2019–20 National League 1

The 2019–20 National League 1, known for sponsorship reasons as the SSE National League 1, was the 11th season of the third tier of the English rugby union system, since the professionalised format of the second tier RFU Championship was introduced; and was the 33rd season since league rugby began in 1987.

2019–20 National League 1
Countries England
DateSeptember 2019 – 14 March 2020
ChampionsRichmond (3rd title)
Runners-upRams
RelegatedHull Ionians, Canterbury, Rotherham Titans
Matches played198
Attendance110,390
(average 558 per match)
Highest attendance2,000
Rosslyn Park v Richmond
6 March 2020
Lowest attendance145
Cinderford v Blackheath
7 March 2020
Tries scored1279
(average 6.5 per match)
Top point scorerSouth Africa Warren Seals
(Darlington MP)
267 points
Top try scorerEngland Jake Lloyd
(Blackheath)
England Jason Worrall
(Chinnor)
18 tries each

Newly promoted Canterbury were the first team to be relegated after losing away to league leaders Richmond on 29 February, with six games still to play.[1] Hull Ionians, also newly promoted, were the second team to be relegated after losing their rescheduled match at home to Blackheath on 14 March - Ionians having six games still to play.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic in the United Kingdom the Rugby Football Union officially cancelled the season after an initially suspension of all rugby in England including training, from which was scheduled to last until 14 April 2020.[2][3] After the cancellation was announced the RFU used a best playing record formula to decide the final table. This meant that Richmond, who had been 7 points clear when the league had been suspended, were crowned as champions, beating off stiff opposition from Rosslyn Park (who beat Richmond home and away) and newly promoted Rams, who had a fantastic debut season in the third tier. Richmond's title was their third at level 3, and tied them with Coventry and Otley as the clubs that had the most league titles. It also was the fourth time Richmond had been promoted from tier 3 - a divisional record.

With two relegation spots already decided, it was tough luck for Rotherham Titans who were designated as the third team to go down, despite a late surge which had seen them gaining ground on 13th placed Birmingham Moseley. It was also a great fall for a side that were once playing in the Premiership and the lowest level for the club since the mid 1990s.[4] Richmond would return to the 2020–21 RFU Championship after one season away, while Rotherham Titans and Hull Ionians would relegated to 2021–22 National League North and Canterbury to 2021–22 National League South.

Another interesting statistic from the season was Brandon Asher-Wood's 7 tries for Darlington Mowden Park's resounding win against Hull Ionians on 21 December 2019. Wood's tries equalled the league record of 7 previously set by Hugo Ellis of Rosslyn Park back in the 2012–13 season.

StructureEdit

The league consists of sixteen teams with all the teams playing each other on a home and away basis to make a total of thirty matches each. There is one promotion place with the champions promoted to the Greene King IPA Championship. There are usually three relegation places with the bottom three teams relegated to either National League 2 North or National League 2 South depending on the geographical location of the team.

The results of the matches contribute points to the league as follows:

  • 4 points are awarded for a win
  • 2 points are awarded for a draw
  • 0 points are awarded for a loss, however
  • 1 losing (bonus) point is awarded to a team that loses a match by 7 points or fewer
  • 1 additional (bonus) point is awarded to a team scoring 4 tries or more in a match.

Participating teams and locationsEdit

Twelve of the sixteen teams participated in the preceding season's competition. The 2018–19 champions, Ampthill, were promoted to the 2019–20 RFU Championship, swapping places with bottom club, Richmond, who were relegated from the 2018–19 RFU Championship.[5][6] Sides relegated from the 2018–19 National League 1 were Loughborough Students, Esher and Caldy.[5][7][8]

The teams promoted into the division were Hull Ionians and Rams, champions of 2018–19 National League 2 North and 2018–19 National League 2 South respectively, along with the south runners-up Canterbury, who defeated the north's Chester in the promotion play-off.[9][10][11] Ionians return to the division after a season's absence, while Rams and Canterbury are debuting in National 1 – the highest level either club have reached since the leagues began.

TablesEdit

Fixtures & resultsEdit

Round 1Edit

7 September 2019
14:00
(1 BP) Sale FC 22 – 46 Cinderford (1 BP)
Report
Heywood Road
Attendance: 367
Referee: Colin Burrell
7 September 2019
15:00
(1 BP) Birmingham Moseley 70 – 16 Hull Ionians
Report
Billesley Common
Attendance: 703
Referee: James O'Brien
7 September 2019
15:00
(1 BP) Blackheath 15 – 17 Chinnor
Report
Well Hall
Attendance: 403
Referee: Adam Leal
7 September 2019
15:00
(2 BP) Cambridge 32 – 36 Rams (1 BP)
Report
Grantchester Road
Attendance: 478
Referee: Nick Wood
7 September 2019
15:00
Canterbury 14 – 37 Old Elthamians (1 BP)
Report
Marine Travel Ground
Attendance: 423
Referee: James Clarke
7 September 2019
15:00
(2 BP) Darlington Mowden Park 37 – 40 Richmond (1 BP)
Report
Northern Echo Arena
Attendance: 1,011
Referee: Alex Thomas
7 September 2019
15:00
(2 BP) Plymouth Albion 40 – 42 Bishop's Stortford (1 BP)
Report
Brickfields
Attendance: 1,148
Referee: Sara Cox
7 September 2019
15:00
(1 BP) Rosslyn Park 38 – 19 Rotherham Titans
Report
The Rock
Attendance: 495
Referee: Karl Dickson

