After two good weeks, the trip to the Dales was not a happy one for the Blues who were greeted with a five try first half blast from the Greens to put the game beyond them and although they recovered in the second half of an entertaining game to obtain an important ‘bonus’ point they will be looking at their defence in training this week as we await the arrival of the Cornish All Blacks, Launceston, to Priory Park this Saturday.
I stayed at Priory Park to watch the Lions who entertained Caldy before crossing to Congleton Town Hall to attend a Sportsman’s Dinner where former England Prop Brian Moore was guest speaker, and my thanks to Lyn for this opportunity.
The Seconds won by 22 to 8 with a brace of tries from the ever youthful Iain Taylor featuring high on an afternoon when running rugby was hampered by the poor weather and elsewhere around the club the Thirds sent down 25 to 5 to Sandbach Seconds and the Fourths by 41 to 5 to Altrincham Kersal Thirds while the Vets travelled to Widnes for a ‘friendly’ to return with a ‘W’.
Around National One on Saturday results saw Barking cement top spot with a 41 to 24 romp at Otley while Cambridge remained on their heels with a good and close 21 to 20 victory over Saturday’s opponents Launceston.London Scottish saw off Sedgley Park (43 to 18) Blackheath beat Cinderford 48 to 35, Stourbridge won at Rosslyn Park by 32 to 23, Redruth beat Tynedale 27 to 23 and finally Blaydon just beat Coventry 29 to 28 at Crow Trees on a day of high scoring all round and the season now just over quarter of the way through.
All in all this means that the Blues now stand in 8th spot having Played 8, Won 3, Drawn 1 and Lost 4.
Points For 208 Against 187 meaning a points difference of 21 and a total of 20 league points to date and still at least a ‘bonus’ point from all games played.
So far so good but we have some massive challenges ahead both on and off the park so if you have any interest in Rugby Football then come along to Priory Park on Saturday to support your local club. Kick Off v. Launceston is 3.pm. make the most of the last weekend of BST!
Finally do not forget the date of our next pre match lunch – Saturday 13 November when we entertain London Scottish.Menu is Prawn Cocktail, Roast Topside of Beef & trimmings plus Assorted Cheese & Biscuits, Coffee & Mints.Cost £22.50 including match admission.However match programme, in line with other clubs in Nat 1, will cost an extra £1 but is still excellent value.