Following their narrow 22-20 victory over Old Redcliffians at Dry Leas last Saturday, a win that saw the Hawks climb up to fifth position in National 2 South, the team make the long trek down to Devon to take on Barnstaple tomorrow afternoon (kick-off 2pm). It is going to be a challenging fixture for the Hawks as the home side are a tough nut to crack, particularly on home soil. The two sides met at Dry Leas back in October with the Hawks prevailing 29-22 in a tight contest, so they will be under no illusions of the task that awaits them on Saturday.
The Hawks have made changes within the front row with Tom Emery as hooker and Brad Cook at prop taking over from John Wunder and George Primett respectively, the remainder of the pack is the same. However, there are also changes amongst the backs as Alan Awcock, whose outstanding individual try involving a 50 metre run from full back was the turning point of the game against Old Redcliffians, is not available, Liam O’Neill is nominated at full back as his replacement. George Jackson has recovered from injury and will take over at scrum-half from Toby Venner, who looked very accomplished in the role on his debut last weekend.
In other news, Tom Hall is named amongst the replacements which will be his first game since picking up a shoulder injury against Cinderford back in September.
Barnstaple have a typical west country pack, but their scoring potential lies with their centres Ryan Carter and Jake Murphy, a Cornish cap who was a first choice at Plymouth Albion, backed by wing, Will Topps.
Barnstaple vs Henley Hawks (kick-off 2 pm)
1. Keiron Ball, 2. Tom Emery, 3. Brad Cook, 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, 12. Connor Hayhow, 13. Simon Perry, 14. Xavier Andre. 15. Liam O’Neill
16. Goerge Primett,17. John Wunder, 18. Scott White, 19. Tom Hall, 20. Jack Robinson