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Round 2Edit

14 September 2019
14:00
(1 BP) Rotherham Titans 31 – 20 Sale FC
Report
Clifton Lane
Attendance: 687
Referee: Andrew Jackson
14 September 2019
14:30
Rams 25 – 21 Birmingham Moseley (1 BP)
Report
Old Bath Road
Attendance: 572
Referee: Harry Walbaum
14 September 2019
15:00
(1 BP) Bishop's Stortford 27 – 36 Cambridge (1 BP)
Report
Silver Leys
Attendance: 825
Referee: Jonathan Cook
14 September 2019
15:00
(2 BP) Canterbury 33 – 34 Blackheath (1 BP)
Report
Marine Travel Ground
Attendance: 463
Referee: Calum Howard
14 September 2019
15:00
(1 BP) Cinderford 36 – 29 Plymouth Albion (2 BP)
Report
Dockham Road
Attendance: 380
Referee: Greg MacDonald
14 September 2019
15:00
Hull Ionians 5 – 52 Darlington Mowden Park (1 BP)
Report
Brantingham Park
Attendance: 228
Referee: Ben Rayner
14 September 2019
15:00
(1 BP) Old Elthamians 24 – 30 Rosslyn Park
Report
College Meadow
Attendance: 348
Referee: Simon Harding
14 September 2019
15:00
Richmond 26 – 14 Chinnor
Report
Athletic Ground
Attendance: 675
Referee: Ben Russell

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Round 3Edit

21 September 2019
14:00
Sale FC 26 – 15 Old Elthamians
Report
Heywood Road
Attendance: 388
Referee: Llyr ApGeraint-Roberts
21 September 2019
15:00
(1 BP) Birmingham Moseley 34 – 32 Bishop's Stortford (2 BP)
Report
Billesley Common
Attendance: 616
Referee: Charlie Gayther
21 September 2019
15:00
(1 BP) Blackheath 19 – 20 Richmond
Report
Well Hall
Attendance: 653
Referee: Richard Haughton
21 September 2019
15:00
(1 BP) Cambridge 15 – 19 Cinderford
Report
Grantchester Road
Attendance: 390
Referee: James Clarke
21 September 2019
15:00
(1 BP) Chinnor 29 – 19 Hull Ionians
Report
Kingsey Road
Attendance: 408
Referee: Nick Wood
21 September 2019
15:00
(1 BP) Darlington Mowden Park 7 – 11 Rams
Report
Northern Echo Arena
Attendance: 857
Referee: Joe James
21 September 2019
15:00
(1 BP) Plymouth Albion 33 – 27 Rotherham Titans (1 BP)
Report
Brickfields
Attendance: 964
Referee: Ben Russell
21 September 2019
15:00
(1 BP) Rosslyn Park 47 – 14 Canterbury
Report
The Rock
Attendance: 600
Referee: Jonathan Cook

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Round 4Edit

28 September 2019
14:00
Rotherham Titans 22 – 17 Cambridge (1 BP)
Report
Clifton Lane
Attendance: 572
Referee: Ben Rayner
28 September 2019
14:30
(1 BP) Rams 27 – 21 Chinnor (1 BP)
Report
Old Bath Road
Attendance: 621
Referee: Jonathan Cook
28 September 2019
15:00
(2 BP) Bishop's Stortford 30 – 31 Darlington Mowden Park (1 BP)
Report
Silver Leys
Attendance: 350
Referee: Ben Wilde
28 September 2019
15:00
Canterbury 7 – 27 Sale FC (1 BP)
Report
Marine Travel Ground
Attendance: 610
Referee: Daniel Collins
28 September 2019
15:00
(1 BP) Cinderford 20 – 27 Birmingham Moseley
Report
Dockham Road
Attendance: 425
Referee: Dan Parrott
28 September 2019
15:00
Hull Ionians 7 – 52 Richmond (1 BP)
Report
Brantingham Park
Attendance: 213
Referee: Llyr ApGeraint-Roberts
28 September 2019
15:00
Old Elthamians 27 – 20 Plymouth Albion (1 BP)
Report
College Meadow
Attendance: 292
Referee: Calum Howard
28 September 2019
15:00
Rosslyn Park 14 – 29 Blackheath (1 BP)
Report
The Rock
Attendance: 670
Referee: Joe James

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Round 5Edit

5 October 2019
14:00
Sale FC 13 – 46 Rosslyn Park (1 BP)
Heywood Road
Attendance: 432
Referee: Ben Rayner
5 October 2019
15:00
Birmingham Moseley 15 – 11 Rotherham Titans (1 BP)
Billesley Common
Attendance: 775
Referee: Llyr ApGeraint-Roberts
5 October 2019
15:00
(1 BP) Blackheath 44 – 19 Hull Ionians
Well Hall
Attendance: 614
Referee: Andrew MacNeaney
5 October 2019
15:00
Cambridge 14 – 25 Old Elthamians
Grantchester Road
Attendance: 567
Referee: Charlie Gayther
5 October 2019
15:00
(1 BP) Chinnor 32 – 29 Bishop's Stortford (2 BP)
Kingsey Road
Attendance: 650
Referee: Ben Russell
5 October 2019
15:00
(1 BP) Darlington Mowden Park 26 – 27 Cinderford
Northern Echo Arena
Attendance: 777
Referee: Harry Walbaum
5 October 2019
15:00
(1 BP) Plymouth Albion 41 – 20 Canterbury
Brickfields
Attendance: 826
Referee: Alan Chandrachud
5 October 2019
15:00
(1 BP) Richmond 37 – 22 Rams
Athletic Ground
Attendance: 850
Referee: Calum Howard

