We started the year with victory at the Brickfields, and we’re looking to end our final home game of the year on a high too as we take on Sedgley Park.
The Tigers are the only newcomers this season that we have not faced yet and, having come up from National League 2 last season, they have been doing an excellent job so far in 2023-24.
Much like ourselves, Sedgley have claimed eight wins so far this term, and have taken victory in each of their last two against Cinderford and Sale.
We are ahead of them by three points in the table as we prepare to do battle on Saturday afternoon, and they will come into this weekend slightly fresher too having seen their meeting with Blackheath postponed due to the weather in the opening game week of December.
An extremely positive performance at Rams last weekend is something that should buoy Ryan Lamb’s side heading into match day 13; a bonus point and two tries was a solid effort in difficult conditions that afternoon.
Nonetheless, it will be all about the bounce-back come kick-off and, with the home support in tow, there is perennial reason for optimism for our fantastic squad.
The Brickfields faithful have again been outstanding in their support in 2023-24. The noise and atmosphere emanating from the stands and around the pitch have so often nudged the ball over the line and helped produce some magical moments.
Wins over Rams and Chinnor last season spring to mind, as does an excellent breakaway try by Dan Pullinger against the Leicester Lions. And who can forget our late, great show last time out against Birmingham Moseley – tries from Robin Wedlake and Jake Bond aiding an exhilarating comeback.
It’s been a blast at the Brickfields in 2023, so let’s bring the noise on Saturday and finish it with a bang at home.
Kye Beasley will make his first appearance of the season on Saturday when he takes his place as Loosehead Prop; he is joined in the front row by Gabe Mead and Dan Pullinger.
Fresh of his first league appearance of the season from the bench last time out, Jake Clemson is back starting in the second row alongside Brad Howe, with Hallam Chapman moving to Number 8. Angus Hodges will sit out this weekend’s game.
Morgan Stone returns to Scrum-Half, while Craig Duncan is back on the left wing. Connor Eastgate starts in the Centre alongside Archie Hill, as Tom Putt returns to Full-Back having deputised brilliantly at Fly-Half against Rams.
Jake Bond returns to the bench this weekend, and Sonny Hirini is also back following his injury lay-off. Bobby Wigginton will make his first Albion appearance if he comes off the bench.
The Team in Full:
- Kye Beasley
- Gabe Mead
- Dan Pullinger
- Jake Clemson
- Brad Howe
- Torin Clarke
- Sam Daly ©
- Hallam Chapman
- Morgan Stone
- Phil Jones
- Craig Duncan
- Connor Eastgate
- Archie Hill
- Pita Ratukadreu
- Tom Putt
- Tom Cowan-Dickie
- Callum Davies
- Jake Bond
- Sonny Hirini
- Bobby Wigginton