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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


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.


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


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

By grazzer, Sep 11 2014 12:42PM

Dear All

Sunday we have

In the morning

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

U.13s - HOME -v- Liverpool Collegiate - Training Pitch - 11.00

U.14s - HOME -v- Liverpool Collegiate - 2nd team pitch - 11.00

U.16s - HOME -v- Liverpool Collegiate - 1st Team pitch - Food duty - 11.00

Closely followed in the afternoon by,

Ladies - HOME -v- Preston Grass Hoppers - 2nd Team pitch - 2.30

U.18s Girls - HOME -v- Cheshire Cluster - 1st team Pitch - 1.30

U.15s Girls - HOME -v- Cheshire Cluster - Training Pitch - 1.30

U.13s Girls - HOME -v- Staffires & Cheshire Cluster - TBC - 1.30

The bar will be open from 12.00

We applied for Match4MacMillan funding which we were successful, part of the stipulation to receive the funds is that we raise money for the charity. We could do with a couple of bucket collectors and a £1 donation from every player if possible, if anyone would be happy to help go round with a bucket please speak to your team manager.

I suppose if anyone's got any outstanding Ice Bucket Challenges we could get them done as well.

By iangrassby1, Sep 7 2014 12:46PM

Saturday 6th September 2014

Northwich 40 Anselmians 9

Northwich opened their league campaign with a hard fought win over Anselmians. The score-line suggests this was an easy victory. However this does not tell the whole story as at half time the Blacks were trailing and struggling to find ant rhythm.

In excellent conditions the match started with the home side enjoying much of the early exchanges. Anselmians countered with a determined and physical approach, especially at the breakdown. It seemed that every time the Blacks made any progress the ball was turned over and the experienced Simon Mason placed some punishing kicks that put the Blacks on the back foot. As with the previous week Northwich were ambitious in counterattacking. This proved to be a mistake when after only 4 minutes skipper Chris Dale was deemed to be crossing and the subsequent penalty gave the visitors an early lead. Eight minutes later Mason added another 3 points when Northwich failed to release the ball in the tackle. From the restart the Blacks sprang into action and following a slick passing move the ball was turned inside to Jack Watts who had the pace to outstrip the defence for a fine try. Dutoy converted and the home side took the lead. Anselmians then began to apply pressure and during this period of pressure the home side enjoyed some real luck. As the visitors pressed the Northwich try line Mason crossed and scored a try close to the posts. However the referee was unsighted and declined the score allowing the Blacks to clear the line. This was only a momentary reprise as the visitors continued to press. When Naylor made a tackle it was ruled as high and Mason regained the lead for Anselmians with another penalty. The half finished at 9-7 in favour of the visitors.

Five minutes after the restart the match turned in favour of the home side. Wilson collected a kick in the Northwich 22 and went on a run. He reconnected with his back line and the ball was released to the ever-present Chris Dale who crossed the line for a try Dutoy converted and Northwich regained the lead. Mike Gallimore was introduced to the match freeing Naylor to play in the centres. This provided the home side with the edge they had been missing. A smart kick deep into the visitors 22 produced a lineout. The Blacks won the ball and following a series of forward carries Gallimore went over for a try. Dutoy added the extras and the home supporters began to relax. On the 60th minute the lead was extended when a well practiced move came off. From a scrum there was a pick up from Chris Dale who fed Gallimore who passed to Barber to score a neat try for Dutoy to convert. With the bonus point secured the Blacks were in full flow. The next score came from another counter attack with some excellent exchanges notably between Brotherton and Gallimore before feeding Elliott whose was full of running and scored under the posts for Dutoy to once again add the extras.

The down side to this score was that in the act of scoring Elliott was hit late by a defender suffering a serious blow to the eye. The referee deemed the defender to be committed to the tackle a judgement not supported by most observers. The scoring was not yet over and on the 75th minute the Blacks won a lineout and when the ball was moved to Edwards he made a decisive line break there was a neat interchange between Edwards and Wilson before the former fed Barber to score his second try of the afternoon. Dutoy failed to convert on this occasion and match ended with a fine 40-9 victory for Northwich.

This has provided coaches Naylor and Jack with a real platform and a great start to the campaign.

The next match for Northwich is away at Altrincham Kersal KO 3pm


Thompson, Brotherton, Hulbert, Heywood, Oultram, Watts, C. Dale, Elliott, Naylor, Dutoy, Edwards, R. Dale, Chubb, Wilson Barber, Cartman, Hart, Gallimore

By grazzer, Aug 31 2014 04:48PM

Saturday 30th August 2014

Northwich 25 New Brighton 19

Northwich had their first competitive match of the season against newly promoted New Brighton at Moss Farm. This was the Quarter final round of the Cheshire Vase and with all to play for, both sides were well prepared.

