Rugby Roundup – Archers Await The Reds

Heading into the second third of the rugby union season, clubs in Nottinghamshire have been witnessing mixed fortunes.

In the RFU Championship, Nottingham are presently fifth, with four wins from their seven outings, and are thirteen adrift of leaders Ealing Trailfinders.

Having begun the season with a stunning, 31-10 win, away to London Scottish, Samuel Hollingsworth with four conversions and a penalty, before back-to-back victories over in late September, against Caldy (27-19), and Doncaster Knights (30-15).

Hollingsworth would rack up a number of points across both of those victories, whilst in the latter, Doncaster visiting Lady Bay, Harry Graham would cross for a brace of tries.

Last time out however, the Archers suffered a big defeat, away to divisional leaders, Ealing (64-33) with tries, for the visitors, coming from that of Lewis Chessum, Kehinde Olowofela, John Neville, Jack Michael Dickinson, and Harry Graham, the four conversions coming via Morgan Bunting’s boot.

Next up for the Archers, it’s their first, Sunday match of the season, they welcoming the Jersey Reds for a cup clash, the visitors nestled nicely in second place in the league table.

Further down the rugby system, and in the Regional 1 North-East division, a pair of Notts clubs currently reside, Paviors (7) and West Bridgford (12) respectively, and after eight games played thus far.

Mid-table Paviors have won three of their outings, including a 43-36 win at home to Scunthorpe in mid-October, George Billam helping himself to a try, five conversions, and a penalty, whilst there was five other tries also registered by the victors.

With the majority of results tight ones, Heath away withstanding, the major disappointment would be the local dust-up away to bottom of the table, West Bridgford, a few weeks back.

In what was the hosts’ only win of the season to date, Oluwaseyi Ajeigbe would cross twice, alongside tries from Luke Risman and Keon Sylvester, with the four conversions, the visitors replying with a brace of tries apiece from Alexander Rimmington and Kieran Wells, whilst Billam converted three times.

Prior to victory over their locals, West Bridgford had lost six straight, shipping a century of points when at Driffield (100-12), eighty points at home to Doncaster Phoenix (19-82), and fifty points in the opener on Teesside, losing 57-10 to Billingham.

The pairs’ next outing, Paviors travel to leaders Billingham, and West Bridgford, they play host to second bottom Scunthorpe.

Regional 2 North Midlands sees Newark currently fourth bottom with three wins from their eight outings to date, eighteen points off leaders Long Eaton, who they lost at home to 35-29, last time out.

Newark’s first win of the season arrived at the fourth time of asking, defeating visitors Sihillians 27-20, whilst also seeing off Leek at home, 26-20, and winning 28-24 in Leicester Forest.

The Counties 1 Midlands East (North) also has two Notts clubs, with Mellish in third place, six behind the leaders, Hinckley IIs, and one adrift of second place Lincoln.

Having won six of their eight outings thus far, Mellish’s only losses have been away to the leaders (43-26) and away to Market Rasen & Louth (37-20) in their last outing, it’s been a rather productive season, one which they’ll be hoping victory in their next, home to Burton IIs, sets them up nicely for the derby with Southwell.

Southwell meanwhile are sitting in seventh with three wins from eight themselves, and are a sizeable twenty-one points off the leaders.

Their first win came in their outing a 40-0 whitewash of visitors Ashby, in mid-September, whilst they’ve also beaten Birstall 24-10, and taken a home walkover result against Coalville, prior to crashing to 55-19 loss to Burton IIs last time out.

The next two outings for Southwell are tough ones, leaders Hinckley IIs are the visitors next followed by a trip to third place Mellish, for a local derby, later in the month.

Two of the four Notts clubs lead the way in the Counties 2 Midlands East (North) as Mansfield and Nottingham Moderns are separated by a point, they both having won seven of their eight outings after they’d faced off last time around.

That local affair went in favour of the visitors, 22-17, to narrow the gap at the top, ending their hosts’ seven game winning start, one which included a 73-0 whitewash of Sileby Town, and further derby wins at East Retford (19-10), and, more recently, at Nottingham Casuals (36-23).

The only defeat for the Moderns came in their opening game, falling to a 19-13 loss away to Belper, but have won seven straight since, putting fifty past both East Retford (53-15) and Kesteven (59-0); the Nottingham Casuals are sitting in seventh with a four and four record, enjoying a big, 75-12, home win over East Retford earlier in the season; whilst East Retford themselves, they’re second bottom with just one win to their name, 31-15 at home to Bakewell Mannerians.

Next up for each of the four Notts clubs, leaders Mansfield are away to Ashfield (5), the Nottingham Moderns (2) and Nottingham Casuals (7) face each other, and East Retford (11) are away to Sileby Town (12).

Finally, in the Counties 3 Midlands East (North) East division, and a further nine, Notts clubs, five of whom make up the top five – Nottingham Medics, Paviors IIs, Meden Vale, Newark IIs, and Southwell IIs.

The Medics saw their game away to Meden Vale abandoned last time out due to player injury, Paviors IIs travelled to lowly Nottinghamians and shared the spoils in a ninety-four point game, the contest finishing 47-47, Southwell IIs won 28-17 at home to Worksop, and Newark IIs won 30-33 at Sleaford (Ollerton, and Nottingham Corsairs, were inactive).

Upcoming games sees a local clash between Southwell IIs and Newark IIs (4 November), followed by Nottingham Medics at North Hykeham, and Paviors IIs hosting Ollerton.

*Article provided by Peter Mann (Senior Correspondent).

*Main image @NottinghamRugby going well in the Championship this season Nottingham currently in fifth.

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