After slightly less excitement than the majority of those in the Clubhouse late last Saturday afternoon were looking for, it will be nice to draw back the curtains on Saturday morning to know, for some, that they are welcoming back another instalment of the drama that is North One West to view, possibly after enjoying a lunch before if you book now.
While keenly awaiting results from, and sending best wishes to, the Women's Development team travelling to Gloucester Hartpury, and the Men's Seconds and Third's engaging at and with our friends from Lymm and Liverpool St Helens respectively, there will be some interest in a league where 7 teams are separated by only 7 points from the final trap door slot. I say that although I recognise there is a restructuring consultation going on which may remove the trap door, but for now things are tense as we sit within those seven.
The Men's visitors are Northwich who have enjoyed a largely positive season, have beaten Carlisle twice and may still harbour ambitions to step up a league. We lost narrowly at Moss Farm earlier this season and must expect a tough game this week, but I am sure Jack and the team, with the coaches, will be looking positively at the opportunity. Northwich's visit will provide a fairly speedy return for Scott Davidson. I am sure his return will prompt the odd comment from the "Bank" but I hope also to take the time to thank him for his efforts for the Club over the last few seasons.
At the time of typing, lunch can still be booked through the office, with the usual Thursday midday cut off to ensure we can cater for everyone. If you can join us it does help the Club.
I have mentioned the Seconds and Thirds travelling. I should mention the Seconds win last weekend, against Vale of Lune, although at the expense of a shoulder dislocation for Tom Tindall. I am sure you will join me in wishing Tom a speedy recovery. The Thirds just came second at Sefton, a close game, 36-29, with plenty of good rugby in it with a predominantly young side that I am sure can develop under the watchful eyes of the coaching staff.
On Sunday the Colts, complemented by Under 16's, succeeded at Sefton where the Thirds just fell short and those reading the rest of the website will see news of welcome County Honours at Under 15 level.
Aside from a certain amount of international disappointment for English and Scottish supporters of the Men's game, one very bright spot was a try for Sarah Beckett in England's hard fought win against Wales. Well done to Sarah and to Lisa, Mhairi and Lauren for their continued international adventures.
Saturday sees us visited by a business called Wigzee Woo, which makes wigs and hats for children who are receiving treatment for cancer. They will be in the Cloisters and also around the ground, if you can support them please do.
Talking of support, while the future of the Club from under 7s up will mainly be travelling to Southport, the Under 14s, 15s and 16s all have home games in the Lancashire Cup on Sunday morning that will be well worth watching.
Further ahead, our friends from Merchant Taylors' have a rugby dinner on the evening of 16th March and if you are interested in attending please contact Paul Weare or myself and we can try and arrange that. To be fair Paul can arrange it, me I would not be as confident about but will try my best.
Thanks to all of you for your support of the Club, have a great weekend wherever you are playing or watching and enjoy yourself.