Bath secure home victory

It was a high scoring game at Oakfields, Melksham RFC on Saturday but Bath were good enough to get their first victory of the season with a 36-32 home win against Cheltenham Phoenix and will be hoping to use this win as a springboard to climb up the table.

Cheltenham got off the mark first with a converted try, but captain Ben Shedwick and George Frost went over for some quick fire tries, with Frost’s converted by half back Morgan Lewis, then blockbusting forward Brandon Ball went over out wide for a further unconverted try taking Bath to 14-6 ahead but Cheltenham managed to sneak a further converted try just before half time for a half time score of 14-12, a very narrow and nervous lead for Bath.

Bath stepped up a gear in the 3rd quarter in a game which was played in 4 quarters due to the warm weather. Ben Thyer making his seasoned debut was first on the score sheet in the second half making a break on half way and going in under the sticks, 20-12 to Bath with Morgan Lewis successful conversion. Shortly after this Ben Thyer made another break, before feeding back Kieran Broomsgrove for his first West of England League try again successful converted by Morgan Lewis, 26-12 to Bath. It looked like Bath could pull away at this point, but Cheltenham got another try back to stay in the game, 26-16. This time it was half back Morgan Lewis turn to make a break going over near the sticks for player-coach on this occasion Matt Bodey landing the conversion playing his first game of the season after a long injury lay off. Again Cheltenham came back into the game with two unconverted tries, 32-22 to Bath. Captain Ben Shedwick hoped he had made the game safe with the final Bath score of the game but Cheltenham kept the pressure on with two tries one of which converted for a nervy finish for Bath but they held out for victory.

A club spokesperson said “We are hoping the lads grow in confidence after this victory, and it is used as a building block to climb up the West of England League table and finish with a flourish, we need to focus on putting 9 or 10 out of 10 performances for the remainder of the season”

We look forward to Saturday with one of the longer trips of the season visiting Reading Raiders.

The club train on Monday’s currently at Odd Down Sports Centre in Bath at 7pm. Please contact Chris Chatten on Mob: 07810 552196 or email:chris.chatten@bathrugbyleague.co.uk if you would like to partner/sponsor the club or indeed if you would like to play or get involved with Bath Rugby League in other ways. Further details regarding sponsorship/partnering opportunities can be found on the clubs website: http://bathrugbyleague.co.uk/bath-rugby-league-sponsorship-partnership-packages-2019/

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Photographs (Courtesy of Roger Rhymes & Giovanna Marino)

For further details please contact Chris Chatten on 07810 552196 or email:chris.chatten@bathrugbyleague.co.uk

SALTERS GARAGE SPONSOR TOM CULSHAW & STEVAN RANDALL FOR 2019

SALTERS GARAGE SPONSOR PAIR FOR 2019


Salters Garage offers the customer service levels and Motor engineering skills of the past with diagnostic technology and efficiencies of the future.

Service, repair and arrange MOTs on all makes and models of cars, 4 x 4, motor homes and light commercial.
Salters Garage has invested heavily in top level diagnostic equipment capable of accessing the on-board computers of today’s cars.
Dealer equivalent Peugeot/Citroen diagnostics.
Salters Garage offer a collection/delivery service and while you wait appointments. loan cars are available subject to pre-booking.
Salters Garage are the French Car specialist.
Salters Garage offer fixed price servicing on all vehicles.
Salters offer a full body shop service from bumper scrapes to a full classic car restoration.

Salters Garage is situated in Ottery St Mary, Devon. Please call them on 01404 812054 or check out their website for further details regarding their services: www.saltersgarage.com

The club would like to thank Salters Garage for their support again in 2019 who have been associated with the club from the very beginning in the 2017 debut season and sponsoring a second player for 2019.



Tom ‘Culsh’ Culshaw epitomises the words effort and commitment to Rugby League in the area now into his 5th season as a Rugby League player. He will play wherever he is asked predominately as a second row but also had a few run outs on the wing last season, always making the hard yards and solid in defence. Tom showed his commitment to Rugby League last weekend by playing 7s for his union club but leaving just in time to ensure he did not miss our West of England League fixture at Cheltenham.

Rugby League can flourish in the area the more players that follow in Tom’s mantra to the sport. Tom is also a well know character in the local rugby union scene having played for several Wiltshire clubs but now seems to be settled at Bradford on Avon RFC, he is a fantastic clubman both for Bath and his union club.

Randall has been threatening to retire again this season but we hope this gives him the incentive to get back on the pitch when fully recovered from recent injury. He got the nickname ‘Spadie’ from his brother who thought his nose looked like it had been hit by a spade, it started off as Spadie gumdrops but got shortened to Spadie.

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ROAD RUNNER VEHICLE REPAIRS LTD SPONSOR SCOTT DAVIS FOR 2019

ROAD RUNNER VEHICLE REPAIRS LTD SPONSOR SCOTT DAVIS FOR 2019


Scott is another new player at the club first featuring in the successful Westbury 10s competition where the club finished as finalists, then made his West of England Rugby League debut at Somerset Vikings. In in his limited time playing Rugby League at the club he has been solid in defence and also prepared to make the hard yards in attack. We look forward to seeing more from Scott as a Rugby League player as the season progresses.


