National 2 North

National 2 North

National Two North- Preview Saturday September 26th

In National Two North the top game of the afternoon has to be the clash at Milnethorpe Green where second place Leicester Lions are the visitors to third place Sandal. Both sides remain undefeated after the three games played so far but although Sandal who play at this level for the first time in their history confess to 'feeling their way' they have not made a bad start and will be looking to make it four from four against their midlands opponents. Top of the table Sedgely Park who are away to Otley will no doubt have an eye on proceedings 'down the road' and what ever the outcome they will almost certainly hunting the bonus point in an attempt...

Dean Schofield new head coach at Sedgley

Tigers are extremely pleased to announce Dean Schofield as the new head coach for next season. Dean will combine playing duties for Leeds Carnegie. Dean is a Manchester boy through and through starting his playing career at Aldwinians. He is a powerful second row forward who has played at the very top for the majority of his career in the Premiership and the current kings of Europe, Toulon. Last season he played in the Aviva Premiership, for London Welsh, and has signed for Leeds Carnegie for season 2015-16. He brings with him to the club a wealth of experience and most of all a very clear desire and passion to help Sedge with their next stage of development and progress. His playing CV...

Otley 12 Ampthill 53

Ampthill travelled to Yorkshire for their first ever visit to Cross Green on a day which started out damp & miserable, cleared to give bright sunshine but added a howling gale. Amps squad saw 1 change in the pack, 2 in the backs and 2 on the bench.   A competitive 1st half saw the home side, with the benefit of the wind, have the better of territory and possession but were unable to score from their opportunities while the visitors turned their few chances into three tries, one converted leaving the score a flattering 0-17 at oranges. The first 25 minutes of the second half saw A’s in a purple patch during which five tries (two converted) were added to...

National Two North – Review 5th March 2016

In National Two North although Macclesfield game at home to Harrogate was a casualty to the weather the Cheshire side are still well ahead of the chasing pack with Stourbridge taking over in second place following their 15-7 win at home against Sedgely Park who now drop back to fourth albeit with three games in hand over their nearest rivals. Leicester Lions, who beat Sale 12-16 at Heywood Road are now third through tries from Joe Collingham and Sam Benjamin plus two penalties from Jon Boden. For Sale, who have now slipped into the relegation zone for the first time, four penalties from the boot of Liam McGovern was their only response. The situation at the bottom of the table is...

OTLEY  20    BROADSTREET  22

  Otley appeared to have taken control of the game, sitting on a 12 points lead with just 9 minutes remaining but they were made to rue their earlier poor finishing, Broadstreet hitting them with two late converted tries. The visitors started strongly, bringing out the best in Otley’s defensive technique but it was no surprise when, a drive from a 5m line-out having failed the ball was released and they got winger Jeffrey  Gregson over in the corner on 13 minutes but as the home forwards began to effect some control the reply came. Skipper Stephen Depledge levelled with a penalty and just before the break converted a try from No 8 Freddie Watson as the pack efficiently drove over. Fly-half...

Broadstreet 55 Stockport 24

by Chris Heal Stockport failed to make it back to back wins as Broadstreet won 55-24 at the Ivor Preece Fields. Two tries from Andrew Murray gave Broadstreet a 10-0 lead and they were followed up by scores from Jack Gibbons and two from Gareth Turner. Stockport’s Paul MILLEA did touchdown before the break, but his side trailed 27-7 at half-time. Port centre Ashley Platt-Hughes crossed just after the restart and when Elliot FLETCHER scored on the hour mark, Stockport were mounting a serious comeback. However, two quick tries from Ransford Otutaha and Benjamin Cooper killed off any fightback from Stockport. Chris Barlow did get a consolation for Port, but Murray and Turner scored once again to round off a dominant display from the hosts. Stockport...

National Two North – Review 2nd January 2016

In National Two North although the two top teams both lost Macclesfield and Sedgley Park remain in first and second places but the points gap has now closed with the teams immediately below. Leading club Macclesfield went down 29-24 away at local rivals Caldy in a very close encounter at Paton Field, with the boot of the homes side's Gavin Roberts proving the decisive factor. Caldy scored tries through Nick Royle who crossed for two and forbes Edwards with Roberts successful with one conversion and four penalties, the final two in the last five minutes to turn a 23-24 deficit into a 29-24 win. However 'Macc' did not leave empty handed, tries from Matt King, Josh Fowles with two and...

Olly Viney to Rejoin Hoppers

Preston Grasshoppers is delighted to announce that Olly Viney will be rejoining the club for the 2015/16 season as a player but also as backs coach. Viney has had a break from rugby over the last 12 months to raise his young family. Olly made his 1st XV debut for Preston Grasshoppers at the start of the 2002/3 season in Alex Keay’s first as Head Coach, making twenty seven appearances and in doing so scoring twenty one tries before going on to keep up this record as a prolific try scorer. He made his Hoppers debut at Waterloo’s Blundellsands ground, playing on the right wing on the 30th of August 2002, before scoring his first league try against Darlington Mowden Park a...