Updated 21st October: A round up of the latest rugby action and information from around the borough:

Long Eaton travelled to Spalding who were unbeaten at home looking to continue their 100% start to the season.

The young squad had a blistering start with 2 tries from debutant Del Veenendaal not taking long to get on the score sheet. Long Eaton could not build on their 14-0 lead and eventually Spalding forced LERFC to concede numerous penalties. The lack of discipline from Long Eaton, not learning from their mistakes saw them receive 2 yellow cards and concede 17 points in a 13 minute spell.

Spalding deserve a lot of credit; forcing Long Eaton to play and dig deep until the last second to maintain their undefeated season.

Further tries from Atu Tawake and Captain Robert Cooke gave Long Eaton their other points.

Man of the match was Veenendaal, but mention to impact substitute, Shaun Darnell, for continuously disrupting the Spalding’s line out in the last 5 minutes.

Next, Saturday 21st October sees 1st v 2nd in the league. LERFC host Ashby Rugby Club on West Park, kick off 3pm.

Long Eaton 2nds travelled to Melbourne and although the score line does not reflect the performance, lost 57-7. Man of the match was Aaron Duggan.

THE RUN CONTINUES FOR LONG EATON: Gary Sumpter reports for Erewash Sound SPORT: Long Eaton hosted 4th placed Spalding at Fortress West Park looking to remain unbeaten and top of the league.

Long Eaton looked nervous in the first 5 minutes and Spalding dominated, eventually winning a penalty in front of the Long Eaton posts. The visitors were unable to convert and this seemed to be the moment when Long Eaton woke up.

Tries from Ben Milton, Oli Davidson, Matt Freer and Seb Gundry gave Long Eaton a 22-0 lead and the try bonus point secured by half time.

The second half saw Long Eaton add more points through tries from Jacob Wright, another for Ben Milton and 2 from Adam Castle. Long Eaton eventually winnning 46-0, making it 5 wins out of 5 in the league and remain top with maximum points. Man of the match was Duncan Gooch

Long Eaton 2nd XV played a friendly against West Bridgford but were beaten 54-17. Tries from Jay Ramsay and 2 from Pierre Byworth gave LERFC their points. Man of the match was Nathan Taylor.

Long Eaton Colts travelled to Chesterfield but lost a tough game 26-17. Men of the match were Bill Okeke and Tom Kelly.  On a more positive note Long Eaton had their first proper Vets game in years.  A tough and experience vets team travelled from Leicester Forest Rugby Club.

There was a buzz around LERFC and the changing room was full of smiles. Long Eaton capitalised on their bigger squad and won 50-5. Numerous comments about the spirit the game was played in which was a credit to both teams. There were a number of aching bodies  and heads on Sunday morning.

Man of the match was Iain Mackenzie who scored 3 tries.

LONG EATON REMAIN UNBEATEN: Gary Sumpter reports for Erewash Sound SPORT:  Long Eaton 1st XV maintained their 100% start to the Season with a 7 try win against Sileby, winning 47-17.

Malvin Mazorodze scored a hat trick, one each for Aaron Walker, Rob Cooke, Tommy Tucker and a spectacular 45 yard storming run including a dummy, side step and grubber kick from Prop Duncan Gooch being the highlight of the day!! George Finney kicked 5 Conversions, with the unfortunate Aaron Walker slotting one before his shoulder injury.

Long Eaton look to build on their solid start by hosting Sleaford on West Park next Saturday, 3.00pm KO.

Long Eaton 2nd XV maintained their unbeaten start to Pennant League Rugby, demolishing Ashfield 2nds 50-0.

Brett Okeke scored a brace, with further scores being added by Tom Jowett, Bill Okeke, Adam Geogeohan, Larry Vickers, Austin Mills and Seb Gundry, with Gundry also slotting 5 conversions.  Man Of The Match: Jack Cambridge  Next week the 2nd XV host Paviors at West Park too, 3.00pm KO

For more information about Long Eaton Rugby Club please visit or contact Chris Brookes on christopher.m.brookes(at); including teams from under 5s upwards, girls and vets.
HREE OUT OF THREE NOW FOR LONG EATON: Gary Sumpter reports for Erewash Sound SPORT:
  Long Eaton hosted Rolls Royce on a sunny day at Fortress West Park. The crowd expected a tough match against a team who Long Eaton have lost their last 4 games against.

