Playoff in the Balance

This Saturday, in our final regular season game, we travel to Otley RUFC.  We kicked off the season in September with a 27-3 victory over Otley on a rain soaked Heywood road pitch and followed that up with 24 further wins that has left us on the brink of a home playoff for promotion to National One.  Otley’s season hasn’t been as successful recording only 11 wins, but last weekend put in a huge performance against Harrogate to ensure their survival in National 2 North.  This is essentially where Sale FC were 12 months ago, so we fully understand the relief that game will have brought them.

Sale FC go into this weekend knowing that a victory would ensure a home playoff even if Old Elthamians and/or Chinnor get five points.  Lose this match and we might find ourselves heading southwards to play the decider.

The system for deciding who plays in the playoff is fairly simple.  The two second placed teams in National 2 play each other to decide who will join Caldy and Bishops Stortford in National One.  In National 2 North, this is Sale FC currently on 119 points.  In National 2 South both Old Elthamians and Chinnor are on 117 points, but Old Elthamians are on 24 wins, so currently occupy second place.

This weekend Old Elthamians are playing Barnstaple at home, Barnstaple lie in 12th place in the league with only 9 wins this season and Chinnor are away to London Irish Wild Geese who lie in 13th with 8 wins.  Essentially Chinnor’s only real hope is a five point win and a slip up from Old Elthamians.  Either way, the home playoff is firmly in our hands.  Both National 2 South teams have had amazing seasons and it has come down to the wire for them.  We wish them both well this weekend and look forward to seeing one of them on the 6th of May.

KO on Saturday is 3pm at Otley.  If you can get there, we’d love some travelling support.

 

Sale FC Run Rampant in the Second Half

On a beautiful day in Trafford, Sale FC turned on the style to run in nine tries from 8 different players.  One of the defining characteristics of this team during the 2016-2017 season is that even without the instrumental Andy Hughes and powerful running Scott Rawlings sidelined through injury, we still managed to effectively put more than fifty points passed newly relegated Preston Grasshoppers without really ever moving out of third gear. A full match report is now available here

 

The Last Home Game of the Regular Season

This saturday, we have the last home game of the 2016/2017 season. After last year’s dogfight to stay up, we need the next two games to ensure a home playoff for promotion on the 6th May. This is going to be a cracker and Sale FC Rugby TV, managed to get a few words with Director or Rugby Jonathan Keep and some of his players during training down at Carrington.

Sale FC succumb to Caldy 2nd half comeback

Sale FC were away at the races in a massive first half on a glorious day in Caldy.  With tries and penalties it looked like it might be a day for the men in blue and white.  Unfortunately, three yellow cards and a massive fightback from the deserving league champions saw us fall tantalisingly short, or indeed just the width of an upright. The full match report is now out

Jonathan Keep Director of Rugby

Top of the table clash this weekend

This weekend we are away to Caldy for a top of the table clash.  Caldy and Sale FC are both guaranteed at least a playoff place in May for promotion to National One.  Caldy however are 10 points clear at the top in the driving seat for automatic promotion.  The only real chance Sale FC have of catching them with the 15 points left available this season, is with a win on Saturday. This would be a tall order against a team who haven’t lost since the opening game this season.  Last time out versus Caldy, Sale struggled with the pace of the visitors late in the second half and went down to a very quick experienced team and motivated team.  Sale, however are on fine form and haven’t lost a game in 2017 and go to Caldy with a strong team.  This is going to be a massive game.

Sale Jets Win at Heywood Road

A pulsating match last night at Heywood Road saw a strong Sale Jets team win against Newcastle Falcons with a bonus point 29-12.  Stars on display included Peter Stringer, David Seymour, Sam Tuitupou, Johnny Leota as well as Sale FC players Matt Postlethwaite and the Captain on the evening Andy Hughes.  I managed to catch up with the boys after the game for a brief chat.