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Andy Chesters

THERE will be NO development game at Brickfields on Tuesday night.

Albion had been hoping to play Taunton A in rearrangement match that had to be postponed last Tuesday due to the weather.

But unfortunately Taunton are unable to travel down to Devon at short notice.

“Once it was postponed last week it was always going to be a tough ask to get it on this Tuesday,” admitted Albion’s director of rugby Graham Dawe.

“But we are looking to get a game against Taunton as soon as possible after Christmas, while we hope to play Exmouth at Brickfields next Tuesday (December 8).”


Herbie Stupple against Ampthill

GRAHAM DAWE wants his Plymouth Albion team to build on their home victory over Ampthill on Saturday.

Albion returned to winning ways after defeats against Blackheath and Darlington to beat Paul Turner’s Ampthill side 18-13.

Director of rugby Dawe believes the win is a ‘big boost’ for his team ahead of their long trip to the Yorkshire Dales to take on Wharfedale this coming weekend.

He said: “Getting this win at home is a really big boost for us.

“If we had lost again after losing at home two weeks ago, it would have been tough, not just for the players but also for the supporters.

“The supporters have stuck by us this season and over the years so to get some wins at home is very important – and that’s what we did on Saturday.

“This now gives us something to work on for next week. We really want to hammer on now.

“We have got a game at Wharfedale next week so we just have to keep working. I’d like to look on this as just half-time as we are looking at these two very important games as a pair.”

He added: “It would be a timely boost to get an away win next week. And as soon as the final whistle blew on Saturday that was what we were talking about – trying to go and get a win away from home at Wharfedale.”

Jake Murphy with mascot Ellen Penman




ALBION returned to winning ways with a hard-earned home victory over Ampthill on Saturday.

After back-to-back defeats against Blackheath and Darlington Mowden Park, it was a much-needed four points for Graham Dawe’s young side.

Albion, with the wind at their backs, dominated territory in the first half, but struggled to turn that into points, mainly due to Ampthill’s impressive work at the line-outs.

Teenage fly-half Billy Searle did kick a penalty on 30 minutes to give his side the lead after missing an earlier effort.

And, right on the stroke of half-time, captain Jake Murphy went over for a try on the left after good pressure from a scrum.


That gave the home side an 8-0 half-time advantage against an Ampthill side, who included former Albion players Ben Gulliver and Elliot Clements-Hill in their line-up.

911594The weather had not been too bad for the opening 40 minutes, apart from the strong wind, but second half conditions were horrible, with torrential rain driving across the pitch and making the playing surface, which had not fully recovered from the Darlington match, heavy.

The second half was held up for nearly seven minutes at the start due to an injury to Ampthill prop Lewis Brunger.

When play did resume, Nile Dacres made a powerful run that earned Albion a five-metre scrum. The home side had dominated the scrums and after Ampthill had been penalised twice referee Gareth Hallsgrove awarded a penalty try. Searle converted to make it 15-0.

Ampthill had prop Henry Peck sin-binned midway through the half, but while he was off Clements-Hill kicked two penalties for the visitors to make it 15-6.

Searle, though, responded with one of his own to give Albion a 12-point advantage.

It looked like that was how the game was going to end but deep in injury-time Ampthill rescued a bonus point when replacement Harry Agnew went over and Clements-Hill converted.


Albion: Ethan Ford, Tom Putt, Jake Murphy (capt), Marc Koteczky, Harrison Cully, Billy Searle, Matt Shepherd, Ollie Dawe, James Penman, Christian Judge, Dan Collier, Ed Holmes, Nile Dacres, Sam Matavesi, Herbie Stupple. Reps: Rupert Freestone, Gregory Sebastien, Cameron Thompson, Cameron Setter, Robin Wedlake.

Ampthill: Elliot Clements-Hill, Jonny Morgan, Elliott Reeder, Maxwell Wilkins, Gavin Williams, Cameron Keenan, Lewis Brunger, James Fish, Aleki Lutui (capt), Ben Gulliver, Josh Tyler, Tom Nutley, Matthew Burke, Darrell Dyer. Reps: Henry Peck, Matthew Collins, Harry Agnew, Kieran Duffin, Stuart Livesey.