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Round 6Edit

12 October 2019
14:00
(1 BP) Rotherham Titans 13 – 18 Darlington Mowden Park
Clifton Lane
Attendance: 617
Referee: Ben Dixon
12 October 2019
14:00
(1 BP) Sale FC 43 – 18 Blackheath
Heywood Road
Attendance: 287
Referee: James O'Brien
12 October 2019
14:30
(1 BP) Old Elthamians 46 – 3 Birmingham Moseley
College Meadow
Attendance: 221
Referee: Jonathan Cook
12 October 2019
14:30
(1 BP) Rams 36 – 8 Hull Ionians
Old Bath Road
Attendance: 526
Referee: Dan Parrott
12 October 2019
15:00
(1 BP) Bishop's Stortford 17 – 18 Richmond
Silver Leys
Attendance: 547
Referee: Harry Walbaum
12 October 2019
15:00
Canterbury 7 – 34 Cambridge (1 BP)
The Marine Travel Ground
Attendance: 343
Referee: Alan Chandrachud
12 October 2019
15:00
Cinderford 23 – 31 Chinnor (1 BP)
Dockham Road
Attendance: 395
Referee: Sara Cox
12 October 2019
15:00
(1 BP) Rosslyn Park 33 – 17 Plymouth Albion
The Rock
Attendance: 650
Referee: Joe James

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Round 7Edit

19 October 2019
15:00
Birmingham Moseley 25 – 21 Canterbury (1 BP)
Billesley Common
Attendance: 693
Referee: Jack Makepeace
19 October 2019
15:00
Blackheath 22 – 17 Rams (1 BP)
Well Hall
Attendance: 407
Referee: Nick Wood
19 October 2019
15:00
Cambridge 24 – 20 Rosslyn Park (1 BP)
Grantchester Road
Attendance: 522
Referee: James Clarke
19 October 2019
15:00
(2 BP) Chinnor 24 – 26 Rotherham Titans
Kingsey Road
Attendance: 512
Referee: Harry Walbaum
19 October 2019
15:00
(1 BP) Darlington Mowden Park 37 – 17 Old Elthamians
Northern Echo Arena
Attendance: 675
Referee: James O'Brien
19 October 2019
15:00
(2 BP) Hull Ionians 32 – 39 Bishop's Stortford (1 BP)
Brantingham Park
Attendance: 208
Referee: Timothy Allatt
19 October 2019
15:00
(1 BP) Plymouth Albion 33 – 22 Sale FC
Brickfields
Attendance: 840
Referee: Adam Wookey
19 October 2019
15:00
(1 BP) Richmond 14 – 19 Cinderford
Athletic Ground
Attendance: 738
Referee: Jonathan Cook

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Round 8Edit

26 October 2019
14:00
Old Elthamians 20 – 8 Chinnor
College Meadow
Attendance: 174
Referee: Nick Wood
26 October 2019
14:00
Rotherham Titans 6 – 23 Richmond
Clifton Lane
Attendance: 517
Referee: Charlie Gayther
26 October 2019
14:00
Sale FC 20 – 3 Cambridge
Heywood Road
Attendance: 250
Referee: Llyr ApGeraint-Roberts
26 October 2019
15:00
Bishop's Stortford 21 – 11 Rams
Silver Leys
Attendance: 360
Referee: Alexis Manley
26 October 2019
15:00
(1 BP) Canterbury 13 – 17 Darlington Mowden Park
The Marine Travel Ground
Attendance: 356
Referee: Jonathan Cook
26 October 2019
15:00
Cinderford P – P Hull Ionians
Dockham Road
  • Postponed due to adverse weather conditions (wind/rain). Game to be rescheduled for 22 February 2020.
26 October 2019
15:00
(1 BP) Plymouth Albion 21 – 26 Blackheath (1 BP)
Brickfields
Attendance: 972
Referee: Ben Russell
26 October 2019
15:00
Rosslyn Park 27 – 21 Birmingham Moseley (1 BP)
Priory Park
Attendance: 570
Referee: Calum Howard

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Round 9Edit

2 November 2019
14:00
Cambridge 20 – 20 Plymouth Albion
Grantchester Road
Attendance: 352
Referee: Daniel Collins
2 November 2019
14:00
Hull Ionians 20 – 20 Rotherham Titans
Brantingham Road
Attendance: 411
Referee: James O'Brien
2 November 2019
14:30
Blackheath 19 – 14 Bishop's Stortford (1 BP)
Well Hall
Attendance: 312
Referee: Calum Howard
2 November 2019
14:30
(1 BP) Rams 29 – 7 Cinderford
Old Bath Road
Attendance: 356
Referee: Nick Wood
2 November 2019
15:00
Birmingham Moseley 29 – 24 Sale FC (1 BP)
Billesley Common
Attendance: 675
Referee: Ben Russell
2 November 2019
15:00
(1 BP) Chinnor 28 – 20 Canterbury
Kingsey Road
Attendance: 372
Referee: James Clarke
2 November 2019
15:00
(1 BP) Darlington Mowden Park 17 – 24 Rosslyn Park
Northern Echo Arena
Attendance: 1,000
Referee: Llyr ApGeraint-Roberts
2 November 2019
15:00
(1 BP) Richmond 25 – 12 Old Elthamians
Athletic Ground
Attendance: 685
Referee: Harry Walbaum

[22]


