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    Posted: 02 May 2010 at 14:51
Well despite scoring 40 points away from home it was not to be and Otley survive.Its pretty unusual for 12 wins in a season to lead to the drop. Well done to the boys from Cross Green and to the other sides who were part of the fight to avoid the cut.
The blues will need to take a good look at the lack of tries, a truly awful disciplinary record and some nieve decision making over the season but at the risk of creating a collective yawn from other readers the penalty kick(you know the one where the kick sailed through the sticks and the ref awarded a 22 after both AR's put up their flags) V Stour proved crucial in the end.If only......
We will return stronger and hopefully a lot wiser.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 02 May 2010 at 16:36
Bad luck - you looked a good side when you came to WRP and I thought you would do enough to avoid the drop. However it has been a very competitive league - although Esher have stood out as being head and shoulders above the rest - and someone was going to be unlucky and join Manchester and Nuns. 

Hope you can sort out your finances, keep a squad together and challenge Ealing for promotion next season.

There could be three teams relegated with this sort of record next season - I cannot see any obvious weak sides. I think the prediction league could be as interesting as the rugby will be.

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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 03 May 2010 at 08:04
Originally posted by Camquin Camquin wrote:

There could be three teams relegated with this sort of record next season - I cannot see any obvious weak sides. I think the prediction league could be as interesting as the rugby will be.

Because of a lack of (currently) perceivably weak sides then I can't see anyone getting relegated with the sort of record that Newbury had this season in terms of wins and league points. The presence of Manchester and Nuneaton essentially added 15 points onto everyone's scores this year (10 v Manc H+A, 5 v Nun H - only Cinderford lost at home to Nuns). Whilst there's usually a whipping boy there's unlikely to be the likes of Manchester for a while... unless Coventry take the sensible decision to go amateur.Wink

Tight: yes. Unpredictable: fairly. Relegated with 60 points next season: I'll stick my head out now and say in the absence of a couple of financial collapses it's pretty unlikely.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 03 May 2010 at 12:33
Originally posted by Blue boot Blue boot wrote:

Well despite scoring 40 points away from home it was not to be and Otley survive.Its pretty unusual for 12 wins in a season to lead to the drop. Well done to the boys from Cross Green and to the other sides who were part of the fight to avoid the cut.
The blues will need to take a good look at the lack of tries, a truly awful disciplinary record and some nieve decision making over the season but at the risk of creating a collective yawn from other readers the penalty kick(you know the one where the kick sailed through the sticks and the ref awarded a 22 after both AR's put up their flags) V Stour proved crucial in the end.If only......
We will return stronger and hopefully a lot wiser.
 
Based on what I saw at your place against Blackheath I think the decision making issue has more to do with it that than a single controversial decision. For some reason your guys just did not appear to believe that they could win against Club & started running the ball from their own half against us with 10 minutes to go - sorry, but it was like headless chickens...panic.
 
If someone had taken charge and played some territory, you could easily have won, it was very cold and our back three had already dropped the ball on several occasion under limited pressure. (Bear in mind Blackheath had not won a single game away from home up to that point). As it was Blackheath made the tackles needed & that was that. From talking to some of your supporters, this wasn't the only time it happened in the season.
 
 


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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 03 May 2010 at 12:42
Sadly it was always going to be that the 3rd team to go would have over 60 pts and for a long time Otley seemed to be favourites. but fair play to the youngsters at Cross Green who always felt if they were in touch with 5 games left (4 at home) they'd stand a chance. A final home record of won-10; drawn-1; lost-4 deserves some reward and with the exciting brand of running rugby shown, Otley rightfully survive. The worry for blues is that they seem an insecure club at the moment who, with coaches & players moving on (what about Bath loanees now they are in Div 2?), won't find things all their own way in Div 2 Sth either. 
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 03 May 2010 at 15:49
Have they got shot of their whingeing DoR yet?  Mr Motivator.....  Thumbs Down
 
Good luck to them as a club and hope they manage to pay their tax bills and come back a better team.. But they had some 'issues' this season that need to be resolved before they return.... Like their supporters following the Code of Conduct more often and the need to kick out their loose cannon roundball supporters who have attached themselves to the club..
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 05 May 2010 at 11:02
Clubber  - rather hard I think. The support for the club if anything is in general lacking passion and noise. It is no more than a zealous individual who is particularly passionate about I believe is his son who plays.
Whilst we have had our issues with discipline I think there it is fair to say we have also been on the end of a fair few iffy refffing decisions. Not wishing to raise that chestnut again but sometimes with all the off field problems as well it was very frustrating at times...... No excuse I must say for abusive behaviour but that seemed to be a general issue with most DofR effing and jeffing on the sideline....another thread possible.... 
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 05 May 2010 at 12:12
each and every team in each and every league has "iffy" decisions which go for and against them!
 
