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THE Saints Superstore at Langtree Park is now open.A spokesperson for Saints RFC said: “Following widespread gales and driving rain in the region on Tuesday, a triangular section of roof sheeting was dislodged.“Contractors accessed the site as soon as weather conditions allowed and they have now taken steps to make the roof safe. As a result, supporters will be able to visit the club shop as usual from Thursday morning.“Work will continue to repair the roof to the highest standard and the programme of events in the run up to the first match on January 20 against Widnes will continue as planned.”
THE Reserves resumed their season after the mini break in the worst possible way slumping to a 44-28 defeat at the hands of a Salford side containing one or two familiar faces, writes Graham Henthorne, Team Manager.Both Joe Bate and Dan Brotherton now ply their trade at the Salford City Stadium and both got their names on the score sheet.The game had started well for the Saints with some controlled play in attack forcing the hosts to start from deep in their own half and aggressive defence forcing the normally cool Marc Sneyd to kick out on the full twice.In fact the Saints capitalised on this dominance to open the scoring in the 15th minute. A drive from the hard working Anthony Walker accompanied by a little dummy put the big prop through the line. As he approached the full back he turned it back on the inside for the supporting Scott Hale to stroll to the sticks for the try.However, that was as good as it got for the Saints in a difficult half.Firstly Adam Swift limped off with calf problems forcing a reshuffle with Jamie Foster moving to stand off and Alex Clare to centre. Ten minutes later an injury to Clare saw him replaced forcing Dom Speakman (pictured) into stand off, a position he hasn’t played at this level.Couple this with some poor tackling and the Saints found themselves 14 points behind at the break.There was a determination to turn it around in the second period but it was short-lived as Salford extended their lead scoring on their first set.A sharp run from dummy half by Marcus Baines set up the position for Danny Jones to dart over but two quick tries put the Saints further behind and out of contention by the hour mark.Scott Hale scored his second from Danny Yates’ short pass and there were consolation tries from Dom Speakman, an interception 30 metres out, and Jayden Sandford after good work by Walker, Baines and Foster.In truth though, this was a poor performance. The forwards led by Walker, Jordan Hand and the impressive debutant Greg Richards, worked hard but there was little to worry the hosts.Match Summary:Salford:Tries: Luke Towers, Andy Morris, Josh Veivers, Dan Brotherton 2, Adam Walne, Ryan Boyle, Callum Marriott, Joe Bate.Goals: Marc Sneyd 4.St Helens:Tries: Jaydon Sandford, Dom Speakman, Scott Hale 2, Danny Jones.Goals: Jamie Foster 4.Half Time: 6-20Full Time: 28-44Teams:Salford:1. Luke Towers; 2. Niall Evalds, 3. Andy Morris, 4. Josh Veivers, 5. Dan Brotherton; 6. Tom Whitehead, 7. Marc Sneyd; 8. Adam Walne, 9. Adam Files, 10. Ryan Boyle, 17. Callum Marriott, 12. Will Hope, 13. Alex Davidson.Subs: 11. Chris Hankinson, 14. Aaron Hewitt, 15. Adam Dybdall, 16. Joe Bate.Saints:1. Corey Lee; 2. James Hill, 3. Ste Yates, 4. Jamie Foster, 5. Jaydon Sandford; 6. Adam Swift, 7. Danny Yates; 8. Jordan Hand, 9. Dom Speakman, 10. Ant Walker, 12. Joe Greenwood, 11. Scott Hale, 13. Danny Jones.Subs: 14. Marcus Baines, 17. Aaron McCloskey, 16. Alex Clare, 20. Greg Richards.
