Well, if you're living in the UK, particularly in the north of England, you'll know all about the extreme weather we've been having in recent days. If last Sunday at Sandal was a mudfest, then yesterday at Bradford & Bingley, not quite waterlogged, was a paddling party. ickledot ended yesterday's post by describing a dilemma: whether to go and watch Keighley play Pontefract while delivering some photographs, or go to see The Bees. As it happened, the issue evaporated when Keighley's game was called off due to the pitch being unplayable.
It was something of a surprise in that, if either was to be postponed, one would have thought it might have been The Bees as the pitch is right next to the river rather than above it. Nevertheless, that was the situation and so the game in Bingley went ahead. The ground proved just about playable although there was a sizeable puddle beyond the try line in one corner. In the first half Bradford & Bingley justified their top-of-the-league position by scoring no less than four tries, two of which were right in front of, or in, the said puddle. ickledot was a tad slow off the mark with the first as it was scored in the initial couple of minutes of the match.
However, for the rest of the first half I took a gamble and sat right behind it, hoping that the move would be repeated. Thankfully, as the half drew to a close, it did! Adam Sutcliffe was the player who obliged. Here are four shots which show the whole thing: the slide in with tackler, a turn to in the water, rising from the deep and dripping from a standing position. Well done Adam and thank you! (an enhanced version of the shot above is also being appreciated on 500px)
Although North Ribblesdale were unable to mount a comeback as they nearly did against Yarnbury last week, they managed to limit The Bees to a single try in the second half, leaving a final score of 31-0. You can see more images from the game here and a more detailed description of the match by the Bradford Telegraph & Argus rugby correspondent, Bill Marshall, here. Of course, one should not make light of such weather conditions and we are very much aware of the damage and misery the current storms can create. While the loss of a rugby fixture can be disappointing, it's nothing when compared to the suffering elsewhere, particularly in Cumbria.