Plymouth Albion All Set for Fylde’s Visit

Dan Mugford of Plymouth Albion is held in the double tackle by Lewis Brunger of Bishop Stortford RFC and Dave Aldam of Bishop Stortford RFC during the National League Division One match between Bishop Stortford RFC and Plymouth Albion at Silver Leys, Bishop Stortford, Hertfordshire on September 16th 2017.  - PHOTO: Gareth Davies/PPAUK

Plymouth Albion are back at the Brickfields this Saturday, September 23, (KO 3pm) for their home fixture against Fylde.

Albion will be full of confidence after last week’s win over newly-promoted Bishop’s Stortford.

Head coach Kieran Hallett was pleased with the team’s performance, despite their slow start. He says: “We conceded ten points early on against the run of play and it rattled us a bit, but we got ourselves back into the game.

“Our physicality was a bit off in the first half. We were playing good stuff but not quite finishing it off as well as lacking accuracy at times. Luckily we took enough opportunities in the second half to put the game to bed.”

Impressed with Bishop’s Stortford, Hallett says: “They play an attacking brand of rugby and are ambitious and take risks. That’s how you should play the game and I don’t think they’ll be in trouble at the bottom of the table come the end of the season.”

Hallett says his team were buoyant after the win. “We always demand more of ourselves as a group which is great and I guess my job is to reinforce the positives each week. Five points on the road, no matter how you play, is nothing to be sniffed at.”

Despite a last gasp loss at Blackheath in the opening game, Albion have made a promising start to the season.

Hallett adds: “We have scored nearly 100 points over three games so there are lots of positives and we have achieved try scoring bonus points in every game so far.”

In contrast, Fylde, probably best known as the club where Bill Beaumont spent his playing career, have yet to win a game this season. Despite this, Hallett warns they will be no pushover.

“Fylde always provide an interesting game. They approach it differently to most other clubs in our league. They run everything and are very attack minded. They don’t like to kick the ball away very often, so will create a different set of challenges. The result up there last year was 39-37 so there were lots of points scored. We know defensively we will need to be on top form.”

With Albion in fourth place in National League One, Hallett hopes the Brickfields crowd will be out in force. “We tend to get bigger crowds than most teams in this league which is great. It gives the boys a real boost. Certainly with Fylde coming to town there should be a lot of points scored.”

Plymouth Albion team to face Fylde at the Brickfields on Saturday, September 23, (KO 3pm):

15 Matthew Shepherd, 14 Matt Crosscombe, 13 Setareki Raumakita, 12 Harvey Skinner, 11 Jack Arnott, 10 Dan Mugford, 9 Cameron Setter, 1 Luke Chapman, 2 Rupert Freestone, 3 Marcus Street, 4 Ed Holmes, 5 Daniel Swain, 6 Eoghan Grace, 7 George Mills, 8 Herbie Stupple

Replacements

Joe Snow, Jamie Salter, Jordan Gott, Sean Lonsdale, Jack Owlett