This weekend sees the last league matches of the season for the firsts and the seconds, both away. The firsts reprise their opening game of the campaign away to Bideford. When they last met Bideford were playing their first game after relegation and the loss to us proved to be the start of a rather poor spell for them. However, recently they've had more success, especially at home, and with further relegation still mathematically possible they'll be keen for a win. Winscombe are now safe from the drop but will be looking to mark the end of the season, and the retirement of Dan Fryer, with a win too so it should be a good game. Supporters would be very welcome on the coach, which departs at 11.30 and is expected to make a long, slow journey home.
The seconds also end their season with an away game, visiting Chard II for a game with nothing much at stake other than bragging rights. Chard are currently 6th to our 2nd but with only one team going up and Taunton III champions this is expected to be an enjoyable season-ender. Again, a slow return journey is anticipated.
For those whose lifestyles and livers preclude being a travelling supporter, the Colts have two home fixture this weekend. At 7.30 on Friday night the Junior Colts (U16/17) will face new opponents Withycombe under lights, and then on Sunday at 2pm the full Colts squad host Cullompton in the last planned fixture before the Somerset Cup Final (now on the 28th April).
The touring season is in full swing and on Sunday we welcome 220 players and parents from Old Beccahamians RFC in Kent who will be playing our junior sides from U13 and up. The minis will make some space by travelling to Bridgwater and Albion. On Sunday afternoon the U13 girls have a pitch-and-play tournament, the U18s travel to Reading Ladies, and the U15s are looking for a fixture. The senior season may be over but the M&Js still have a way to go, with fixtures into May including the home Mendip Sevens for the U13-15s on the bank holiday weekend.
Updated 10:26 - 11 Apr 2019 by Simon Rees