On Saturday, Sale FC concluded their regular season, with a massive away game to Otley, where a win was needed to guarantee a home playoff against Old Ethalmians on the 6th May. The match at Otley was ferocious, especially in the first half, with multiple stoppages for discussions with the referee to decide whether the teams were looking to play rugby, or just start the Klitschko/Joshua fight early. When rugby restarted, Sale FC raced away to a 13-0 lead through tries from Rhys Davies and Matt Bradley both scoring for the first time this season.
Otley weren’t lying down and brought themselves back into the game 13-7 at half time. However, as they have done so frequently this season, Sale FC stepped it up in the second half with an intercepted pass by Paolo Odogwu 60 metres out, racing away to score under the posts. This was soon followed by a text book line out move putting Scott Briggs over for the bonus point try. With Sale FC pulling away at 25-7 moments of Champagne rugby were interrupted by Otley scoring another converted try. Further scores from Scott Rawlings, Jack Moorhouse and Sam Stelmaszek created a full-time score of 44-14 to Sale FC.
After an amazing regular season record of 26 wins and 4 loses, Sale FC now find themselves in a playoff for promotion to National One against the second-place team in National 2 South, Old Ethalmians.
The playoff will take place at Heywood Road with a KO time of 3 pm. Entrance is free for members and under 16’s, if you arrive before 2pm entrance is £5 for non-members and after 3pm is £8. The clubhouse will be open from noon. Minis and Junior players from all over the North are encouraged to turn up in their club shirts.