RUGBY: Fun day at Newbold RFC tomorrow (Sunday)

One of Saturday's prominent players, KJ Henry, in action for Newbold last season
One of Saturday's prominent players, KJ Henry, in action for Newbold last season

Stalls, fun games, have a go - and find out more about the club too

Newbold RFC and Parkfield Road offers a great day out tomorrow (Sunday 31st). Entrance is free as they hold a Fun Day for all the family. There is a chance for ladies and kids to ‘have a go’ as there will be a couple of training sessions with an RFU coach as well as various fun games including an inflatable bungee run and obstacle course.

There will be a number of other stalls, BBQ and bar, so something for everyone. If you want to get involved in any age group for rugby, minis, junior or ladies, come and have a look anytime from 10am–4pm. You will be most welcome. The mayor and mayoress will be attending around 1.30pm.

Newbold’s build-up to the new season continued with a comfortable victory against neighbours St Andrews, writes Alan Bale.

Both sides had players missing, but the Parkfield Road side will take much more from this as they won all four sessions.

The first session was played mostly around the visitors 22 where Josh Andrews controlled most of the plays with KJ Henry also prominent. Newbold recycled the ball well as their forwards rolling maul gained momentum, but it was Danny Treherne who was on the end of it to score the first try.

Newbold’s forwards were well on top, and after a kick to the corner, a catch and drive saw skipper Danny Facer force his way over for the second score. St Andrews did come back into the session with a few plays that took them to the Bold 5-metre line but they could not penetrate the home defence.

The second session saw probably the best try of the game as the ball flowed through a number of support players before finding Shaun Pollard, whose strong run and offload found Tom Grimmett who claimed the next score and only one of the period. It was good to see Newbold trying to move the ball wide as the forwards continually set up solid platforms, Stu Houghton doing well throughout.

All players were given a start. This did mean that the third session didn’t flow as much, but there was certainly no lack of effort. A few mistakes from both sides, but Newbold did gain the upper hand as KJ Henry went over, but his score was disallowed.

From the resulting scrum the ball was moved wide for Ed Scott to come back inside and score another excellent five-pointer. KJ Henry continued to show his class as his kick through and catch nearly led to a further score as Newbold continued to press.

The final session saw Newbold overrun the visitors with four scores to nil, Danny Treherne, Grimmett and Ben Sheppard all featuring. Ethan Wookey claimed the first score as he got on the end of a string of passes through the back line.

With the ball spun wide by Declan George at every opportunity, he found his half back partner Andrews who made the space for Phil Reed to cut inside and claim the second try. Ben Thompson drove through from the line out and his support play enabled him to get a return pass for a deserved score.

It was left to Shaun Pollard to score Newbold’s final try as they ran out winners with eight tries to nil.