04/09/23 | 1st Team
Left to Right: James Yates, Club Captain, Andy Leach, Club Treasurer , Nick Ashton.
After Saturday’s match, Lymm Rugby Club Treasurer, Andy Leach, made presentations of their Club Waistcoats to James Yates and Nick Ashton on the occasion of their 100th appearance for Lymm First XV. Describing both players as “outstanding clubmen”, Andy gave the background of each player individually.
Tight-head prop forward Nick joined Lymm in 2011 when he moved into the area after university, having played previously from a young age at Newport Salop. Whilst Nick could hardly be described as a prolific try scorer, he has been a cornerstone of the front row such that it was always reassuring to see his name in the match day squad as it was a given that the set piece would be stronger for his presence.
It was also recalled that Nick did gain some notoriety in the 2021/22 season when he single-handedly managed to force the away fixture at Alnwick to be postponed when he received a positive Covid test result whilst sitting on the team bus on the M62! Nick has already put his hand up to help with the organisation and management of the second XV this season.
Second-row and current club captain James Yates, is a “Lymm lad” through and through, having come through the junior ranks. Having made his first team debut in 2012, work took Yatesy south to Bedford for a couple of seasons when he played for Bedford Athletic. Returning home, and after some injury plagued seasons, it was only in the 2019/20 season that James became a First XV regular, becoming an inked-in name in “the Row”.
In 2021/22 Yatesy was an ever-present, starting every one of Lymm’s 26 match season and winning the ‘Player of the Year’ Award. He stepped into the captaincy in 2022/23 and, despite missing 9 matches through a head injury, was a motivating force for Lymm throughout our title winning season.