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Final chance to book to watch Albion play Worcester at Sixways on 7th March

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Worcester Warriors have pledged their support to fellow Championship club Plymouth Albion by donating 500 match day tickets for the game against the two clubs on Saturday 7th March 2015 at Sixways Stadium, Worcester (3pm kick off).

This combined with reduced coach hire from Target Travel means that Albion supporters will be able to get behind the team at Worcester for only £20 including a ticket and return travel from Plymouth. Supporters travelling independently can purchase a ticket for £15.

All profits will be donated to Plymouth Albion so why not show your support and join us for the day against the top side in the Championship.

Albi Travel, the supporters group who organize the trips to the away games, are taking bookings for what promises to be a great day out.

To book your place, email book@supporterstravel.co.uk or call 07837 530869. Bookings will now be taken up until close of play Wednesday 4th March 2015.

The coaches will leave Home Park at 10am on the 7th March 2015.

BACS details are available on request.

Albi Travel will require the following information for pre-booking:

  • Name
  • Contact number
  • Number in your group
  • Ticket only required or ticket and coach travel required

Hope you can join us!

Harry Westlake inspires Albion to victory!

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We were delighted to be joined by a very special guest at the game against Jersey on Saturday, England mascot Harry Westlake. 6-year-old Harry has become known as “the boy who stole the Six Nations”. He led the England squad out onto the pitch during the England v Italy match and sang a passionate rendition of the National Anthem.

Harry has spent some time with Albion on the run up to the game against Jersey and then led our team onto the pitch for the game which resulted in a well needed win for Albion.

To view the match report from Saturday’s game click here

Please see below some of the photos taken of Harry during his time at Albion

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Images courtesy of Pinnacle Photo Agency 

Unclaimed 50/50 prizes

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We have a number of unclaimed 50/50 prizes from some of our recent games. Please come and see us if you have the winning ticket!

  • Friday 13th February Under20s game - 1st Prize = £129. Ticket number 09580
  • Saturday 21st February Jersey game  - 2nd Prize = £156. Ticket number 15440
  • Saturday 21st February  Jersey game – 3rd Prize = Nandos voucher. Ticket number 15466

Please contact the club house before Friday 13th February on 01752 565064 to claim your winnings.

Plymouth Albion v Jersey match report

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Plymouth Albion 18    Jersey 17

Saturday 21st February 2015

Match report by Paddy Marsh

Images courtesy of Pinnacle Photo Agency 

Plymouth Albion stretched their unbeaten home run to four matches with a hard earned and crucial victory over Jersey in windy conditions at Brickfields.

Jersey came into the game having won their last four games and with an unbeaten three from three record at Brickfields.

Albion’s victory saw them reduce the deficit between themselves and Moseley at the bottom of the Championship to three points.

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Albion led for most of the match but fell behind in the 69th minute when visiting full back Aaron Penberthy scored Jersey’s third try.

An Albion side before Christmas probably would have slipped to another defeat but the 2015 outfit is a different animal.

Showing great character Albion came back at Jersey and victory was secured when skipper Declan Cusack put over a superb 47 metre penalty

Even then Albion had to survive a late Jersey onslaught but survive they did for their most important win of the season.

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A relieved Albion head coach James Shanahan said, “We have had a lot of flu around this week and credit must go to the boys many of whom were dead on their feet at the end.

“I was really pleased with the victory that keeps us up there in the mix to avoid relegation.

“At the end we gambled when Jersey threw in to a line out close to our line and it came off.”

Albion made five changes, one of them positional, from the team that drew with London Scottish last weekend.

Top points scorer Lawrence Rayner returned to the side at full back with dual registered Jack Arnott moving to his more familiar position on the wing.

Tom Cowan-Dickie was selected at hooker while Neale Patrick was restored to the second row after missing the Scottish game through illness.

In the back row Eoghan Grace came in for Herbie Stupple who broke his leg in the Scottish game.

Albion had to make a late change on the bench when Iain Grieve dropped out through illness to be replaced by Ali Bone.

Albion playing into a strong wind made a great start and took the lead in the 6th minute.

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A loose ball was seized upon by Albion flanker Sam Simmonds, who put Arnott away, and the winger sprinted in from half way for a try fly half Declan Cusack converted.

Jersey, whose game was built a strong rolling maul, levelled matters shortly afterwards when flanker Ryan Hodson finished off a catch and drive move with Penberthy adding the extras.

