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Your rugby preview for the weekend.

Your rugby preview for the weekend.

By john blower
25 September
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28th Septembers opposition


Promise in defeat should be of little comfort but Northwich can use it to take heart from the losses last week. This is not the start Northwich envisioned but perhaps a realistic one. No one can pretend we don’t need to get that winning feeling back throughout the club and Saturday is a big day that will require huge effort from all involved.
A frustrating start to the season and Northwich players could hardly have believed that after spending nearly 70% of the game in the Wilmslow half, they were 21-0 down at the break, and after dominating so much of the game, they still ended up twenty one points adrift at full time. Due to late holidays, work commitments and injury Martin Poste has had massive headaches regarding team selection. However on a positive, lads from last years colts team have made promising contributions when promoted up and a number of second teamers have also. But there is a knock on effect in promoting players which has been reflected across the clubs opening results.

28th Sept. Did you know? 1935 Swansea beat the All Blacks 11-3 to become the first non-international side to defeat them. The Swansea side included 2 Sixth formers from Gowerton Grammer school. New Zealand's captain Jack Manchester begged the press, "Tell them we have been beaten, but don't tell them it was by a pair of schoolboys."

Northwich visit Stelfox Avenue WA15 6UL the home of Altrincham Kersal. Kersal have a distinguished rugby history dating back to 1897, although it was 1968 when they relocated to Stelfox. Last season they won promotion back into North One West, beating Rochdale in their final league fixture 18-22. Having claimed wins over Vale and Birkenhead last week they succumbed to Burnage 40-37.

For Northwich last week the score line would suggest a comfortable third league win for Wilmslow, five tries against two, and in some respects it was. That though was only part of the story. Northwich fought tooth and nail throughout to make a contest of it. They had most of the possession for most of the afternoon, most of the territory but what they didn’t have was the pace and creativity to break down a resilient and committed Wilmslow defence.

AK have not lost a home fixture since the last game of 2017-18. And Northwich have been victors in the last 4 meetings between AK, but only four names remain on the Northwich teamsheet since our last meeting. AK did very well last season only losing 2 fixtures, they will be a tight unit full of mates who will be keen to turnover relatively close geographical opposition.

Northwich 2 welcome league high flyers Moore 1 for what will be a tough contest Northwich without a win and Moore without a defeat. Moore beating Helsby last week 27-25 the result elevating them into second place in the table, Northwich will be hoping to change their fortunes in todays league and cup double header.

Northwich 3 once again without a fixture last weekend, this time due to a postponed game v Widnes, the teams unable to get a referee. Northwich host Christleton 1 at Mossy 3pm in another double header, Christleton thumped Oswestry 2 in their last fixture 76-14 the week previous defeating Eagle by one point.

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