By Tom Little.
October 2 2012
previews: Week 5 29th September results round up:
Blackheath 41 23 Blaydon
Esher 54 41 Old Albanian
Fylde 12 11 Sedgley Park
Loughborough Students 10 32 Wharfedale
Macclesfield 36 10 Cambridge
Richmond 27 27 Ealing Tfs
Rosslyn Park 27 15 Coventry
Tynedale 36 30 Cinderford
A week which saw the bottom side win for the first time and the top side lose their 100% record, giving hope to all the teams in this league. Macclesfield did it at last confirm that they are getting better with their 6 try win over Cambridge, putting them up to 15th place just one point and place behind struggling Cambridge.
Newcomers Richmond surprised the pundits and indeed league leaders Ealing by drawing with them, but from a winning position leaked three late tries to give Ealing the draw, proving that Ealing can never be written off. There is now only one side yet to win, that of Loughborough Students who found the Wharfedale pack just too powerful, a defeat that puts the Students is last place.
Previously unbeaten Cinderford lost for the first time away at Tynedale, whose home form proved decisive, with the score looking closer than was really justified as serious injuries allowed the Foresters in for three late tries .
In a disappointing game Rosslyn Park continued their move up the league with a lacklustre win over a subdued Coventry side, whose defeat dropped them to 11th place.
There was obviously a dearth of defensive coaches in Surrey as a total of 14 tries and over a point a minute was scored as Esher over-ran Old Albanians. One of the pre-season favourites Blackheath confirmed their credentials with a bonus point win over a resilient Blaydon side, with the ever green No 7 Dave Allen still running the show-ignore him at your peril.
A close north-west derby saw Fylde sneak a close win with an improved 2nd half display, with new signing fly half Chris Johnson kicking the winning conversion.
A Saturday that saw the first dent in Ealing’s record and title ambitions and a first defeat for Cinderford. Geoff Wappett must be over joyed at Macclesfield’s first win of the season which sees them overtake Loughborough Students in bottom place- now the only side yet to register a win.
Any team that can find the consistency to get a winning run together will find them surging up the league, with still only two bonus point wins separating the top 12 sides.
Week 6 6th October fixtures with match previews:
Blaydon v Esher
Cambridge v Tynedale
Cinderford v Richmond
Coventry v Macclesfield
Ealing Tfs v Fylde
Old Albanian(s) v Wharfedale
Rosslyn Park v Loughborough Students
Sedgley Park v Blackheath
Week 6 or reaching 20% of the season’s fixtures sees another series of key games at both ends of the league.
Leaders Ealing Tfs after their late draw away at Richmond, face what would have been last season the tie of the round. However with Fylde still struggling to get their season going, although their win last week broke a sequence of three losses, perhaps the better all round game of Ealing will prove decisive.
Second placed Blackheath face a tricky visit to the north-west to face Sedgley Park, with the home side always capable of springing a surprise, perhaps a game too close to call.
Macclesfield buoyed with their 6 try demolition of Cambridge, which suggests their improving form, face a difficult visit to Coventry still smarting from their display at Rosslyn Park, another one which home advantage should count.
There should only be one victor as improving Rosslyn Park face visitors Loughborough Students, firmly anchored at the bottom of the league and yet to win their first game, with the Students finding it difficult to cope with the power of the National League 1 sides.
Third placed Cinderford who found the trip up north to Tynedale a step too far, face another form team Richmond, pleased after almost lowering Ealing’s colours, another close game is expected.
Cambridge still struggling to get out of the relegation zone face another difficult fixture, this time at home to 6th placed Tynedale, whose power should prove too strong.
Free scoring Old Albanians whose defensive frailties also lets them down, face a difficult home fixture against another powerful northern side Wharfedale.
The final clash is the mid table battle between Blaydon and Esher, whose well matched packs might balance each other out, but home advantage might tell.
A more detailed Coventry Rugby v Macclesfield match preview will come out later on in the week.
Coventry Rugby press office
1st October 2012
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