Playoff spot on the line this weekend

Sale FC V Stourbridge

It’s obvious, to anyone who’s watched Sale FC this season, that there’s a new attitude in the squad, a new approach and this has resulted in winning games we would have lost last season.   Much of this success, according to Sale FC Club Chairman, Steve Smith is down to the coaching team of Jonathan Keep and Tote Howcroft. They’ve created a whole club approach which has seen the team win when they might have crumbled last year.

This weekend sees a challenge for the promotion playoff spot. Currently Sale sit second in the table 11 points above Stourbridge in third.  Our nearest rivals are fiercely competitive at home and have yet to drop a match in their west midlands fortress, winning all ten of their home games so far.  Sale have managed an unbeaten 2017 and want to continue this great run of form into February and beyond.

Head Coach Jonathan Keep has been pleased with the number of our victories this season but not always how they’ve been achieved.

“I’m looking for the players to cut down on the penalties this week and focus on making

sure they’re more ruthless if we get our noses in front and not leave it to the last minute”

Sale’s last two matches have seen bonus point tries scored in the final minutes of each game. Against Luctonians Sam Stelmaszek with the last play and the following week by Adam Aigbokhae against Sheffield Tigers with two minutes on the clock remaining.

Jonathan Keep said that the players have worked hard on key areas this year including creating a solid defence when they’re camped on their own line.

“The one area we’ve worked on this year which has paid massive dividends is the defence inside the red zone.  Against Luctonians we were camped on our try line for 10 minutes and drove them back, we’ll need to have this kind of resilience this weekend if we are to come away with the points”

When asked about Sale’s promotion prospects Jonathan replied

“We will try to keep winning games and see what happens, that will always be the

priority and after just avoiding relegation next year, we take nothing for granted”

 

Good luck to Sale FC this weekend and safe travels

RFU Recognition for our Club Charity and Dave Hulme

Our club Charity The Alex Hulme Foundation and the Dad of Alex, our Vice Chair of Minis and Juniors have been recognised by the RFU for the amazing work he and his family have done in contributing to the community and to local rugby.  We are all immensely proud of Dave, Nic and Matt for all that they do for the club and for the community at large. As our Chair of Minis and Juniors said today,

Well done Dave you guys are an inspiration. I am proud to call you my friend. I see first hand the effort and hard work you put in to everything you do. I love working working with you side by side as we run and develop Sale FC Rugby’s M&Js together.

This charity, gives all of its money to research and does not pay any salaries.  With a relatively modest ambition of raising £20,000 for research into Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma, over the past few years they have raised more than £250,000. This is a remarkable achievement for a local charity and we are immensely proud that every player at Sale FC, from 5 years old to the first team, sports their logo on the back of our shirts.

Minis and Junior Rugby at Carrington

This morning was a frosty start for many and some tough rugby was played. Notably the Under 13’s took on a powerful Bolton team and ran out 25-15 winners.  We also saw Jack Moorhouse down working with some of the younger age groups this morning having played a tough game for Sale yesterday and winning against Sheffield Tigers.  The minis and juniors really appreciate the input from players during training sessions and it was good to see Jack watching the Under 13’s match as well. One of the things that sets Sale FC apart is the willingness of people to chip in and help out others.  We even had the Under 14’s coaching the under 6’s and 7’s today!

1st XV v Sheffield Tigers Team Sheet Added

1 Dan Birchall  2 Oliver Longmore  3 Adam Aigbokhae

4 Rhys Davies   5 Matthew Postlethwaite

6 Gareth Rawlings  7 Andrew Hughes  8 Tom Ailes

9 Chris Townsend  10 Chris Johnson    12 Scott Rawlings  13 Jack Moorhouse

11 Sam Stelmaszek  14 Matthew Neary

15 Liam McGovern

Bench: 16 Laurence Sanderson  17 Henry Platt  18 Jamie Bache  19 Tom Davenport  20 Matthew Simpson

KO: 2:15 pm 

Entrance:

-Free for members and under 16’s

£8 non-members

£5 concessions

Remember that joining as a social member gets you free entrance to all Sale FC games and Sale Jets games at Heywood Road. It also gives you a 10% discount on the bar!

Read our preview of the game here

 

This weekend Sale are away to Luctonians

This weekend we are away to Luctonians.  We are hoping to replicate our win from earlier in the season. 

Sale sit 2nd in the table and Luctonians are 11th, however, as we know all too well from last season, the form book bares little relation to the game about to be played! So, get behind the boys this weekend and hopefully we come back with the points to keep us fighting for the playoff spot.

Club Pld W D L F A PD TBP LBP Ded Pts Rec %
1) Caldy 18 16 1 1 654 237 417 13 1 0 80 88.89
2) Sale FC 18 15 0 3 532 306 226 9 1 0 70 77.78
3) Stourbridge 18 13 0 5 454 317 137 8 4 0 64 71.11
4) Leicester Lions 17 13 0 4 421 323 98 8 2 0 62 72.94
5) Sedgley Park 18 11 3 4 548 360 188 9 3 0 62 68.89
6) Chester 18 9 1 8 382 353 29 10 4 0 52 57.78
7) South Leicester 18 8 2 8 455 425 30 8 7 0 51 56.67
8) Hinckley 18 9 0 9 359 404 -45 6 2 0 44 48.89
9) Tynedale 17 8 1 8 392 452 -60 8 2 0 44 51.76
10) Otley 18 8 0 10 368 439 -71 4 2 0 38 42.22
11) Luctonians 18 5 0 13 408 497 -89 7 5 0 32 35.56

 

Sale v South Leicester

Our home fixture was a chance for revenge against a team we’ve never beaten.  They have always seemed to have the upper hand and this match seemed no different when a series of errors saw South Leicester run a try after only 15 Read more here