A clash with the league leaders – Albion v Chinnor Preview

March 8, 2024
March 8, 2024 Albion

Plymouth Albion will look for a response to the loss at the hands of Blackheath a fortnight ago when they take on Chinnor at the Brickfields.

A clinical performance by Blackheath saw them score a 34-12 win over an Albion side that is in search of some rhythm having struggled to find consistency in the last couple of months.

Our win against Chinnor at their place in November constituted the last time the Janners won two games in a row when they toppled Blackheath at the Brickfields before the successful visit to Kingsey Road, and Saturday presents a chance to get back to winning ways.

Chinnor’s form speaks avidly for itself; they sit top of the league coming into match day 21 of the campaign, and are showing few signs of a let-up as they fight it out with Rams for promotion.

Indeed, the ruthless tide from the Thames has crushed the likes of Taunton, Cinderford and Sale in recent weeks, but ruthless though they may be, they are not unstoppable.

Blackheath themselves proved that seven days before they defeated us at the Utilita – a 22-17 win that day provided another twist in a title battle that now sees this weekend’s travellers dead level on points with Rams head into the final six games of the season.

Chinnor’s last win over Albion came this month two years ago when they took a 19-12 win in Devonport, before we completed the double over them last term. Ryan Lamb’s side will be looking to repeat that achievement on Saturday afternoon.

Once more, please note that this weekend’s clash takes place at an earlier 14:30, making room for England’s mighty task against Ireland at Twickenham in the Six Nations. That will be shown in the Old J Rum Marquee after events draw to a conclusion on the Brickfields pitch.

Team News:

Dan Pullinger returns to the starting line-up this weekend as Harry Wilkinson heads to the bench. Dan Collier is also back in the second row alongside Pat Walton, with Jake Clemson sitting this one out.

Pita Ratukadreu is unavailable; Bobby Wigginton is in on the right wing for his first start in Albion colours. Dan Lilley also makes his first start having made his debut from the bench at Blackheath last time out.

Callum Davies is back in the replacement pool on Saturday, as is Hallam Chapman.

The Team In Full:

  1. Dan Pullinger
  2. Gabe Mead
  3. Jenson Boughton
  4. Pat Walton
  5. Dan Collier
  6. Angus Hodges
  7. Jake Bond
  8. Brad Howe
  9. Jack Oulton ©
  10. Tom Putt
  11. Morgan Stone
  12. Archie Hill
  13. Seta Raumakita
  14. Bobby Wigginton
  15. Dan Lilley


  1. Harry Wilkinson
  2. Ramaz Rukhadze
  3. Callum Davies
  4. Torin Clarke
  5. Hallam Chapman