The 2019-20 season was always going to be a season of massive change for the Senior’s and so far it has not disappointed! We have a new coaching team comprising Chris Downes, Ben Smith and Will Safe who took over in the summer whilst the players have had to get used to new coaches, team mates and a different coaching and playing approach in both attack and defence.
The players and coaches are the sharp end of a long spear with many people working hard to make it possible for them to perform including Norman Bell and Rubin Hart who ensure that everything is in place on a Saturday and that (most of) the team needs are looked after. Sophie Brown, our lead physiotherapist, has done an amazing job of keeping the squad together whilst Connor Thompson continues to do an amazing job as Club Captain despite his shoulder injury keeping him off the pitch. They are all ably supported by Steve Cohen, Mark Knight, Michael Angell, Caroline Newman, Dave Osman, Bob Taylor and Gethin Evans whose help and support make it all possible.
We must also recognise the sponsors without whom we would not be able to afford to put a team on the pitch. The principle shirt sponsors this season are Dael Telecom, Irongate Wealth Management and Vinotopia Wine Merchants. In addition we have some amazing player, match and programme sponsors who give us amazing support.
The playing results have not gone to plan this season due, in no small part, to a massive injury list which even Sophie could not wave her magic wand to resolve. The whole of the starting back row comprising George Angell, Richard Hance and Tom Langton, has been missing since the first game and we have played 5 different hookers, 6 number eights, 6 scrum-halves and 6 fly-halves – resulting in us considering burning some of these shirts!!!
The great news is that due to the hard work of the players and coaches the level of performance has improved and we enter 2020 in a positive mood and Connor Thompson – the Club Captain, has returned to the team after almost 2 years off with a serious shoulder injury securing ‘Man of the Match’ in his first game against Chippenham!
Best wishes for 2020
Matt Cape – Club Chairman