SAINTS have won their last five meetings with Widnes.The Vikings’ last win against the Saints was 40-26 at home on April 21 2014.St Helens have also won their last three home fixtures with Widnes, with the Vikings’ last win at Langtree Park coming 35-28 on May 3 2013.2016 Meeting:Widnes 12, St Helens 20 (SLR8, 28/3/16)Super League Summary:St Helens won 16Widnes won 2Highs and Lows:St Helens highest score: 62-0 (H, 2012) (also widest margin)Widnes highest score: 40-26 (H, 2014) (also widest margin)Head to Head: SaintsWidnesTries8979Goals7358Metres2461225183Breaks104123Tackles63227108Penalties171181Career and Club Milestones Involving Tonight’s Teams:James Roby needs one appearance to reach 400 for his career.He has played 362 games for St Helens since 2004, to go with representative appearances for Great Britain (7, 2006-2007) and England (30, 2008-2013 & 2015).Jordan Turner needs one appearance to reach 250 for his career.He has played 106 games for St Helens since 2013, and was previously with Hull FC (72 games, 2010-2012) and Salford (69 games, 2006-2009). He has also represented England Knights twice (2012).First Utility Super League Leading Scorers:Tries:1 Denny Solomona (Castleford Tigers) 242 Jodie Broughton (Catalans Dragons) 183 Corey Thompson (Widnes Vikings) 174 Jermaine McGillvary (Huddersfield Giants) 165 Josh Charnley (Wigan Warriors) 146 = Jamie Shaul (Hull FC), Dominic Manfredi (Wigan Warriors) 138 = Jake Webster (Castleford Tigers), Junior Sa’u (Salford Red Devils), Ryan Atkins (Warrington Wolves), Ben Currie (Warrington Wolves) 12Goals:1 Marc Sneyd (Hull FC) 812 Luke Gale (Castleford Tigers) 733 = Kurt Gidley (Warrington Wolves), Pat Richards (Catalans Dragons) 655 Liam Finn (Wakefield Trinity Wildcats) 646 = Rhys Hanbury (Widnes Vikings), Matty Smith (Wigan Warriors), Luke Walsh (St Helens) 549 Danny Brough (Huddersfield Giants) 5010 Gareth O’Brien (Salford Red Devils) 43Goals Percentage:1 Jordan Lilley (Leeds Rhinos) 84.37 (27/32)2 Thomas Bosc (Catalans Dragons) 83.33 (10/12)3 Marc Sneyd (Hull FC) 82.65 (81/98)4 Kurt Gidley (Warrington Wolves) 80.24 (65/81)5 Luke Gale (Castleford Tigers) 80.21 (73/91)6 Luke Walsh (St Helens) 79.41 (54/68)7 Liam Finn (Wakefield Trinity Wildcats) 78.04 (64/82)8 Josh Mantellato (Hull Kingston Rovers) 77.77 (14/18)9 Liam Sutcliffe (Leeds Rhinos) 77.41 (24/31)10 Ken Sio (Hull Kingston Rovers) 76.47 (13/17)Points:1 Marc Sneyd (Hull FC) 1742 Pat Richards (Catalans Dragons) 1663 Luke Gale (Castleford Tigers) 1594 Kurt Gidley (Warrington Wolves) 1545 Rhys Hanbury (Widnes Vikings) 1526 Liam Finn (Wakefield Trinity Wildcats) 1367 Matty Smith (Wigan Warriors) 1238 Luke Walsh (St Helens) 1189 Danny Brough (Huddersfield Giants) 11510 Gareth O’Brien (Salford Red Devils) 98
Made to play for the final half an hour without Liam Cooper after he was sent from the field for an uncharacteristic brain explosion, the Saints dug deep for a well-deserved 40-30 win.The visitors took the lead after Ricky bailey failed to knock a speculative grubber dead leaving the ball in the in-goal area.The Saints were under the pump and looking likely to concede again on ten minutes when Tommy Lee shot out from his own line to intercept the pass direct from the play the ball.He took it 20 metres as did Matty Lees then the ball was spread right for make-shift centre Mike Weldon, on to cover for the injured Adam Swift after only six minutes, to further relieve the line. From the play ball Zach Docker-Clay grubbered the ball through for his Rovers team mate Graeme Horne to touch down.The Saints forward pack were dominating their counterparts from over the Lump by this stage forcing error after error and when the ball was put down on half way the Saints turned on the style.The ball was spread right with Bailey and Weldon both taking it to the line which created space for Jordan Gibbons. The winger stepped off his right foot finding space and when he found the full back he just shipped it out to the supporting Horne for his second try in the red vee.The purple patch continued from the kick off as the third member of the Rovers trio Mitch Clarke and Jonah Cunningham drove deep into the visitors. From the play the ball Docker-Clay took it to the line before stepping off his right to go in untouched.The second quarter was a tighter affair as the Saints coughed up too much possession to really put the visitors under any pressure and conceded a second try from a suspiciously forward looking