Scorers: Albion: Tries: Murphy, Penalty; Con: Searle; Pens: Searle 2

Ampthill: Try: Agnew; Con:  Clements-Hill; Pens: Clements-Hill 2

Cards: Albion: None; Ampthill: Peck (yellow)

Attendance: 927



Matt Shepherd

PLYMOUTH Albion take on Ampthill at Brickfields today in National One (3pm).

The Bedfordshire club are making their first trip to Albion.

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Dan Collier

ALBION have made three changes to their side that lost at Blackheath last weekend for tomorrow’s visit of Ampthill to Brickfields (kick-off 3pm).

Flanker Sam Matavesi, who re-signed for the club last week, and scrum-half Matt Shepherd come into the starting line-up after making replacement appearances last Saturday at Rectory Field, while lock Dan Collier returns to the team after missing the Blackheath trip due to illness.

Prop Ollie Dawe has been passed fit to play after requiring stitches in a nose injury last week, but fellow teenager and top points scorer Tom Putt has not recovered from the foot injury that kept him of the game in London.

Albion are looking to return to winning ways after back-to-back defeats against Blackheath and Darlington Mowden Park, but director of rugby Graham Dawe expects it to be tough against an experienced Ampthill side, who are likely to include former Albion players Ben Gulliver and Elliot Clements-Hills as well as Tongan international Aleki Lutui, who has recently returned from the World Cup.

“We are looking forward to welcoming Ampthill to Plymouth for the first time,” said Dawe. “It’s an exciting challenge for us.”

Dawe admits his young team are trying to get some consistency to their game. Prior to their defeats against Blackheath and Darlington, Albion did claim bonus-point wins against Henley Hawks, Cinderford and Blaydon.

“Consistency is something we are striving for,” said the Albion boss. “Even the top teams in the world, that’s what they look for. Consistency of play and performance as well as results.

“You just have to work hard and hope you will be rewarded, but there’s no guarantee.”


15 Ethan Ford

14 Tom Bedford

13 Jake Murphy (capt)

12 Marc Koteczky

11 Harrison Cully

10 Billy Searle

9 Matt Shepherd

1 Ollie Dawe

2 James Penman

3 Christian Judge

4 Dan Collier

5 Ed Holmes

6 Nile Dacres

7 Sam Matavesi

8 Herbie Stupple

Replacements: Rupert Freestone, Gregory Sebastien, Cameron Thompson, Robin Wedlake, Cameron Setter.


Sam Matavesi

SAM MATAVESI is delighted to be back at Plymouth Albion.

The 23-year-old joined the club for a third time last week from Cornish club Camborne.

The Fijian international came on as a replacement in Albion’s defeat at Blackheath last Saturday and will start tomorrow’s home match against Ampthill (3pm).

“I’ve been at my hometown club Camborne for most of the season, but it’s awesome to come back here,” said Matavesi.

“It’s the third time I’ve been here and I’m only 23. I have been around Albion on and off since I was 18 so I’m pretty much part of the furniture.”

The Cornish-born forward is looking forward to tomorrow’s home match.

He said: “I saw some of the supporters last week at the away game, but I will see the rest of them on Saturday in the home game against Ampthill.

“I think everyone is excited about the game. We just need to put in a performance that is much better than last week.”

Matavesi says he has primarily returned as back-row forward but will cover hooker if needed

“I think for the minute I will stick to the back-row, but I think hooker is always a possibility and if worst had come to the worst last Saturday I would have slotted in at hooker,” he said.

Matavesi hopes to play for Cornwall in the 2016 County Championship and he still has ambitions of playing for Fiji again in the future.


Ollie Dawe

TEENAGE prop Ollie Dawe is expected to be fit for Saturday’s home match with Ampthill, despite suffering a nasty cut to his nose last weekend.

The 18-year-old, who has featured in every match for Albion this term, had to go off against Blackheath due to the injury, which required a number of stitches.

Albion’s director of rugby Graham Dawe said: “Ollie has trained this week and all the signs are that he will be fine to play, but we’ll just have to wait and see.

“I do get the impression he wants to play and it will be up to him if he wants to put himself in the mix.”

Albion also hope to welcome back experienced lock Dan Collier, who missed last week’s match due to illness.

Dawe said: “Dan’s back training and he’s getting up to speed. He is about 90 per cent there now.

“You do want as many people as possible available for selection.”