Albion To Play Pirates

Plymouth Albion fans seen during the National Division One Match between Cambridge and Plymouth Albion at Volac Park, Grantchester Road, Cambridge on April 29.  - PHOTO: Graeme Truby/PPAUK

By Haden Tye

Albion will face Cornish Pirates in a pre-season friendly on Saturday 26th August at the Mennaye Field, with Kieran Hallett confident it will be a good opportunity for his Albion team to measure up against a Championship side.

Kieran is looking forward to seeing his side play to a higher intensity against the Pirates whilst also restoring a proper local derby that has evaded the South West since March 2015. The game will be a 5pm kick-off at the Mennaye Field, home of the Cornish Pirates.

“I think the big thing for us will be challenging ourselves to play at a higher tempo,” said Kieran. “One of the reasons we were successful last year was because we were able to lift the tempo against teams when we wanted to. It will be interesting to see how we manage playing against a team that is used to playing at a higher intensity in Championship games as oppose to National One every week.

“I know Gavin Cattle and Alan Paver from my time down there. It came up fairly early on towards the end of the season. It will be mutually beneficial for both of us. It will be good for us to test ourselves against a top six team from the Championship and see where we are at and hopefully we can pose some questions for them and help them get ready for the start of the season as well.

“I would not say I led it. I meet up with Gavin and Alan fairly regularly and we chat about a lot of things and one of them was a pre-season game and they had a spare slot and we didn’t have anything in the books yet so it seemed like a good idea.”

Kieran was pleased that the fixture would reignite a local derby that has been missed for a short time and noted that pre-season would be a good opportunity for the teams to face each other once again.

“I would say it is healthy competition,” said Kieran. “There are going to be times because of where we are geographically that we are going to be looking at the same pool of players. There has always been a healthy rivalry between the two clubs and that will be a good opportunity for a lot of our supporters to see a local derby as it were. A proper local derby. Because of what happened with us being relegated a couple of years ago, the fans have been missing out on that, so it is a good opportunity in a pre-season game to see the two teams going at it again.”

The ticket prices for the game at the Mennaye Field will be released in due course.