Albion face a tough challenge this weekend as they travel away to Richmond, currently second having been knocked off the top perch after a defeat at Sale last weekend.
Albion's away form continues to be a concern as they have yet to win on the road and the ongoing injury woes are not helping the cause.
That is not to say that Richmond can't be contained, two losses on the trot, and their last win against lowly Cantebury, shows that there may be an opportunity if Albion can bring their 'A' game.
In terms of tactics it appears that Richmond favour the pack, so an open game would suit Albion. Good handling and discipline will be essential.
Weather - overcast, but dry with a slight breeze. Slightly chilly - should be ideal for rugby.
Game forecast - difficult to see anything but a heavy defeat for Albion. May get a losing or try bonus point.
Squad as announced on Offy Site:-
15. Conner Eastgate 14. Seta Raumakita 13. Dean Squire 12. Javiah Pohe 11. Alex Ducker 10. Sam Moreley 9. Joe Snoe 8. John Kelly 7. George Mills (C) 6. Lewis Pearson 5. Dan Collier 4. Scott Makepeace 3. Dan Pullinger 2. Jamie Salter 1. Jack Higgins
Top draw win, big,big result for the boys and the club. With the injuries and what’s gone on to get a bonus point of a table topping club the boys have shon great character . Few beers tonight
Just back from Richo where Herbie looked to be top dog on the touchline.
Overall, similar to Chinnor last week - but less of an 80 min grind. Xmas didn't exactly come early for Albion; more like Black Saturday came out of nowhere for Richmond. They're a big outfit all round and not short of mobility. Dunno why (or care, to be honest), but they're not firing on all eight over a full game of late. And although the scoreboard didn't show it at HT (22-7), we had actually taken a lot out of them.
Once the 4T BP was in the bag (27-7), our hosts appeared to take their foot off the gas (-or let the brain clutch slip) a bit. We had given them a very kick-able pen in front of the posts. They elected to go for touch, but fluffed it and hardly advanced.
Then the Albion comeback started... First "Father" Salts, then Joe Snow. Josh's first try was an absolute stormer - straight down Route 1 to the posts like an express train! As the clock wound down, Alex Ducker made a great run down the near touchline to put him in for the final nail in the coffin. (Sir appeared to be milking it for dramatic effect, but eventually walked into the corner before signalling/blowing/awarding.) The 50-odd away contingent went ape! And the ensuing silence was deafening... Followed by The Oggie Song in the bar with a final pint.
Massive show of character and grit to steal a five pointer when "nul points" was staring us in the face. Top job, lads! Still tight as a shark's a**e in mid table (those hard-won points "only" take us to 11th), but that's a huge line in the sand ahead of Rams (A) in two weeks time. Can we do it...?
PS. Anyone remember the last team to beat Richmond (at home) on their way to the Champ (by a single point)? Good night.
Just caught a shot of the Albion Travel Club Choir and supporters ,great effort guys ,the boys appreciate your immense support home and away. Had a call from a Richmond friend and supporter his comments “ Team were outstanding once the got the bus trip out of their system, wish we had supporters like you lot “ 👍👍😂
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