Fans urged to back Plymouth Albion's bid for league safety
PLYMOUTH sports fans are being urged to try and work their magic for a second week running.
Last Saturday a bumper crowd turned up at Home Park to help Plymouth Argyle claim a vital victory in their bid to stay in the Football League.
Now Plymouth Albion are hoping for similar support as they look to secure their place in the Championship for another season against Jersey at Brickfields on Saturday.
A win against second-from-bottom Jersey would virtually guarantee Albion league safety and also prevent them setting a new club record for consecutive league defeats.
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Albion have lost their last eight Championship matches, which equals their previous worst run in league rugby.
Another defeat would not only make it nine losses in a row, but also leave Albion desperately looking over their shoulders with four fixtures to go.
Coach Nat Saumi has pulled no punches this week about how vital Saturday's match is.
"The whole club and supporters of Plymouth know this is a big game," said Saumi.
"I seldom say games are big, but like last season against London Scottish (in the relegation play-offs) I have reminded the players that this is a massive one for the club to win.
"The players know how important it is and they are looking forward to it.
"We have to make sure we give a good performance and get the right result."
Saumi has called on people to turn up on Saturday and help make a difference.
"It is not a case of could make a different, it (good support) always makes a difference," said Saumi.
"The team always need supporters.
"Our supporters have been very good.
"At our last home game they saw the rugby we want to play and, hopefully, they will turn up again and keep supporting the boys."
Saturday's match is Albion's penultimate home fixture of the season.
Not only do Albion need to win, so do Jersey, who sit just one place and two points off the one relegation place.
Saumi said: "It makes it tough as they have to win to get away from Doncaster at the bottom.
"For us we have to win to stay in the league next season. It will be a tough game for both teams."