Willer's Wanderings - Sedgefield

By Tony Wilson - April 23 2017
Willer's Wanderings - Sedgefield   My penultimate club visit of the season was to Sedgefield for their league match against Bishop Auckland. Sedgefield were originally formed in 1984 by rugby playing staff members of Winterton Hospital. Since then they have had a varied life going out of existence on a couple of occasions only to reform ..  

They were last reformed in 1993 and after playing at various grounds in the village they are in the third year of a ground share arrangement with the local cricket club. Since settling into their new home they have seen the strength of the club grow, now regularly turning out two teams. Last season they gained promotion from N&D 3 and won the Durham County Plate Trophy. This year has seen consolidation in N&D 2.

When I arrived there was a cricket match in progress, and a full club house as the rugby club was holding the first ever end of season lunch for sponsors, helpers and guest. This was to mark the clubs tenth season of competing in league rugby.

Sedgefield 2

The rugby pitch is to the side of the cricket field and has the contour of an upturned wok, which means the teams are always playing either up or down a slope. The pitch cannot be levelled as the area is a protected one as a Roman road runs underneath the pitch.

The fine weather and the pre match lunch brought out a large crowd to watch a good competitive match. Bishop Auckland had the edge in the forwards but Sedgefield had the livelier backs. As the Bishop forwards tiered the Sedgefield backs were given more of the ball and eased their way to a 22 point to 5 victory.


Willer's Wanderings - Sedgefield
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