Matchday Preview 14th October 2017

Ryan Carter splits the Henley defence last season unfortunately he is unavailable for today

Morning campers and welcome to today’s match day preview being written just as The Chiefs are on their 187 mile journey to Henley for game 7 of the National 2 south season. The results for Henley Hawks have started to show signs of life with victory over Broadstreet and a draw against Old Redcliffians having stopped a run of three straight defeats and see’s Henly occupying 11th place.

_Z8A4288Given Barnstaple’s less than stellar away record, having won just two of their last 18 games on the road, this does look to be a tough ask. Mind you grabbing a bonus point at Canterbury and the home win against Clifton will put The Chiefs in a much better frame of mind for this trip and will be looking to make it another win today.

There is one new face Gwyn Parks at Fly Half. This does mean that Jake Murphy returns to his favoured position at no.12 partnered today by Jack Bond. Ryan Carter seems to be unavailable which given his injury from last week’s game is no surprise.  Here then is the team line up for today’s kick off.

  1. Danny Southworth
  2. James Starkey
  3. Rob Dugard
  4. Matt Hauge
  5. Oli Mason
  6. Winston James
  7. Jarred Hayler
  8. Gaz Evans
  9. Jordan Petherbridge
  10. Gwyn Parks
  11. Ryan Lee
  12. Jacob Murphy
  13. Jack Bond
  14. Will Topps
  15. Luke Berry

The Finishers

  1. Bradley Drew
  2. Ashlee Crouch
  3. Adam Lloyd
  4. Nat Bayet
  5. James Bath


Will Topps scoring against Henley last season

There are a couple of tasty confrontations today at both ends of the table. Taunton travel to Bury St. Edmonds hoping to dispel their 6 game jinx which sees them running away from everyone in the first 6 games of the season before the wheels come off. Chinnor have a home game against Tonbridge who despite their 9th place are 100% on the road so far beating Clifton and bury, will they make it 3 out of 3 or can Chinnor, buoyed by their success against Cinderford, continue their charge towards the top. Canterbury v Redruth looks to be the making of a great game but given Redruth’s poor away form this season, Canterbury must be favourites for this one.

At the other end of the table there is one very important clash where London Irish WG play host to Old Redcliffians. Old Reds haven’t won a game yet this season managing just a draw against Henley last weekend and have the league’s worst points against record conceding 238 points so far. However that draw will certainly have given the Old Reds a boost and this game against Wild Geese gives them a great chance to claim their first victory of the season. London Irish with only 1 win so far must have this game as a must win and with a bonus point which if they manage this will not only propel them to mid table but put them in good stead before the trip to Pottington Road next week.

17-09-02-01Barnstaple Athletic have a home game today so if you are at a loss for anything to do come down to Pottington Road for some good rugby. It won’t cost you a penny except for your beer money. Today The Tic’s play host to Crediton who are currently in 6th place in the merit table. Scott Warren’s boys will have a tough ask today as Crediton beat 4th place Devonport Services 33-5 at home last weekend but having played the fewest games so far The Tic’s have a great opportunity to rapidly rise through the ranks. A big win today will also put them in good heart for the trip to top of the table Newton Abbot next week.17-09-02-02 1

So wherever you are have an enjoyable day of rugby, good luck to the Chiefs at Henley and if anyone is going to watch The Tic’s see you there.



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