[<< wikipedia] 2018–19 National League 2 North
The 2018–19 National League 2 North is the tenth season (32nd overall) of the fourth tier (north) of the English domestic rugby union competitions since the professionalised format of the second division was introduced.  
Hull Ionians finished as champions following a bonus point home victory Leicester Lions on 13 April 2019, which sealed the league title with one round still to go.  It was Ionians third National League 2 North title, equalling the record set by Macclesfield.  It was a competitive league battle, with four teams looking like they could win but in the end Hull Ionians just did enough to claim the title, 4 points ahead of second placed Chester, who qualified for the promotion play-off.  On 4 May 2019, Chester lost 10–19 away to National League 2 South runners up, Canterbury.  That result meant that only Ionians would be promoted from the division, joining the 2019–20 National League 1 after just one season away.  
At the other end of the table, newcomers Peterborough Lions were the first side to be relegated on 9 March 2019, with five games still to play, after they lost at home to Preston Grasshoppers.  A week later a win for Sheffield Tigers on 6 April ensured the Sheffield based clubs safety, whilst condemning both Macclesfield and South Leicester to the drop, despite South Leicester winning their fixture away from home.  Peterborough Lions and South Leicester would drop into Midlands Premier, while Macclesfield would fall to North Premier.
Another interesting fact from the season was the lowest ever recorded attendance in National League 2 North of just 37 who attended South Leicester's home game against Sedgley Park on 30 March 2019.  South Leicester also set an overall low attendance record for the division, averaging just 85 supporters per game.


== Structure ==
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 automatic promotion place, one play-off place and three relegation places. The champions are promoted to the 2019–20 National League 1 and the runners up play the second-placed team in the 2018–19 National League 2 South with the winner also being promoted.  The last three teams are relegated to either North Premier or Midlands Premier depending on the geographical location of the team (in some cases teams may join the southern regional leagues).
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 locations ==
Twelve of the teams listed below participated in the 2017–18 National League 2 North season.  The 2017–18 champions Sale FC were promoted into the 2018–19 National League 1, replacing Fylde and Hull Ionians who were relegated from the 2017–18 National League 1.  The three teams relegated from National League 2 North the previous season were Sheffield and  Luctonians (both Midlands Premier) and Blaydon (North Premier).The promoted teams include Preston Grasshoppers from North Premier (champions) who return to the division after an absence of just one season, while Peterborough Lions came up from Midlands Premier (playoffs).  Midlands Premier champions Birmingham & Solihull were level transferred to the 2018–19 National League 2 South due to an imbalance of teams, being considered the most southerly team in the division.


== League table ==
Notes


== Fixtures & Results ==


=== Round 1 ===


=== Round 2 ===


=== Round 3 ===


=== Round 4 ===


=== Round 5 ===

Postponed due to MRSA outbreak.  Game to be replayed on 10 November 2018.


=== Round 6 ===


=== Round 7 ===


=== Round 8 ===


=== Round 9 ===


=== Round 10 ===


=== Round 5 (rescheduled game) ===

Game rescheduled from 29 September 2018.


=== Round 11 ===


=== Round 12 ===


=== Round 13 ===


=== Round 14 ===


=== Round 15 ===

Postponed due to adverse travel conditions caused by poor weather (snow).  Game to be rescheduled for 23 February 2019.

Postponed due to poor weather (frozen pitch).  Game to be rescheduled for 23 February 2019.


=== Round 16 ===


=== Round 17 ===


=== Round 18 ===


=== Round 19 ===


=== Round 20 ===


=== Round 21 ===

Postponed due to poor weather (frozen pitch).  Game to be rescheduled for 23 February 2019.

Postponed due to poor weather (frozen pitch).  Game to be rescheduled for 23 February 2019.
Postponed due to poor weather (frozen pitch).  Game to be rescheduled for 16 March 2019.
Postponed due to poor weather (frozen pitch).  Game to be rescheduled for 16 March 2019.

Postponed due to poor weather (frozen pitch).  Game to be rescheduled for 23 February 2019.
Postponed due to poor weather (snow).  Game to be rescheduled for 23 February 2019.


=== Round 22 ===


=== Round 23 ===


=== Rounds 15 & 21 (rescheduled games) ===

Game rescheduled from 2 February 2019.
Game rescheduled from 2 February 2019.
Game rescheduled from 15 December 2018.
Game rescheduled from 2 February 2019.
Game rescheduled from 2 February 2019.
Game rescheduled from 15 December 2018.


=== Round 24 ===


=== Round 25 ===

Peterborough Lions are relegated.


=== Round 21 (rescheduled games) ===

Game rescheduled from 2 February 2019.
Game originally rescheduled from 2 February 2019 but postponed (again) to 20 April 2019 due to a waterlogged pitch caused by heavy rain.


=== Round 26 ===


=== Round 27 ===


=== Round 28 ===

South Leicester are relegated.

Macclesfield are relegated.


=== Round 29 ===

Chester qualify for promotion play-off.

Hull Ionians are champions.


=== Round 21 (rescheduled game) ===

Game originally rescheduled from 2 February 2019 and then again from 16 March 2019.


=== Round 30 ===


== Promotion play-off ==
Each season, the runners-up in the National League 2 North and National League 2 South participate in a play-off for promotion to National League 1.  Canterbury were runners up in the 2018–19 National League 2 South, and because they had a better record than the 2018–19 National League 2 North runners up, Chester, they host the play-off match.


== Attendances ==
Does not include promotion play-off.


== Individual statistics ==
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). Does not include promotion play-off.


== Season records ==


== Notes ==


== See also ==
English rugby union system
Rugby union in England


== References ==


== External links ==
NCA Rugby