Plymouth Albion have named Eoghan Grace as captain for their Armed Forces Day fixture today (Saturday, November 11) when they welcome Ampthill & District to Brickfields in National League One.
Grace is hoping his team can improve on last week’s performance at Rosslyn Park, when Albion could only manage a 26-26 draw leaving them fourth in the table.
He says: “We had a pretty strong first half but once we had the break we tried to add a bit more to our structure, went off track and let them back into the game.”
Albion managed to rescue the draw with a try from Grace in the last play of the game.
He says: “It was one of those moments. It was do or die. I knew I was getting the ball at the back of the scrum and had a clean platform to run from, so I pinned my ears back, went for it and got there.”
Albion had a chance to steal the win with a Mugford conversion, but it was not to be. Grace adds: “It was a frustrating day. An extra bit of something over the last three weeks and and we would have won all three games, whether that’s defending a bit harder, or getting a bit of luck. The kick not going over just meant it was one of those days.
“We were gutted. Not because of the kick, but because the way we played. We should have got better and better and moved up. We’ve got to deliver an eighty minute performance.”
On Ampthill, who will be high on confidence following their big win over Old Elthamians last weekend, Grace says: “This one is a big one. These games are the ones we should be on top of. We need to put the performance together and graft. You get what you deserve and if you put it in you get it out.
“The way we play when we play well is very good for this level and it is just putting it all together and finding it somewhere.
“I’ve no doubt that the boys are capable of stepping up to the plate and giving it their all.”
Unbeaten at Brickfields since last December, Albion will be hoping to preserve their home record. Grace adds: “We want it to be ‘Fortress Brickfields’. Teams have quite a distance to travel and we want it known that people come here and they go home empty-handed.”
Named as skipper for the fourth game in a row, Grace is relishing the opportunity the captain his side.
“Herbie being out is a loss. He’s our skipper and a good one at that. He’s a big boy and we can do with all the bulk we can get.
“Being captain really means a lot. The last time I was here I captained a couple of games. It’s a big honour for me. I wanted to come back to this club. I live in the city now and my family come along to the games so it’s a good place to be.
“I like to be the one who’s leading the boys out.”
Designated a special Armed Forces Day by the club, current members of the Armed Forces will be given free entry to the ground on production of ID.
Plymouth Albion team to face Ampthill & District at Brickfields, on Saturday, November 11, (KO 3pm):
15 Jack Arnott, 14 Matt Crosscombe, 13 Dean Squire, 12 Harvey Skinner, 11 Setareki Raumakita, 10 Dan Mugford, 9 Joe Snow, 1 Will Norton, 2 Rupert Freestone, 3 Dan Pullinger, 4 Sean Lonsdale, 5 Dan Collier, 6 John Kelly, 7 George Mills, 8 Eoghan Grace (Captain).
16 Marcus Street, 17 James Salter, 18 Daniel Swain, 19 Cameron Setter, 20 Matthew Shepherd