raised bank made of coal to the right of the stand and two steps of pavement style terracing on the opposite side underneath the camera gantry. The location is nice, next to the Robert Burns Museum with his statue visible behind the end to the west. Behind the east end is another floodlit pitch at a right angle to the main one. The electronic scoreboard in the north east corner had a clock which stopped when there was a break in play.


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at The Playground, Whitehaven
RFU Northern Division Cumbria One (Level Eight)
Whitehaven 15 St Benedicts 33 (ht 7-19)

One final observation on todayís Millom based official - on signalling the reason for the two red cards, each time he used the rugby league signal for a high tackle rather than the union one - in a league hotbed such as this, just about everyone involved with union will also have had some involvement in league.

Interesting you should mention that, Andrew. In the mid-1980s, an elderly chap, Ernest McConnell, Whitehaven RUFC secretary, doubled up as Whitehaven RLFC's matchday announcer.


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Saturday 16th November 2019
Bishop's Stortford 30 Rotherham Titans 14 (HT 3-7)
National League One (level three, kick-off 3pm)
Admission £15
Programme (w/a) 68pp, glossy and game specific
Attendance 365 (h/c)
No food available for non-dining spectators


This scrappy relegation battle at Silver Leys went belly-up for Rotherham in the last 25 minutes. Titans (third bottom) led 14-3 but fell away badly as Stortford (fifth bottom) beat them for the first time. Tries from Nick Hankin (55mins) and James Thacker (74mins and 80+3mins) sank the Yorkshire strugglers. Scrum-half Tom Banks converted all three and landed penalties in the 60th and 79th minutes as Rotherham's discipline deserted them. The visitors, a point up until Thacker's first try, had to play most of the closing stages a man short after right wing Dan Leake's 70th-minute sin-binning. Earlier, Stortford dominated a simply dire first half characterised by risk averse rugby and basic mistakes. Fly-half Brad Burrs put the hosts ahead with a 23rd-minute penalty. In the second minute of stoppage time, Rotherham, previously invisible as an attacking force, crossed during their first visit to the Stortford 25, Elliott Ward touching down for Morgan Bunting to add the extras. Within three minutes of the restart, Titans were in again. Anthony Maka scrambled over on his knees after a left wing break had set up field position. Bunting's conversion opened up an 11-point advantage.

For the spectator, Silver Leys is a poor ground. Located on the western edge of a typically characterless, soulless, dull-as-ditchwater London commuter dormitory (and, I guess, Stansted airport stopover), it offers four rugby pitches, two in front of and two behind a single-storey clubhouse positioned centrally on a spacious site. The first XV pitch is little more than a field. It is fully railed, floodlit and has permanent dugouts, a camera gantry and, at the north end, a small bar but lacks any sort of elevation, hardstanding or cover. Must be truly grim here in the depths of winter. Thankfully, it stayed dry today. Two large marquees, supplementing the small, tidy clubhouse, house the prawn sandwich (hog roast, actually, this afternoon) brigade. Merchandise (including pin badges) is available from a small shop just inside the clubhouse's main entrance. There is a decent amount of parking, though the area used by a squash club is off limits. What appears to be the oldest building (possibly the original clubhouse) is occupied by a motley collection of small businesses. Stortford take my personal award for the RU club with the biggest number of twats wearing lurid blazers.

The second XV pitch, on which Stortford beat their Ampthill counterparts 22-17 (2.30 start), is adjacent to the west. Immediately to the east is a football pitch, roped off with permanent dugouts, which I discovered is home to Bishop's Stortford Swifts. They have their own clubhouse/dressing rooms, located between the rugby clubhouse and the squash club. Swifts were playing Essex Olympian League Premier Division rivals and joint-leaders Rayleigh Town. I watched a reasonably entertaining first half of this 2.0 kick-off (no floodlights for footy). Mid-table Swifts scored in the sixth minute, a tasty volley from a corner, and went on to win 2-1. I was joined by 14 other spectators. As you'd expect with so little interest, there was neither admission charge nor programme. Probably the first and last action I will ever watch in this league!

Strangely, Bishop's Stortford RU didn't make any serious attempt to take a gate. They seemed to rely on spectator honesty. Programmes were available from the club shop and they were sold also, pretty half-heartedly, at two entry points, in the northeast and southeast corners. I doubt barely half those present paid. Can't say I blame them. Charging fifteen quid to stand in a field is seriously taking the piss. As if to ensure attendees are even less likely to reach for their wallets/purses, Stortford make their programme available online the evening before the match!

https://secureservercdn.net/...5-Rotherham_2019.pdf

The drive back to civilisation was a complete PITA. An accident on the M11, somewhere in the featureless no man's land between Bishop's Stortford and Cambridge, added more than an hour.


