Oval News 22/12/2005


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 squads members.


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!