Prop Norton Ready For Rosslyn Park

Will Norton of Plymouth Albion on the break 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 are at home tomorrow (Saturday, March 3) to tenth-placed Rosslyn Park in National League One (KO 3pm).

Loosehead prop Will Norton has been named in the starting XV for the second week in a row, following his part in Albion’s strong away performance at seventh-placed Birmingham Moseley.

Norton played a key role in Albion’s 20-16 win last week at Billesley Common but was yellow carded in the first half for indiscipline in the scrum.

“Look, it’s the referee’s interpretation at the end of the day, we sorted it out come the second half. We always want to go hard and play hard but we must be whiter than white.

“They are a good side. They may not be that high up the table but they are a team that you cannot just expect to beat away from home and they proved that. We showed resilience when things weren’t going our way, we stuck with it as a collective and came from behind to get the win.”

Norton, 24, says the stiff competition for front row game time this season has been a motivating factor: “It pushes you. It makes you want to come on, make a difference and perform well. We all want to start every week so there is rivalry between us but it betters you.

“On the pitch it is a competitive environment and we are all trying to do our best, but off the pitch we all have a laugh and a joke.”

Norton combines his rugby with studying for a Post Graduate Certificate of Education (PGCE) at Exeter University and hopes to become a primary school teacher.

The former Exmouth and Tiverton player was previously at Cardiff Metropolitan University where he completed a sports coaching degree.

Of this week’s visitors, Rosslyn Park, Norton says: “I have played against them a few times. No matter where they are in the table, they will see Plymouth Albion as a big name and want to come away with a big scalp. Teams like that will always play better when they play against us. They want to take us on.

“For us it is about focusing and sticking to our process. If we get everything right on Saturday we should get the win.”

Norton is pleased to get his season back on track after an ankle injury sustained at Fylde kept him on the sidelines: “I made a good start but for me it is about getting the performance where it needs to be. I just need to build on that week in, week out and that can only happen with game time.

“This weekend is a great opportunity for me to make that happen.”

Plymouth Albion team to face Rosslyn Park at Brickfields on Saturday, March 3, KO 3pm.

15 Jordan Gott, 14 Matt Crosscombe, 13 Dean Squire, 12 Tom Hendrickson, 11 Harrison Cully, 10 Harvey Skinner, 9 Joe Snow, 1 Will Norton, 2 Jamie Salter, 3 Jack Owlett, 4 Dan Swain, 5 Sean Lonsdale, 6 Ed Holmes, 7 George Mills, 8 Dan Williams (Captain).

Replacements

16 Dan Pullinger, 17 Rupert Freestone, 18 Eoghan Grace, 19 Cam Setter, 20 Dan Powell.