Category: Matchday

Sale FC edge thriller against Moseley

Sale FC cause heartbreak for Birmingham Moseley at the CorpAcq Stadium.

Sale FC were off to a flying start courtesy of a Kieran Wilkinson converted try in the opening minute of this National League 1 fixture against Birmingham Moseley at the CorpAcq Stadium, quickly followed by a penalty on 4 minutes which Wilkinson slotted home from distance giving the home side a 10 points to nil lead.

The visitors narrowed the gap with a penalty scored just a minute later.

With Sale’s Spanish international fly half, Emiliano Calle Rivas, on his home debut, orchestrating play, Sale were soon on the scoresheet again when, following a well-controlled lineout, the ball was quickly moved through the backs to winger Anthony Bingham who finished the move with a try.

With Sale controlling the game, Birmingham conceded a series of penalties, culminating in their captain Sam Brown receiving a yellow card as Sale tried to take a quick penalty.

Matt Bradley scored Sale’s third try moments later, following another well drilled catch and drive by the Sale pack.

Emiliano Calle Rivas celebrates with Anthony Bingham after he scores his second of the match (c) All Star Photography – Mark Ferriss

After 20 minutes, Sale had opened up a 17 point lead; however a counter attack by Birmingham following a break by Sale’s Calle Rivas drew a penalty on the Sale 22 line for which Matt Bradley received a yellow card.

Birmingham were able to capitalise on the opportunity, hooker Ryan Roach scoring and Williams converting. Another penalty, kicked by Williams reduced the deficit, the score at half time Sale FC 20 Birmingham Moseley 13.

Within a minute of the restart, Sale conceded a penalty which Birmingham’s Williams duly despatched. Birmingham took the lead on 55 minutes when winger Alex Hearle latched on to a kick deep in Sale territory, and outpaced the covering defenders to score, Williams adding the extra points.

Sale were quick to regain the advantage from a scrum on the opposition 5 metre line, number 8 Tom Ailes picking up from the base and driving over the line despite close attention from the opposition defence.

In the final quarter, Sale extended their lead with a try from Neil Briggs, converted by Wilkinson. The visitors responded with a try on 70 minutes from winger Roach, Williams quickly drop kicking the extra points to hurry the match along.

Matt Bradley crosses the try line to score for Sale FC (c) Gareth Lyons Photography

In the final 10 minutes both teams dug deep into their energy reserves, Sale regularly finding Johnny Leota to take on the opposition defence.

Pressure eventually told as a penalty awarded to Sale gave Calle Rivas the opportunity to find touch deep in the opponent’s half.

A textbook catch and drive had Sale putting the Birmingham defence under severe pressure before a quick release along the backs arrived in the safe hands of Anthony Bingham on the wing with one man to beat, and 15 metres to run. Mission accomplished!

Kieran Wilkinson narrowly missed the conversion from a tight angle leaving Sale to run down the last few minutes and secure a vital 5 points from this hard fought encounter.

Final Score Sale FC 37 – Birmingham Moseley 30

Kieran Wilkinson in full flow kicking the ball for a conversion (c) Mark Ferriss Photography

Rosslyn Park 31 Sale FC 26

Sale FC Rugby came away with two bonus points in a thriller at The Rock.

The hosts almost took the lead immediately as they collected debutant Emiliano Calle Rivas’ kick off and kicked long but Paolo Odogwu did well to win a foot race with the pacy winger to earn a 22m drop out.

The relief was short-lived though as Park moved the ball quickly in their next attack allowing winger, Fadahunsi, to score in the corner and Lound added the extras. 0-7

The blue and whites bounced back almost straightaway though as, after several phases, Johnny Leota put a cute kick through the defensive line for Odogwu to pick up and score under the posts leaving an easy conversion for Calle Rivas. 7-7

Odogwu was denied another potential try when he intercepted a pass near his own try line but, as he turned on the afterburners, the ref pulled play back for an earlier penalty.

