Our superb facilities are being recognised by Staffordshire RFU who have allocated two senior county games ( one warm up, one championship ) and an U20 County match to our ground. The warm up game and the U20 match will be on Wednesday evenings under floodlights. In addition, both the Senior side and the U20’s will be using TF for their training sessions. The coaches for the two teams are Tosh Askew and Simon Robson.
Congratulations to Dan
We all give our warmest congratulations to Dan Robson who has been selected for the England U18 squad at fly half. Dan, of course, has been playing at scrum half for us and doing a splendid job. We wish him every success over the coming weeks with England. The downside is that we shall sorely miss him in our team for a number of games.
Fillip from the Rawlings boys
What a tremendous boost the return of Gareth and Scott has given to our first team squad. There is a new belief and confidence in the side as shown by the performance against Bedford Athletic and in the travesty of the two point defeat at Bromsgrove last week.
Welcome to “Irish”
With all the glare of publicity from the return of the Rawlings brothers, our new scrum half, Mark Brandon, has slipped in under the radar. Mark is a mature student at Staffordshire University and hails from Ireland (hence the nickname), where he was a member of the Connaught Academy. When he was not offered a full time contract there, or at Leinster (stiff competition, hey !), he decided to get himself an education and where better than Stoke-on-Trent – the Academy of Real Life?! Mark has played two games for the first team and has fitted in superbly well. We welcome him warmly to Longton.
Captain, Chris Buck, currently away in Eastern Europe with his band, is being kept up to date with text messages from the boys. He is expected back by the end of this month when, injuries permitting, we should have a real scrap for places.
Injury to Tom
Former Club Captain, Tom Hughes, whose job forced him to sign for Lymm at a level below us, is currently nursing a badly twisted ankle. First fears were that he had broken the ankle but, fortunately, it was not and we hope Tom will be back in action again shortly for table-topping Lymm.
National League 3 Midlands
The top teams continue to prosper with Ampthill, Hinckley, Luton and Bromsgrove (all promoted this season) heading the table and beginning to open up a gap on the rest. At the other end of the table Bedford Athletic are still struggling, although improving a little on their results. Newport, after a reasonable start, have hit the buffers big time whilst the Herefordshire/Worcestershire teams of Luctonians and Malvern are gradually improving after starting badly. The Longton performance at Bromsgrove suggests that better times are ahead with Kenilworth, Peterbrough, Hereford and South Leicester in their sights. In the league below Burton are having a great season but fellow Staffordshire teams Walsall and Stoke are struggling.