The Great Escape!

In a game of two halves, Chester played the game as if they were on their way to the title and truth be told, if they played that way all season, that may have been the case.  Sale pulled off a dramatic victory with a 30-28 win at Heywood Road to maintain their position at the top of the tree by a one point margin over Sedgley Park (with a game in hand).

Chester came out all guns blazing and in a game where they picked up a try bonus point as well as a losing bonus point, it was only the boot of Chris Johnson that kept us ticking over.  For the first time this season, a team put four tries past the stingy defence that we’ve become so used to, as well as scoring more points against us than any other team this season.

However, the big difference this season to past seasons, is the boys never looked panicked, never looked beaten and as the pressure mounted,  they chased everything and fought for every inch of ground mounting a huge defensive effort and living up to their nickname “The Dogs”.

A full write up and video highlights will be up mid-week.

Sale FC vs Chester

The Streak

Tomorrow the boys KO at 3pm to try and get vital points towards promotion and hopefully to keep our unbeaten streak at Heywood Road. The last game we lost at Heywood Road in the league was to Caldy in December 2016! Let’s keep the streak going!

Jack is Back

Jack Moorhouse will be down on the day where you can see if he can improve on his try tally for Sale FC.
Just to catch up, although he’s played 200 games for Sale FC, he passed the 100 try mark in October 2016. See his post match interview here

Home Support Counts

Time and again the players mention how important it is to have the kids creating a guard of honour, how they love playing toward the club house and the boost it gives them.

Director of Rugby Jonathan Keep Says

The noise of the crowd and the guard of honour give the boys a huge lift when they play at home. The atmosphere at Heywood road has built game on game and we want to thank the supporters, especially the minis and juniors who’ve been a huge part of that positive experience

Sale FC Match Report

Sale top again after devastating late burst

On Saturday, Sale travelled the relatively short distance to play local rivals Macclesfield, in a game they knew they had to win to go back above Sedgley Park at the head of the table, following their win at Wharfedale less than 48 hours earlier.

As you would expect, the game started with no quarter given by either side, but the hosts were dominating territory and should have taken the lead when they were awarded a penalty which the winger sliced wide.

The visitors, in their luminous away strip, took advantage immediately as a wave of attacks ended in the ball being thrown out wide for Gareth Rawlings to score in the corner.

Macclesfield, however, continued to control possession and only Sale’s famed defence stood between them and a try on several occasions.

Starved of any meaningful ball, the away side were reliant on the boot of Chris Johnson to extend their lead before half time with two successful penalties.

HT Macclesfield 0 Sale 11

The second half began more evenly and was punctuated with several supercharged sprints from hooker, Neil Briggs, who was having an outstanding game.

One such run took the promotion hopefuls deep into the host’s half and led to a barrage of forward-led attacks on the try line, with Dan Birchall eventually crashing over for the second try.

This wave of pressure appeared to suck the life out of the home side’s resistance and, with less than 15 minutes remaining, Sale began attacking at will in search of more tries.

From yet another barnstorming break from Neil Briggs, the ball was recycled for Jonty Rawcliffe to scamper in for the third try and with the game effectively won, the only remaining question was whether the visitors could score the all-important bonus point try.

This duly arrived with three minutes remaining as Chris Johnson put an exquisite kick behind the defensive line for Jack Moorhouse to touch down, the former adding the conversion.

Perhaps that try was destined to be part of the script on Jack’s 200th appearance for the club (a quite superb achievement).  He then showed that he’s lost none of his potency as he collected a high ball in the last minute and turned on the afterburners to sprint in for the fifth try of the afternoon.

FT Macclesfield 0 Sale 37

For so long this was a tight game, but to not concede a point and then produce such a sparkling last 15 minutes of running rugby to clinch the bonus point win is testament to the quality and fitness of this team.

With Five games left, Sale FC have the league in their hands.  However, the chasing pack aren’t making any mistakes, so any slip up at this stage could prove costly.

Dave Hulme Joins the Team

“I am delighted to have been given the opportunity to help move the club forward into what I firmly believe will be an exciting era in the club’s history.
I would like to thank the Executive Committee for giving me the opportunity and the many people who have passed on their good wishes since the announcement was made.
I will do everything in my power to serve the club members, sponsors & stakeholders to the best of my ability and welcome all questions, comments & observations going forward.
I look forward to starting our journey together on 1st May”
Dave Hulme
Sale FC Rugby
General Manager

A Brace For Moorhouse on his 200th

200 Not Out

Jack Moorhouse scored twice on his 200th appearance for Sale FC Rugby to help his side pull 2 points ahead in National North 2 and get the bonus point win against Macclesfield.

A match report and highlights video will be up after Easter.

New General Manager Announcement

After a successful recruitment process the Sale FC Rugby Executive are delighted to announce the appointment of Mr Dave Hulme as our new General Manager.

Dave joins on a full-time basis and is no stranger to those who frequent the club. He has a wealth of experience in both senior management and industry. He is also Trustee of the Clubs chosen Charity the Alex Hulme Foundation.

Dave has been a member of the club for six years and during that time he has taken on many voluntary roles such as Coach, Team Manager and Vice Chair within the Minis and Juniors and laterally as Interim Club Secretary. He has also restructured our club shop to allow for our more professional online provision.

I am sure you will join with us in welcoming Dave in his new role which he commences on the 1st May.

Regards

Sale FC Rugby Executive