Round 10Edit

9 November 2019
14:00
(2 BP) Cambridge 24 – 25 Blackheath (1 BP)
Grantchester Road
Attendance: 488
Referee: Richard Haughton
9 November 2019
14:00
Cinderford 18 – 13 Bishop's Stortford (1 BP)
Dockham Road
Attendance: 185
Referee: Ben Russell
9 November 2019
14:00
(1 BP) Old Elthamians 31 – 0 Hull Ionians
Colleage Meadow
Attendance: 210
Referee: Daniel Collins
9 November 2019
14:00
Rotherham Titans 16 – 28 Rams (1 BP)
Clifton Lane
Attendance: 483
Referee: Joe James
9 November 2019
14:00
Sale FC 18 – 8 Darlington Mowden Park
Heywood Road
Attendance: 450
Referee: Charlie Gayther
9 November 2019
15:00
Canterbury 0 – 50 Richmond (1 BP)
Merton Lane
Attendance: 363
Referee: Benjamin Wilde
9 November 2019
15:00
Plymouth Albion 19 – 7 Birmingham Moseley
Brickfields
Attendance: 1,104
Referee: Jonathan Cook
9 November 2019
15:00
Rosslyn Park 27 – 27 Chinnor
The Rock
Attendance: 570
Referee: Dan Parrott

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Round 11Edit

16 November 2019
14:00
(1 BP) Hull Ionians 34 – 20 Canterbury
Brantingham Park
Attendance: 208
Referee: Llyr ApGeraint-Roberts
16 November 2019
14:00
Rams 10 – 23 Old Elthamians (1 BP)
Old Bath Road
Attendance: 531
Referee: Charlie Gayther
16 November 2019
15:00
Birmingham Moseley 10 – 45 Cambridge (1 BP)
Billesley Common
Attendance: 658
Referee: James Clarke
16 November 2019
15:00
Bishop's Stortford 30 – 14 Rotherham Titans
Silver Leys
Attendance: 425
Referee: Jonathan Cook
16 November 2019
15:00
Blackheath 13 – 27 Cinderford
Well Hall
Attendance: 279
Referee: Matt Rodden
16 November 2019
15:00
(1 BP) Chinnor 38 – 31 Sale FC (2 BP)
Kingsey Road
Attendance: 520
Referee: Daniel Collins
16 November 2019
15:00
(1 BP) Darlington Mowden Park 49 – 22 Plymouth Albion
Northern Echo Arena
Attendance: 693
Referee: Callum Howard
16 November 2019
15:00
(1 BP) Richmond 13 – 18 Rosslyn Park
Athletic Ground
Attendance: 1,495
Referee: Joe James

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Round 12Edit

23 November 2019
14:00
Cambridge 17 – 17 Darlington Mowden Park
Grantchester Road
Attendance: 543
Referee: Harry Walbaum
23 November 2019
14:00
Old Elthamians 17 – 17 Bishop's Stortford
College Meadow
Attendance: 201
Referee: Joe James
23 November 2019
14:00
Rotherham Titans 7 – 30 Cinderford (1 BP)
Clifton Lane
Attendance: 471
Referee: Ben Rayner
23 November 2019
14:00
Sale FC 8 – 7 Richmond (1 BP)
Heywood Road
Attendance: 712
Referee: Richard Haughton
23 November 2019
15:00
(1 BP) Birmingham Moseley 5 – 9 Blackheath
Billesley Common
Attendance: 634
Referee: Nick Wood
23 November 2019
15:00
Canterbury 22 – 48 Rams (1 BP)
Merton Lane
Attendance: 364
Referee: Veryan Boscawen
23 November 2019
15:00
Plymouth Albion 10 – 10 Chinnor
Brickfields
Attendance: 986
Referee: James Milliner-Woodcock
23 November 2019
15:00
(1 BP) Rosslyn Park 36 – 8 Hull Ionians
The Rock
Attendance: 587
Referee: James Clarke

[25]


Round 13Edit

30 November 2019
14:00
(1 BP) Cinderford 24 – 18 Old Elthamians (1 BP)
Dockham Road
Attendance: 240
Referee: Benjamin Russell
30 November 2019
14:00
Hull Ionians 7 – 36 Sale FC (1 BP)
Brantingham Road
Attendance: 249
Referee: Ben Rayner
30 November 2019
14:00
(1 BP) Rams 27 – 20 Rosslyn Park (1 BP)
Old Bath Road
Attendance: 628
Referee: Harry Walbaum
30 November 2019
14:30
(1 BP) Bishop's Stortford 43 – 0 Canterbury
Silver Leys
Attendance: 425
Referee: Andrew MacNeaney
30 November 2019
15:00
(1 BP) Blackheath 33 – 17 Rotherham Titans
Well Hall
Attendance: 327
Referee: Alan Chandrachud
30 November 2019
15:00
(1 BP) Chinnor 34 – 22 Cambridge (1 BP)
Kingsey Road
Attendance: 440
Referee: Jonathan Cook
30 November 2019
15:00
(1 BP) Darlington Mowden Park 66 – 8 Birmingham Moseley
Northern Echo Arena
Attendance: 746
Referee: James O'Brien
30 November 2019
15:00
(2 BP) Richmond 30 – 31 Plymouth Albion (1 BP)
Athletic Ground
Attendance: 858
Referee: Charlie Gayther

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Round 14Edit

7 December 2019
14:00
Cambridge 14 – 23 Richmond
Grantchester Road
Attendance: 567
Referee: Calum Howard
7 December 2019
14:00
(1 BP) Old Elthamians 46 – 18 Rotherham Titans
College Meadow
Attendance: 205
Referee: Charles Gayther
7 December 2019
14:00
(1 BP) Sale FC 19 – 26 Rams (1 BP)
Heywood Road
Attendance: 666
Referee: Ben Henderson
7 December 2019
15:00
(1 BP) Birmingham Moseley 17 – 22 Chinnor
Billesley Common
Attendance: 596
Referee: Ben Russell
7 December 2019
15:00
Canterbury 19 – 17 Cinderford (1 BP)
Merton Lane
Attendance: 327
Referee: James Clarke
7 December 2019
15:00
(1 BP) Darlington Mowden Park 34 – 17 Blackheath
Northern Echo Arena
Attendance: 711
Referee: Llyr ApGeraint-Roberts
7 December 2019
15:00
(1 BP) Plymouth Albion 37 – 31 Hull Ionians (2 BP)
Brickfields
Attendance: 1,019
Referee: Sam Phillips
7 December 2019
15:00
(1 BP) Rosslyn Park 38 – 16 Bishop's Stortford
The Rock
Attendance: 600
Referee: Alan Chandrachud

