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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

By grazzer, Jul 29 2014 06:12PM

Northwich Festival 2014 is here again and takes place at Moss Farm over the August Bank Holiday weekend between 22nd and 25th August.

The weekend really kicks off with the Las Vegas Casino Party Night sponsored by Chambers Fletcher Solicitors on the night of Friday 22nd August. The huge Festival Marquee is transformed into the Las Vegas Bellagio casino (well, almost!) with all the casino trimmings.

The evening is organised by a professional company with a host of casino games including roulette, poker and three card trick. You will be playing with chips provided in the price of the ticket and there will be prizes for those who win the most on the night.

An excellent hot meal will be served by our catering partners Ape Bars with vegetarian options available.

Following this will be live entertainment from Rob Leigh, a renowned Neil Diamond tribute act. Check him out on; he sounds and looks more like Neil Diamond than the man himself.

And of course there will be a late bar (for those who wish to party on, the bar closes at half midnight and the dancing stops at 1am).

The price of a ticket is only £15 which includes £5 worth of gambling chips. You can order individual tickets or, if you gather around you a party of 10 for a table, one place will be free and you pay for only 9.

The evening is always sold out in advance so don’t risk disappointment and if you want to come along please return this email or phone me with the number of places you need and I will book you a place.

As you may know the Festival is a major part of our fund raising; funds that supports our activities in the community and schools as well as funding the many senior, ladies, girls, minis and junior teams over the weekends of the rugby season. they say.......don’t be square......BE THERE.......................please support your’s going to be a great party night!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Looking forward to seeing you there.

By grazzer, Jul 19 2014 05:54PM

Kit getting a bit tight?

Could do with a bigger shirts, shorts or socks?

Please use the order form to the left of the home page to pre order your kit.

The form will close on 26th July, any players/parents preordering will be guaranteed new kit upon the arrival of the order.

Kit items will be held in stock and will be sold on a first come first serve basis.

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