NEWBOLD: Vase semi-final pictures

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Twickenham dream ends at Littleborough but heads held high after fantastic season

RFU Senior Vase

National Semi Final

Littleborough 19

Newbold on Avon 8

The hopes and dreams of Midland Champions Newbold for a national final appearance at Twickenham perished in the foothills of the Lancashire Pennines on Saturday.

Northern Champions Littleborough emerged worthy winners of this nerve shredding semi-final and although Newbold hopes lay in ruins they offered no excuses or complaint.

The outcome was a huge disappointment for players and coaching staff alike and for the massed ranks of Newbold supporters who had made the long trek north. It’s an old sporting cliche but true, losing a semi-final is far more painful than losing a final.

After time has dulled the memory, Newbold need to regroup and assess the season as whole. Compared to where they were 12 months ago, relegated and seemingly unable to even buy a win, they have regained their pride and spirit, lifted the silverware as Midland Vase champions, finished as league runners-up and been promoted, with a playing record of only four defeats in all competitions.

If Newbold had been offered that achievement back in September they would have taken it without hesitation and all that success has been achieved with a young and developing side, providing hopes for plenty more to come in the future.

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