RUGBY: Newbold

Newbold's Ethan Wookey against  Old Coventrians last month (picture by Mike Baker)
Newbold's Ethan Wookey against Old Coventrians last month (picture by Mike Baker)

An exciting 2015 in prospect

Newbold have enjoyed one of their best starts to a season for many years, their playing record reads - P 15, W13, D1, L1 , F 632, A179 from 12 games in Midlands 2 West(South) and 3 Intermediate Cup games, writes Alan Bale.

Having won 10 league games and drawing one, they are sitting healthily, in 2nd place, just one behind the leaders. They have also reached the Quarter Final of the Intermediate Cup, winning three games so far, having drawn Peterborough at home, with that game due to kick off this Saturday (Jan 3rd 2pm).

Parkfield Road has proved to be a fortress for Newbold over the last 12 months and they remained unbeaten at home throughout. Skipper Danny Facers team have amassed well over 600 points so far, with 493 of them in the league, over 100 more than anyone else. With just 135 scored against them, they have a points difference of +358, again, far more than anyone else.

But they certainly will not be taking anything for granted, as they move into 2015. Skipper Facer said he was delighted with his team so far, but they had achieved nothing yet. He went on to say: “We have been here before, so its vital we keep our heads down, stay focussed and put in 100% effort in every game.”

One of the things that have stood out this year is the strength in depth they have had, this can be supported by the fact that some 24 different players this season have scored an incredible 96 trys in cup and league for them, utility back Phil Reed, top scorer with 11, but closely followed by Joss Andrews and Rory Blood.

There have been some cracking games so far, but three of them I would pick out is Leamington away when they really had to work hard in the 2nd half and came back from being well down to win 23-17, Malvern at Home, when they beat one of the strongest sides in this league with some stunning rugby, 44-10 and then the 1 loss so far v Banbury away, 30-25 and a below par performance. They have an opportunity to do something about the loss, as Banbury travel to Parkfield Road on 31st Jan in the Ernie Fereday Memorial trophy.

It’s very difficult to single out players, as so many have put in massive contributions so far. Probably, the most important fact is seeing the ex-colts coming through, the likes of Connor Gallagher, Declan George, Stu Houghton, Ed Scott, Ethan Wookey, Rory Blood, the Thompson brothers Ben and Sam, Mitch Wells, and of course Danny Treharne.

These have been vital in support of Phil Reed, Joss Andrews, Lloyd Warner, skipper Danny Facer and the silent assassin, Micky Pails. Ed Allen has been rock solid in the scrum and he has been helped by the return of Ben Nuttall, Mark Hyde and Nick Walton. Another couple of players to watch out for is front row man Ben Dawes, four tries in as many games after his recent signing from Broadstreet and Shaun Pollard who has scored six tries so far, after only only taking the game up(ex badminton player!) a couple of years ago. With their 1st team doing so well, its had a hugely positive effect on both the 2nd & 3rd teams as Paul Spooners side are sitting pretty in the league and have reached the semi-final of the Warwickshire 2nd team cup, due to play an extremely strong Sutton Coldfield at Newbold on January 10th.

“Chopper” Wilson’s mixture of young and old in the 3rds are also well placed in the league and have enjoyed a fantastic season so far. The ladies Sunday tag team are growing rapidly and Sean O’Brien, Martin Reed, Martin Green and Noel Murphy are doing a superb job with the youth players. Add to that, a thriving junior and minis section,

Newbold RFC can provide an excellent environment for any players from the age of 5 upwards. Parkfield Road is going to be an exciting place to be over the next few months, and is a proven club for any aspiring rugby player(or simply the superb social side!) Why don’t you come down and be part of it, you would be most welcome!