Category: National 1

Sale FC v Chinnor Rugby

This Saturday sees the First Team play against Chinnor in their return National League One fixture here at the CorpAcq Stadium.

Matt Postlethwaite on the run v Blackheath Rugby (c) Sale FC Rugby Photos 2019

The team selected for this Saturday sees a number of changes to it including the return of some of the England U20’s squad who performed well throughout their Six Nations campaign, even though some of the results didn’t go their way.

The team selected for this weekend’s fixture here at the CorpAcq Stadium, can be seen using the following link here.

Sale are taught a lesson by the Students.

Loughborough Students 33 Sale FC Rugby 12

The latest away trip saw the dogs travel to Loughborough University to play the bottom-of-the-table side in blustery but dry conditions.

In the early exchanges, both sides looked to play fast, attacking rugby but the game remained scoreless until the 11th minute when the returning Gaz Rawlings soared above everyone at a 5 metre lineout to set up an unstoppable driving maul – Ryan Parkinson touching down. 0-5

With the stiff breeze behind them, Sale were beginning to dominate territory and, from another deep lineout, the forwards rumbled towards the line with the ref awarding a penalty try milliseconds before the unfortunate Rhys Davies dived over. 0-12

Far from being disheartened by the score line, the hosts continued to run the ball at every opportunity and in the 23rd minute their enterprise was rewarded with a try out wide to reduce the arrears. 7-12

Five minutes later, the scores were level as the home side’s forwards made plenty of yards before pacy winger, Will Brown, evaded the defence to sprint in. 12-12

Errors began to creep into the blue and whites’ game and, in the 36th minute, the Students took the lead with a fine try finished off by their flying prop forward, Andrew Nathan-Boye – Sale losing Gaz Rawlings to a yellow card in the process for an off the ball incident.

Half-time 19-12

The first 20 minutes of the 2nd half saw some scrappy play from both teams with neither side able to gain much momentum, but the hosts extended their advantage in the 63rd minute when they turned the ball over on Sale’s 22 and fed the ball to Oskar Hirskyj-Douglas to barge his way in. 26-12

The dogs looked to respond immediately as, following a good break from full-back, Robbie Povey, the forwards went through phase after phase near the hosts’ try line but the ranks of purple shirts stood firm, eventually turning the ball over and clearing their lines.

Any lingering hopes of a comeback were dashed in the 75th minute when Loughborough scored a 5th try through Cameron Jordan, with the vocal home support celebrating wildly. 33-12

With time ticking past the 80 minute mark, the blue and whites scored a consolation try as a 5 metre lineout, which had served them so well in the early stages of the match, was won for hooker, Christian Taylor, to cross the whitewash.

Full-time 33-17

A frustrating day for the blue and whites with the hosts belying their lowly league status to take the spoils and drag Sale back towards the dog-fight at the bottom, enhancing their own survival chances in the process.

To watch this week’s match highlights please click the link here

Sale FC Rugby v Loughborough Students

Sale FC Rugby have named their side to play against Loughborough Students.

Sale FC 38 v Loughborough Students 31 -17th November 2018 – National League Division 1, Heywood Road, Sale, Greater Manchester, United Kingdom (Credit Image: Gareth Lyons 2018 for Sale FC)

After losing last week to Blackheath Rugby here at the CorpAcq Stadium, Sale FC Rugby get back on the road again after three home games on the bounce with a trip down to Loughborough Students.

Earlier on this season, Sale FC Rugby beat the Students in a close encounter winning the game 38-31, and scoring six tries to the visitors four tries respectively.

Looking to his weekend sees Sale FC make a number of changes to the starting line up including a return to the starting line up for Prop Simon Griffiths and Second Row Gareth Rawlings, who have both been injured over the last few months.

For more information about the starting line up for Sale FC Rugby please use the following link here

Sale FC Rugby 18 Blackheath 32

Sale FC Rugby’s four game unbeaten run comes to an end in an enthralling encounter at the CorpAcq Stadium.

Stone Priestley-Nangle scores from a forwards drive (c) Sale FC Rugby

Sale FC Rugby, unbeaten in their last four home games, succumbed to two late penalty tries having played three quarters of the match with 14 men, and the closing minutes with 13, the result of red cards received, one in each half.

Blackheath were quickly into their stride, winning a penalty in the first minute, kicked by centre Leo Fielding. Sale responded to the challenge, taking the game to the visitors and winning consecutive penalties, taking them within range of the posts, Calle Rivas taking his opportunity to equalise.

Back came Sale again another penalty taking them close to the Blackheath line. A clean take at the lineout by Postlethwaite providing a platform for a driving maul from which Priestley – Nangle burst over the line to score a well-deserved try. Within minutes, Blackheath levelled when winger Lloyd found himself in space on the left wing, scoring a try in the corner.

A pivotal moment in the game came in the 21st minute when the referee saw Sale prop Joe Kelly throw a punch in what appeared to be a retaliatory act, but never the less deemed worthy of a Red Card reducing Sale to 14 men. Despite the numerical disadvantage Sale stuck to their task and indeed had the better of the play taking the lead from a Calle Rivas penalty kick on the half hour mark, the score remaining on Sale FC 11 Blackheath 8 at half time.

Matt Postlethwaite breaks through the Blackheath defensive line (c) Sale FC Rugby

The Second half began with Sale’s 14 men yet again taking the game to the visitors forcing a misdirected clearance kick and winning lineout possession. With centre Johnny Leota in the thick of things, a solid ruck provided the base to feed full back Povey who in turn linked up with winger Paolo Odogwu whose powerful run took him over in the corner for a try which was skilfully converted by Calle Rivas to take Sale FC into a 10 point lead. 

Sale continued to retain their lead with a combination of solid defence and effective counter attacking when on 60 minutes Blackheath flanker Harry Bate won the ball just inside the Sale half, breaking free of the Sale defence to run the 45 metres to the try line to score under the posts. Having added the extra points, the score now tied on 18 points each.

As the match drew to a close and with the home team tiring as a result of their outstanding effort against superior numbers a procession of reset scrums concluded with a penalty try in the visitors favour taking them into a 7 point lead. Immediately following the restart, another punch was spotted by the referee who didn’t hesitate showing a red card to Sale hooker Neil Briggs.

The match concluded with another penalty try for Blackheath as the Sale pack struggled against a two man advantage.

Final Score: Sale FC Rugby 18 … Blackheath 32

To view the match highlights of the game please use the following link here

President’s/Past Players Lunch.

Saturday 23rd March sees the club host the President’s and Past Players Lunch.

On Saturday 23rd March, Sale FC Rugby play host to Chinnor Rugby in their National One League clash here at the CorpAcq Stadium. At the same time, we will also be hosting former players from our rich history as part of the President’s and Past Player Lunch.

The lunch is open to former players who have worn the blue and white during the club’s long and illustrious history. Whether you played in the same teams as Richard Trickey and Steve Smith or alternatively during its more recent history then please get in touch.

The Sale FC team from 1941-42 season with Jim Birtles as captain of the side (c) Sale FC Rugby

If you would like to attend the event on the day or know someone else who would be interested in attending, we would like to hear from you either to book your place by sending an email to Functions@Salefc.com or to allow us to get in touch with other former players, by emailing Marketing@salefc.com

Please ensure that all place bookings at the President’s/Past Players lunch are with us by no later than Monday 18th March 2019.