WELCOME TO PARK LANE
It is a great pleasure to have with us today our longstanding Northern friends, and we greet the players, coaches, club officials and supporters of Tyndale RUFC, welcome one and all to Park Lane.
Tynedale and Sedgley Park fixtures started back in season 1996/97 when we were both in North 1 level 5. Since then we have had a further 16 fixtures, with 15 being played. The one missing was in 2000/01 season in National League Three North, which had to be permanently postponed due to the foot and mouth outbreak, and the forced restrictions on travel out and into this rural area.
Last season, despite us managing to secure a top three finish in the campaign, these boys got the double over us. The away fixture proved to be a tight affair with us coming away on the wrong side of a 22-19 score line. However, we took the heaviest beating of the season in our home encounter which finished up 28-46. Not only was it a bad day for the team, but also for me personally as I was lying in a hospital bed which also wrecked what was going to be a charity game for us. This time out Tynedale have had a sticky start to the season and come to us today having played 3 games, drawn 1, lost 2, and lie in 12th place in the league on 6 points. Points for 96 and against 106, giving a difference of -10.
Their opening game home loss was to Luctonians, in what was a high scoring affair 33-36, certainly raised a few eyebrows. This was followed by a loss on the road to Hull in a close contest losing 36-29. Hull appear to be a pretty strong outfit this season, so probably a much better tell tale of form. Back at home last week to Otley everything finished all square with another high scoring 34-34 draw. Obviously, it is very early days in this 2019-20 campaign where everyone has yet to find their feet
Looking at the Tigers, we come into today having played 3 games, won 3 and lie in 2nd place in the table on 13 points. Points for 72 and against 44 giving a difference of 28.
Sedge have made a good start to the season with two of our wins being on the road. Our opener was against Preston Grasshoppers, a venue that always proves to be a very challenging afternoon for us. The game went exactly to script with a physical end to end encounter. Fantastic defence and a huge work ethic won the day for the Tigers 20-30. Both our home fixture with Wharfedale and last weeks visit to Huddersfield proved to be similar in nature, resulting in a close 17-13 win against the Green Machine and a 10-27 victory at Lockwood Park.
A word of warning!! Do not take any of the above into account if you are predicting the outcome of today’s contest. History has proved so many times that these boys will come out firing on all cylinders and it is going to be a tough afternoon for us!!
Tynedale RFC is a rugby union team based in Corbridge, Northumberland in north-east England. The club was relegated from National League 1, the third tier of the English rugby union system and have played in National League 2 North since season 2016/17.
Tynedale RFC was founded in 1876 in Corbridge, Northumberland and their ground is Tynedale Park with a capacity 400 in stand and unlimited standing. The first match was against Elswick in 1876. In 1904 they won the Northumberland Senior Shield. In 2008 they were promoted to National Division Two. Club honours include:
- Northumberland Senior Cup: 23 times winner
- North Division 1 Division champions: 1999-00
- National League 3 North champions: 2007-08
Back to today’s game. Make no mistake, Tyndale will be up for this encounter and looking to get their first win of the season under their belt. So, no pressure then! We look forward to another full-on game and it will not be for the faint hearted as both teams look to take the points. Who will take the spoils? We shall see soon after 16:00 today.
The Big Game Prediction
I am not going to attempt to make one in what is sure to be a nail biter. Whatever the result is, whether you are in the Blue and White of Tynedale or the Claret and Gold of Sedge, come and join us in the bar for the traditional pint and a few laughs before your safe journey home.
All the best.
- Fylde v Huddersfield
- Hull v Hinckley
- Loughborough v Caldy
- Luctonians v Chester
- Otley v Stourbridge
- Preston Grasshoppers v Sheffield Tigers
- Scunthorpe v Wharfedale
- Sedgley Park v Tynedale