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    Posted: 29 Jan 2010 at 20:59
Looks like it's going down to -3C in Newport tonight, only getting above freezing to 1C for a couple of hours before kick off, then the temperature drops to -4C Saturday night.

Fingers crossed on the pitch inspection.

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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 30 Jan 2010 at 16:55
I hear that Kettering refused to play at Ampthill and Longton refused to play at Luton.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 30 Jan 2010 at 17:15
Tis true regarding Kettering, they refused to take the field citing player safety to the surprise  of the referee and Ampthill since the conditions were far better than on Jan 02 when 1st played 2nd (Bromsgrove) in the league as opposed to 1st playing 2nd from bottom!
 
It was interesting to note that during the pre-cursor exhibition match played by the Under 7s the pitch 'took' their studs!!!
 
Kettering pre-match report
Quote Up front, injuries and unavailabilities take their toll, with Terry Pell, Michael Griffiths, Martin Roberts and Steve Freeman joining the list and all missing from last week
 
I leave you to draw your own conclusions!
 
By the way, Kettering cancelled the 2ndXV game on Thursday and the 4thXV game this morning!
 
 
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 30 Jan 2010 at 17:19
Ampthill V Kettering
This one is really funny I watched Kettering bring there under 14s pretending to be a National 3 outfit.
They didnt get dirty whilst warming up and left 15 minutes after refusing to play.
Ref said it was good Ampthill said it was good but the chaps on blue must be sponsored by trill(do chickens eat trill).
The pitch was good if a little muddy but the Kettering Capt suggested player safety was a real concern(If they bring there under 14s next week it wont change).
Just a major issue with our game when a team dont want to play because of injuries they can walk away even if the Opposition and ref say its a runner.
strawberrys charter but hey ho it will be a hum dinger next week but Kettering had better get the under 14s dads or it may get messy 
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 30 Jan 2010 at 17:36
The problem is the rules. I saw a pitch at Ampthill today which was better than pitches normally are at the start of each season. Embarrassed Kettering officials leaving after their pre match lunch, but that's rugby! If we allow captains to make the call rather than the neutral ref we will get days like today- Kettering perfectly entitled to play the rules.
 
Mind you I expect that the 13s, 14s, 16s and Colts games will go ahead tomorrow at Ampthill if the conditions are the same.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 31 Jan 2010 at 10:29
Do they all think they are Wasps?
How can Longton refuse to play anywhere bearing in mind the state of the pitch they used for many years until a couple of seasons ago.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 31 Jan 2010 at 10:31
ps. interesting that the Kettering officials had their bellies filled before they left. Shows priorities doesn't it.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 31 Jan 2010 at 11:19
The pitch was good enough at Ampthill for the 1st Team Squad to do an hours full contact session on but then again Kettering aren't a real Midlands 1 team and like Bedford Athletic should be in Midlands 2. They are a joke. They have however allowed Ampthill an extra week of prep ahead of the game and it also means that Nick Lewis is available after suspension and both 1st choice props will be available this week. Bring on next weekend, i predict 60 points being put on Kettering!
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 31 Jan 2010 at 11:47
Rumour today is that Ampthill wont let next saturday be a double header ie East Mids cup and league game.
So the little chaps in blue get to visit dillingham park twice.
Twice as much fun for the Maroon and Golds
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 31 Jan 2010 at 19:06
Not sure that Kettering players would consider themselves a Midlands 2 side. They would probably not consider themselves the U14's. Especially some of their quality players like Ryan James etc. I hear that the ground was especially hard in one corner and in the dead ball area. Was this where the Ampthill squad trained?
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 31 Jan 2010 at 21:12
Interesting it was James who refused to play.
looking at the kids with him he only used a stupid rule to postpone the game and get some of the adults back.
Sharp practice and yes Ampthill used the whole pitch as I was watching them.
Still will be funny to watch them next week.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 31 Jan 2010 at 21:20
 
Might I suggest that those with an Ampthill  connection keep quiet until after the League Secretary has confirmed what will happen
 
Loose Lips etc.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 01 Feb 2010 at 08:36
Oh bore off Up The Hill, we just want to punish Kettering! They deserve a good kicking and thats what they'll get!
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 01 Feb 2010 at 09:34
I suppose Ampthill v Kettering can go ahead next week (both free), but what about Luton v Longton?  I cannot see any gaps to the end of the season.  Play mid-week, perhaps?
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 01 Feb 2010 at 12:17
All getting a bit silly but I guess cant blame the Captains only working a silly rule.
Up the hill has a point best we all shut up till we see what the league have to say.
Fixture sec not sure if you can ask the unpaid lads at Longton(interesting the Rawlings brothers are back from Caldy)to play two games in a week?.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 01 Feb 2010 at 13:10
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 01 Feb 2010 at 13:53
Prop idol this won't be much of a forum if we all shut up. I
sure the fixtures sec doesn't care what any of us have to say as it's all gossip and rumours
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 01 Feb 2010 at 22:03
Was the session Ampthill did as harsh as other sessions that have been mentioned? They seem to love to train.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 02 Feb 2010 at 09:33
You know how training can get. The Ampthill coaches have created an environment where training is very competitive. It doesn't take long for training games that are meant to be 'semi contact' to become full on smash ups as players try to get one over on who ever holds the 1st XV shirt they want. Full contact is big part of Ampthill's training because the coaches understand that come game day if you don't win the contact zone then it can be very hard to generate any quick ball to play with. The session on saturday was described by a player taking part as a 'smash and crash' session where players just beat the s**t out of each other.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 02 Feb 2010 at 12:02

This must be the difference between being top and the rest of the league, isn’t that what training is all about, training to do a job if you don’t train at 100% then come game day what are you going to do say we only do ‘semi contact’ after all Rugby is a full contact sport is it not!!!

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