National Three North v Midlands Play-Off 30th April 2016

In the National Three North v Midlands play-off at Leicester Road it was a home win for Hinckley who beat Wirral 33-20. Hinckley will now join N3M champions Scunthorpe in National Two North next season. Club Reports Hinckley Hinckley entertained N3N club Wirral RFC in the North/Midlands play off game at Leicester Road. A winner take all contest with the prize being promotion to N2N, rightly billed as the most important game in Hinckley’s recent history. Hinckley selected probably their strongest side with Sam Greasley, Mitch Culpin and Mark Deaville back in the fold. A bench made up of Ewan Bartlett, Josh Smith, Ben Marshall and Phil McQueen completed the line up. Wirral kicked off down the slope and for the first ten minutes...

National Three North v Midlands Play-Off – Preview

With Sheffield Tigers from National Three North and Scunthorpe from National Three Midlands already promoted as champions, the battle for the third promotion spot takes place this Saturday when second in N3N Wirral travel to Leicester Road to take on second in N3M Hinckley Wirral held an intense training session with N2N neighbours, Caldy during the week, proving of great benefit to the home side given the strength of the opposition. A further light training session was held on Thursday. Wirral have a number of fitness issues amongst and tests will be held on the morning of the match regarding a couple of players having named the following squad to travel down to Hinckley on Friday evening to prepare for the...

Kenilworth RFC outplayed in disappointing Dudley defeat

Kenilworth slipped to another disappointing defeat at the weekend as they were comprehensively beaten 54-7 away to Dudley Kingswinford on Saturday, writes Sophie Freestone. Kenilworth had the first opportunity to score points having started the match well, but Hickman's penalty attempt was just wide of the uprights after four minutes. Two minutes later Dudley were on the score board with the opening try of the match. The ball was cleared from a Kenilworth scrum following a Dudley knock on, but the home side's flanker stormed through the Kenilworth defence to score by the posts for an easily converted try and an early 7-0 lead. This lead was doubled after just 11 minutes, despite a great attack from Kenilworth. Scrum half Alex Selby...

National League 3 Midlands Post Match Reports Saturday 13th February 2016

National 3 Midlands Post Match Reports 13 February 2016 Click here for all the Match Stats   Saturday 13th February 2016 Birmingham & Solihull 17 – 7 Nuneaton Birmingham & Solihull brushed side any lingering relegation fears with a decisive win against high-flying Nuneaton, after being 3 – 7 down at one stage. Fly half Mitch McGahan kicked an early penalty for the Bees and Birmingham Solihull dominated possession in the first half but could not put points on the board. Nuneaton took the lead going into the interval from a penalty try earned from their superior scrummaging prowess. The Bees, bolstered by recent wins and some inner belief, took the lead from a McGahan interception try and applied the coup de grace when Alex O’Malley...

National 3 Midlands Post Match Reports Saturday 23rd January 2016

For all the Match Stats - click here  Saturday 23 January 2016 Birmingham & Solihull 8 – 5 Longton In heavy and muddy conditions at Portway, Birmingham & Solihull managed to do the double over Longton, as well as achieving their second consecutive league win. It wasn’t pretty, but it was heavy and dour stuff, devoid of open rugby. Indeed, it was a day for the forwards to huddle together and praise the beauty of ten-man rugby. Quarter of an hour into the game, Longton, enjoying the wind advantage kicked into the corner, and from the resultant line out, Pete Wilshaw was able to rumble his way over the Bees line. With the turnaround, the five-point lead was never going to be enough, as...

National 3 Midlands Post Match Reports Saturday 17th January 2016

National 3 Midland Match Review For the match stats - click here Saturday 16th January 2016 Hinckley 26 – 0 Bromsgrove League fixtures at Longton, Newport and Old Halesonians were postponed due to the state of the pitches, and the inclement weather. Hinckley continued their winning ways and maintained a healthy lead at the head of the table with a bonus-point win against Bromsgrove. Mitch Lamb opened the scoring for the hosts as early as the third minute, followed twelve minutes later with a try for Huw Marsden, which Mark Lord improved. Utilising the elements on a wet and windy day, Hinckley dominated proceedings and scored further efforts. Just past the hour, they won a penalty try, converted by Lord and on approaching the interval,...

Weather spoils Old Halesonians chances

National 3 Midlands First weekend back after the Christmas break and the bad weather meant that all our teams had to arrange away matches due to poor pitch conditions at home. Old Northamptonians 28 - 21 Old Halesonians This was on paper a 5 point win for the visitors but someone forgot to tell the home side. The scene was set with surprisingly good weather and pitch conditions and Hales fielding a strong side. The opening exchanges favoured the visitors with the pack dominant. Set scrum and open play took the game to the home side. A line out close to the home 22 saw Tom King collect; a driving maul ensued with hooker Sam Jones scoring an early try, converted by Chris...

Another good overall performance from Sutton Coldfield RFC but . . .

National League 3 Midlands Sutton Coldfield 17 pts v Lichfield RFC 24 pts In their first game after the Christmas break an inspired Sutton belied their lowly league position to put visitors Lichfield under sustained pressure for much of this compelling local derby but in a close contest three basic errors at crucial points in the match cost Sutton as they slipped to a 24-17 defeat on the opening day of 2016. In the opening minute a charge down in the Sutton 22 led to a converted try for a 7-0 deficit, however in spite of the disastrous start Sutton took the initiative and fought back to lead 11-7 heading towards the break... but on the stroke of halftime the home side...