Category: Rugby

Sale FC pick up another Five Points

Sale FC overcame a strong South Leicester side by 39 points to 7.  Hinckley also picked up five points today but we still remain top on points difference with a game in hand.

Tries from Dan Birchall, Sam Stelmaszek, Adam Aigbokhae, Rhys Davies and Andy Hughes plus 14 points from the boot of Chris Johnson saw a fantastic performance in front of an enthusiastic crowd on a very cold day.

Sale extend winning run to stay top

After climbing to the summit of National League 2 North last week, Sale entertained sixth place South Leicester at Heywood Road.

If they were feeling any pressure to sustain their position, Sale weren’t showing it, as they quickly started to dominate territory and took the lead with a penalty from Chris Johnson following a high tackle.

The first try duly arrived as the forwards attacked the try line and captain Andy Hughes dived over with Chris Johnson adding the conversion.

Another penalty from Chris Johnson extended the lead before winger Anthony Bingham somehow wriggled free from several opposing players in midfield to set up a sweeping move that saw Rhys Davies score in the corner.

HT Sale 18 South Leicester 0

The second half had only just got underway when South’s fly half intercepted a pass on the half way line to sprint in unchallenged and add the extras.

However, this was just a temporary blip as the blue and whites applied the pressure again with a kick to the corner and, having been stopped just short a couple of times, Dan Birchall powered over for his fourth try in four games.

Not even an unfortunate yellow card for the try scorer could derail the home side as full back Jonty Rawcliffe left players in his wake with a 60 yard break and, with the defence all at sea, Adam Aigbokhae strolled in for the bonus point try.

Sale then proved that they can defend as well as they can attack as they put bodies on the line time after time to resist wave after wave of South Leicester attacks before another fantastic break, this time from Tom Ailes, led to Sam Stelmaszek adding a fifth and final try.

FT Sale 39 South Leicester 7

Second placed Hinckley also achieved a bonus point win at Sheffield Tigers to stay level on points and set up what should be a fantastic and potentially season-defining game at Leicester Road next week. KO 3pm.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Our Team Sale vs Sheffield

We head to Sheffield this weekend to play just down the road from last weeks game.  Hopefully the freezing conditions will have passed and we look forward to a great game.  If you’re heading down, the address is on the fixture page here

The team is now up as well.

Our Invitation

The Grand Opening of The Suite @Sale

Come and Join us on the 28th January for the grand opening of
The Suite @Sale
Free food and nibbles will be provided to everyone invited. The bar will be open and you can tour the new facilities and then stand on the balcony to watch Swinton Lions play in a pre-season friendly. Although this is a free event, you will need to register to gain entry.

Email: Functions@Salefc.com

A Christmas Feast At Heywood Road

Saturday the 23rd of December was arguably the best day Sale FC have had since we gained promotion to National 2 North. 1500 People came down to meet the new signing, drink in the new clubhouse, 175 people for pre-match lunch and watch Sale FC overcome a powerful Tigers team in a tense encounter.

Trickey The Mutt makes his Debut in front of a packed balcony at Heywood Road

Sedgley Tigers were one of only two teams to defeat Sale FC this season and the return fixture was an absolute arm wrestle until the final 20 when Sale turned on the power and sent first Danny Birchall over the line and then the returning Jake Barron touched down following two penalties from Chris Johnson who had yet another fine kicking display.  Sedge never really looked like crossing the line against a Sale team with the best defensive record in the National Leagues, even camped on the Sale FC line for ten minutes so no panic from the home team, the final play of the game however, say a rare mistake from Chris Johnson who looking for space over the back three, misjudged his kick and Tigers winger Samuel Lowthion slipped a tackle, and used his pace to get Tigers their bonus point.

Chris Johnson has had some early season hiccups, but, since his showing against Tigers and Tynedale , he’s arguably the best 10 in the league not just by keeping the scoreboard ticking over, but the control of the game which Sale has been missing for the last couple of seasons.  His kicks into the corner coupled with the Line Out skills of Rhys, Gaz and Jake have made depressing viewing for many opposition supporters.  A full match report is now here

Trickey Meets his Hero Trickey

Sale FC vs Blaydon Rugby A Day of Firsts

There are three firsts tomorrow.

Sale FC play their first ever game against Blaydon RUFC tomorrow with a KO at 2:15pm.

It is also a landmark day for the club, because for the first time ever.  An ex Minis and Junior Player will be starting for the club.

John Blanchard Jr has impressed enough over the past few games that he makes his way off the bench and starts for Sale FC in a big game at Heywood Road.

This is a massive step forward for the club.  We have had an M&J group for around 8 years now and in the early days when John started there were less than 50 kids training all down at Heywood Road every Sunday morning.  Since those days, we have taken off and hopefully John is the first of many children who will make the step up from Sunday morning run around with their mates to playing National Level rugby.  Well Done Blanny Jr!

We also have another first tomorrow for a Sale player stepping up from the bench to 1st team rugby for the first time this season.  Slightly different journey for player coach Neil Briggs however, via Sale Sharks, Leicester Tigers, London Welsh and Bourgoin.