Category: National 1

Team Announcement

This weekend Sale FC Rugby take on Old Elthamians at the CorpAcq stadium. Saturday 21st September KO 2pm.


Date Time League Season
21st September 2019 14:00 National One 2019-2020

Old Elthamians

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Sale FC Rugby
Sale Rugby Club, Heywood Rd, Sale M33 3WB, UK

Match Report

Sale FC took on Cinderford RFC in this opening fixture of the National League 1 season at the CorpAcq stadium.

Conditions looked ideal for rugby. Sale, however, struggled to get into their stride conceding possession and penalties from which the visitors took full advantage when on 5 minutes, a well-executed lineout from 10 metres gave the Cinderford forwards the platform to drive over the Sale try line, hooker Nathan Taylor the scorer. Fly half James Butler converted. more info here

Calendar Links for All

We have managed to link all the calendars for each team so they can be downloaded. This is a trial event so please be patient if its not perfect.

You can find iCalendar, Outlook and Google Calendars at the top of each fixture list page. Just click on the link and follow the instructions. If you set your calendar up so it refreshes every day, then it will automatically show you any scheduling changes on the day of the update. It will also show you the score of the game when it is posted on the website.

You can download our overall fixture calendar by clicking on the appropriate link iCal, Outlook, Google or, you can follow the links below for individual calendars.

Sale FC National One Games

Sale FC 2 Cotton Trader Championship

Sale 1861 NC1 North West

Sale FC Junior Colts

National One Fixtures

The National One Fixtures for 2019-2020 are now out and Sale FC Rugby Kick Off against Cinderford on the 7th September at 14:15. Richmond having been relegated from the Championship is one of the new London clubs and Canterbury joins us in the league after narrowly beating Chester in the playoff. A big fixture to watch out for will be our Christmas fixture against Rotherham on the 21st of December. This season we have also moved all of our fixtures from 3pm to 2:15. The full list of fixtures is here The new boys on the block this season include Hull Ionians, Canterbury, Rams and Richmond. Sadly our local derby against Caldy isn’t to be this year as they were narrowly relegated on the last day of the season.

Sale FC vs Cinderford

Sale FC 5 Cambridge 24

Sale FC’s season finale ends on a losing note as Cambridge produce the great escape at the CorpAcq Stadium.

Matt Bradley in action against Cambridge (c) Mark Ferriss Photography

With Sale FC’s season finale being one
where the home side had already secured their future in National League One in
only their first season in the league, today’s game was always going to be more
about the visitors Cambridge, and whether or not they could escape the
relegation battle that they had become a part of during the second half of the

Knowing that the bottom two had already
gone, these being Esher Rugby and Loughborough Students respectively, it was
going to go down to the wire with three sides, namely Caldy, Birmingham Moseley
and Cambridge, who occupied the final relegation place all going into battle
knowing a five point win would allow them to survive.

The game was barely three minutes old when
Cambridge Centre James Ayrton, was able to latch on to a pass from brother
Michael, who had run around the oncoming Sale defence before putting his
brother in to the right of the posts, therefore giving the visitors the lead
and Fly Half Ben Penfold the opportunity to add the extras in the opening
exchanges of the match.

Now that the visitors had taken a seven
point lead in the match, Sale were looking to try and get back in the match
with a number of attacking possessions that didn’t really come off, due to
either sloppy passing or the ball being knocked on in terribly wet conditions.

With the weather playing a large part in the afternoon’s proceedings, Sale struggles continued especially when they had been awarded an advantage, leading to a lineout close to the Cambridge 10m line. Unfortunately, Briggs couldn’t find his man and the advantage was seemingly lost.

Rhys Davies reaches new heights against Cambridge (c) Mark Ferriss Photography

On 13 minutes, the visitors managed to
score again as Sale coughed up possession once more, leading to Cambridge’s
Penfold putting in a cross field kick that Robbie Povey missed, allowing winger
Mike Ayrton to go over in the corner unattended. With Penfold missing the
extras here, Cambridge now had a lead that they wouldn’t lose even though Sale
never ever gave up.

Even though the next 20 minutes saw
possession change hands at regular intervals, it was Sale who went into half
time very much on the up, as they created a plethora of scoring chances, which
they weren’t able to convert, mainly due to some resolute defending from the
visitors, but also the fact that they were able to infringe at regular
intervals at the breakdown.

With five minutes to go, the infringements
by Cambridge were punished as the referee gave Cambridge Flanker Ciaran Moore a
yellow card for repeat offences. From this advantage Sale went to the corner
giving them their third 5m line out in a row, from here Sale built a great
platform leading to Prop Simon Griffiths the chance to rumble over in his final
appearance for Sale FC.

Going in to the break, Sale had reduced the
arrears to seven points and got the wind in their sails. At the start of the
second half, Sale tried hard to make the man advantage count some more, but
unforced errors lead to them coughing up possession in valuable areas, providing
the visitors with further chances to extend their lead.

Tom Ailes on the run against Cambridge (c) Mark Ferriss Photography

Something that they did in the 47th
minute, when the returning Moore latched on to a rolling maul set up from their
own lineout throw, meaning that the visitors lead was up to 12 points, and the
chance to survive the National League One relegation battle becoming more

At this time however regardless of the
latest score, the visitors were going to be relegated as the closest side to
them Caldy were beating the other potential relegation candidates Birmingham
Moseley by ten points to seven with only 15 minutes to go in the game.

For the next 30 minutes, this game seemed
to go into an almost stalemate, with neither side being able to get any real
grip on a game, that was fast becoming increasingly error strewn as the weather
seemed to affect both sides, even though there were opportunities available as
they regularly attacked each other’s halves of the field.

However, there was one final twist yet to
come, as on 76 minutes replacement Winger Sam Yawayawa was provided with an
opportunity to score in the corner, giving the visitors the five points that
they so desperately needed to stay in National League One, therefore relegating
our Cheshire neighbours Caldy down in to National Two South from next season.

Even though the afternoon’s result didn’t go the way of Sale FC, they can be safe in the knowledge that they will be playing National League One rugby next season, especially after the pre-season predictions from the national journalists said that “Sale FC would be certain relegation candidates in their first season of National One rugby”.

To watch the highlights of Saturday’s game please follow the link here