Hallett Warns Of Ampthill Threat

Plymouth Albion Head Coach, Kieran Hallett during the National Division 1 match between Birmingham Moseley v Plymouth Albion at Billesley Common, Birmingham, Midlands on February 24th 2018, UK. PHOTO: Cameron Geran/PPAUK

Plymouth Albion travel to Bedfordshire today (Saturday, March 10, KO 3pm) to face Ampthill & District.

Albion are currently third in National League One, level on points and one place ahead of their opponents.

Last week’s scheduled game at Brickfields was called off at the last minute as visitors Rosslyn Park were unable to make the journey west due to the weather.

Head coach Kieran Hallett says: “We were disappointed to have another game postponed but it affects the club more off the pitch than on it. To be honest having a week off at this point is probably ok with the body count we have got racking up and the fact that we don’t have any more weeks off.

“It is frustrating that we couldn’t get the game on but it can’t be helped really.”

The former fly-half is expecting a tough challenge today at Dillingham Park. While Albion came out on top (16-9) when the two sides last met in November at Brickfields, it was a nail-biting encounter.

“The last few times we have played them have been similar sorts of games. The conditions will dictate the type it is going to be. They are probably the biggest pack in the league so they pose a lot of threats from that area. The challenge is always getting our set piece right against them as they put such a big focus on that. We did those things well against them here on a difficult day when moving the ball around wasn’t too easy.

“I would imagine it will be a fairly similar game.”

Hallett says the team’s confidence is high after their recent wins over league heavyweights Darlington Mowden Park (34-19) and Birmingham Moseley (20-16).

“It’s really how we deal with that week off. We came through a lot of adversity at Moseley and were pretty happy with what happened. It is a case of going up there and making sure that we carry on that momentum.”

With Coventry clear league leaders, Hallett explains the team’s focus is on continuous improvement: “Our goal has always been to get better every week and we have done that for large parts of the season.

“The bigger picture stuff is not really in our focus. We just look at our processes and how we can develop this young group. We can’t control what anyone else is doing – we just make sure we give a good account of ourselves every week.”

Plymouth Albion team to face Ampthill & District at Dillingham Park on Saturday, March 10 (KO 3pm).

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