On Saturday 8th July, Bath Rugby League made the short journey to Supermarine RFC to take on Swindon St. George to stay in the hunt for a play off place, St. George are top of the league only loosing one fixture all season. After travelling light and with a number of players making their club debut went down 84-4.
Unfortunate for Bath, Swindon St. George just had too much power in the forwards and creativity in the backs. Connor Tomley ran the show for St. George from half-back and prop forward Paul Boglar carving holes up centre field. Bath Rugby League stuck at the task in hand for the full 80 mins and were rewarded with a try late in the second half with an unconverted try from James Simons, an excellent move from a scrum with Frome based league convert Jordan Talbot breaking down the wing for a long pass to go back inside to half-back James Simons for him to go over the whitewash uncontested. Jarvis Conybear and Joe Andrews both impressed on there Bath Rugby League debut after having returned to the area on completion of their studies for the summer with University of Nottingham, where they play for the University Rugby League team. Incidentally the University of Nottingham overpowered University of Bath Broncos Rugby League side in the end of season finals day at the end of term where Bath Rugby League captain also Tom Plance plays. Jimmy Godfrey also made his Bath Rugby League debut but was unfortunate to go off injured in the second half with a suspected broken wrist, along with frome based Kieran Storey.
Chris Chatten, Bath Rugby League, Club Coordinator, said “It was disappointing not to have been more competitive, but I have to congratulate all players who turned out for the club on Saturday for sticking at it for the full 80 minutes, they never once gave up. We must look forward not back and we still have a great opportunity to qualify for the end of season play offs and potential opportunity to play in the minor grand final for 3rd and 4th place finishers which would still be a spectacular achievement in the clubs first ever season. We would also like to freshen things up a bit as we go into the run in with a few new players, so if you would like to give Rugby League a try please come along to training at Chippenham RFC, 7pm on Wednesdays, exciting times ahead and further developments to be released next week”.
Bath Rugby League would like to give everyone the opportunity to playing Rugby League in a fun, friendly and social environment with professionalism in how the club operates and personnel conducts themselves. If you would like to give Rugby League a try and are aged 16+ please contact Chris Chatten Tel: 07810 552196
Bath Rugby League would like to hear from anyone who is interested in supporting and developing the club. Training is 7pm on Wednesday at the excellent Chippenham RFC facilities and we encourage players of all abilities to come and join in the excitement of being involved with the club. The club are also looking for advisory board members, potential sponsors, and personal who might be interested in establishing youth, junior and women’s playing opportunities.