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    Posted: 29 Jun 2009 at 10:40

Add your teams pre-season fixtures and discuss their results here, all obtained from club web sites

Ampthill

08/08/09 Corus (Port Talbot)
15/08/09 Henley
22/08/09 North Walsham

Bromsgrove

15/08/09 Worcester Wanderers                      
22/08/09 Lymm                      
27/08/09 Old Halesonians     

Longton

15-Jul-09 Sandbach (is this date correct?, it's mid-week
22-Aug-09 Stockport
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 29 Jun 2009 at 21:41
Interesting Bromsgrove fixture because I thought Newport (Salop) were playing Worcester Wanderers on the 15th, followed by Newark on the 22nd, and then a North Midlands Cup Match on the 29th August.

Maybe the pre-season fixtures aren't as fixed as we all thought?
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 03 Jul 2009 at 13:12
The funniest one is Worcester warriors are scheduled to play Droitwich - at least they should get one W for the season
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 08 Jul 2009 at 01:09
I think Droitwich will win more than just that one
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 08 Jul 2009 at 07:39
Originally posted by Wireless Wireless wrote:

I think Droitwich will win more than just that one


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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 09 Jul 2009 at 12:05
Bedford Ath
 
15 Aug v Rugby Lions H
22 Aug v Leighton Buzzard H
29 Aug v Wellingborough A
 
Kenilworth
 
15 Aug v Bournville H (TBC)
22 Aug v St Mary's Bristol A
27 Aug v Earlsdon A
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 16 Jul 2009 at 02:01
Ok, my mistake, Worcester Wanderers on 5th August, which seems a tad early but there you go, oh and the North Midlands Cup fixture is Camp Hill on 29th August.

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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 21 Jul 2009 at 21:04
South Leicester
 
15th August v Derby Away
22nd August v Broadstreet Away
26th August v Leicester Lions Home
 
Luton
 
15th August v Shelford Away
22nd August v Luton Home
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 21 Jul 2009 at 23:42
Originally posted by Dusty Dusty wrote:

Pre-season
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Luton
15th August v Shelford Away
22nd August v Luton Home
A mix-up?  Luton v Luton on 22nd?
Recognise Luton v Bournemouth (Junior Paramore returns?) on 29th, though.
 
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 22 Jul 2009 at 01:42

Oops - true!!! Luton v Bournemouth on the 22nd August!!!

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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 22 Jul 2009 at 01:43
I'm guessing its Nigel who's gone to Cambridge and not Mozza???
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 22 Jul 2009 at 22:55
Originally posted by Dusty Dusty wrote:

I'm guessing it's Nigel who's gone to Cambridge and not Mozza???
Dusty, as Champion pointed out "Streetwise, beware of little birdies that are often full of guano"
No corroboration yet that the move has taken place or who it is.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 08 Aug 2009 at 22:53

Sat 08 Corus 12 Ampthill 27

Pre-season 2 x 40 min fixture played with oversize squads and rolling subs
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 08 Aug 2009 at 23:07
Well, club information (or lack of) notwithstanding, Worcester Wanderers turned up at the Old Showground on the 8th, for four 20 minute sessions with similar oversize squads and rolling subs

Newport (Salop) 29 - 0 Worcester Wanderers (level 7)

Still some work to do with the balance of the squad, too much turnover ball for my liking as well, but a solid defence.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 13 Aug 2009 at 08:07
 
Sat. 15/08/09 15:00 Bedford Athletic 1st F Rugby Lions 1st
Sat. 15/08/09 15:00 Kettering 1st F Stewarts and Lloyds 1st
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 15 Aug 2009 at 19:49

Sat 15 Henley 31 Ampthill 32

Pre-season fixture, 2 x 40min halves, large squads
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 16 Aug 2009 at 09:27
Hmm, Ampthill looking strong!
 
Derby (level 6) 17 South Leicester 15
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 16 Aug 2009 at 15:13
What is Ampthill's power base? Ex-Bedford / Luton or home grown?
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 16 Aug 2009 at 15:54

The youth system

in the past 3 seasons 9 former mini & youth players have played Guinness 'A' level for 4 different GP clubs, 2 have played for their GP 1stXV

there were 4 lads playing for GP teams in the Middlesex 7s this weekend, all were playing youth rugby at Ampthill 2 seasons ago

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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 17 Aug 2009 at 16:59
Mmm... they do sound strong, should be a good match to watch when we play later this season!

Newport (Salop) had a few players from last season's squad join the Services or disappear off to Uni, and one has moved to Birmingham & Solihull, but we mostly retain the strength and depth of last year's squad, and have since had a number of Senior Colts from the youth system step up to join them during pre-season.

We've re-organised some structures within the club this year to support the 1st XV, since we had a member of the 3rd XV actually playing as a North Midlands U20 last year, not ideal. Such re-organisations have to occur as you move up the league structure, it just takes time and a bit of convincing of people, especially when everyone is a volunteer. Gone is the Development Squad, gone are the 3rds; we now have a larger 1st XV Squad, a larger 2nd XV Squad (with five players per fixture picked by the 1st XV Coach), and a re-established Colts.

Last season our scratch Colts side, which reformed a couple of weeks beforehand, destroyed with relative ease a few significant and well established Colts; including Fylde and Macclesfield, with Macclesfield not scoring a point against us, in the Whitchurch Colts Tournament. These lads are quality players that will boost the 1st XV Squad.

In addition we've got the usual New Zealander and South African imports, together with a new crop from Fiji, and are currently looking at a few players from Europe/South America, who we've brought over for pre-season training.

Our squad is stronger and much larger this season, partly from re-organisation, if we're not in the top three or four by the end of the season I'd be very surprised, since we're now focussed on promotion to National 2 North.
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