PLYMOUTH ALBION LOOK TO BOUNCE BACK AFTER AMPTHILL DEFEAT
After losing last Saturday away against Ampthill, Plymouth Albion are looking for a positive response at home this weekend against Cambridge.
Last weekend Albion made the journey to Ampthill and despite a very even first half, Ampthill proved too much for Albion to handle in the second half, with Ampthill coming out 48-15 winners.
Head Coach, Kieran Hallett, commented on the game by saying; “The result against Ampthill took us by surprise and we didn’t see it coming.
“We had a good week of preparation leading up to the game and the lads were confident going into the game, but a couple big momentum changes happened in the second half.”
Explaining further, Hallett said; “We had poor restarts, our discipline let us down & we received three yellow cards – two of which I thought were a bit harsh and we didn’t clear our lines well, all adding up to us never really getting back in to the game.”
Looking ahead to this weekend, Cambridge will be coming to the Brickfields on the back of a win against Esher last week at home. Cambridge sit one place above Albion in National League 1, but both teams are level on points at 43 a piece, meaning this weekend is important to both sides.
Commenting on the upcoming fixture against Cambridge, Hallett said; “The games are ticking on now so game could be quite edgy, but if we stick to our processes and what we do well under pressure, we’ll do well.
“It’s nearly a month since we last played at home and boys excited to be back on home turf, but we are fully aware of what Cambridge bring, they are a decent side with decent players who like to attack, so it could be a really entertaining game.”
Albion will be without Dan Pullinger this week, due a strained AC shoulder joint, so in his place comes newcomer Ashlee Crouch, who will be starting his first game for Albion (Read more about Ashlee).
The game kicks off at 3pm at the Brickfields this Saturday 19th January.
Will Norton, 2. Paul Davis, 3. Ashlee Crouch, 4. Lewis Pearson, 5. John Kelly, 6. Rus Tuima, 7. George Mills, 8. Herbie Stupple, 9. Joe Snow, 10. Connor Eastgate, 11. Josh Skelcey, 12. Dean Squire, 13. Seta Raumakita, 14. Jordan Gott, 15. Matt Shepherd
Replacements: 16. Jamie Salter, 17. Kieran Westlake, 18. Cameron Setter, 19. James Kenny
20. Dan Powell