The pre season games are now over and the season, at last, starts on Saturday when Wharfedale visit to open the 2011/12 campaign. See ‘Preview’.
Last week there were a couple of pre season outings starting on Wednesday when a Lions Squad took on a determined Wilmslow side who were keen to show their mettle and, despite errors from both squads, the Wilmslow side ran out convincing winners to ensure that there will be no complacency as the Lions head to their first encounter at Vicars Cross where Chester await in a Cheshire Cup Quarter Final encounter. After several excellent seasons it will be interesting to see just how our second string competes this season.
On Saturday in the last pre season game it was Cheshire rivals and old friends Caldy who provided the opposition. Caldy, of course, were right with us along with Loughborough Students when we gained promotion from National Two North a couple of seasons ago and they will be right up there again seeking that elusive promotion as the new season begins. This was evident as they pressed the Blues throughout and, although scoring at the death to get the scoreline closer, Geoff Wappett and his team were happy enough as they prepare for the visit of Wharfedale this Saturday as the league season starts in earnest with a number of interesting games to be played and after ours there is none more interesting than Fylde v. newly promoted Jersey as both clubs have been touted in many circles as the sides to beat this season.
Other games include relegated Birmingham & Solihull v. newly promoted Ealing with former Blue Jon Lowdon now in the Bees colours following his move from Coventry.
Sedgley Park, who narrowly avoided relegation at the death last season when they beat the Blues travel to Cambridge in another finely tuned game.
I could go on but it has to be said that this season ALL games are important and competition will be extremely close right up until 28 April when, hopefully without another severe Winter, the season comes to a close.
Do come along to Priory Park and support your high flying Rugby Club – kick off is at 3.pm. and admission prices are £10 for members including programme and car park. Sadly no concessions for OAP’s this season but Under 16’s get in free and for non members it is £15 including programme and parking.
I mentioned above that the 2011/12 Cheshire Cup Competition gets under way this week and the draw is as follows:
Lymm v. Birkenhead Park, Northwich v. Altrincham Kersal, Stockport v. Caldy and Chester v. Macclesfield.
All games apart from the Stockport v. Caldy game take place this weekend with Macclesfield sending a Lions XV to Chester. Caldy Seconds beat Stockport Seconds on Saturday at Headlands Road by 17-5 while their 1st Squad played at Priory Park and therefore move into the Semi Finals which will be played on either 26 November or 2 January next.
1st v. Wharfedale – League – Home – 3.pm.
Lions v. Chester – Cheshire Cup – Away
That’s it for this week – enjoy your Rugby – I do but Cricket is King at the moment!!.