Hawks look to end season on a high

Henley Hawks play their final game of the National 2 (South) campaign on Saturday when they entertain old Cornish rivals, Redruth. Kick off at Dry Leas is 3pm.

Redruth have had a more prosperous season than the Hawks, occupying a top five position in the league for most of the season. They have flirted with being promotion challengers but have lost a crucial game here and there.

Not many teams win at ‘The Rec’, Redruth’s home ground, but The Reds surprisingly lost at home to relegation threatened London Irish Wild Geese last week 22-21. The proud Cornishmen always produce good forward packs and will want to put things right to end the season a high. The Hawks can be certain they are in for a stern test on Saturday.

The reverse fixture at Redruth was the Hawks first game of the season back in September when The Cornishmen shaded a close game 23-18. There was twelve minutes of added time in the match with the Hawks camped on the Redruth line but the Reds defended stoutly to hold on for victory.

Since then, Redruth have won 19 of their 29 fixtures and include one of the leagues leading try scorers in their ranks in Alex Ducker.

The Hawks will be keen to add to the resounding victory against struggling Barnstaple last week when they crossed for eight tries.

There is continuity in selection again for the Cornish test with just one change to the starting fifteen that took on Barnstaple. Marcus Lowe replaces Rob Bell in the back row. Lowe will play No.8 while Dave Hyde, who was outstanding against Barnstaple will play at wing forward. Zaina Alexis and Simon Perry are added to the bench.

The Hawks will also want to finish on a high for their faithful supporters who have seen a mixed season. This is a tough league and before Christmas, the Hawks struggled to find any momentum in terms of results and slipped towards the foot of the table. Results since then have improved on the whole and helped to secure a mid table placing. With much of the current squad secured for next season, Hawks supporters can look forward with optimism.

The Hawks line up for the match is:

  1. Jim Hadfield
  2. Tom Emery
  3. Dave Manning
  4. David Clements
  5. Jake Albon
  6. David Hyde
  7. Tom Hall
  8. Marcus Lowe
  9. Harry Burn
  10. Joe Butler
  11. Sam Portland
  12. Liam O Neill
  13. Alan Awcock
  14. Xavier Andre
  15. Tom Parton

Replacements;

16. Brad Cooke

17. Ziana Mountout-Alexis

18. Scott White

19. Tom Gardner

20. Simon Perry

On Sunday, The Henley Hawks Colts will play in the RFU National U17 Final against Bromsgrove. This match is being held at Worcester Warriors home ground, ‘Sixways Stadium’ with the game kicking off at 11am. The Hawks won the Southern final with the last play of the game against Medway and will be up against the Northern Section winners, Bromsgrove.

A supporters coach is leaving the club at 7.30am on Sunday.Please contact the club office if you would like to travel and support the boys.