After a tough defeat on the road last weekend, Albion have a chance to resurrect their impressive early season form against Darlington Mowden Park at home on Saturday.
Tries from Harry Wilkinson and Davy McGregor were ultimately cancelled out by a fine display from Bishop’s Stortford, who would take all five points.
That moved them narrowly ahead of the Ocean City’s finest in the table heading into game week nine of the season, but in such a tight battle in this remarkable division, positions can be gained and lost in a heartbeat.
Each game is crucial as a result, and this weekend is no exception as the boys aim to return to winning ways.
Darlington Mowden Park are eighth in National League One, one position and three points adrift of Albion, having claimed three wins so far this campaign.
Two of them have arrived away from home, and in typical third division fashion, the ones they have lost have generally come after tight, tense encounters.
You are almost promised a cracker every time two National League sides set foot on the pitch, and this weekend is set to provide more quality entertainment.
Kyle Speare returns to the starting 15 in place of Isaak Welch, while Jamie Salter and Shek Sheriff return to the bench. They are joined by the abrasive Kye Beasley, who is back from Navy duty having dipped his toes in the water during pre-season.
Last season’s meetings:
Two fine encounters last season saw Albion take a 49-22 win at Brickfields, before Mowden Park exacted revenge at the Northern Echo Arena.
A six-hour journey will bring you down the M1, the M42 and the M5 from Darlington, before following the A42 down the Brickfields.
For details on club-arranged travel, please contact Darlington Mowden Park on 01325 350267.