pass.The mood was positive at the break with the aim to get back to dominating the visitors pack and watching them disintegrate again.The Saints took another big advantage from the generosity of the visitors when another knock on in their own half gave the Saints position and Docker-Clay showed his class stepping off his right foot to go through the line and then again to go around the static full back.Matty Costello could have scored Saints fifth try had he pinned back his ears instead of stepping inside to be held up.The melee on the line was where Cooper received his marching orders but the visitors were made to drop out from the original decision. Two great drives from Clarke and Lees and a quick play the ball gave Aaron Smith plenty of time to jump out of dummy half and beat the cover to touch down at the posts.But a Saints knock on in our own half and a still disorganised side could have proved a turning point as the Saints let in three converted tries in a ten minute period to go behind for the first time.It would have been easy to have hid behind the 12 men stat and capitulate at this point but emboldened by the large crowd the Saints dug deep and decided to take the game back to the visitors.And in a fantastic last ten minutes came away with the win. Great defence forced the error and the Saints punished it ruthlessly.With the forwards to the fore led by Matty Lees the Saints were pressurising the line. On the last Bailey grubbered through and Weldon won the chase to touch down and retake the lead.The visitors were metres offside at the kick off and from the restart Clarke and Lees were at it again bulldozing their way through the defence. The ball was spread right from Docker-Clay to Bailey and to Weldon who took three defenders over with him.The final act of redemption was left to another member of the Saints back line that had been described as “soft” by the visitors coaching staff prior to kick off.Clarke, Costello and Bailey had walked the defence back towards their own line and on the last Docker-Clay showed another example of his undoubted talent as he stepped off his right to go through the line before stepping so much that he turned the full back around and left him clutching at his own posts as he offloaded to Weldon. The centre then sent out an overhead miss pass to find Jordan Gibbons unmarked for the touchdown.This was a fabulous advert for Reserves rugby. Coach Talbot was full of praise for his players afterwards and especially the three Rovers players who, like all the others who have pulled on the red vee this season, gave the all for their team mates.His only worry now is how to stop them when the Saints face them next Sunday as a curtain raiser to Rovers next home game!Match Summary:Saints: Tries: Graeme Horne (10 & 15), Zach Docker-Clay (18 & 45), Aaron Smith (50), Mike Weldon (70 & 74), Jordan Gibbons (76). Goals: Jordan Gibbons 4 from 8.Wigan: Tries: Harry Smith 2 (3 & 31), Jack Wells (55), Josh Woods (58), Liam Forsyth (66). Goals: Harry Smith 5 from 5.Half Time: 16-12 Full Time: 40-30Teams:Saints: 1. Ricky Bailey; 5. Jordan Gibbons, 4. Matty Costello, 3. Jake Spedding, 2. Adam Swift; 6. Zach Docker-Clay, 7. Rob Fairclough; 8. Mitch Clarke, 9. Tommy Lee, 10. Matty Lees, 11. Graeme Horne, 12. Jack Ashworth, 13. Jonah Cunningham. Subs: 14. Brad Billsborough, 15. Liam Cooper, 16. Mike Weldon, 19. Aaron Smith.Wigan: 1. Gabriel Fell; 2. Liam Marshall, 3. Liam Forsyth, 4. James Worthington, 5. Dominic Manfredi; 6. Harry Smith, 7. Josh Woods; 8. Callum Field, 9. Joshua Ganson, 10. Joseph Bretherton, 11. Nicholas Gregson, 12. Jack Wells, 13. Kyle Shelford. Subs: 15. Patrick Casey, 16. Oliver Partington, 19. Samuel Kibula, 21. Liam Paisley.
NEW HANOVER COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — Duke Energy wants to raise rates nearly 17 percent and a portion of that will go to pay for coal ash cleanup. But first the North Carolina utilities commission wants to hear from you.Happening Thursday a public hearing to discuss the proposed rate hike.- Advertisement – The new rate would increase the average customer’s bill by nearly $18 a month.Duke says that would bring in nearly $478 million a year.Nearly half would cover costs to build or upgrade plants and the rest would go toward handling and removing coal ash.Related Article: Dunkin’ Donuts loses food service permit due to health violationThe meeting is at 7 p.m. Thursday at the New Hanover County Courthouse.