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PHOENIX DECORATING SPONSOR ELLIOT FILIPIAK FOR 2019

PHOENIX DECORATING SPONSOR ELLIOT FILIPIAK FOR 2019


Elliot joined the club a few weeks ago travelling over with the squad to our Somerset Vikings fixture, then had his first outing for the club at Frome 7s, before featuring in the West of England Rugby League fixture at Oxford Cavaliers in a challenging encounter. Elliot fronted up well putting in some strong tackles, in his short time with the club he has shown the passion and desire to improve and develop as a Rugby League player.


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WILTS ELECTRICAL CONTRACTING LTD SPONSOR HENRY MAY FOR 2019

WILTS ELECTRICAL CONTRACTING LTD SPONSOR HENRY MAY FOR 2019


The club first had discussions with Henry about playing Rugby League in our inaurgual 2017 when he was only 15 and had to wait until the 2018 when he was old enough to play as a 16 year old.

He grew as a player during the 2018 showing he could front up and really mix it in open age Rugby League having a strong physicality to get over the gain line. He has been a regular feature in 2019 with the ability to play across the forward pack.


Henry is a Bradford Bulls fan but we don’t hold that against him along with his dad Richard who also helps out on match days with whatever is required, they both clearly have a strong passion and enthusiasm for Rugby League, just the type of people we like to help grow the sport in what is still a highly ‘untapped’ area for the game, it could be huge.

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ALEX HILL ELECTRICAL LTD SPONSOR SAM PASCOE FOR 2019

ALEX HILL ELECTRICAL LTD SPONSOR SAM PASCOE FOR 2019


Sam came to the club part way through the season making a try scoring West of England League debut off the bench in the home defeat to Reading Raiders, unfortunately for us they had a successful raid on this occasion

Sam also featured heavily in our Westbury 10s success finishing as competition finalists. Since arriving at the club Sam has embraced Rugby League as a sport showing a strong commitment to playing and training, adhering to club values.

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SKELIAN CHIROPRACTIC CLINIC SPONSOR KIERAN BROOMSGROVE FOR 2019

SKELIAN CHIROPRACTIC CLINIC SPONSOR KIERAN BROOMSGROVE FOR 2019


Kieran came to the club towards the end of the 2018 season but it was too late to be registered to feature in the West of England Championship Final winning campaign.

Kieran has shown a strong commitment to the club featuring in out of season and pre season games against University of Bath and University of Gloucestershire respectively scoring tries in both. He had been out with an injury for the last couple of weeks but is back in the squad this week so he will be looking to add to his try tally. Kieran also has the honour of been the 100th player to make a debut for the club.

You will start to hear more about player heritage numbers over the course of next few months.

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AUTOMOTIVE WORLD SPONSOR FREDDIE HOLMES FOR 2019

AUTOMOTIVE WORLD SPONSOR FREDDIE HOLMES FOR 2019


Freddie is new to the club and the sport this season and after coming off the bench in the first game he has continued to improve as a Rugby League player and get better in every game he has played. So far he has featured on the wing and in the centre for the club.

Like most players in and around the Bath area he started as a Rugby Union player. However, after playing a few games of Rugby League and showing a willingness and commitment to learn as a regular at training, he now prefers Rugby League.


Freddie believes you get more opportunities to run with the ball in Rugby League and more action generally in defence as well. One of the key differences is fitness, particularly in defence where the defensive line has to be 10 metres back from the “play the ball” after every tackle.

If you have not played Rugby League yet please get in touch, most really enjoy it, don’t miss the opportunity.

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ETS (SW) LTD SPONSOR MORGAN LEWIS FOR 2019

ETS (SW) LTD SPONSOR MORGAN LEWIS FOR 2019


Morgan came to the club towards the end of our inaurgual 2017 season featuring at both hooker and on the wing. In 2018 he featured more at half back but was in and out of the squad. This season Morgan has stepped up a gear playing every game at half back and showing more commitment to getting better as a Rugby League player. Last weekend at Somerset Vikings was one of his best games for the club showing a level head kicking 5 from 6 conversions and confidence with his attacking shape and plays. He is a typical half back really, bit cheeky but also a funny character to have around the group. He enjoyed the London 9s festival last season and will be looking to continue to impress Head Coach Matthew Bodey so he is selected for this year’s event on Sunday 25th August.

ETS (SW) LTD carry out electrical installations throughout South West, South Wales and the Midlands.

For further details check out their website or call their head office:

Website: www.etsgroupofcompanies.co.uk
Tel: 01179 414666

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COMPLETE LANDSCAPING SERVICES SPONSOR JON WHITE FOR 2019

COMPLETE LANDSCAPING SERVICES SPONSOR JON WHITE FOR 2019


Jon has played union at Bath Saracens for a couple of seasons rotating between playing wing, centre or flanker. Jon has been in training with the club but not been available to play yet, we hope to see him in action very soon. He has always been interested in rugby league and watching the sport due to the fast flowing nature of the game and wanted to give it a try.