In what seems like no time the sunshine of September sped past and the time when nights close in is with us.
Remember generally kick offs are earlier from now, although the activity of the last two months means we should all be checking kick off times on the new website, make it a favourite and your friend.
Last Saturday produced some great rugby at the Memorial Ground. The Women really challenged the league leaders Loughborough Lightning, upsetting their attacking rhythm in the first half and playing some good attacking rugby ourselves. Although Loughborough stretched away in the latter stages the score did not give full credit to our performance. Perhaps the reverse was true in the Men's game where our five try bonus point win did not reflect how difficult as opponents Warrington were. Again things were very tight at half time but we pulled away with some good tries in the second half. Our new Man of the Match award kindly sponsored by The Good Catch went to Josh Critchley and it was also good to see Chris Williams back on the pitch for the first team and Jake Huggett making his debut off the bench.
The Ladies Development Team had a tough afternoon against a strong Loughborough side but will take centre stage over the next two weeks and hope a run of games will lead to an upturn in results.
The Men's Seconds did return to winning ways at Hall Road but sadly the Thirds could not fulfil their fixture- my request for players to strike out on Saturday afternoon to Hall Road or wherever remains open if only to stop me from playing!
This weekend starts with a bang, hopefully several, with the annual Firework Display. The gates open at 6 and the show is planned for 8 pm. If not attending as a spectator and willing to help with parking and guiding people around the Club please contact Paul McManus in the office 0151 924 4552. All help in making the event a success would be appreciated.
The rugby this weekend sees the Ladies on their own at the Memorial Ground with a 2.00pm kick off against Darlington Mowden Park Sharks, another established Premier League side, but one that I am sure the team will look to build on the positive aspects of last week's performance as they press for that next win. If you can support the team to press for that home win that would be great.
The Men travel to Northwich, who have had mixed start to the season but, it will be remembered, showed us how good they can be last Easter and will test us. Again the team will value support and Suzanne has placed details of how to find the ground on the website. Thanks for that.
Neither Second teams play this week but hopefully the thirds will- just think it could be you!
The Junior Colts will kick off a restructured league next week and with half term most of the Mini and Juniors are training.
Please also make time in your diary if you can to join us to pay our respects on 11th November at a special service to commemorate 100 years since the end of the First World War. Timings will be on the website.
I would mention two external sporting dinners in the next month, one the Lords Taverners/ Lawrence Dallaglio RugbyWorks Charity Sporting Dinner on 15th November in the evening at the Rum Warehouse Titanic Hotel and the following Friday 23rd November, the Wooden Spoon Charity lunch takes place at Anfield. If you need details please give me a call and I will put you in touch with the organisers 07738766399.
Have a great weekend.