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By grazzer, Sep 21 2014 05:57PM


A really tough fixture against one of the biggest packs in the division saw the Northwich side switching tactics and give the Carlisle backs the run around -scoring 4 tries in all. A confident Carlisle, fresh off of a narrow victory against high flyers Sheffield Ladies last week, started strongly. The Northwich defence repelled wave after wave of attacks in the first scoreless 20 minutes. Lots of big Northwich performances in defence but once they started to pass the ball out wide, the runners found space.


At the half way point Northwich were marginally ahead with a Katie Johnson try in the corner. After the break, superior home fitness started to take its toll on the Carlisle Ladies. Home half-back partnership brought forwards and backs alike into the game with centre Aimee Proctor outstanding. After Hannah Tunnicliffe and Becky Bravender had registered the Northwich ladies second and third scores the Carlisle team looked well beaten. Katie Johnson scored the bonus point try for good measure and Kelly Malam kicked all three second half conversions. With the clock showing full time, a good move saw the Carlisle No 8 crash over the whitewash.


Coach Paul O'Keefe had every right to pronounce this victory as laying down a very strong marker for the season ahead. With 2 wins from 2 fixtures, second placed Northwich can look forward to their next test on 12th October when they entertain Darlington before visiting league leaders Ormskirk the following week.

By grazzer, Sep 21 2014 04:18PM



Carlsberg don’t do Junior Rugby games, if they did it would probably resemble the match at Moss Farm this morning, blue skies, good pitch and nearly fifty lads engaged in a well mannered game.


Northwich were keen not to suffer a repeat of the demolition job that C & N dealt them at the end of the Under 15s season. An even start by both teams with Northwich enjoying some joy at the breakdown and in the scrum. C & N held the territorial advantage with most of their play inside the Northwich half.

Northwich elected to run the ball wide on their own ball. Quicker ball from Tyrrell at 9 through the hands of Gooch 10, Vickery 12 and Williams on his full debut boded well as the ball reached the wingers; C & Ns defence though was up to the job and smothered wingers Meakin and Hughes several times.


It was though C & N who turned their territory into points, a series of lineouts, scrums and other forward orientated engagements lead to Northwich trying to clear from under their own posts , the kick charged down with a C & N hand creating downward pressure the try was awarded, converted 0 – 7.


The half rumbled on with a high penalty count from both teams for infringements in the break downs and the odd case of verbals, meanwhile the coaches discussed the likelihood of car insurance premiums rising as the boys would be able to drive this time next year, the discussion also covered the safest place to park at Moss Farm, which after several instances of lofty touchline clearances it was evident that along the touchline of the 1st XV pitch was not the best place if you wished to avoid the odd blemish on your cars body work, nevertheless at half time it was still anyone’s game.


Five subs at half time, a couple through knocks and bangs which soon proved costly, the penalty count from the first half continued as the visitors fired over a central penalty to make it 10 – 0.

The departure of Gooch at 10 left huge holes in the back line for C&N to quickly score two long range tries, making it 24 – 0. The young blacks though never gave in and just like the The Six Million Dollar Man / The Bionic Man (Who?...Google him if your under 35!) we rebuilt him and Gooch returned to 10 and the stability from the 1st period was restored. Loads of rolling subs from both teams now and a penalty in front of the posts provided Dan Tyrrell the opportunity to get the Northwich tally underway. 3 – 24.

Next up comedy moment of the match as C & N took a five metre penalty the Northwich line all looked left and never moved…easy score through lack of communication. 3 – 29. Lots of scrums and penalties ensued with Northwich having the last word with a Gooch try starting from outside the 22, conversion missed, final score 8 – 29, yes a defeat, but a very encouraging performance and a 100% improvement on last week.


Man of the match is probably a tossup between Cameron Gooch and the impressive Tom Williams, with notable performances from Elliott Lambert and Matt Quinn. Many thanks to Steve Holding of C & N for officiating and doing a damn fine job of it.


Home to Aldwinians next week, a new team to us and a new challenge, Kick Off is 11.00 on the 1st XV pitch, I would advise not parking along the touchline!

Squad – Watson, Cole, Challinor, Wright, McPhillips, Lambert, Gorman, Lewis, Tyrrell, Gooch, Vickery, Williams, Hughes, Meakin, Bradley, Smith, Preece, Yarwood, Quinn, McEwan.