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Round 15Edit

14 December 2019
14:00
(1 BP) Cinderford 3 – 8 Rosslyn Park
Dockham Road
Attendance: 325
Referee: Adam Wookey
14 December 2019
14:00
Hull Ionians 10 – 59 Cambridge (1 BP)
Brantingham Park
Attendance: 312
Referee: Hamish Grant
14 December 2019
14:00
(1 BP) Rams 44 – 14 Plymouth Albion
Old Bath Road
Attendance: 635
Referee: Veryan Boscawen
14 December 2019
14:00
Rotherham Titans 20 – 19 Canterbury (1 BP)
Clifton Lane
Attendance: 512
Referee: Tim Allatt
14 December 2019
15:00
(1 BP) Bishop's Stortford 26 – 19 Sale FC (1 BP)
Silver Leys
Attendance: 400
Referee: Alexis Manley
14 December 2019
15:00
(2 BP) Blackheath 25 – 31 Old Elthamians (1 BP)
Well Hall
Attendance: 1,225
Referee: Dan Parrott
14 December 2019
15:00
(1 BP) Chinnor 37 – 27 Darlington Mowden Park (1 BP)
Kingsey Road
Attendance: 300
Referee: Jonathan Cook
14 December 2019
15:00
(1 BP) Richmond 39 – 10 Birmingham Moseley
Athletic Ground
Attendance: 830
Referee: Joe James

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Round 16Edit

21 December 2019
14:00
Cambridge 23 – 16 Bishop's Stortford (1 BP)
Grantchester Road
Attendance: 832
Referee: Benjamin Wilde
21 December 2019
14:00
(1 BP) Sale FC 49 – 7 Rotherham Titans
Heywood Road
Attendance: 324
Referee: Llyr ApGeraint-Roberts
21 December 2019
15:00
(1 BP) Birmingham Moseley 27 – 29 Rams (1 BP)
Billesley Common
Attendance: 882
Referee: Harry Walbaum
21 December 2019
15:00
(1 BP) Blackheath 28 – 17 Canterbury
Well Hall
Attendance: 967
Referee: Veryan Boscawen
21 December 2019
15:00
Chinnor 5 – 21 Richmond
Kingsey Road
Attendance: 625
Referee: Dan Parrott
21 December 2019
15:00
(1 BP) Darlington Mowden Park 92 – 7 Hull Ionians
Northern Echo Arena
Attendance: 800
Referee: Ben Rayner
21 December 2019
15:00
Plymouth Albion 5 – 18 Cinderford
Brickfields
Attendance: 1,217
Referee: Charles Gayther
21 December 2019
15:00
(1 BP) Rosslyn Park 33 – 20 Old Elthamians
The Rock
Attendance: 700
Referee: Nick Wood

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Round 17Edit

4 January 2020
14:00
(1 BP) Cinderford 3 – 8 Cambridge
Dockham Road
Attendance: 284
Referee: Dan Parrott
4 January 2020
14:00
Hull Ionians 7 – 54 Chinnor (1 BP)
Brantingham Road
Attendance: 202
Referee: Timothy Allatt
4 January 2020
14:00
(1 BP) Old Elthamians 28 – 21 Sale FC (1 BP)
Meadow Lane
Attendance: 515
Referee: Harry Walbaum
4 January 2020
14:00
(1 BP) Rams 27 – 17 Darlington Mowden Park
Old Bath Road
Attendance: 552
Referee: Hamish Grant
4 January 2020
14:00
(2 BP) Rotherham Titans 32 – 38 Plymouth Albion (1 BP)
Clifton Lane
Attendance: 481
Referee: Llyr ApGeraint-Roberts
4 January 2020
15:00
(1 BP) Bishop's Stortford 29 – 15 Birmingham Moseley
Silver Leys
Attendance: 385
Referee: Joe James
4 January 2020
15:00
Canterbury 5 – 38 Rosslyn Park (1 BP)
Marine Travel Ground
Attendance: 600
Referee: Callum Howard
4 January 2020
15:00
Richmond 19 – 8 Blackheath
Athletic Ground
Attendance: 1,451
Referee: Nick Wood

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Round 18Edit

10 January 2020
19:45
(1 BP) Chinnor 17 – 21 Rams
Kingsey Road
Attendance: 1,024
Referee: Ben Russell
11 January 2020
14:00
(1 BP) Cambridge 25 – 21 Rotherham Titans (1 BP)
Grantchester Road
Attendance: 523
Referee: Samuel Phillips
11 January 2020
14:00
(1 BP) Sale FC 33 – 14 Canterbury
Heywood Road
Attendance: 421
Referee: Ben Raynor
11 January 2020
15:00
(1 BP) Birmingham Moseley 35 – 15 Cinderford
Billesley Common
Attendance: 578
Referee: Nick Wood
11 January 2020
15:00
(1 BP) Blackheath 27 – 22 Rosslyn Park (1 BP)
Well Hall
Attendance: 627
Referee: Jonathan Cook
11 January 2020
15:00
Darlington Mowden Park 26 – 19 Bishops Stortford (1 BP)
Northern Echo Arena
Attendance: 867
Referee: Veryan Boscawen
11 January 2020
15:00
Plymouth Albion 21 – 10 Old Elthamians
Brickfields
Attendance: 939
Referee: James Milliner-Woodcock
11 January 2020
15:58
(1 BP) Richmond 86 – 7 Hull Ionians
Athletic Ground
Attendance: 704
Referee: Calum Howard

