This Weekend

After a weekend of shocks, including an unplayable pitch at Macclesfield, Hinckley on the hunt for five points to go to the top of National 2 North, slipped up against Sheffield who are struggling to stay in the league.  So this weekend takes on even more significance.

This weekend Sale FC take on Otley down at Heywood Road. But, that’s not the only excitement going on.  A win for Sale in any form would solidify their position at the top with two games in hand

Is this weekend the defining moment for some of the top five?

National League 2 North 2017/18 – Points Table

Club Pld W D L F A PD TBP LBP Ded Pts
Sale FC 20 17 1 2 667 250 417 14 1 0 85
Stourbridge 21 16 1 4 677 439 238 16 1 0 83
Hinckley 22 16 0 6 678 375 303 15 3 0 82
Sedgley Park 20 15 0 5 643 480 163 16 3 0 79
Tynedale 20 15 0 5 696 442 254 14 2 0 76
 
The top five are only separated by 9 points but this weekend 2nd (Stourbridge) play 4th (Sedgley) away from home (at one of the toughest venues to win at).  3rd (Hinckley) play 5th (Tynedale) with the 3rd placed team having home advantage.  From a Sale point of view obviously 2 draws with no try bonus points would be the perfect scenario.  However Sale also have the tricky Yorkshiremen turning up to Heywood Road on Saturday and the pitch will definitely favour the Otley pack as it’s pretty much now a rice paddy.
 
This weekend is one of the reasons I love National League Rugby.  Anything could happen and we might have a new leader my 5pm on Saturday.  We might see the challenge of Hinckley for promotion start to look more and more unlikely if Tynedale can overcome the local supporters and atmosphere down In Leicestershire. However a big win and they’re right back in the hunt.  Stourbridge away to Sedgley is also a massive game with Sedge being a hard to beat team at the best of times, but on home soil, they’re pretty much rock solid.

Macclesfield vs Sale is Off

The game today has been called off.  Unfortunately there has been too much rain on top of a semi-frozen surface so the pitch is completely waterlogged.  The referee called the game off this morning.

The Steve Smith Bar at Heywood Road will be showing the England Game and the Bar will be open.  Come down and have a drink (or two)

 

Upcoming Events

This weekend we head to Macclesfield for our reverse fixture. With any luck the weather won’t create too many problems.

 

We also have the Ladies Day on the 10th March tickets available here.

Finally

Match Day Lunches are running out fast! With only four games left, don’t miss out on watching the team from the new Suite @Sale and using the balcony to get a great view of the action.  Tickets available here

Sale FC Win in the Mud

Penalty try and Bonus Point

Sale FC managed to overcome tricky conditions and an even trickier opposition to pick up five points and consolidate their lead at the top of the table.  Although Hinckley kept pace by also picking up five points, we are four clear with a game in hand. A Full Match Report is Now Up Here

Dan Birchall after the game

 

 

 

 

 

Simmo Is Back!

Sale Go Clear

A massive game down at Hinckley this weekend saw Sale pick up 4 points to move us clear of the opposition.  This was a no holds barred game with a level of commitment from both sides that hasn’t really been matched this season.  Sale have a superb defensive record but it was tested throughout this game.  With three yellow cards, at one point Sale were down to 13 men in the final 20, but managed to control the game superbly.  The biggest difference between these two teams on Saturday was the game management from 1 to 20.  We took our chances, Chris Johnson kicked flawlessly, the front row were resolute and they didn’t let the “enthusiastic” crowd get to them.

Final Score Sale FC 26 Hinckley 18

FULL MATCH REPORT HERE

Sale FC pick up another Five Points

Sale FC overcame a strong South Leicester side by 39 points to 7.  Hinckley also picked up five points today but we still remain top on points difference with a game in hand.

Tries from Dan Birchall, Sam Stelmaszek, Adam Aigbokhae, Rhys Davies and Andy Hughes plus 14 points from the boot of Chris Johnson saw a fantastic performance in front of an enthusiastic crowd on a very cold day.

Sale extend winning run to stay top

After climbing to the summit of National League 2 North last week, Sale entertained sixth place South Leicester at Heywood Road.

If they were feeling any pressure to sustain their position, Sale weren’t showing it, as they quickly started to dominate territory and took the lead with a penalty from Chris Johnson following a high tackle.

The first try duly arrived as the forwards attacked the try line and captain Andy Hughes dived over with Chris Johnson adding the conversion.

Another penalty from Chris Johnson extended the lead before winger Anthony Bingham somehow wriggled free from several opposing players in midfield to set up a sweeping move that saw Rhys Davies score in the corner.

HT Sale 18 South Leicester 0

The second half had only just got underway when South’s fly half intercepted a pass on the half way line to sprint in unchallenged and add the extras.

However, this was just a temporary blip as the blue and whites applied the pressure again with a kick to the corner and, having been stopped just short a couple of times, Dan Birchall powered over for his fourth try in four games.

Not even an unfortunate yellow card for the try scorer could derail the home side as full back Jonty Rawcliffe left players in his wake with a 60 yard break and, with the defence all at sea, Adam Aigbokhae strolled in for the bonus point try.

Sale then proved that they can defend as well as they can attack as they put bodies on the line time after time to resist wave after wave of South Leicester attacks before another fantastic break, this time from Tom Ailes, led to Sam Stelmaszek adding a fifth and final try.

FT Sale 39 South Leicester 7

Second placed Hinckley also achieved a bonus point win at Sheffield Tigers to stay level on points and set up what should be a fantastic and potentially season-defining game at Leicester Road next week. KO 3pm.