Updated 6th February: A round up of the latest rugby action from around the borough:
LONG EATON GET FRIENDLY: Gary Sumpter reports for Erewash Sound SPORT:
Long Eaton travelled to local rivals, Nottingham Casuals in a mid season friendly whereby both teams played a full strength squad. It was a great test for Long Eaton RFC as Casuals are 2 leagues higher and have been for seasons.
Tries from Ryan Beresford, captain Rob Cooke, Malvin Mazorodze and the extra points from the boot of Kryan Powell gave LERFC a 15-21 win. Man of the match was the always excellent Ryan Beresford.
HISTORIC WIN FOR LONG EATON RFC: Gary Sumpter reports for Erewash Sound SPORT:
Long Eaton Rugby Club hosted Boston at Fortress West Park, a top versus bottom fixture, which led to a historic club record victory. A very proud day for LERFC.
It was clear from the first few 5 minutes that Long Eaton would dominate the game and by the 12th minute the bonus point 4th try was secured. It could have been easy for LERFC to take the pressure off but the senior figures in the team made sure they remained focussed. LERFC continued to play their phases which saw them leading 71-0 at half time.
The second half saw LERFC continue to develop their game structure and the points flowed. Eventually winning 128 – 0.
There were numerous tries from all over the park but notable mentions should go to Ryan Beresford, Oliver Davidson and Gary Sumpter, who all scored hat tricks. Man of the match went to Pierre Byworth, the bulldozing hooker.
Credit must be given to Boston who should great character throughout the game. None of their players ever stopped trying and played the game in the correct spirit.
Unbeaten LERFC now have a couple of weekends off in the league before travelling to 4th placed East Retford on Sat 18th Feb 17.
Long Eaton 2nd XV hosted Anstey, a game which was played in great spirits. Unfortunately the visitors ran out of players and the game was abandoned after 60 minutes with the score 20 all. Tries from Aaron Dughan, Nathan Taylor and Ryan Holden gave LERFC their points. Special mention must go to Larry Vickers who went to play for Anstey and then had the audacity to score against his own team! Greats sportsmanship by both teams.
LONG EATON REACH THE MIDLAND VASE CUP FINAL:
SILEBY VIKINGS 0-32 LONG EATON - Saturday 14 January
Gary Sumpter reports for Erewash Sound SPORT:
Long Eaton Rugby Club are through the RFU Midland Vase cup final. LERFC travelled to Sileby Vikings in the semi final on Saturday 14th January 17. The hosts were an unknown quantity having never played them before; all that was known is they were top of their respective league.
LERFC were cheered on by the majority of the 150 plus crowd and the team did not disappoint. 2 fantastic team tries in the opening 10 minutes from Rob Cooke and Oli Davidson gave LERFC a 12-0 lead and blew the host away. LERFC spent the next 20 minutes defending their own half as the hosts began to dominate possession. LERFC weathered the storm and defended their try line with furiosity; constantly repelling the home teams attack. Eventually LERFC got the ball and veteran centre, Paul Wakefield showed a turn of pace to put Kieran Pearson for a score under the posts. LERFC went into half time winning 19-0.
The second half saw more of the same from LERFC. A penalty from Kyran Powell were followed by tries from Jacob Wright and Gary Sumpter. Long Eaton Rugby Club eventually winning 32-0.
A lot of credit should go to Sileby, who never gave up and it was clear to see why they were top of their league.
Long Eaton RFC now play Nottingham Moderns in the Midlands Junior Vase cup final which is to be played on either Saturday 18th March or Saturday 25th February, location is to be confirmed. The winners of this game go into the National Semi Final.
LONG EATON 73-9 TUPTON
Gary Sumpter reports for Erewash Sound SPORT
Long Eaton Rugby Club 1st team hosted Tupton RFC on a glorious day at Fortress, West Park on Saturday 7th January 2017.
The first half was a physical encounter where neither side wanted to give an inch. Long Eaton wanted to play with a fast, expansive game and Tupton looked to use their additional weight. The first half ended 20-9 to Long Eaton and after a few encouraging words from head coach, Matt Everard, LERFC were ready to show why they are unbeaten all season.
The second half saw LERFC add 53 points without reply. Tries were coming from all over the field, which were well greeted by the 100+ crowd. The final score 73-9 to the hosts.
Long Eaton 2nd XV made it a double against Tupton RFC, with a win 27-5 away win. Tries from Luke Brookes, Oli Brown, Aaron Dunghan and two from Austin Mills; with a conversion from Nathan Taylor gave LERFC their points. Overall a great weekend of Senior rugby for LERFC.
TOUCH RUGBY IN LONG EATON: Long Eaton Rugby Club are hosting Touch Rugby every Friday from 7:00pm at West Park in the town. The activities are for all ages and abilities, everyone is welcome to help get fit for free and enjoy some fun and laughter. To take part, just pop along or call Ian on 07977 581790 or Paul on 07986 870019.