Sale V Harrogate Preview

This is another must win game for Sale. If we want to put the playoff spot out of the reach of Leicester Lions and Sedgley Park as well as pushing toward a home draw for the playoff, we need to get at least 4 points against a tricky 11th placed Harrogate team.  Four of Harrogate’s eight victories this season have arrived in 2017, so they are on a bit of a roll.

In late October we managed the full five points, with tries from Joe “Donut” Kelly, Tom Ailes, Jack Moorhouse and Scott Rawlings. The first session was an even affair with the teams coming in 13-13 at halftime.  The set piece struggled with Harrogate’s power at times, as well as the referee’s interpretations of the scrum, but eventually we pulled away in the final 20.  More of the same this weekend should see us with a clear pathway to the playoff, but, this league is a tough place and we can’t be complacent.



Under 13’s Motivational Team Talk

Leading into our most important fixture of the season, a quarter final of the Cheshire Plate against Northwich, the Under 13’s had a bit of a pep talk from their Kiwi head coach Martin Fitzgerald.  We were knocked out in the first round of the cup by last year’s runners up Bowdon with a stunning running rugby display.  We’ve taken that on board and learned our lessons, in all other competitions this season, the Under 13’s have a win loss record of played 13 with 9 wins and four losses with a points difference of +185.  This is our biggest test to date and a place in the semi-finals beckons.

Sale FC V Leicester Lions Preview

We take on Leicester Lions this Saturday at home. Sale have only lost one game at home this season to league leaders Caldy and we’re not looking for that to change this weekend.  Leicester comprehensively beat Sale in the away fixture in a game that saw the 1st XV underperform with a disappointing display in the East Midlands.

Sale and Opponent

21st XV25223089
3Leicester Lions21151072
4Sedgley Park22136371
8South Leicester22911255
15Sheffield Tigers22517027
16Preston Grasshopers21417024

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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