Losing start for Hope Valley

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Hope Valley RUFC began their new league season full of confidence, but facing a tough with a team shorn of several key players and hosting an Aldwinians III team that had spent the previous season in a higher division, they went down 19-3 in the opening game.

It was obvious from the kick-off that the defences were going to be dominant, so it came as no surprise that the opening score was a penalty by Valley fly half Dave Ryder. But that was as good as it got for the home team.

An unconverted try gave the visitors a 5-3 half time lead before a converted try and the loss of skipper Ben Somerton to injury left Valley faced an uphill task. A last second try then gave the score a lopsided appearance.

This Saturday Valley face a tough opening to their away fixtures as they travel to face Marple II XV (3pm).

Hope Valley RFC’s popular junior rugby sessions restart on Saturday at Hope Sports Club (10.3am).

Under the guidance of the Club’s Youth Rugby Officer, Phil Edge, these sessions offer boys and girls of all ages and rugby experience a chance to try this great sport.