RUGBY: Newbold

Newbold 1sts against Old Leamingtonians last week
Newbold 1sts against Old Leamingtonians last week

Winning weekend for 2nds and 3rds

Old Sillhillians 10

Newbold 2nds 14

Newbold 2’s travelled to Old Sihillians full of confidence knowing they were in for a tough start to the season and so it transpired. Starting with the sun in their faces they gelled instantly for the relatively new squad. Old heads and young shoulders proved to be the catalyst for a cracking game. Man of the match Danny Treherne turning in a stunning performance, carrying and tackling like his life depended on it.

Leading from the front Dave Smith, Stewie Houghton and Dave Christian providing the stability in the pack to drive the opposition off the ball at scrum time over and over again.

This gave debutant Danny McCullough good clean ball to feed the fast pacy backs ably lead by Ethan Wookey, from the back of a ruck cleaned out well by Mickey Pails, Rich Ripon and `big` Mitch, the ball was flashed across the backs and after rounding the defence to run in under the posts Richard Suddens opened his 2013-14 account, Ethan eased the ball through the posts and Newbold went 0-7 up.

Indecision gave Sills the chance to counter from their own 22 after a penalty scoring chance was given up for field position, Newbold lost the line out and Sills ran the length of the pitch to score under the posts to level the game. This gave them the hope they needed and from the ensuing trysts a penalty gave the home team the chance to take the lead which they duly did.

After the turn round Newbold took the game too Sills, great running and counter attacks from backs Tom Clarke, Rob Gee and Shaun Pollard gave the lads the impetus they needed. From a well rehearsed move the ball was taken cleanly from a line out by the ever dependable Tom Dixon and Declan George’s quick ball to Jonny Richards who popped it to another debutant Ricky Lee whose switch pass with Ethan was sublime and then a quick ball to the rampaging Richard Suddens saw him in for a brace.

Again Ethan stroked the ball majestically through the uprights and Newbold were back in front 10-14

Some powerful running by the home side was equally matched by even better defence from the Newbold boys. Subs Mark Portas and Connor Brown returning great games despite not getting much time on the field.

A great start for the lads away from home with bits to work on, this will defiantly be a season to remember for Newbold men, things will get difficult, things will get a lot harder, however, with the strength in depth and the support of the great people who follow the club, we know we can go along way this season.

Newbold 3rd XV 53

Nuneaton Old Eds 2nd XV 26

Promotion from last season meant tougher opposition, however, Newbold were prepared with youth and experience.The new scrimmaging laws meant that Lloyd Bale,Mike Asquith and Robert Gibson found it comfortable to support the Man of the Match Kyle Bowden at hooker.With Bowden able to hit Gurjit Rupal in the lineouts, quick ball off the top and Newbold backs were looking dangerous.

Within minutes Nuneaton gave a penalty away which Martin Shaw stroked over. Kevin Mills and John Dixon were immense with the ball in hand and soon Damon Gray crashed over for the first of many trys.Another ruck yards from Nuneaton’s line and Shaw fed Lee Arbuthnott to scramble over for a try. Another quick pass from captain Richard Wilson and an inside pass found the jinking feet of Zac Gallagher to score under the posts converted by Shaw.

An interception from Nuneaton gave them their first converted try,18-7. More pressure led to Ryan Plumb and Tom Ormsby moving the ball wide for Paul Spooner to score.Half time 23-7.The second half started with a strong run and several handoffs from Zac Gallagher to score under the posts.Spooner converted.A mazey run from Tom Ormsby and support to draw the defence by Will Lord and Arbuthnott was rewarded with a try for Ormsby.A few attacks proved productive for the visitors and three trys were scored.37-26.

Wilson rallied his troops. Mark Groocock and Shaun Quinn came on and made an immediate difference. Quinn started charging through the heart of the opposition’s defence and Newbold were rewarded with tries from Spooner and Gray. Spooner had a personal tally of 21 points but it was Bowden and Quinn who stole the show.