[31]


Round 19Edit

18 January 2020
14:00
Cinderford 20 – 14 Darlington Mowden Park (1 BP)
Dockham Road
Attendance: 328
Referee: Harry Walbaum
18 January 2020
14:00
Hull Ionians P – P Blackheath
Brantingham Park
  • Game postponed due to the funeral of Hull Ionians player, Billy Hardy, who died on 28 December 2019 after falling ill following a gym workout.[32] Game to be rescheduled for 14 March 2020.[33]
18 January 2020
14:00
(2 BP) Old Elthamians 25 – 28 Cambridge (1 BP)
Meadow Lane
Attendance: 393
Referee: Andrew Wigley
18 January 2020
14:00
(1 BP) Rams 17 – 22 Richmond
Old Bath Road
Attendance: 1,131
Referee: Daniel Collins
18 January 2020
14:00
Rotherham Titans 22 – 20 Birmingham Moseley (1 BP)
Clifton Lane
Attendance: 541
Referee: Charles Gayther
18 January 2020
15:00
Bishop's Stortford 17 – 30 Chinnor (1 BP)
Silver Leys
Attendance: 350
Referee: Calum Howard
18 January 2020
15:00
Canterbury 5 – 52 Plymouth Albion (1 BP)
Marine Travel Ground
Attendance: 357
Referee: Jonathan Cook
18 January 2020
15:00
(1 BP) Rosslyn Park 40 – 21 Sale FC
The Rock
Attendance: 756
Referee: Nick Wood

[34]


Round 20Edit

25 January 2020
14:00
(1 BP) Cambridge 29 – 28 Canterbury (2 BP)
Grantchester Road
Attendance: 487
Referee: Joe James
25 January 2020
14:00
Hull Ionians 13 – 40 Rams (1 BP)
Brantingham Park
Attendance: 262
Referee: Timothy Allatt
25 January 2020
14:00
(1 BP) Plymouth Albion 41 – 22 Rosslyn Park
Brickfields
Attendance: 1,301
Referee: Daniel Collins
25 January 2020
15:00
(1 BP) Birmingham Moseley 22 – 23 Old Elthamians
Billesley Common
Attendance: 640
Referee: Veryan Boscawen
25 January 2020
15:00
(1 BP) Blackheath 48 – 29 Sale FC
Well Hall
Attendance: 567
Referee: Jonathan Cook
25 January 2020
15:00
(1 BP) Chinnor 28 – 27 Cinderford (2 BP)
Kingsey Road
Attendance: 375
Referee: Charlie Gayther
25 January 2020
15:00
(1 BP) Darlington Mowden Park 41 – 27 Rotherham Titans (1 BP)
Northern Echo Arena
Attendance: 855
Referee: Llyr ApGeraint-Roberts
25 January 2020
15:00
(1 BP) Richmond 51 – 10 Bishop's Stortford
Athletic Ground
Attendance: 882
Referee: Nick Wood

[35]


Round 21Edit

1 February 2020
14:00
Cinderford 10 – 25 Richmond (1 BP)
Dockham Road
Attendance: 285
Referee: Benjamin Russell
1 February 2020
14:00
(1 BP) Old Elthamians 28 – 26 Darlington Mowden Park (2 BP)
College Meadow
Attendance: 212
Referee: Joe James
1 February 2020
14:00
Rams 18 – 31 Blackheath (1 BP)
Old Bath Road
Attendance: 424
Referee: Nick Wood
1 February 2020
14:00
(1 BP) Rotherham Titans 24 – 42 Chinnor (1 BP)
Clifton Lane
Attendance: 464
Referee: Harry Walbaum
1 February 2020
14:00
(1 BP) Sale FC 26 – 25 Plymouth Albion (2 BP)
Heywood Road
Attendance: 388
Referee: James O'Brien
1 February 2020
15:00
(1 BP) Bishop's Stortford 40 – 22 Hull Ionians
Silver Leys
Attendance: 390
Referee: Dan Parrott
1 February 2020
15:00
Canterbury 13 – 29 Birmingham Moseley (1 BP)
Marine Travel Ground
Attendance: 296
Referee: Callum Howard
1 February 2020
15:00
(1 BP) Rosslyn Park 50 – 19 Cambridge
The Rock
Attendance: 628
Referee: Dean Richards

[36]


Round 22Edit

8 February 2020
14:00
(1 BP) Cambridge 37 – 31 Sale FC (2 BP)
Grantchester Road
Attendance: 468
Referee: Hamish Grant
8 February 2020
14:00
Hull Ionians 10 – 58 Cinderford (1 BP)
Brantingham Park
Attendance: 257
Referee: James O'Brien
8 February 2020
14:00
(1 BP) Rams 35 – 31 Bishop's Stortford (2 BP)
Old Bath Road
Attendance: 571
Referee: Charles Gayther
8 February 2020
14:30
(1 BP) Richmond 52 –20 Rotherham Titans (1 BP)
Athletic Ground
Attendance: 545
Referee: Veryan Boscawen
8 February 2020
15:00
Birmingham Moseley 19 – 31 Rosslyn Park (1 BP)
Billesley Common
Attendance: 800
Referee: Joe James
8 February 2020
15:00
Blackheath 29 – 19 Plymouth Albion
Well Hall
Attendance: 307
Referee: Adam Wookey
8 February 2020
15:00
(1 BP) Chinnor 33 – 3 Old Elthamians
Kingsey Road
Attendance: 252
Referee: George Selwood
8 February 2020
15:00
(1 BP) Darlington Mowden Park 64 – 14 Canterbury
Northern Echo Arena
Attendance: 479
Referee: Tim Wigglesworth