Jersey then went down to 14 when lock Nick Campbell was yellow carded for a high tackle on Albion scrum half Josh Davies, who had taken a quick tap penalty.

Albion took advantage of the extra man by adding a second try which was scored by No 8 Rhys Oakley who did well to scramble over from close range.

Cusack missed the conversion, which sent Albion into the interval leading 12-7.

With the strong wind at their backs the game was there for the winning for Albion who went two scores clear when Cusack kicked a penalty from near half way.

Jersey reduced the deficit when, from another catch and drive, powerful scrum half Samisoni Fisilau scored a try, which crucially Penberthy was unable to convert.

Having led for most of the match Albion went behind for the first time when former Cornish Pirate Penberthy crossed wide out for a try he was unable to convert.

Roared on by the home crowd Albion regained the lead when skipper Cusack kicked another long range penalty with his effort just dropping over the crossbar.

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Albion then had to defend for long periods as Jersey went in search of victory and at the death a line out steal and an interception saw them over the finish line.

Next up for Albion is a difficult looking game away to league leaders Worcester Warriors in two weeks time.

Plymouth Albion: L Rayner, J Arnott, B Woods, T Howley-Berridge, J Watkins (J Henry 74), D Cusack capt, J Davies (R Cushion 62), T Fidler, T Cowan-Dickie (T Stagg 29), A Tiedemann, N Patrick (T Jubb 73), T Hicks, E Grace, S Simmonds, R Oakley replacements not used T Heard, L Chapman, A Bone

Tries: Arnott, Oakley

Con: Cusack

Pens: Cusack 2

Jersey: A Penberthy, M Foster, D Locke, L Robling, M McCrea, J Bentley, S Fisilau, I Lancuba (S Lockwood 55), M Garcia-Veiga (J Buckle 55), H Williams, N Campbell, P Phillips (D Markham 40), A Rae capt, R Hodson, M Noone replacements not used D Herriott, G Graham, R Glynn, D Bishop

Tries: Hodson, Fisilau, Penberthy

Con: Penberthy

Yellow card: Campbell

Attendance: 1,272

Referee: Luke Pearce (RFU)

Plymouth Albion make five changes for the visit of Jersey

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For their vital Championship match against Jersey (Saturday kick off 3pm), Plymouth Albion have made five changes, one of them positional, from the side that drew with London Scottish last Sunday.

Lawrence Rayner, who is Albion’s top points scorer this season, returns to the side at full back with dual registered Jack Arnott switching to his more familiar position on the wing.

In the front row Tom Cowan-Dickie is selected at hooker while Neale Patrick who missed the Scottish game due to illness is restored at lock.

In the back row Irishman Eoghan Grace comes in for Herbie Stupple who broke his leg in the Scottish game

At the fourth attempt Albion will be hoping to record a first home victory over Jersey.

The Islanders have won two league games at Brickfields and this season a British & Irish Cup match 22-16.

Albion have played Jersey twice this season at St Peter losing the league game 19-0 but winning the B & I Cup match 23-14.

Plymouth Albion: 15 Lawrence Rayner, 14 Jack Arnott, 13 Ben Woods, 12 Toby Howley-Berridge, 11 Josh Watkins, 10 Declan Cusack capt, 9 Josh Davies, 1 Tom Fidler, 2 Tom Cowan-Dickie, 3 Andy Tiedemann, 4 Neale Patrick, 5 Tom Hicks, 6 Eoghan Grace, 7 Sam Simmonds, 8 Rhys Oakley replacements 16 Ted Stagg, 17 Tom Heard, 18 Luke Chapman, 19 Tom Jubb, 20 Iain Grieve, 21 Ruairi Cushion 22 Jake Henry

Plymouth Albion hoping that Harry Westlake can spur them on to victory against Jersey

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Plymouth Albion have invited 6 year old Harry Westlake to be their mascot for the vital Championship match against Jersey on Saturday at Brickfields (kick off 3pm).

Harry, whose father and grandfather both played for Albion. became a media and social media sensation after his appearance as England’s mascot at Twickenham last weekend.

Harry’s time in the spotlight came following his passionate singing of the National Anthem before the international against Italy.

Albion, who are 7 points adrift at the foot of the Championship table, will be hoping that Harry can inspire them to victory against Jersey.

After gaining promotion to the Championship Jersey have won all three games they have played at Brickfields with two victories coming in the league and one this season in the British & Irish Cup.

Photo credited to Pinnacle