With a number of key players missing the Blacks were understandably cautious prior to the kick off. This caution was immediately dispelled when Mike Gallimore gathered early position and ran the ball at the visitors with drive and purpose. When New Brighton were penalised at the breakdown Gallimore pounced and from a quickly taken penalty he broke the gain line. The recycled ball was moved to Richard Dale standing in at fly half for the injured Dutoy. Dale saw a gap and scored close to the posts to give himself an easy conversion after only 5 minutes. The match settled down with both sides showing distinctly different game plans. The well drilled visiting forwards were comfortable holding the ball at close quarters, while the Blacks were happier in broken play. The Blacks displayed some stoic defence as the visitors tried to take control. However the home side took advantage of every loose ball to launch counter attacks. They were rewarded with a penalty after 15 minutes and Dale converted to stretch the lead. A new combination in the centres of Shiels and Edwards was beginning to take effect and on the 21st minute produced a fine try when the ball was moved quickly to the left releasing man of the match Simes for a great try. At 15-0 it looked like it could be a easy afternoon for the Blacks. This would prove not to be the case as the visitors took control. Their patience and confidence were rewarded with a well worked try on the 28th minute followed by a further converted try on the 39th minute after some uncharacteristic poor defending. The half closed at 15-12 with all to play for.

The second half began badly for the home side as the visitors took the lead after only 5 minutes with another try. At this point it looked like the Blacks had given everything and the home support began to resign themselves to defeat. With the visitors controlling territory and possession the Blacks defended for all their worth. With New Brighton on the attack the ball was spilled and quickly moved by the Northwich backs. Sheils made the decisive break feeding Simes who in turn fed Wilson to score a fine try, which Dale converted. With 30 minutes left the match became a nail-biting one score contest. It wasn’t until the 73rd minute that anyone could relax. The visitors conceded a penalty close to the line and Dale needed no second invitation to add the 3 points. There was still some defending to be done but victory so close it was clear the Blacks would not be denied.

The next match for Northwich will be the opening league contest against Anselmians at Moss Farm KO 3pm

By grazzer, Aug 28 2014 05:31PM

We hope you have all enjoyed your summer and are looking forward to another fantastic season of Rugby at Northwich RUFC.

The season begins this Sunday 31st August with Registration day starting at 10.30 for all age groups.

You will find on your teams pages this seasons registration form which you should complete and return with payment to your team manager. Please don't worry over payments, we are aware that this is a very costly time of year and we are able to offer flexibility, please speak to your team manager or Registration Secretary Scott Naylor.

This year there is a parental skills questionnaire on the reverse, we would ask all parents to please complete this, with proposals for the development of Moss Farm being discussed we are looking to build a database of tradesmen and any other skills and attributes that can further enhance the club.

As always we are also keen to engage new volunteers in which ever manner they wish to contribute. The list of jobs is almost infinite from marking training grids, serving hotdogs, writing a match report or article for match programmes, taking photographs for the website, updating the website, coaching, administration, refereeing etc...if you feel you would like to contribute in any way, even for a one off, please contact your team manager.

A large stock of new playing kits have been ordered, unfortunately, or as usual, they are running to a tight schedule but we hope to have them as soon as possible. Some of the pre ordered kits are available to collect this Sunday, whilst other orders are not yet complete until the arrival of the new stock.

On Sunday you will be able to find your teams in the following areas

Under 7s, 8s, 9s, 10s - 1st Team pitch - next to the car park

Under 11s - 16s & Girls on the pitches behind the swimming pool area

Over the next few weeks as the players prepare for the start of the fixtures we also have the following events taking place.

Sunday 7th September - OPRO mouth guard fitting - 9.30 in club house - all players in contact rugby age groups should have a mouth guard - OPRO custom fit and provide colour designs that are deliver within 7 days of fitting - these have proved to be in the past a quality product and half the price of the dentists.

Also on Sunday 7th September - Team Photographs - we will have one of our resident photographers on hand to take official team photos, plus individual photos of the players, coaches, managers etc.

Sunday 14th September - First Junior fixtures & Match 4 Macmillan - we have joined the Match 4 Macmillan fundraising scheme and aim to raise £200 - there will be a bucket collection as well as individual team contributions to raise our target.

Finally please keep an eye on our website to keep up to date with events across the club

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