[37]


Round 23Edit

15 February 2020
14:00
Cinderford P – P Rams
Dockham Road
  • Postponed. Game to be rescheduled for 14 March 2020.
15 February 2020
14:00
(1 BP) Old Elthamians 7 – 9 Richmond
College Meadow
Attendance: 188
Referee: Adam Wookey
15 February 2020
14:00
Plymouth Albion P – P Cambridge
Brickfields
  • Postponed. Game to be rescheduled for 22 February 2020.
15 February 2020
14:00
(1 BP) Rotherham Titans 26 – 10 Hull Ionians
Clifton Lane
Attendance: 491
Referee: James O'Brien
15 February 2020
14:00
Sale FC P – P Birmingham Moseley
Heywood Road
  • Postponed. Game to be rescheduled for 22 February 2020.
15 February 2020
14:00
Bishop's Stortford 10 – 10 Blackheath
Silver Leys
Attendance: 395
Referee: Ross Mabon
15 February 2020
15:00
(1 BP) Canterbury 0 – 7 Chinnor
Marine Travel Ground
Attendance: 350
Referee: Samuel Phillips
15 February 2020
15:00
(1 BP) Rosslyn Park 26 – 12 Darlington Mowden Park
The Rock
Attendance: 623
Referee: Jonathan Cook

[38]


Rounds 8 & 23 (rescheduled games)Edit

22 February 2020
14:00
(1 BP) Plymouth Albion 49 – 10 Cambridge
Brickfields
Attendance: 835
Referee: James Milliner
  • Game rescheduled from 15 February 2020.
22 February 2020
14:00
Sale FC P – P Birmingham Moseley
Heywood Road
  • Game originally rescheduled from 15 February 2020 but postponed again due to poor weather. Game to be rescheduled for 12 March 2020.
22 February 2020
15:00
Hull Ionians P – P Cinderford
Brantingham Park
  • Game rescheduled from 26 October 2019 but postponed again due to poor weather. Game to be rescheduled for 11 April 2020.

[39]


Round 24Edit

29 February 2020
14:00
Hull Ionians 6 – 26 Old Elthamians (1 BP)
Brantingham Park
Attendance: 219
Referee: Ben Rayner
29 February 2020
14:00
(1 BP) Rams 25 – 10 Rotherham Titans
Old Bath Road
Attendance: 523
Referee: Fergus Kirby
29 February 2020
15:00
Birmingham Moseley 14 – 26 Plymouth Albion (1 BP)
Billesley Common
Attendance: 816
Referee: Nick Wood
29 February 2020
15:00
Bishop's Stortford P – P Cinderford
Silver Leys
  • Postponed due to bad weather. Game to be rescheduled for 2 May 2020.
29 February 2020
15:00
Blackheath 12 – 3 Cambridge
Well Hall
Attendance: 316
Referee: Jonathan Cook
29 February 2020
15:00
Chinnor 24 – 21 Rosslyn Park (1 BP)
Kingsey Road
Attendance: 725
Referee: Alexander Thomas
29 February 2020
15:00
(1 BP) Darlington Mowden Park 34 – 15 Sale FC
Northern Echo Arena
Attendance: 1,128
Referee: Adam Wookey
29 February 2020
15:00
(1 BP) Richmond 27 – 10 Canterbury
Athletic Ground
Attendance: 615
Referee: Daniel Collins
  • Canterbury are relegated.[1]

[40]


Round 25Edit

6 March 2020
19:45
Rosslyn Park 19 – 12 Richmond (1 BP)
The Rock
Attendance: 2,000
Referee: Alex Thomas
7 March 2020
14:00
Old Elthamians 15 – 31 Rams (1 BP)
College Meadow
Attendance: 181
Referee: Neil Chivers
7 March 2020
14:00
(2 BP) Rotherham Titans 24 – 31 Bishop's Stortford (1 BP)
Clifton Lane
Attendance: 462
Referee: Charlie Gayther
7 March 2020
14:00
Sale FC 22 – 19 Chinnor (1 BP)
Heywood Road
Attendance: 321
Referee: Llyr ApGeraint-Roberts
7 March 2020
15:00
Cambridge 13 – 12 Birmingham Moseley (1 BP)
Grantchester Road
Attendance: 481
Referee: Daniel Collins
7 March 2020
15:00
Canterbury 24 – 15 Hull Ionians
Marine Travel Ground
Attendance: 387
Referee: Joe James
7 March 2020
15:00
Cinderford 21 – 16 Blackheath (1 BP)
Dockham Road
Attendance: 145
Referee: Calum Howard
7 March 2020
15:00
(1 BP) Plymouth Albion 35 – 27 Darlington Mowden Park (1 BP)
Brickfields
Attendance: 920
Referee: Benjamin Russell

[41]


Rounds 19 & 23 (rescheduled games)Edit

12 March 2020
19:45
(1 BP) Sale FC 26 – 10 Birmingham Moseley
Heywood Road
Attendance: 210
Referee: Neil Chivers
  • Game originally rescheduled from 15 February 2020 and then again from 22 February 2020.
14 March 2020
14:00
Hull Ionians 17 – 64 Blackheath (1 BP)
Brantingham Park
Attendance: 176
Referee: Samuel Phillips
  • Game rescheduled from 18 January 2020. Hull Ionians are relegated.
14 March 2020
15:00
(2 BP) Cinderford 38 – 40 Rams (1 BP)
Dockham Road
Attendance: 220
Referee: James O'Brien
  • Game rescheduled from 15 February 2020.

