Anselmians secure title as Wilmslow concede last game

With the title in the bag due to points difference, Saints looked forward to the final game of the season against Wilmslow.

With the club Ladies’ Day and a full house expected for lunch, Taff Jones and his band of merry men worked on the pitch clearing the luckily light dusting of snow and getting the pitch playable.

However, Wilmslow conceded the game on Friday, claiming they were short of players, while still playing a second team game at home.

With four points for a home walkover, Saints have now won the title. That’s two titles in two years under Head Coach Degsy Salisbury, assisted by backs coach, Tommy Banks.

We asked Degsy Salisbury how the season went; “It’s been a bit of a struggle a couple of times due to injury problems, Dai Morley breaking his jaw, wrist injuries to Naill and Jon plus all the other usual knocks and bangs you get in a normal season.

“Luckily we have been able to bring young players in from the second team which also helps with their rugby development going forward. I must mention Andy Cummins who came out of retirement to help us out but is retiring again, Rob o Donnell who will be having a knee op and is undecided but unlikely to continue playing and Tommy who is hanging up his boots to be lead coach at a local club.

“We have some signings to do to bring us back up to strength and it’s a challenge to get these players in with so many local clubs. Joint DORs Steve and Jamie have been a great help as has Neil Redfearn who runs the second team, who themselves have had a very decent season.

“Bit disappointed we didn’t get a final game of the season in but really proud of all the lads for the effort and commitment they have shown this year. Onwards and Upwards!”

Image: (L-R) Anselmians’ Tommy Banks and Degsy Salisbury. Credit: Derek Salisbury Snr

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