Hawks looking to bounce back against Cinderford

The Forest of Dean side, locally known as Cinders, arrive at Dry Leas unbeaten and currently considered to be one of the favourites for promotion this season. Games between the two clubs have always been close affairs with home advantage often being the deciding factor. However, last season Cinderford achieved the double including winning a tight game at Dry Leas, 20-17 back in February.  

The Hawks matches with Redingensians and Chinnor did prove that they were well prepared fitness wise and the 39-20 defeat at Chinnor was not a fair reflection of the diference between the two sides with the Hawks having the better of the first and last quarters of the match.

The Hawks started the season hoping to be able to field teams from a squad consistently available. Unfortunately, this is not proving to be the case particularly this week as they have had to select from a squad showing seven changes, including positional ones, because of the unavailability of players rather than injury.

Changes in the front row see Jim Hadfield, who put in sterling work last season, starting at tight head prop having recovered from his nuptials and Brad Cook at loose head. Tom Hall is fit after injury and is able to take the place of the absent Rob Bell in the back row.

Outside the scrum, George Jackson starts at full back and switches with Joe Butler who is in his preferred position of fly-half. In the centre Alan Awcock takes over from Liam O’Neill and Xavier Andre is at wing in place of Jack Robinson.

Henley Hawks v Cinderford {kick-off 3.p.m)

1. Brad Cook, 2. Tom Emery, 3. Jim Hadfield, 4. Jack Albon (capt.) 5. Dave Clements, 6.. Dave Hyde, 7. Tom Hall, 8. Matthew Tibbatts, 9. Connor Murphy.10. Joe Butler, 11. Xavier Andre, 12. Alan Awcock. 13. Tom Gardner, 14 Harry Burn , 15. George Jackson

16. George Primett, 17. Scott White, 18. Michel Kruzyck, 19. Marcus Lowe, 20. Adam Lobbock