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Saturday 16th November 2019
Bishop's Stortford 30 Rotherham Titans 14 (HT 3-7)
National League One (level three, kick-off 3pm)
Admission £15
Programme (w/a) 68pp, glossy and game specific
Attendance 365 (h/c)
No food available for non-dining spectators


This scrappy relegation battle at Silver Leys went belly-up for Rotherham in the last 25 minutes. Titans (third bottom) led 14-3 but fell away badly as Stortford (fifth bottom) beat them for the first time. Tries from Nick Hankin (55mins) and James Thacker (74mins and 80+3mins) sank the Yorkshire strugglers. Scrum-half Tom Banks converted all three and landed penalties in the 60th and 79th minutes as Rotherham's discipline deserted them. The visitors, a point up until Thacker's first try, had to play most of the closing stages a man short after right wing Dan Leake's 70th-minute sin-binning. Earlier, Stortford dominated a simply dire first half characterised by risk averse rugby and basic mistakes. Fly-half Brad Burrs put the hosts ahead with a 23rd-minute penalty. In the second minute of stoppage time, Rotherham, previously invisible as an attacking force, crossed during their first visit to the Stortford 25, Elliott Ward touching down for Morgan Bunting to add the extras. Within three minutes of the restart, Titans were in again. Anthony Maka scrambled over on his knees after a left wing break had set up field position. Bunting's conversion opened up an 11-point advantage.

For the spectator, Silver Leys is a poor ground. Located on the western edge of a typically characterless, soulless, dull-as-ditchwater London commuter dormitory (and, I guess, Stansted airport stopover), it offers four rugby pitches, two in front of and two behind a single-storey clubhouse positioned centrally on a spacious site. The first XV pitch is little more than a field. It is fully railed, floodlit and has permanent dugouts, a camera gantry and, at the north end, a small bar but lacks any sort of elevation, hardstanding or cover. Must be truly grim here in the depths of winter. Thankfully, it stayed dry today. Two large marquees, supplementing the small, tidy clubhouse, house the prawn sandwich (hog roast, actually, this afternoon) brigade. Merchandise (including pin badges) is available from a small shop just inside the clubhouse's main entrance. There is a decent amount of parking, though the area used by a squash club is off limits. What appears to be the oldest building (possibly the original clubhouse) is occupied by a motley collection of small businesses. Stortford take my personal award for the RU club with the biggest number of twats wearing lurid blazers.

The second XV pitch, on which Stortford beat their Ampthill counterparts 22-17 (2.30 start), is adjacent to the west. Immediately to the east is a football pitch, roped off with permanent dugouts, which I discovered is home to Bishop's Stortford Swifts. They have their own clubhouse/dressing rooms, located between the rugby clubhouse and the squash club. Swifts were playing Essex Olympian League Premier Division rivals and joint-leaders Rayleigh Town. I watched a reasonably entertaining first half of this 2.0 kick-off (no floodlights for footy). Mid-table Swifts scored in the sixth minute, a tasty volley from a corner, and went on to win 2-1. I was joined by 14 other spectators. As you'd expect with so little interest, there was neither admission charge nor programme. Probably the first and last action I will ever watch in this league!

Strangely, Bishop's Stortford RU didn't make any serious attempt to take a gate. They seemed to rely on spectator honesty. Programmes were available from the club shop and they were sold also, pretty half-heartedly, at two entry points, in the northeast and southeast corners. I doubt barely half those present paid. Can't say I blame them. Charging fifteen quid to stand in a field is seriously taking the piss. As if to ensure attendees are even less likely to reach for their wallets/purses, Stortford make their programme available online the evening before the match!

https://secureservercdn.net/...5-Rotherham_2019.pdf

The drive back to civilisation was a complete PITA. An accident on the M11, somewhere in the featureless no man's land between Bishop's Stortford and Cambridge, added more than an hour.


An entertaining report as ever. I do hope Ladderman reads this. As I recall he gleefully and ruthlessly criticised the beautiful town of Gainsborough (Ok, a slight exaggeration on my part) so I'm sure he'll understand that beauty is in the eye of the beholder, as, I assume, is ugliness.



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An entertaining report as ever. I do hope Ladderman reads this. As I recall he gleefully and ruthlessly criticised the beautiful town of Gainsborough (Ok, a slight exaggeration on my part) so I'm sure he'll understand that beauty is in the eye of the beholder, as, I assume, is ugliness.