[42]


Round 26Edit

21 March 2020
14:30
Rams C – C Canterbury
Old Bath Road
21 March 2020
15:00
Bishop's Stortford C – C Old Elthamians
Silver Leys
21 March 2020
15:00
Blackheath C – C Birmingham Moseley
Well Hall
21 March 2020
15:00
Chinnor C – C Plymouth Albion
Kingsey Road
21 March 2020
15:00
Cinderford C – C Rotherham Titans
Dockham Road
21 March 2020
15:00
Darlington Mowden Park C – C Cambridge
Northern Echo Arena
21 March 2020
15:00
Hull Ionians C – C Rosslyn Park
Brantingham Park
21 March 2020
15:00
Richmond C – C Sale FC
Athletic Ground

[43]


Round 27Edit

28 March 2020
14:00
Old Elthamians C – C Cinderford
College Meadow
28 March 2020
14:00
Rotherham Titans C – C Blackheath
Clifton Lane
28 March 2020
14:30
Sale FC C – C Hull Ionians
Heywood Road
28 March 2020
15:00
Birmingham Moseley C – C Darlington Mowden Park
Billesley Common
28 March 2020
15:00
Cambridge C – C Chinnor
Grantchester Road
28 March 2020
15:00
Canterbury C – C Bishop's Stortford
Marine Travel Ground
28 March 2020
15:00
Plymouth Albion C – C Richmond
Brickfields
28 March 2020
15:00
Rosslyn Park C – C Rams
The Rock

[44]


Round 28Edit

4 April 2020
14:00
Rotherham Titans C – C Old Elthamians
Clifton Lane
4 April 2020
14:30
Rams C – C Sale FC
Old Bath Road
4 April 2020
15:00
Bishops Stortford C – C Rosslyn Park
Silver Leys
4 April 2020
15:00
Blackheath C – C Darlington Mowden Park
Well Hall
4 April 2020
15:00
Chinnor C – C Birmingham Moseley
Kingsey Road
4 April 2020
15:00
Cinderford C – C Canterbury
Dockham Road
4 April 2020
15:00
Hull Ionians C – C Plymouth Albion
Brantingham Park
4 April 2020
15:00
Richmond C – C Cambridge
Athletic Ground

Round 8 (rescheduled game)Edit

11 April 2020
14:00
Cinderford C – C Hull Ionians
Dockham Road
  • Game rescheduled from 26 October 2019 and then 22 February 2020.

Round 29Edit

18 April 2020
14:00
Sale FC C – C Bishop's Stortford

18 April 2020
15:00
Birmingham Moseley C – C Richmond
Billesley Common
18 April 2020
15:00
Cambridge C – C Hull Ionians
Grantchester Road
18 April 2020
15:00
Canterbury C – C Rotherham Titans
Marine Travel Ground
18 April 2020
15:00
Darlington Mowden Park C – C Chinnor
Northern Echo Arena
18 April 2020
15:00
Old Elthamians C – C Blackheath
College Meadow
18 April 2020
15:00
Plymouth Albion C – C Rams
Brickfields
18 April 2020
15:00
Rosslyn Park C – C Cinderford
The Rock

Round 30Edit

25 April 2020
15:00
Bishop's Stortford C – C Plymouth Albion
Silver Leys
25 April 2020
15:00
Chinnor C – C Blackheath
Kingsey Road
25 April 2020
15:00
Cinderford C – C Sale FC
Dockham Road
25 April 2020
15:00
Hull Ionians C – C Birmingham Moseley
Brantingham Park
25 April 2020
15:00
Old Elthamians C – C Canterbury
College Meadow
25 April 2020
15:00
Rams C – C Cambridge
Old Bath Road
25 April 2020
15:00
Richmond C – C Darlington Mowden Park
Athletic Ground
25 April 2020
15:00
Rotherham Titans C – C Rosslyn Park
Clifton Lane

Round 24 (rescheduled game)Edit

2 May 2020
15:00
Bishop's Stortford C – C Cinderford
Silver Leys
  • Game rescheduled from 29 February 2020.

AttendancesEdit

Club Home
games
Total Average Highest Lowest % Capacity
Birmingham Moseley 13 9,066 697 882 578 14%
Bishop's Stortford 11 4,852 441 825 350 28%
Blackheath 13 6,698 515 832 352 41%
Cambridge 12 6,217 518 832 352 41%
Canterbury 13 5,239 403 610 296 27%
Chinnor 12 6,203 517 1,024 252 26%
Cinderford 11 3,212 292 425 145 12%
Darlington Mowden Park 13 10,599 815 1,128 479 3%
Hull Ionians 12 2,945 245 411 176 16%
Old Elthamians 12 3,140 262 515 174 15%
Plymouth Albion 13 13,071 1,005 1,301 826 12%
Rams 12 7,070 589 1,131 356 47%
Richmond 12 7,449 621 756 495 31%
Rosslyn Park 13 9,449 727 2,000 495 36%
Rotherham Titans 12 6,298 525 687 462 21%
Sale FC 13 5,216 401 712 210 12%

Individual statisticsEdit

  • Note that points scorers includes tries as well as conversions, penalties and drop goals. Appearance figures also include coming on as substitutes (unused substitutes not included).

Season recordsEdit

NotesEdit

  1. ^ Rams deducted 5 points due to an issue with their Payment of Players declaration during the 2018–19 National League 2 South season.[12]

See alsoEdit

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