Paviors RUFC 1st
XV 13 - 13 Matlock RUFC 1st XV
Matlock RUFC 2nd XV 7 - 13 Paviors RUFC 2nd XV
A slight change of fortune and salvage of a hard earned point away at rivals
Paviors last weekend, is perhaps just the stepping stone needed for the
restart of the season in the New Year. A draw always leaves frustrations on
both sides but in the cold light of day, to come away from Paviors home
stronghold is an achievement. This leaves us still middle of the table, 7th
from 13 but with games in hand.
The 2nds were not quite so fortunate, at Cromford meadows and the visitors
took the spoils, just, after an equally hard game.
Christmas and New Year have once again been inconveniently scheduled at the
weekend which means there will be no more fixtures until 7th January.
However training will still be Tuesday and Thursday all through and with
Coach Loeber's instructions ‘FIT NOT FAT’ well and truly instilled to the
Oval News 03/12/05
Newark 1st XV 22 v 16 Matlock 1st XV
Matlock 2nd XV 8 v 25 Newark 2nd XV
The score lines say it all: a very disappointing weekend.
Matlock 1st XV travelled away to Newark, with the previous weeks victory,
still prominent, perhaps too much so, in the memory and it was the home side
who took the 2 valuable league points. The league table showed that Newark
arguably needed the win more desperately and it also now shows that there
are no easy games in Midlands 2. Still missing Young at full back and Powell
away somewhere in Eastern Europe, Coach Loeber again had to make changes in
the back line but it was good to see AJ Johnson back on the wing and not
carrying too much weight! More changes were needed as No 10 Hartley was
forced to leave the field and Matlock struggled to get any rhythm in their
play all afternoon.
We greet Old Northamptonians at The Meadows this weekend which will give the
1st XV a chance to make amends but Matlock must get into the winning habit
away from home. The following week sees a trip to Paviors which won’t be
easy and possibly they will return the previously abandoned Paviors fixture,
at Cromford, the following week. A vital run of games as the halfway stage
of the league looms closer and a run of wins will be looked for to ensure a
top half position as we move into the New Year.
The 2nd team did have the home advantage against their Newark counterparts
but this was certainly not turned into points on the day. The 2nds form is
still full of promise but the visitors looked fitter and sharper to take the
spoils on a somewhat wet Saturday afternoon.
The 2nds and 3rds are in the pool for fixtures and the 1st team K.O. at
2.15pm Saturday against Old Northamptonians.
All to play for and support most welcome!