Plymouth Albion Travel to Bishop’s Stortford

Plymouth Albion Head Coach, Kieran Hallett during the National Division 1 Match between Plymouth Albion and Esher at Brickfields, Plymouth, Devon on September 9.  - PHOTO: Cameron Geran/PPAUK

Plymouth Albion travel to Hertfordshire this Saturday, September 16, for their National League One fixture against newly-promoted Bishop’s Stortford (KO 3pm).

The Hertfordshire side are likely to fancy their chances, having enjoyed a great start to their season with back-to-back successes.

Andy Long’s team grabbed early wins against Caldy and Old Elthamians, who also played in the lower tier last season.

Albion’s confidence will be high following their dominating seven try display against Esher at the Brickfields last Saturday.

Head coach Kieran Hallett’s team achieved their first win of the season with a convincing 43-10 home victory over the Surrey club.

Hallett says: “I am a big believer that if you get the performance right then the result takes care of itself.

“We talk a lot about the things that don’t require talent, like hard work. It was missing a bit from the Blackheath game. But it was certainly there in spades on Saturday.

“There was a lot more energy. We started well even though we made a couple of errors. The signs were that we were doing the right thing and with a little more composure and accuracy we would score.

“What pleased me the most was the work rate and energy. Teams will always make errors. We are going to make errors. But if that intent and that energy is there it normally sees you through.”

This will be first time the two teams have faced each other and Hallett says Bishop’s Stortford are something of an unknown quantity: “They have had a couple of good wins over the two teams that came up with them so this is their first time playing a seasoned national one team.

“That said, we will treat them with the respect they deserve, as we do every team in the league, and make sure we approach this game properly.

“Yes, we are confident, but previous performances do not necessarily affect a current performance. We are happy that we have got our season off the mark and we are just trying to build momentum week by week.”

Albion travel to Bishop’s Stortford this Saturday, September 16 (KO 3pm at Silver Leys). Their next home game is on Saturday, September 23, vs Fylde. Entry is from £15 (under 16s free).

Plymouth Albion team to face Bishop’s Stortford at Silver Leys on Saturday, September 16, (KO 3pm):

15 Matt Shepherd, 14 Matt Crosscombe, 13 Tom Hendrickson, 12 Harvey Skinner, 11 Jack Arnott, 10 Dan Mugford, 9 Joe Snow, 16 Will Norton, 2 Rupert Freestone, 3 Dan Pullinger, 4 Dan Collier, 5 Ed Holmes, 6 Eoghan Grace, 7 George Mills, 8 Herbie Stupple

Replacements

1 Marcus Street, 17 Jack Innard, 18 Daniel Swain, 19 Setareki Raumakita, 20 Cameron Setter