The expectation soon became a reality and it was clear that Rolls Royce were the strongest team LERFC had faced this season. Long Eaton had to dig deep in the early stages but their quality began to come through. Great forward and back interplay allowed Long Eaton to take a 26-14 lead into half time.

The second half saw LERFC build on their first half performance and continued to tick the score board over without letting the visitors score; eventually wining 48-14.

Tries were scored all over the park; 2 tries for Malvin Emm, 1 each for Oli Davidson, Atu Tawake, Paul Wakefield, Matt Freer, Tommy Tucker and Joe McMenamin.

Long Eaton next travel to Sileby Town on Saturday 23rd September, 3pm kick off

Long Eaton 2ndss also hosted Ashbourne. Inspirational captain, Shaun Darnell led the team to a 59-0 win and to make the day even better, Long Eaton Colts also won 22-5 against Matlock RFC. A  great day for Long Eaton Rugby Club.

TWO OUT OF TWO FOR LONG EATON AFTER PROMOTION: Gary Sumpter reports for Erewash Sound SPORT: Long Eaton travelled to Nottingham Moderns expecting a hard game against a team who were also promoted last year. LERFC wanted to Improve on last weeks 57-3 against Mansfield and set a marker for the rest of the season.

It was obvious early on that Long Eaton would dominate all aspects of the game and took a 50-0 lead into half time.

LERFCs continued to express themselves all over the park and eventually won 76-5. However, numerous areas for improvement were highlighted by the management team; especially the second half performance. This self reflection shows the standards expected from Long Eaton club.

4 tries from Paul Wakefield, 3 from Oli Davidson, 2 Atu Tawake, 2 for Aaron Walker and 1 for Matt Freer gave LERFC their points.

Long Eaton remain top of the table and next play on Saturday 16th September at home against Rolls Royce, 3pm kick off. Full details can be found on

LONG EATON RUGBY CLUB MINI SECTION:  Long Eaton Rugby Club are looking to recruit more players for their Minis Section.

Currently the minis section sees boys and girls between 4 and 11 enjoying rugby on glorious West Park.  The family friendly, award winning club has great coaching and superb facilities with a key emphasis on FUN.  The club support and ensure the RFUs core values are upheld; Teamwork, Respect, Enjoyment, Discipline and Sportsmanship - Long Eaton Rugby Club offers a real club family experience which is great value for money!

Just look at some of the comments from a few parents!
Kayla, Under 6s mum; “Since joining LERFC minis, Cameron’s confidence has grown no end. He loves training and its always made lots of fun. These guys do an amazing job”

Andrew, proud dad; “My son started at Long Eaton RFC last year, he had very little rugby experience but was keen to try it. The club made him very welcome, the coaches have been fantastic and he cant wait to go every week”

Steve, father of girls aged 5 and 8; “A club based on community spirit where the whole family takes part”

Training is every Sunday morning between 1030 and 1130, and for the Under 9s and upwards; training is also a Wednesday evening starting at 1830.

Anyone who thinks this great sport is for them or their children, please contact Minis Director of Rugby, Paul Gardner on 07986870019 or e-mail psgardy(at) (changing the (at) for @ before sending your message) or please visit

LONG EATON RUGBY CLUB GIRLS SECTION:  Long Eaton Rugby Club are looking to expand their girls Section. LERFC have under 13, 15 and 18s teams and want to strengthen these age groups.

The club is very proud of the girls section and want to show that anyone can play rugby.  It is a game of all abilities and everyone will be made to feel welcome at our family friendly club.  Full training is given by a dedicated team of coaches which ensures gradual progression into playing this great team sport.

If you have never given rugby a try and fancy it, come down and meet the players and coaches, or just come and watch. Please get in touch. Its all about fun.

All girls teams train on Tuesday evenings at 1830 and Sundays at 1030.

Anyone who thinks this great sport is for them or their children, please contact Minis Director of Rugby, Paul Gardner on 07986870019 or e-mail psgardy(at) (changing the (at) for @ before sending your message) or please visit

GET INVOLVED IN LOCAL RUGBY WITH LONG EATON RFC:  The amateur club with the professional attitude, league and Midlands Champions 2017, Long Eaton Rugby Club are seeking members to be part of the journey to the next promotion.  Officials are looking to add to the senior squad for the big challenge for next season.

Pre-season started on June 6th at 7:00pm with sessions every Tuesday and Thursday.  Just turn up to take part or call Chris on 07999 494378 for top class facilities, top class coaching and top class rugby!

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.