Clubman Notes 20th November

They came, they saw and they conquered and as a result Ealing Trailfinders excellent unbeaten home record was blown away with a bonus point Blues victory on their first ever visit to Valley Way to get their campaign well and truly back on course after last weekend’s revival against Blackheath and as the half way stage of the season approaches it is Jersey who will have some trepidation as they make a first ever visit to Priory Park this Saturday – Kick Off 3.pm.  Do come along and support your Rugby Club as Jersey – over 2,000 watching their game against Tynedale on Saturday – will bring along plenty of support.  Let’s ensure we outnumber them.

The downside of an excellent performance was a serious leg injury to popular Blues No 8 Chris Jones which saw the game held up for quite some time just before the interval and all of us will wish Chris a quick recovery and return to the playing arena.  He will not be replaced easily.

With the game being held up for so long it was well after five when the final score came through to those of us watching the Lions at Priory Park and the roar of appreciation when it was announced said it all.  Roll on Jersey.

Around National One, as always, there were interesting results with Jersey only beating Tynedale in the final minutes when they ran in three tries. Fylde won 41-20 at Birmingham, Blackheath beat improving Coventry 34-25 while Cambridge just did enough to beat Cinderford in the Forest of Dean by 23-16. Rosslyn Park beat Sedgley Park 40-18, Stourbridge fell at home 29-9 to Blaydon and Wharfedale beat barking 29-3.

All of which means that the Blues are now in 7th spot on 40 points along with Cambridge & Blackheath who have a slightly better scoring difference .Jersey & Rosslyn Park are on 43 & 44 points respectively whilst Stourbridge & Birmingham are at the wrong end of the table on 16 apiece.

Around Priory Park on Saturday high scoring was order of the day with the Lions beating a young but outclassed Penrith Seconds 105-0 and the Fourths also scoring a ton in beating Acton Nomads Seconds 106-0 ensuring that both sides remain in the top echelons of their respective tables. The Thirds, not to be outdone, went to Carlisle and beat their Seconds 66-5.  Sadly the Vets lost an entertaining game against Warrington 24-17.

This weekend the lower sides take time out of league rugby to concentrate on their respective cup competitions.  The Lions – present holders of the Raging Bull Cup – travel to Carlisle in their quest to retain same whilst the Thirds travel to Merseyside to take on Wirral Seconds.  Both in the Cup Competition.  The Fourths in the Raging Bull Plate entertain Ashton on Mersey Thirds at Priory Park

Don’t forget the pre match dinner on 10 December when Stourbridge start the second half of the season.  This is the final pre match dinner of 2011 the next one being on 18 February when Coventry visit although there is a Sponsors Lunch on 21 January when Cambridge visit.

Alongside the Stourbridge Dinner the Stags will be holding their Annual Re-Union in the Presidents Lounge so it should be a noisy group of supporters as the lads take to the park………………..

Before our game with Jersey this Saturday come along early – from 1.pm. – and enjoy Fish, Potato Wedges & Mushy Peas followed by Apple Pie & Cream.  All for just £8 – no booking required but support your club as I am sure that the Jersey followers on reading this will be there to enjoy as well as the IPA.

Games for Saturday:

1st v. Jersey – League – Home – 3.pm.

2nd v. Carlisle – Cup – Away

3rd v. Wirral – Cup – Away

4th v. Ashton on Mersey – Cup – Home – 2.15.pm.

Vets v. Leek – Away


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