HALLETT LOOKING FOR DOUBLE OVER AMPTHILL
Ampthill might be sitting 3 places above Albion in 4th position in National League One, but Albion Head Coach, Kieran Hallett is looking for the double over Ampthill this season to keep the team in touching distance of the top 6 teams.
The last outing between the two teams was back in September 2018, where Plymouth Albion took Ampthill on at home, with the final score coming out in favour of Albion 17 points to 5. Since then Ampthill have lost just 4 games, the latest only last week when they lost to Esher.
Whereas, a poor start to the season for Albion has turned a corner and Albion have now won 4 games on the bounce, taking them 3rd from bottom to 7th place in the league and most recently producing a stunning win away to Blackheath last week, Albion taking the full 5 points away from the game.
Commenting on the game against Blackheath last weekend, Head Coach Kieran Hallett said; “Our game against Blackheath was probably one of the best games I’ve seen this season in Nat 1.”, explaining further, Hallett said “There were two decent teams on field, both with an attacking mindset, but ultimately I believe we deserved the win.”
Hallett feels that his team are getting better and better with every game, but wants to see them continue to show the strength and character they’ve been demonstrating recently.
The game this weekend against Ampthill is sure to be a tough one, as whilst Ampthill lost their game to Esher they made two almighty come backs. 25 minutes into the game Ampthill found themselves 35-5 down, but by half time they had clawed back to 35-22. However, a poor start to the second half meant the score slipped again, now 49-22 in Esher’s favour. However, not to be disheartened and with a real show of strength, Ampthill started the second fightback of the game and at final the game ended 49-48 to Esher.
Looking ahead to Albion’s visit to Ampthill, Hallett said; “Ampthill is one of our most physical games of the season, it was at home is September and I believe it will be again this weekend.”
Hallett went on to say “We need to face up to them, they have some massive units that come right at you, but we know that’s how Ampthill play and we’ll be ready for the challenge.”
Paul Davis is back in the squad this weekend, as is Dan Powell. Davis offers Albion Albion some dynamic ball carrying opportunities. Whilst Powell, who came off the bench and provided some great strength at the back in the last game, will be starting his first game since a hamstring injury saw him out of the squad for a few weeks before returning to the bench for the last couple of games.
Plymouth Albion are away again this Saturday to Ampthill with a 2.15pm kick off.
The team for Saturday is: 1. Will Norton, 2. Paul Davis, 3. Dan Pullinger, 4. Lewis Pearson, 5. Dan Collier, 6. John Kelly, 7. George Mills, 8. Herbie Stupple, 9. Cam Setter, 10. Connor Eastgate, 11. Matt Shepherd, 12. Dean Squire, 13. Seta Raumakita, 14. Josh Skelcey, 15. Dan Powell.
The substitutes are: 16. Jamie Salter, 17. James Kenny, 18. Kieran Westlake, 19. Dan Mugford, 20. Jack Arnott