I always think Gainsborough's shortcomings are alleviated entirely by this wonderful place, right in the town centre, too:

https://www.gainsborougholdhall.com/


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EURO EGGS CUP: BATH 16 ULSTER 17

TKT: £40. PROG: £3.50. ATT: 13,289

First & probably last trip of the season to the Rec, in the Georgian fair city of Aquae Sulis. To say theyíre ripping punters off a tad, is an understatement when this match was on terrestrial tv never mind satellite. Sit towards the halfway line, & youíd be shelling out £70 which is madness, unless itís the final. My sole reason for attending was to see new opponents here, so job done & of course tiz freedom of choice whether to attend or not. Yer man in charge however, does seem to be exploiting punters at these prices as Euro games rarely sell out.

Rant over, the game itself wasnít the best for the first hour. Only really got interesting once Bath got their first try, & then took the lead for the first time on 66 minutes. Two minutes later, Ulster knock over a pen to win it by a point & game over. I donít expect either of these sides to stop Clermont from winning the group, but strange things happen at sea. Granddaughter enjoyed the atmosphere, with over a thousand making the trip from Belfast & making some noise.

The other women in my life, did plenty of damage to the plastic, so an expensive day trip! Trains were the usual survival of the fittest, should you want a seat & we failed on that score. I suppose I enjoyed my day despite the result, but itíll be back to the proper shaped balls next week.

KRTM :-)


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Saturday 16th November 2019
European Challenge cup. Pool 5.
Leicester Tigers v Pau.
Attendance. 15,250
Admission. £ 26.
Programme. £ 3.

This was Leicester Tigers first time in this competition. Today's visitors were French side Pau who had started the French domestic season well sitting in 3rd, while Leicester were bottom of the English premiership. This was the 5 th meeting of these two sides in European competitions. Tigers included some of the returning world cup stars in their line up.
Leicester got their campaign off to a good start winning 41 -20 and picking up a bonus point. Welsh winger Jonah Holmes scored 4 of the 5 Leicester tries. England's George Ford kicked 4 conversions and a penalty before being replaced. The returning England players played between 60 and 70 mins.


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Saturday 16th November 2019
Northern Division, North West 1 (level 6)
Vale of Lune 12 Wilmslow 19
Admission £7 (non member) including prog (20pp glossy shell, 4pp match insert stapled in)
Att: 145 (h/c)

Really good contest between mid table Vale and league leaders Wilmslow which was in the balance from start to finish. Not hard to see why the visitors are top, plenty of real pace and invention in the backs but their pack was given a torrid afternoon by the home 8.

Vale have lost all of their main strike weapons to Preston and Kendal following relegation at the end of last season and it shows as they now play a very different game to recent seasons, based on forward power and tenacious defence. No real doubt Wilmslow just about deserved the win (try count 3-2) but an intriguiing battle of styles and tactics.

The ground hasn't changed from previous write ups and there are still always 2 or 3 handpumps in use in the clubhouse. I always enjoy my time here when longer trips aren't practical.


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Saturday 16th November
1515 @ RDS Arena
European Champions Cup Pool 1
Leinster 33-19 Benneton Treviso
Attendance 15,080
Ticket 35 euros - Programme 5 euros

Comfortable win for the hosts but the visitors at least made it a competitive contest. Garry Ringrose went over in the corner to give the hosts a 5th minute lead but this was soon cancelled out when Dean Budd stretched over the line to score and Ian Keatley's conversion gave the visitors the lead for what turned out to be the only time in the game. In the 15th minute Ringrose went over for his second try, this time near enough to the posts for Johnny Sexton to convert. Treviso had a player sin binned for a high tackle in the 30th minute and, soon after, Leinster made the man advantage count as Ronan Kelleher went over to score and Sexton converted to give the hosts a 19-7 half time lead. Sexton scored and converted his own try to secure the bonus point early in the second half but the visitors didn't give up and were back in the game when Hame Faiva dodged a few tackles and found a gap over the line to ground the ball, Keatley converted to make it a 12 point game again. Ringrose completed his hat trick of tries 12 minutes from time before a late consolation try from Luca Sperandio made it a respectable scoreline but not enough to earn the visitors any bonus points.

Wanted to visit the RDS Arena as there are plans to build a new stand to replace the lovely old Anglesea Road stand, which is like two stands in one with a smaller seated section with its own cover on the halfway line of the lower tier flanked each side by the only terracing in use where the view towards the far end can't be very good. The stand is flanked by two derelict terraces, the one to the left is level with the upper tier while the terrace to the right is level with the lower tier. A trimmed hedge at the front separates the stand from the pitch. There is a more modern single tier stand on the opposite side while behind each end is a temporary open stand, one of which I sat in and had 38 rows of blue seats and, unusually for a temporary stand, the steps were made of concrete. They can't build permanent stands on either end as the space is needed for showground events. Behind the main stand are two smaller grass fields used as rings for smaller showground events, a couple of halls and a sand arena used as a car park for the rugby. In the evening went to the greyhounds at Shelbourne Park in the shadow of the AVIVA Stadium, didn't win any bets I placed.

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