National Two/Three North -Review 2015/16

  In leagues National Two/Three North now that the play-offs are out of the way, with players and coaching staff taking a well earned few weeks rest, the make of next season's tables are more or less agreed. In National Two North Macclesfield proved to be the outstanding side in the competition and after relegation at the end of the previous season quite rightly did enough to bounce back into National One at the first time of asking. Second place Sedgley Park were not so fortunate and having finished second had to travel to St. Albans to take on Old Albanian, second in N2S. Like 'Macc', Old Albanian had come down at the end of 2014/15 and with a well drilled effort...

National Two Play-Off Old Albanian Go Up

In the National Two play-off Old Albanian made a speedy return to National One to join National Two North champions Macclesfield and South champions Cambridge after beating second in N2N Sedgley Park 24-0 at Woollams earlier today. The day belong to Old Albanian full back Max Malins who crossed for his side's opening try as well as slotting the conversion and four penalties, Neil Foster the second try scorer for the home side. In a game that for long periods proved to be an 'arm wrestle' between two well matched sides was won in the end by the well drilled home side's greater experience and pace out wide which the Manchester side for all their efforts were unable to match or...

Bristol Rugby to play Doncaster Knights in the Greene King IPA Championship Final

  Greene King IPA Championship Play-offs Doncaster Knights 14 - 17 Yorkshire Carnegie  Match Report courtesy of Phil Daly and Yorkshire Carnegie website Yorkshire Carnegie came into the game knowing they needed to overturn a 13-point deficit from the first leg and Head Coach Bryan Redpath had made four changes to his starting line up as they went in search of the fight back. The visitors started the game strongly with Jack Walker and Ryan Burrows leading the charge. However, it was Doncaster who increased their advantage when Declan Cusack kicked a penalty from a scrum to increase the gap to 16 points. Doncaster then had a great chance to score the opening try when winger Andy Bulumakau broke down the touchline only for...

National Two North – Review 7th May 2016

In National Two North the curtain was brought down on the regular season with two matches postponed from earlier this year Luctonians were 47-24 victors at home to Sale FC who after their efforts to preserve their N2N status were no doubt looking ahead with some relief to next season. In the other game Sedgley Park who were looking to build some momentum for their play-off game away to Old Albanian next week beat Harrogate 6-53 at Rudding Lane and will now travel south with some confidence. Luctonians 47  Sale FC 24 Both sides played with plenty of endeavour on a warm day at Mortimer Park before an appreciative crowd. Luctonians scored early through Rhyan Scott-Young with Louis Silver converting. Aiden Cheshire added...

National 2 South. Season 2015/2016 Review

National 2 South Champions, Cambridge, fully deserved promotion to National 1 with 130 points. Only Ealing Trailfinders (2009/10) and Old Albanian (2011/12) have managed 2 points more since the advent of 16 teams and 30 games. Old Albanian await the Play Off on May 14th against Sedgley Park for testimony of a one season return to the third tier of English rugby. Bishop's Stortford having "doubled" their neighbours Cambridge, finished 3rd one place below their least season's unsuccessful play off challenge. More about the victors later. Dorking having end 2014/2015 in 4th place were relegated alongside Southend Saxons and the luckless and rudderless Cornish All Blacks (Launceston). Southend head the longest standing list for National 2 South with 755...

National Three North – Jan Van Deventer to Leave Waterloo

With the season now over Waterloo, finishing in fourth place, can look back on a season which has seen them more than hold their status in a very tough National Three North league, the same position they finished the previous year but frustratingly if the five points they lost for fielding an illegible player had not been deducted they would have finished third. Out of the 26 games played they won 17 lost 8 and drew one. They managed the double over Rossendale who have in they past proved something of a 'bogey' team to the Blundellsands outfit. They beat both the top two, Sheffield Tigers and Wirral although results away from Merseyside were not so good but considering the...

National Two North – Preview 7th May 2016

In National Two North with Macclesfield promoted as champions and Sedgley Park heading in the direction of St.Albans to take on Old Albanian in a National Two play-off to determine who will join Macc and champions of National Two South Cambridge in National One next season, the battle at the top end of the table was decided a few weeks ago. Although relegation issues were finally sorted last weekend with Sale's win away at Caldy and Sandal's defeat away at Luctonians ending the west Yorkshire side's brief stay in the league, they will be joining Birkenhead Park and Burnage in North One West next term, there are still three league fixtures outstanding outstanding from the regular season. Luctonians welcome Sale...

Greene King IPA Championship Play-Offs May 1st Match Reports

Greene King IPA Championship Play-offs Yorkshire Carnegie 17 – 30 Doncaster Knights Match report courtesy of Yorkshire Carnegie website Fly half Kevin Sinfield returned at fly half alongside Chris Pilgrim at scrum half. Jonah Holmes was named at full back having missed the last four games of the regular season through injury. Andy Forsyth and Pete Lucock lined up in the centres. In the front row, Charlie Beech and Rob O'Donnell returned whilst Mike Myerscough joined Matt Smith in the second row. Ryan Burrows, who was this week named in the Championship team of the year, returned to captain the side at number eight. Doncaster made the perfect start and looked the more composed of the two sides in the opening exchanges. Dec Cusack...