Derby day victories not only for Northwich 2s & 3s but also this weekend’s 1XV opponents Birkenhead Park who beat fellow Merseysiders Firwood Waterloo 23-24 last Saturday.
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15th September 1973 Jan Webster inspired England to a 16-10 victory over New Zealand in Auckland. It was the first away Test win by any Home Union against New Zealand. Tony Neary, Peter Squires and Stack Stevens (No relation to Shackin’ Stevens) scored tries for England, with fullback Peter Rossborough converting two of them.
Northwich travel to Upper Park for a 3pm kick-off with Birkenhead Park, who had a narrow one point win last week, in a gripping encounter with little to choose between the two sides. Park Director of Rugby Martin O’Keefe who played in the front row was delighted with the victory at his former club “it was great to get the win but we left it late. It was a close fought derby but we needed the win to kick start our league season. We need to improve in many areas.” He quoted. Birkenhead Park opened the new season with an impressive victory in the Cheshire Vase at Wilmslow, the East Cheshire outfit, having replaced Park in the North Premier League. Then suffered a disappointing start to the North 1 West season as they endured a home defeat to Warrington.
Northwich 2 are back on home turf where Liverpool Collegiate are the visitors, Collegiate also relegated last season with Northwich, losing at home to Chester 3s 19-31 a week ago. Saturdays encounter will be a league and cup double header. Northwich had a wake-up call last week with a much changed team and need to remember at times the best thing any team can have is discipline and respect for the referee and for each other. After a long break due to injury Northwich were happy to see a rejuvenated match fit Chris Bradshaw who took to the field like an enraged stampeding bull in a field full of cows as he bounced off the opposition crashing his way to the prize of an opening try on his return.
Northwich 3 after their derby demolition of Park host visitors Leek 2s. Leek sitting top of the league table after a thumping 66-0 win over Congleton. Leek have been impressive already in their two games played amassing 163 points on the scoreboard, this will be a stern test for the developing 3s outfit.
Updated 21:47 - 16 Sep 2018 by john Blower
Northwich Colts buoyant following last week’s win over Broughton Park travel to Leigh for a 2pm kick-off. Leigh had no fixture due to a recovery weekend, their only game this term being an opening game away also against Broughton, Leigh winning 12-52.