after an 18 month break. For those of good memory we actually won promotion in the curtailed 2019-20 season from Division 4 East of the NOWIRUL leagues. This promotion would have put us in a league with trips to Merseyside / Liverpool sides every other week. This would have been far from ideal so we took the decision to join the Lancashire County ADM Leagues.
So we now find ourselves in the newly formed Lancashire ADM Combination League 2 (full details of these leagues can be found at www.lancashirerfu.pitchero.com). This league has a more local feel and we’ll be playing some of our old friends at Broughton 1s, Tyldesley 2s, Duckinfield 2s, Littleborough 3s, Oldham 3s, Aldwinians 3s, Trafford MV 3s and also Burnley 2s and Orrell St James 1s.
An upbeat Gareth Price, our 1st team captain, said “After a long and unexpected break I'm really looking forward to getting back to rugby this weekend. The last season we played the lads performed brilliantly and achieved a promotion. We've now changed into an entirely new league system and I know myself and the lads are all up for a new challenge. More than anything the whole team can't wait to be back playing at the club, and seeing Ashton on Mersey back to the energetic hub it is.”
Note that all games in this league start at 2.15pm throughout the season. As it’s a 10 team league we have some gaps in the calendar and we’re hoping to fill those with other friendlies and development games. We are also pleased to announce that we’ll be putting out an occasional Ashton Vets team - their first game is under floodlights at Trafford MV on Friday 8th October – if you want to play please contact Dave Barker directly.
As per the Chairman’s message yesterday we are thankful for your continued support; it’s not taken for granted and in these difficult times it’s reassuring that the loyalty of our membership has seen us through this difficult period and that you are with us all to support the future development of the club.
Enjoy the game and let’s have a great season.
Pat Stokes, Vice Chairman, 9/9/21