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Backlash over future Garstang rugby pitch on the town's show field

Garstang Rugby Union Football Club’s plans to create a new pitch have been greeted with opposition from members of the town’s community.

Try scorer Sam Stott (photo: Mike Craig)

Bottom club make it tough for leaders Hoppers

Pocklington 17 Preston Grasshoppers 25

This was a ‘top versus bottom clash’ but that was not the way the game turned out and the result was still in doubt with just 10 minutes left on the clock.

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James Fitzpatrick (right) returns at centre for Hoppers

Hoppers’ cross-Pennine trek before home straight

Preston Grasshoppers head coach Paul Arnold will resist the temptation to give his reserves a run out this weekend when they travel to rock bottom Pocklington.

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Paul Arnold

Weekend off for Hoppers

Preston Grasshoppers enjoy a day off tomorrow – one of two free Saturdays in the next three weekends, interspersed with an inaugural trip to Pocklington on February 17.

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England's George Ford scores his side's fifth try against Italy during the Six Nations match in Rome

Gareth Dyer’s rugby column

Gareth Dyer is head of rugby operations at Preston Grasshoppers.

Those of you who have read my column in the past will know I have often been frustrated by the standard of play in the Six Nations Championship.

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Alex Hurst outpaces the cover to score for Hoppers (photo: Mike Craig)

Hoppers are back in the winning habit

Preston Grasshoppers 31 Rossendale 14

Hoppers survived an early scare to get back on track and bank another valuable five points at the top of the North Premier League.

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Oli Trippier starts in the front row (photo: Mike Craig)

Defeat may benefit Hoppers in long run

Preston Grasshoppers head coach Paul Arnold strangely believes his team’s first loss of the season may have a positive impact on the rest of the campaign.

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Scott Jordan scores a try against Kirkby Lonsdale PHOTO: Mike Craig

Kirkby inflict first defeat on Hoppers

After last week’s demolition of their near neighbour Kendal home supporters in the clubhouse before the game were talking of a ‘damage limitation exercise’. (writes Ken Moore)

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Sam Stott starts at centre for Preston Grasshoppers (photo: Mike Craig)

Title is ours to lose says Hoppers coach

Preston Grasshoppers head coach Paul Arnold admits the North Premier league title is his team’s to lose after they opened up a huge gap at the top.

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Matt Frings after scoring a try against Kendal (photo: Mike Craig)

Thirteen’s a lucky number for Arnold

Hoppers 87 Kendal 7

There was nothing unlucky about the number 13 for Preston Grasshoppers on Saturday as they demolished long-time rivals Kendal.

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Preston Grasshoppers head coach Paul Arnold is not getting carried away

Head coach insists Preston Grasshoppers are “a long way from title success”

Little by little, block by block, Preston Grasshoppers appear to be edging ever closer to an immediate return to National League One North.

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Niall Crossley scores for Preston Grasshoppers'Photo: Mike Craig

Birkenhead Park 12, Preston Grasshoppers 32

The final score suggests that this was a comfortable win for the league leaders but in fact they trailed at half time and the result was in doubt as late as the 60th minute.

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Paul Arnold in action against Birkenhaed earlier this season

Park trip will not be cruise for Hoppers warns Arnold

Preston Grasshoppers tackle what looks to be one of their easier away games tomorrow when they visit Birkenhead Park.

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Ally Murray scores at Ilkley (photo: Mike Craig)

Gareth Dyer’s rugby column

Gareth Dyer is head of rugby operations at Preston Grasshoppers

Last weekend’s bonus-point victory over Hull was a richly deserved one.

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Sam Stott had to switch to centre (photo: MIke Craig)

‘Hoppers’ ‘revenge’ mission ends with a victory

Preston Grasshoppers 24 Hull 18

Preston Grasshoppers survived an enforced pre-kick-off reshuffle and a late surge by second-placed Hull to grab a bonus-point victory which extends their lead at the top of the North Premier.

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Matt Lamprey in action for Hoppers (photo: Mike Craig)

Hull of a test for top-of-the-table Hoppers

Hull, the only side whom Preston Grasshoppers have failed to beat this season, are the first visitors of 2018 to Lightfoot Green tomorrow in a top-of-the-table treat.

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Ally Murray in the thick of the action at Wirral (photo: Mike Craig)

Hoppers coach hails victory ‘that wins leagues’

Wirral 7 Preston Grasshoppers 14

Preston Grasshoppers remain unbeaten as they go into the Christmas break after an ill-tempered, hard fought victory at sixth-placed Wirral, writes KEN MOORE.

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Matt Lamprey misses this weekend's game through injury (photo: Mike Craig)

Arnold’s Hoppers there to be shot at

Preston Grasshoppers’ head coach Paul Arnold admits it is tough being at the top.

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Preston Grasshoppers 38, Billingham 5

Preston Grasshoppers struggled for half-an-hour to impose themselves on a feisty Billingham side, but proceeded to run in six tries for another emphatic bonus-point victory at the halfway point in the North Premier League.

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Matt Frings has impressed in his second-team appearances and has forced his way into Hoppers'  first-team picture (photo: Mike Craig)

In-form Billingham sure to provide stern test for Hoppers

Billingham make their first visit to Preston Grasshoppers tomorrow in a clash of two teams which are on a roll in the North Premier League.

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