Day: December 15, 2018

Sale FC v Ampthill

Match Report

Photos Credited to Mark Ferriss Photography

 Sale FC took on Apmthill RFC in truly appalling conditions at the CorpAcq stadium with the temperature just above freezing and driving rain  adding to the challenge , Sale took what little advantage could be had from winning the toss and began the first half playing with the wind behind them.

Early exchanges were evenly matched, both teams looked to keep the game tight, but unforced errors on both sides interrupted any real opportunity of a breakthrough.

On 10 minutes, with Ampthill asserting some superiority, a penalty was awarded against Sale for collapsing the scrum. The resulting kick by Ampthill centre Wilson found touch inside the Sale 22. From the lineout, a well-orchestrated catch and drive, initially held up by the Sale pack, concluded with a try for Ampthill hooker Lutui on 14 minutes.

Sale responded with a concerted effort, putting pressure on the Ampthill defence, winning a penalty and an opportunity to kick to the touchline and take the lineout 5 metres from the Ampthill line.

A solid catch and drive was resisted by the Ampthill defence who managed to hold the ball up having crossed the try line.

Sale continued to work hard to secure a try when another infringement by Ampthill was penalised on 21 minutes. This time Wilkinson went for goal and successfully added the 3 points.

Ampthill went on the attack from the restart, the Sale defence holding firm but unable to regain possession as Ampthill went through the phases, finally, the ball reached full back Foster on the Sale 22 who ran clear to score on 27 minutes. Pritchard added the extra points taking the score to Sale 3 Ampthill 12.

Again, Sale took the attack to the visitors who were quick to counter attack, taking control in the Sale half, steadily progressing towards the Sale line, culminating in good handling freeing centre Hanks to score under the posts, try converted by Pritchard extending the Ampthill lead to 3 – 19.

After some early pressure at the start of the 2ndhalf Sale began to take the initiative with Parkinson, Odogwu and Briggs all taking the attack to the visitors, finally being rewarded with a try from Griffiths on 50 minutes following relentless pressure from Sale. Wilkinson converted the try.

In spite of the worsening conditions , both teams gave every ounce of effort , effectively cancelling each other out until on 66 minutes an Ampthill penalty placed the on the Sale 5 metre line from which they were able to maul ,sucking in the Sale defence then freeing up fullback Foster to score his second try , converted by Pritchard. Sale 10 Ampthill 24.

Still willing to get back in the match, Sale again took the game to the visitors whose robust defence stood firm, winning a penalty on 72 minutes which Pritchard converted.

There were no more serious scoring attempts, Ampthill ran out winners but both teams deserved credit for the skill and effort they displayed in the most miserable weather!

Team News

This weekend sees the welcome return of Simon Griffiths after an injury layoff. He’s joined by Kieran Wilkinson, Nic Dolly and Paolo Odogwu who return from the beauty of Bordeaux to the delight of the CorpAcq stadium in December.

The visiting team are playing well, winning and picking up points. Ampthill and District currently sit fifth in the league and they’ll be looking to recreate their fine form at Sale FC Rugby.

Past Players and President Lunch

This game will feature our Past Players gathering in the Suite @Sale to watch the game against Ampthill where we welcome back Paul Turner, the coach of Ampthill and a former player at Sale FC Rugby.  Meals will be only £10 and consist of a “pie and pint” offering. This event will be sold out pretty quickly so it is important to book early. 120 seats have been reserved for past players therefore only 50 seats will be available to the general public.

Admission to the game

  • Members Free
  • £10 Adult
  • £8 Sale Sharks Season Ticket Holders
  • £8 Concessions (over 65) and Students (with Student ID)
  • Free Under 16’s

Sale FC 2 v Lymm 2

2ndTeam Match Report v Lymm 2

Sale FC Rugby 49 Lymm RFC 2 24

Saturday 15thDecember 2018

Sale 2s welcomed Lymm 2s to Carrington on what would prove to be tough conditions for all. Sale started the game with 14 men and despite this started much the stronger side.

With Christian Taylor playing an unfamiliar centre role, he managed to take the ball inside the Lymm half, evade a few defenders before streaking clear to give Sale the perfect start to the match. Sale continued to pile on the pressure, with a brilliant try from Felix Egan soon to follow.

Felix was causing Lymm all sorts of trouble with his quick steps and sure fire tackling throughout the game, something which had been missing over the last couple of fixtures so far this season.

Further tries from Ben Simpson, Christian Taylor once again, Harry Stainton and Jayden Gunn followed to give Sale a 42-0 lead at the break. During the first half, Sale had picked up a few knocks, which meant that Sale were likely to lose another player as the game progressed.

Going into the 2ndhalf, Sale worked hard once more to make the score line greater as John Blanchard Jr cleverly picked at a ruck and went straight under the sticks to take the score to now an unassailable 49-0 with Callum Ramsey adding the extras. Callum Ramsey’s kicking was exemplary on the day as he finished with a perfect return of 7/7.

Due to the physical nature of this encounter Sale went down to 13 men, as Andrew Edwards-Bailey had what looked a nasty injury. However, Sale were 49-0 to the good for the remainder of the game for the last 15 minutes, as the numbers difference told.

Lymm during this last 15 minute period ran in 4 tries to add some respectability to the scoreboard. All in all, Sale were dominant despite the numbers and conditions, Giving them a bonus point victory right before Christmas.