The Hawks return to Dry Leas after a convincing 42-12 victory away at Broadstreet last Saturday. The visitors tomorrow, Old Redcliffiians are another team which earned promotion into Division 2 (South) last season and, like Broadstreet, have also found victories hard to come by, only recording three out of their nineteen games to date.
However, they recorded one of these last Saturday in the Bristol derby against Clifton with a 34-0 thumping which must have given them a good degree of satisfaction. Much of this was due to a good performance by their pack, an area the Hawks will need to be wary of tomorrow afternoon.
The two sides met at Scotland Lane back in October last year. On that occasion Redcliffians gave the Hawks a very good game which ended in 25-25 draw, a frustrating result given the amount of territory and possession Henley had.
The Hawks, as usual, will not be able to field an unchanged team. However, for a change they are able to play the same front five. There is one change in the back row, Matthew Tabbatts, man of the match at Broadsreet scoring a hat trick of tries, is not available because of work commitments, but the Hawks are able to call on a capable replacement at No. 8 in Marcus Lowe, who was Young Player of the Year last season. Another returnee is at centre, Connor Hayhow who has been released by London Scottish and is expected to be available for the rest of the season. Sam Portland will play if declared fit.
Hawks v Old Redcliffians (kick-off 3 pm)
1. Keiran Ball, 2. John Wunder, 3.Joe Morris, 4. Dave Clements, 5. Jake Albon (capt.), 6. David Hyde, 7. Tommy Haynes, 8 . Marcus Lowe, 9. George Jackson, 10. Joe Butler, 11. Sam Portland/Liam O’Neill, 12. Connor Hayhow, 13. Simon Perry, 14 Xavier Andre, 15. Alan Awcock
16. George Primett, 17. Tom Emery, 18. Brad Cook, 19. Scott White, 20. Liam O’Neill/Jack Robinson