Seeking a Scalp on Men’s Day Out – Albion v Rams Preview

April 5, 2024
April 5, 2024 Albion

Plymouth Albion are set for their penultimate home game of the season on Saturday afternoon when they take on Rams at the Brickfields.

Second in the league, Rams have enjoyed another strong campaign in National League 1 in 2023-24, and they are looking for a strong end to the campaign that could well secure their promotion to the Championship.

This weekend’s visitors are five points behind leaders Chinnor heading into the final three games of the season in yet another outstanding battle for supremacy at the top of the Nat 1 table.

Last season’s runners up enter the weekend having won both of their last two, recovering well from their 36-19 defeat at the hands of Sale in March.

A big win at Cinderford and a strong showing at home to Blackheath have given the Reading-based outfit some positive forward momentum as their tussle at the top begins to reach its climax.

Albion are on solid form as well however. We have recorded wins over both Richmond and Birmingham Moseley since our loss at the hands of Chinnor early in March, with the win in the Midlands putting us three points behind Moseley in the race for fourth.

Albion took a dramatic 27-24 victory over Rams last season at the Brickfields, and pushed them all the way at their place in December. A late penalty kick for the hosts that day helped them snatch the win.

This weekend also plays host to the fantastic Men’s Day Out event – a wonderful charity walk run by St Luke’s Hospice to support their terrific end-of-life care.

Team News:

Tom Cowan-Dickie comes in to start having returned off the bench and scored against Moseley, while Pat Walton also comes back into the starting line-up in place of Scott Makepeace.

Jake Bond switches to Blindside Flanker with Angus Hodges moving to Eight, and Tom Putt starts at Fly-Half. Craig Duncan is also back; he starts at Full-Back.

Dan Collier returns to the match day squad on the bench, with Connor Eastgate and Gabe Mead also going from the replacement pool this week.

The Team In Full:

  1. Ramaz Rukhadze
  2. Tom Cowan-Dickie
  3. Dan Pullinger
  4. Pat Walton
  5. Jake Clemson
  6. Jake Bond
  7. Torin Clarke
  8. Angus Hodges
  9. Jack Oulton ©
  10. Tom Putt
  11. Morgan Stone
  12. Archie Hill
  13. Pita Ratukadreu
  14. Paul Brown-Bampoe
  15. Craig Duncan

Replacements:

  1. Harry Wilkinson
  2. Jenson Boughton
  3. Dan Collier
  4. Gabe Mead
  5. Connor Eastgate