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The Final Away Trip of 2023-24 – Sedgley v Albion Preview

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Plymouth Albion will this weekend embark on their final away trip of the season when they take on Sedgley Park in Manchester.

Four away wins on the road this term have ensured an improvement on last season’s away record thus far, and Ryan Lamb’s side will aim to add a fifth to that tally on Saturday afternoon.

That bid will bring them up against Sedgley, who have been mightily impressive in their opening season in National League 1 having gained promotion last term.

Sedgley have claimed 10 wins so far this campaign, seven of which have come at Park Lane. The last of their home successes was at the back end of March when they put 30 points past Cinderford in a tight encounter; that was their first home victory since December.

Having more than held serve so far in 2023-24, Sedgley find themselves in 10th in National League 1 heading into the final two games of the season. They’re nine points above the drop and very nearly home, dry and clear of the relegation zone.

Looking ahead of them, they sit 10 points adrift of sixth-placed Darlington Mowden Park, so there are further bragging rights to be claimed in a highly entertaining mid-table tussle.

Albion’s win last time out over Rams was played in front of the highest crowd of the season so far. Over 2000 people, some of whom had taken part in the Men’s Day Out walk, descended onto the Brickfields to watch a brilliant contest, and an outstanding Albion victory.

That was the third win on the trot for the Janners, having beaten Richmond and Birmingham Moseley before the Easter break in March.

Team News:

Gabe Mead and Jenson Boughton both come back into the starting line-up as Tom Cowan-Dickie and Dan Pullinger get a rest, while Scott Makepeace returns in place of Pat Walton.

Connor Eastgate will go from Fly-Half, with Bobby Wigginton taking to the wing. Craig Duncan moves into the Centre, and Tom Putt starts at Full-Back.

On the bench, we welcome Callum Davies, Phil Jones and Seta Raumakita back into the match day squad. They are joined by Harry Wilkinson and Dan Collier.

The Team In Full:

  1. Ramaz Rukhadze
  2. Gabe Mead
  3. Jenson Boughton
  4. Scott Makepeace
  5. Jake Clemson
  6. Jake Bond
  7. Torin Clarke
  8. Angus Hodges
  9. Jack Oulton ©
  10. Connor Eastgate
  11. Bobby Wigginton
  12. Archie Hill
  13. Craig Duncan
  14. Paul Brown-Bampoe
  15. Tom Putt

Replacements:

  1. Harry Wilkinson
  2. Callum Davies
  3. Dan Collier
  4. Phil Jones
  5. Seta Raumakita
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