By grazzer, Sep 21 2014 12:43PM

South Lancashire Cheshire 1


Saturday 20th September 2014


Northwich 3 Liverpool St Helens 20


You could not fail to notice the look of disappointment etched on the faces of the Northwich contingent, following defeat at the hands of Liverpool St Helens (LSH). I am compelled to use the cliché a game of two halves given that the Blacks clearly had the better of the first half while LSH dominated the second. Prior to the match the Black were in buoyant mood as they welcomed Robin Houghton back from his travels with Jack Watts and Mike Gallimore returning from injury. Despite being without Cairns, Heywood and Brotherton the home side were optimistic.


As previously mentioned the first half largely belonged to the Blacks as they looked the more likely to score tries. LSH relied on kicking for position and inviting Northwich to attack through the hands. The LSH defence stood firm for most of the half keeping the Northwich midfield in check. The only scores in the first half were an exchange of penalties, first for LSH after 8 minutes the second scored by Dutoy for Northwich after 10 minutes. Despite pressing the LSH line on a number of occasions Northwich failed to convert the pressure into what would have been a deserved lead. The match took a dramatic turn with 10 minutes of the half remaining. As Gallimore made a break it looked like the Blacks would score. However LSH held firm and Rhys Edwards was injured in the tackle and could take no further part in the match. 5 minutes later a fine charge from skipper Chris Dale resulted in another nasty injury leaving Dale with a suspected broken arm. The half closed out at 3-3 with Northwich short on recourses.


The second half was a complete contrast as LSH changed their game plan and began to keep the ball at close quarters. It was the turn of Northwich to adopt a kicking game, which LSH were happy to exploit. Around the 47th minute with the Blacks defending close to the line Rick Smith was shown the yellow card for an offence at the maul. With Smith of the park LSH opted to take a scrum and subsequent drive resulted in a try for the visitors. On the 68th minute the Blacks were trying to get back into the match and while on the attack the ball was spilled and pounced on by LSH. With the Blacks defence stranded the visitors were able to score a fine try from the counter. The subsequent conversions gave Northwich a mountain to climb. As with the previous week in an effort to earn a bonus point the Blacks once again surrendered to a late try denying any points for their efforts.


This was a very tough encounter and although it wasn’t pretty it was enthralling to watch. Once the Blacks have licked their wounds they will come back stronger for the experience.


The next match for Northwich is away at Manchester KO 3pm


Team


Cartman, Dodd, Thompson, Smith, Gavin, Watts, Naylor, C. Dale, Gallimore, R. Dale, Edwards, Barber, Chubb, Dutoy Simes, Hulbert , Houghton, Last


By grazzer, Sep 18 2014 07:47PM

This Weekend we have

Saturday

1st Team - HOME -v- Liverpool St Helens - 3.00 KO

2nd Team - AWAY -v- Liverpool St Helens - 3.00 KO

3rd Team - No Fixture


Sunday


U.7s, 8s 9s 10s, 11s & Girls -Training - behind the swimming pool building,

U.13s - AWAY -v- Crewe & Nantwich

U.14s - HOME -v- Crewe & Nantwich - 2nd team pitch - 11.00

U.16s - HOME -v- Crewe & Nantwich - 1st Team pitch - 11.00

Closely followed in the afternoon by,

Ladies - HOME -v- Carlisle - 2nd Team pitch - 2.30

By grazzer, Sep 16 2014 05:14PM


Saturday 13th September 2014


Altrincham Kersal 31 Northwich 21



Northwich lost their first match of the season to a very strong Altrincham Kersal (AK) team. Although Northwich were affected by the absence of 5 senior players, it has to be said this would always have been a tough encounter. The absentees not only meant new faces to the team but also positional adjustments, which ultimately led to an imbalance it the side.


From the kick off the home side took a stranglehold on the match by turning over a Northwich attack and going on the offensive. AK opened their account on the 6th minute when they were awarded a free kick in the Northwich 22. They elected to take a scrum and following a pick up from the number 8 they began a charge. There was some uncharacteristic loose tackling from the Blacks and AK scored a try to take a 5-0 lead. Four minutes later they were on the scoreboard again. This time another conceded penalty gave the home side an attacking lineout. A neat move of the back of the line and despite a brave tackle the score could not be prevented. The conversion extended the lead to 12-0. At this point the Northwich faithful felt they would be in for a long afternoon as AK continued to control most aspects of the game. However there is a never say die attitude in the Northwich ranks and they rallied in an effort to get back into the match.


They were rewarded on the 35 minute; when after applying sustained pressure to the AK line they had a lineout close to the home sides try line. With the ball won there was a controlled drive towards the line and the ever young Cartman crossed for a well earned score. Within one minute of the restart Cartman was show the yellow card for deliberately killing the ball in the re zone. With the man down AK sensed the opportunity. They stole a Northwich lineout and simple move left an opening for the home side to re-gather the initiative and take a half time lead of 19-5.


