‘Congratulations’ to Sale FC on winning the
Cheshire Cup 2014
Sale FC 26 – 21 Caldy RFC (HT 23 – 7)
Match Report:On a fine evening – to start with – a very good crowd of supporters from these two Clubs and throughout the County, turned out to watch what promised to be, on paper, a very competitive battle between two Club from opposite sides of the County, each hoping to achieve a good end to the Season, after playing nearly 30 League games to end the Season last Saturday.And credit to the County who managed, despite the hard task they faced, to organise no less than 5 Competitions involving Clubs at all levels throughout the County and ending next Monday at Bowdon with the Vets Finals.
Prior the game, all were delighted that the Lymm Club who had stepped in at late notice to Host this occasion, were able to attract the Chairman of the R.F.U. and Northern idol, in the for and blazer of Bill Beaumont, who came along to officially switch on the new floodlighting installed by Lymm and partially funded by RFU support.
Both Clubs were battling for pride of place to be Cheshire Champions, after failing to gain their individual League Promotion, which all Clubs aspire to, throughout a long and demanding Season culminating in their efforts this evening.
Sale, starting off this Match a League Level below that of their opponents, deserved boith the praise and the sympathy of all, in only just having failed to join their neighbouring Cheshire Clubs, Stockport and Macclesfield in taking another step up the R.F.U. League ladder by gaining Promotion through their efforts the previous week end.
Caldy had gained good respectability, in ending up in the Middle of a very strong and competitive National League 2 Table, whilst Sale only narrowly failed to gain the Promotion they were seeking towards the top of National League 3 North.
The game started with Sale in the ascendency throughout the first half, achieved through the boot of their No. 10 Liam McGovern, with a Drop Goal and a couple of penalties to lead 9 – 7 after a quarter of an hour, a before Caldy got on the scoreboard with a try through their pack by Derek Salisbury. Sale quickly replied with a try by Jack Moorhouse converted again by Liam McGovern, making the score Nick Flynn converted by Richard Vasey to make the score then 7 – 23 at Half Time.
Sale managed to increase their lead just before half time with Tries by Ian Moriarty and Jack Moorhouse, both converted by Liam McGovern.
So we had reached a situation at half time, where the supposedly more senior team, Calkdy, were struggling to keep pace on the scoreboard with Sale having scored only 7 points to their opponents 23.
Then followed a period of fiercely contested play with no one side on top till Caldy reduced the deficit to 14 – 23 through a further converted try by Chris Kohler.
The final nail in the coffin for Sale came when McGovern, the Caldy tormentor in chief, kicked another Penalty to make things stand at 14 – 26. From here on in, it was only deserved pride to be gained by Caldy when through their Flanker Stuart Cross they got a last converted Try.
This was a most competitive game with never a period where any one Club was able to impose itself over their opposition enough to feel comfortable through the rest of the Game.
A credit to both sides and the game of Rugby in Cheshire.