UNCW dance crew, Physical Graffeeti, is showing of their awesome moves in a national dance competition by Red Bull, but they need your help to win. WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — A group of UNCW students are showing of their moves by competing in a national dance competition by Red Bull, 2017 Bracket Reel.The dance crew, Physical Graffeeti, was chosen as one of 16 to compete. The challenge is for collegiate dance crews to create original videos that are adjudicated by a panel of industry professionals and voted on by the general public.WATCH THEIR VIDEO >>- Advertisement – Click here if you would like to vote.The winning team will earn an opportunity to collaborate with dance legend and producer, Tim Milgram, on an original dance video.
Carolina Beach Road was closed for approximately 3 hours.WPD says they do not anticipate filing charges.Police remind pedestrians to always use caution while crossing the street and do so at designated areas. Drivers should be aware of their surroundings. WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Wilmington Police have identified Donald Ray Gibson, 62, as the victim in the traffic fatality Saturday night.Gibson was attempting to cross Carolina Beach Road with a shopping cart around 5:30 p.m., but was not in a crosswalk when the accident occurred. The victim was initially run over by a van, and thrown, and subsequently struck by multiple vehicles.- Advertisement –
“It’s not the best case scenario. It just was not an affordable option to purchase and run it as a golf course, but it’s a compromise and it’s a good compromise because it allows for us to have smart growth,” said Woody White, the New Hanover County Commission’s chairman.New Hanover County Commissioners authorized County staff to begin negotiations to buy 18 acres.The County wants to partner with the city of Wilmington to share costs.Related Article: Mellow Mushroom coming to River Place in downtown Wilmington“The citizens in Wilmington and New Hanover aren’t gonna pay one penny more than what it’s worth, but they’re gonna get a lot of real value out of it,” said White.That parcel includes five clay tennis courts and a swimming pool. Right now, there are no clay courts open to the public in Wilmington.Echo Farms’ tennis director, Rod Badash, says making those courts available to all would be huge for the future of the sport in the Port City.“Many of the other cities in North Carolina that have clay court opportunities that are public. Wilmington does not and I think that would be an excellent opportunity for the tennis community,” said Badash.Matrix Development Group, the developer of Echo Farms, closed the golf course in October. They plan to develop the course and build new homes and condos. NEW HANOVER COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — Five clay tennis courts and a swimming pool at Echo Farms in Wilmington could soon be government-owned. County Commission took the first step toward making it happen Monday morning.The Echo Farms Golf Course is no more, but New Hanover County and the city of Wilmington are working to preserve open space at the neighborhood along Carolina Beach Road.- Advertisement –
OAK ISLAND, NC (WWAY) – A state of emergency declared county-wide in Brunswick County. Many Brunswick beaches as well as the municipalities inland are mirroring that same declaration.Neighbors on Oak Island are taking that very seriously and safeguarding what’s theirs. We saw several homes along Beach Drive and East Oak Island Drive with boarded up windows and doors.- Advertisement – “Anything that gets over a Cat 3 it’s time to go,” said homeowner Mike Lester who plans to board his home and clear out the garage along Beach Drive.Neighbors fueling up on Oak Island (Andrew James/WWAY)If they can’t go, many Brunswick County neighbors are stocking and fueling up.“If it does hit, everything I own is here. I have a business here I have a house here,” said John Narcice who owns a hotel on Oak Island and has told his guests they need to leave town.Related Article: Possibly month long effort to restore road damage in Ogden areaVisitors to Oak Island and Caswell Beach have already been told to evacuate. Business owners like Art Skipper have seen several storms pass the island over the years. He knows this is serious.“This really looks worse and this is probably comparable to hurricane Hazel,” Skipper said.Skipper has already boarded up his business and plans to board his home and leave town. Mike Lester is doing the same and heading south.“There’s nothing about a house that’s worth staying here and risking your life,” said Lester.Neighbors are filling up at station all over the island and sealing up homes.“That air will get inside of a home and it will create a vortex and it will completely destroy the inside of the home,” said Nick Liles who had boarded three homes already on Monday.Voluntary evacuation orders are in effect for Oak Island as well as at Caswell andWorkers board up Art Skipper Realty (Andrew James/WWAY)neighboring beach towns. Lifelong neighbors like Skipper urge other to be proactive.“Get boarded up and ready for it and hope it don’t come,” Skipper said.Some towns and cities will be going under mandatory evacuation for their residents come Wednesday.Southport Ocean Isle Beach and Holden are some that sit in that category. Some of these residents that now sit on voluntary evacuation orders don’t be surprised if that is upgraded to mandatory.