a team finish at the bottom end of the table because over the course of a season they play poorly!
 
yes, the decision against Stour "may" have been a poor one, but I can guarantee that you`ve been on the right end of some clangers during the season,
 
 and that you have`nt complained about them!!!
 
and yes, DofR`s abusing officials is definitely another thread!  I`ve seen/heard several in this league go ballistic and give the hairdryer treatment to officials!
 
why are they allowed to get away with it?
 
it takes a brave ref to stop the game and deal with it! does it ever happen?
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 05 May 2010 at 12:16
I take my daughter and wife to games and to stand near the managment areas is a non starter. Is it too much to ask for both players and management to express themselves with language that isn't cringably crude and abusive. I watched Newbury play London Scottish and some of the LS backs shouting was unacceptably loud and offensive. Couldn't have been cruder but nothing is done - as long as the ref is called sir fruiting seems acceptable. Is this right?
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 05 May 2010 at 13:02
They're still careful to call the ref "Sir" though.........  Wink
 
The fact that quite often it's something like "...f'king 'ell sir!! Wot are you doin' abaht f'king offsides!!  Sir....."  LOL
 
As for LS Ed....  Those Jocks eh... Ermm  Think they're all Billy Connelly with their 'Gorbalese'  LOL
 
(I joke..... I've even known Newbury players to use the odd 'cor blimey')
 
Difficult to sort out though when effing has become part of standard playground language...
 
And don't worry Clubber, we're out of your hair now......  Fret no more
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 05 May 2010 at 18:57

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Good luck to all at Newbury I am sure you will bounce back. I enjoyed seeing you boys on Saturday sorry about the result though.

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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 06 May 2010 at 06:21
Originally posted by blue paper blue paper wrote:

As for LS Ed....  Those Jocks eh... Ermm  Think they're all Billy Connelly with their 'Gorbalese'  LOL
 
BP, if only they were all Scottish ! LOLLOLLOL Hopefully, we will have a few more for the new season ...
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 10 May 2010 at 16:47

Having just read the RFU statement on Championship relegation with its scenario of Scottish promotion and either Cov or Bees or both being dropped two levels or more then will the Blues survive in Nat 1?.I guess we might know by August!

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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 10 May 2010 at 16:54
According to the statement the decision will be made by the RFU Council on 26th May.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 10 May 2010 at 17:00
Originally posted by Redhead Redhead wrote:

According to the statement the decision will be made by the RFU Council on 26th May.
the statement says 'management board' which is less representative or accountable than the Council which consists of CB reps and others
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 10 May 2010 at 18:49
whereabouts is this statement published?
 
this is the most interesting thing - that we're allowed to comment on - that's happening today...
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 10 May 2010 at 19:08
Originally posted by Redhead Redhead wrote:

According to the statement the decision will be made by the RFU Council on 26th May.
 
Sorry Blues fans, but that is RFU management speak for "an inconclusive statement will be issued on 26th May resulting in further uncertainty which will make life exceedingly difficult for clubs seeking to build for the new season".
 
Cynical, me? Quite possibly for very good reasons
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 11 May 2010 at 09:41
Gawd Almighty.... Not another long drawn out series of 'RFU decisions' to discuss over the summer! (I know there's a deadline for the end of May but that won't be the last of it...) 
 
Seems to be standard stuff these days as the season ends and we sit here wondering what's meant to be happening next season while RFU give the goal posts a good shake......
 
I reckon that RFU may be trying to find ways to send Bees and Cov down a level (or more?).
 
Implications for LS maybe, but Blue Boot I've no doubt that Blues will be stopping in N2S. (I don't particularly want us to be yanked back up through the trap door now...)  
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 11 May 2010 at 11:48
Originally posted by islander islander wrote:


this is the most interesting thing - that we're allowed to comment on - that's happening today...
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 11 May 2010 at 12:57
if they both go down more than 1 level is it conceivable that Nuns will follow Newbury back up through the trap door  Wacko 
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