After two nail biting matches at home against Canterbury and Taunton Titans, in which the Hawks earned three league points from a 30-30 draw and a 20-17 loss, respectively, the Hawks travel down the M4 to Clifton tomorrow for a 2.30 kick-off. The hosts, who have put together some impressive results of late, have moved up to 11th in the league table, 10 points ahead of Bristolian rivals, Old Redcliffians who currently sit third from bottom in the relegation places.
Clifton faced Worthing two weeks ago in their last league fixture. It turned out to be a try scoring bonanza, with the Bristolians winning 36-24. One of their five tries was scored by Danny Wells, the former Hawks centre who has had an impressive season, particularly against the Hawks at Dry Leas back in December, which saw Henley win 30-20 in a tight affair. The Hawks will also need to be wary of Clifton wing, Callum Roberts, the Club's leading try scorer.
Hawks scrum-half, George Jackson has done much to keep the Hawks in the top ten at present. He will be partnered at half-back by Toby Howe for this match, after two appearances from the bench. The other backs will be the same as those who did service against Taunton Titans with the exception of Liam O’Neill who comes into the centres in place of Simon Perry.
Once more there are a number of changes in the front row. Tom Emery, back from holiday, starts at hooker with George Primett and Dave Manning at prop. It has all the ingredients for a close game and the Hawks will need to be on their mettle to keep up their ambition to finish in the top six.
Clifton vs Henley (away) kick-off 2.30 pm
1. Dave Manning, 2. Tom Emery, 3. George Primett, 4. Dave Clements (capt.), 5. Dave Hyde, 6. Tommy Haynes, 7. Scott White, 8. Marcus Lowe, 9. George Jackson, 10. Toby Howe, 11.Sam Portland, 12. Connor Hayhow, 13. Liam O’Neill, 14. Xavier Andre, 15. Jack Robinson
Replacements: 16, Juan Wunder, 17. Brad Cook, 18. Max Berry, 19. Will Janes, 20. Joe Butler