Category Archives: Second Team

Fylde 2nd XV vs Hoppers 2nd XV


Hoppers travelled to the Fylde coast to play in the 6th edition of the Brendan Hanavan Trophy on Good Friday as current holders. The game also doubled up as a 2nd team Conference A fixture with league points on offer to both sides. Hoppers made a slow start and were 12-0 down with tries from […]

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2nd XV overpower Sale FC


“Those that want to achieve and win, motivate themselves as success only comes before work in the dictionary” Although the New Year started with a disappointing home defeat to conference rivals Sedgley Park in a legacy game from the previous league structure, Hoppers 2nd XV travelled to Heywood Road, determined to be the masters of […]

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2nd XV make Semi-Finals


Hoppers 2s make arduous progress to the Semi Final of the BEST cup against a determined Sandbach 2nd XV. During the uncompromising depression of 1930s America, the broadcaster and comedian Milton Bearle once said, “If opportunity doesn’t knock, build a door”. The value of such a sentiment seemed to go astray after such a positive […]

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2nd XV see off Stockport


Hoppers 2nd XV see off Stockport in a comfortable win. Hunger and confidence are two virtues that every Rugby player should have, so when golfing legend Arnie Palmer said that “Concentration comes from a combination of confidence and hunger” it was the tally from that formula that the coaches demanded upon Stockport’s visit to Lightfoot […]

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Big win for 2nd XV at Vale


Hoppers 2nd XV come away from Vale of Lune with a convincing 5-64 win. With the injury list resembling the cast of extras in the 1970s Korean War sitcom M.A.S.H, it was fair to say that the Hoppers coaching staff had a challenging week selection wise. After last week’s ‘Hara-kiri’ the message was to cast […]

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2nd XV fall to Fylde


Hoppers 2nd XV fall short to neighbours Fylde in a closely fought contest. The American author, H. Jackson Brown Junior wrote in his New York Times Best Seller; ‘Life’s Little Instruction Book’, that “Talent without discipline is like an octopus on roller skates. There’s plenty of movement, but you have no control over its direction”. […]

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2nd XV too strong for Chester


Hoppers 2nd XV win their first away fixture with a 21-67 victory over Chester 2’s. After last week’s game at home to Caldy, Hoppers 2’s were determined to improve on their performance and put in a disciplined display against our friends from Hare Lane. The message before the game was simple and that was to […]

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2nd XV squeeze past Caldy


Hoppers 2nd XV 18-14 Caldy 2nd XV The second team (pictured above against Caldy last season) opened their league campaign with a tight victory over Caldy on Saturday. They deserved the spoils having enjoyed the lion’s share of possession and territory but made heavy weather of things in the second half. In part, this was […]

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2nd XV see off Vale for Cup


Hoppers 2nd XV 27-8 Vale of Lune 2nd XV The second team finished off the season in fine style by winning the BEST Cup Competition on Saturday. Young’s men were roared on by a bunch of hardy Hoppers fans who travelled down the M6 to a soggy Sandbach. Furthermore they were doubtless inspired by a […]

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2nd XV finish league season on a high


Hoppers 2nd XV 36-7 Sale FC 2nd XV The second team secured third place in the Bateman Premier League with victory against a spirited Sale side at Lightfoot Green. Hoppers huffed and puffed for much of the first half but a much improved second display sees them enter next weekend’s cup final with renewed confidence. […]

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