Congratulations to Sileby RFC for a warm welcome to their new ground and opening matches on Saturday. It has been a remarkable journey for Sileby and those involved in getting a club off the ground and up and running so quickly deserve praise. This is what grassroots sport is all about – the hard work of eager volunteers.
It was good to part of their opening day. Unfortunately turning out for Birstall 2nds felt as though not much had changed! A big loss for the first game of the season. The team sheet looked good on Thursday but by the time I arrived on Saturday there were 13 of us. The first team had 7 drop out and all our great squad were called up! Loughborough brought a strong side with the dangerous mixture of old experienced players up front and young backs! It was one of those games where I stopped counting the score. I did get plenty of practise for the re-starts though. (someone tells me we lost 64-0!)
We always start the season slowly – but I am sure the lads will respond and we will do well this season. Certainly after the game nobody was too downhearted.