The killer blow came after 4 minutes of the restart. A quickly taken penalty was met with some indifferent tackling and a looping pass saw the AK winger score a try that was converted leaving the Blacks with a mountain to climb. In an effort to get back into the match the Blacks elected to kick the next two penalty opportunities and on the 49th and 52nd minute Dutoy added 6 points to the tally. At this point the Blacks sensed a recovery was possible and a move off the back of a scrum Naylor made a decisive line break and offloaded to Barber, the ball was recycled and once again Naylor collected the ball. As he made progress forward he passed to Andy Chubb who had picked an excellent line to score in the corner. With 20 minutes remaining it looked like the visitors could get something from the match. However in an effort to force the situation the ball was turned over by AK and they went on the offensive.


They were awarded an attacking scrum and when it was wheeled a gap opened and following a series of impressive offloads they scored an unconverted try. With virtually no time left Simes gathered the ball in the Blacks 22, throwing caution to the wind he went on a mazy run and found Naylor in support he in turn found skipper Chris Dale inside who sprinted 40 metres to score a great try with the conversion missed the match was brought to a close and the Blacks returned to Northwich with nothing for their efforts.


There was a great deal to learn from this match which will make the Blacks stronger as the season develops. AK do look a strong outfit and although it is early day they will be one of the front runners for the rest of the season.


The next match for Northwich is at Moss Farm against Liverpool St Helens KO 3pm


Team


Cartman, Thompson, Hulbert, Smith, Gavin Heywood, Naylor, C. Dale, Taylor, Dutoy, Edwards, Barber, Chubb, Wilson Simes, R. Dale , Fallows,


By iangrassby1, Sep 16 2014 11:52AM


Not great result wise but encouraging that we had over 60 players across the 3 age groups that played against Liverpool Collegiate

The under 13s lost 39 - 44 to a last minute try in a game that saw the youngsters play on a full pitch for the 1st time. Man of the match Ben Gerrard with 2 tries and a conversion on his debut. Three other players also made their Northwich debuts.

The under 14s were on the receiving end of a heavy score but the numbers don't reflect the performance and it was only in the final 3rd of the game did Liverpool turn the screw as Northwich suffered with injuries. Alfie Sinclair was Man on the Match in the 5 -67 defeat.

The under 16s had a lie in, well for those watching it very much looked like it, despite taking the lead through a James Hughes try and conversion the young blacks rolled over and went back to sleep with only the occasional stirring. poor decision making on the day turned a very winnable game into a 29 -7 defeat.

By grazzer, Sep 16 2014 09:39AM


Okay; so the score looks like Northwich took a hiding, however the score isn’t a true reflection of the game. The match was played over three periods with Liverpool scoring one try in period one and a further two in the second period. Liverpool where recycling the ball well over the first two periods with Northwich struggling to retain possession against a strong well organised team. Northwich where working hard defensively and where unlucky to fall 17 points behind.


Period three saw Liverpool take total control of the game breaking from their own half to score numerous try’s, the Northwich players stood the their ground and continued to play rugby moving the ball well and looking for opportunities to attack down the flanks, we did manage to score one try with Kyle taking possession from the restart and scoring in the corner.

Overall Northwich players never gave up. To their credit they continued making tackles and breaking up Liverpool’s attack. As the game moved toward the final stages Northwich lost a few player’s due to injury Jamie [shoulder] followed shortly after by Kyle [foot] and then Harvey [head], Myles and Chris also had to leave the field for injury checks and to their credit came back on.


Special mention to Alfie Sinclair who stood up well to the challenge, he made numerous tackles and was always looking for the ball.

Northwich players gave a good account of themselves against strong opposition who could learn a lot from the way Northwich RUFC players conduct themselves on the pitch.


Team

Dan, Bob, Elliot HJ, Chris, Alfie, Tom Clarke, Elliot Stanley, Jamie, Harry, Kyle, Elliot Kelsall, Harvey, Myles, Jacob, Tom Ravenscroft

Substitutes

Tom, Ollie Cosgrove, Mitchell , Carter


By grazzer, Sep 11 2014 01:09PM

Some mouth watering ties in prospect for the clubs junior teams in this year’s Cheshire Junior Cup Competition.

The under 13s will face a home fixture of either neighbours Winnington Park or Sale FC on or before the 9th November, whilst the under 14s face a tough trip to Lymm. The under 16s will be looking forward to facing the winner of the preliminary round between our neighbours or the reigning Cheshire Champions Macclesfield, with their tie to be played at Moss Farm on or before the 16th November.


Full draw



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