Plymouth Albion head coach Kieran Hallett is hoping for a big crowd today (Saturday, September 9) at the club’s first home game of the season against Esher (KO 3pm).
Confident his players have moved on from their loss at Blackheath last weekend, Hallett says: “I think it was a typical early season game. We were very disappointed with the start but the character we showed – to go from 19-3 down to actually winning at half time – was exceptional.
“We controlled and dominated the game in that middle period without playing particularly well. We didn’t really move out of second gear and still managed to score some good tries. But, having given them that head start, we were never really comfortable.
“Overall it’s disappointing, having been 30 seconds away from the win, but it may turn out that two points away from home at Blackheath is actually a good outcome.
“We will learn from our mistakes, focus week-to-week and get on with our job.
“Training this week was very good. They boys were really sharp. We have moved on now and we are just thinking about Esher.
On Esher’s opening win against Old Elthamians, Hallett says: “They played one of the newly-promoted teams which is always a bit tricky to do first game of the season. They dealt with that pretty well. They’ll be a good side.
“I am sure they will be confident. They will have seen that we lost to Blackheath. Maybe some of the aura from last year has gone now, but we’re not too worried about that.
“It will be a difficult game, as every game is, but we’re pretty confident we can get the win at home.”
Today’s game is a special family day in association with Babcock and Hallett is hoping for a big crowd.
“The support is massively important. Last year the attendances improved as the season went on. Hopefully this year we can start with a bang.”
Albion’s first home fixture – and Family Day – takes place this Saturday, September 9, vs Esher at the Brickfields (KO 3pm). Entry is from £15 (under 16s free) and a special £20 family ticket is available before 2pm (admits two adults and two children).
Plymouth Albion team to face Esher at the Brickfields, (KO 3pm) on Saturday, September 9:
Matthew Shepherd, Matt Crosscombe, Dean Squire, Harvey Skinner, Jack Arnott, Dan Mugford, Joe Snow, Herbie Stupple, George Mills, Eoghan Grace, Dan Swain, Daniel Collier, Daniel Pullinger, Rupert Freestone, Will Norton.
Marcus Street, Jamie Salter, Sam Daly, Cameron Setter, Setareki Raumakita.