Success on and off pitch

Amber Valley RFC 1sts captain Stuart Artliff, Gareth Turner of Fizziofit, Roy Wilkins, managing director of Keepsafe Security and club chairman Gareth Pilkington
Amber Valley RFC 1sts captain Stuart Artliff, Gareth Turner of Fizziofit, Roy Wilkins, managing director of Keepsafe Security and club chairman Gareth Pilkington

League leaders Amber Valley RUFC made it six wins out of six with a comfortable 59-0 victory over Cleethorpes on Saturday.

The performance saw the home side run in nine tries, three of them scored by Duran Wardale.

Valley opened the scoring through Ben Parker. A lineout move took the ball back down the five-metre channel to Ashley Allen, who offloaded for Parker to finish.

Valley were able to use the wind to keep Cleethorpes pegged back and it was once again off a lineout that Karl Bunting was able to squeeze through and score under the posts, followed shortly by Duran Wardale, attacking the inside channel that Cleethorpes left open throughout the game. Shaun Dowdall converted to leave Valley 19-0 up with 20 minutes gone. Valley then took the opportunity to secure the bonus point through Stewart Kirkup.

The half-time team talk was about ensuring that the team continued to play rugby and as a team, which they duly did, opening the half with a great score finished off by Bunting.

For the next try, the ball was worked through several players with Will Hargreaves almost finishing off before offloading to a supporting Wardale for his second.

Lee Steemson then grabbed a brace of tries and all that was left was for Duran Wardale to complete his hat trick, to score under the posts.

Valley next travel to bottom side Keyworth, hoping to build on this performance.

n Amber Valley RUFC has enjoyed a fantastic start to the current league season. Now, thanks to the hard work of their committee, they have success off the field too. The committee has been busy behind the scenes, and has formed some key partnerships with local firms Keepsafe Security and Fizziofit.

The partnership with Keepsafe Security starts a new era of sponsorship for the club and managing director Roy Wilkins is pictured presenting new playing shirts to club chairman Gareth Pilkington and first team captain Stuart Artliff.

Fizziofit have had a long standing relationship with the rugby club with Diane Turner and Gareth Turner continuing a six-year sponsorship trend.

Anyone interested in talking to the committee about club sponsorship can contact Gareth Pilkington on 07595 520537 or Steve Leadbeater on 07999 080411.