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NLD U20's

NLD U20's Outgunned

NLD u20.      5  v 45      East Midlands u20 – 2nd February 2014

On Sunday 2nd February NLD U20 played their first Championship game of the season against a strong East Midlands side. The game had been moved to Chesterfield’s new Dunston Road setup which provided the perfect pitch for an open running game. It was as if the recent downpours had never happened.

NLD came up against a very strong East Midlands outfit made up of players mainly from clubs two or three Levels above any clubs we have playing in NLD. Two tries and a penalty goal within the first fifteen minutes of the game and before NLD had accustomed themselves to the pace, had NLD on the backfoot from the start. They then settled into the game and the front row of Rory Mason, (Paviors ), Chester Scott, ( Mansfield ) and Dan Hyams( Mellish) began to dominate the scrums. Luke Frixou ( Derby) was prominent in the loose making several crunching tackles . However a Yellow card 5 mns before the break was expertly exploited by East Midlands using the extra space to run in three more tries during the penalty period.

The second half was a more even contest with Luke Frixou scoring NLDs only points after a concerted bout of pressure on the East Midlands line.  In the end however NLD were outgunned by the opposition’s power and pace.

Although suffering a heavy defeat the players acquitted themselves well showing pride in the shirt and never giving up. They fought to the end and several individuals did well enough to interest the watching Midlands selectors and to make the imaginary “Team of the day”.

There are two more games left in the Pool Section of the Championship and having played what is likely to be the strongest side there is still a realistic  possibility of progressing to the next stage.

Dave Andrews –(Head Coach)


NLD are very lucky to have a hugely experienced Coaching & Management Team in place for the 2013-14 season. 

Head Coach

Dave Andrews



Graeme Gunn



Phil Milton



Dave Garland


Guest backs coach

Roxroy Fearon

07973 411018

If you have any queries regarding the NLD U20 Squad please contact either Team Manager Graeme Gunn or Head Coach Dave Andrews for more information. 


All clubs in the CB have been sent a letter asking them to put forward players where applicable and there have already been a good number who have done so.  Players who have previously been involved in NLD Representative Squads have also been approached directly and invited to come along to the training sessions.

NLD U20 Letter to Players October 2013

NLD U20 Letter to Clubs October 2013

NLD Fixtures
Date Age Group Opposition Venue Kick Off  Result
02/02/2014 NLD U20  East Midlands  Chesterfield RFC  2.30pm  L 5-45
 23/02/2014 NLD U20  Eastern Counties  Newark RFC 2.15pm  
 16/03/2014 NLD U20  North Midlands  Dudley Kingswerford RFC   2.30pm  


Ahead of the start of the Midlands County Championship in February the Squad has a scheduled set of training sessions and matches, details listed below.

Tuesday 11 February Training Lady Bay   7.00pm
Tuesday 18 February Training Lady Bay   7.00pm
Sunday 23 February v Eastern Counties Newark RFC H  
Tuesday 4 March Training Lady Bay   7.00pm
Tuesday 11 March Training Lady Bay   7.00pm
Sunday 16 March v North Midlands  Dudley Kingswinford A 2.30pm


Players who are in the under 20’s NLD squad now have their own Facebook page. Graeme Gunn (Team Manager) and Dave Andrews (Head Coach) who both run the page said “ Facebook is a fantastic  tool which enables us to communicate with our players efficiently.  An example is that we had a record number of players at our first session following their introduction to the squad via facebook.”  To join the NLD U20 page on Facebook, search ‘NLD’ and request to join the group.