Matt Postlethwaite in hot pursuit of Rosslyn Park’s Charlie Amesbury (c) David Whittam Photography

The home side then began to dominate proceedings and scored two identical tries as, turning down the opportunity of 3 points, they kicked to the corner, won the lineouts and forwards Munro and Ellis powered over from close range. 7-21

Sale’s task was made even harder in the 25th minute when scrum-half, Matt Bradley, was adjudged to have deliberately knocked the ball on as the red and whites broke again (although footage after the game showed that the ball was actually knocked backwards by an attacking player).

From the penalty, Park again opted for touch and scored their bonus point try in similar fashion to their previous two with Ellis again touching down.

Half-time 7-28

Neil Briggs go in to make a tackle on the Rosslyn Park player (c) David Whittam Photography

Sale came out for the 2nd half with a new sense of purpose and were quickly on the front foot, forcing errors from the hosts that had not been seen in the first 40 minutes.

With Emi dictating play, the boys patiently built an attacking position before Jack Moorhouse spotted a gap in the defensive line to score under the posts which Emi converted. 14-28

The blue and whites were now in the ascendency with another debutant, Ed O’Keeffe, looking lively at full-back but, try as they might, they were unable to make any further impact on the scoreboard.

With ten minutes to go, replacement Kieran Wilkinson offloaded superbly for Matt Postlethwaite to stride away in midfield but the linesman indicated a forward pass and from the scrum, Park were awarded a penalty which Grove converted. 14-31Time was now firmly against Sale but they gave themselves a lifeline with a couple of minutes remaining as the forwards won a lineout and mauled towards the line with Leota hopping over from the base of a ruck to score, Wilkinson hitting the post with an attempted drop-kick conversion. 19-31

This, ultimately, was to prove crucial as it allowed time for one further play and as the boys kept the ball alive deep in their own half, Odogwu produced a moment of individual brilliance, slithering through the massed ranks before searing away from the covering defence to score in the corner.

Wilkinson added a fine conversion before the ref blew the whistle to end proceedings with Sale’s late, late show earning what could be 2 crucial bonus points.

Full-time 26-31

Team for Rosslyn Park

Sale FC Rugby travel to London tomorrow to face Rosslyn Park in their National League One clash. Kick off for the game is 3pm at Priory Lane.

Included in this week’s side are debutants Emiliano Calle Rivas at Fly Half, Ed O’Keefe at Full Back, who is in for the rested Jonty Rawcliffe and on the bench Canadian International Robbie Povey.

For your full squad list please follow the link here

Three is the Magic Number!

Watch Three National League One Games for just £25!

Prop Forward and Fan favourite Joe Kelly alongside Scrum Half Matt Bradley halt the Rotherham Titans player (c) Gareth Lyons Photography

Sale FC Rugby are pleased to announce that they will be offering a bumper triple match ticket to non-members for their next three home games here at the CorpAcq Stadium.

The three National League One games included in this offer for Non Members are:

Saturday 16th FebruaryValentine’s Double Header – 1st team play host to Birmingham Moseley, followed by Sale 1861 Women playing Stirling County Ladies in a return fixture.

Saturday 23rd February – 1st team v Darlington Mowden Park

Saturday 2nd MarchLadies Day – 1st team v Blackheath Rugby followed by the Sale FC Rugby Vets XV playing Bowdon Vets.

Jonty Rawcliffe, Johnny Leota and Jack Moorhouse on the charge (c) Gareth Lyons Photography

If you are a non-member of the club, you are invited to buy your tickets for the fantastic price of £25 (Normal cost £30) from the following link.

Don’t forget if you want to bring your children along to the games, if they are U16 then they get in absolutely FREE!

So come along, cheer on the Men and the Women of Sale FC Rugby, and enjoy visiting one of the oldest clubs in the world! For more details on the event please keep your eye on the club’s website and social media channels for more details.