Oaks keen to build platform for new year
PLYMSTOCK Albion Oaks return to Devon One action tomorrow at Salcombe eager to end the first half of the season on a high note.
Oaks are fourth in the standings – a far cry from their early season struggles in 2011/12 – having won four out of six fixtures.
Coach Adam Nicholas' side has two games to negotiate before the Christmas and New Year shutdown with South Molton coming to Horsham Playing Fields on December 15.
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Before then, though, Oaks have to deal with hosts Salcombe at Twomeads and Nicholas, now with a full squad to choose from, believes his side's chances are good.
"We haven't played in the league since mid-November when we beat New Cross (12-10), but we've had a couple of cup matches in between.
"But it's the league that we want to concentrate on and we'll have a good squad to take with us to Salcombe and if we can win tomorrow and again on Saturday week against South Molton, then that will give us a good platform for the new year."
Plymstock Albion Oaks: (from), S Austin, C McQueen, R Currell, C Reilly, J Hardman, S Jailer, S Wills, A Parsons, G Higginson, T West, A Soper, M Hattecliffe, C Mann, J Hawkins, B Donohue.
DEVON Two leaders Old Technicians will be looking to complete a perfect first half of the season when they face North Tawton tomorrow (2.30pm).
Techs take to the field at Weston Mill having won all seven of their Devon Two matches, most recently at Ilfracombe last Saturday where they prevailed 24-0.
But Techs know they face a tough test of their mettle against the north Devon outfit who lie third in the standings, having lost just once.
Player and spokesman Shaun Bedford-Smith says Techs are anticipating and prepared for a hard match where the winner would have a distinct advantage going into the second half of the season.
He said: "This is a big match for us as if we win then it would put us over 10 points ahead of North Tawton in the lead up to Christmas.
"But it'll be tough as they've only lost once and will want to cut the gap down on Plymouth Argaum, who are chasing us in second place.
"But if we stick to the game plan that we had at Ilfracombe last Saturday and the attitude of not taking anything for granted that has served us well all season, we won't go far wrong."
Things could not be different for Devonport High School Old Boys who are involved in a basement battle with Plympton Victoria at Marsh Mills tomorrow (2.30pm).
The Old Boys are bottom of the table with no wins from six, while their hosts have at least won once this season.
Devonport head coach Mike Freeman watched his side lose 37-7 at home to former perennial Devon Two strugglers but now promotion hopefuls Plymouth Argaum last weekend and yet remains optimistic that win number one is not far away.
"Yes, hopefully, we can get our first victory against Plym-Vic tomorrow as the lads cannot be faulted for effort," said Freeman.
"We'd already fixed this season as a development campaign having recruited some players who had never really played the game before.
"We've got a very good spirit at the club and get a fine turnout on training nights, and the lads deserve the reward of getting that elusive victory. Tomorrow would be as good a time as any."
DHSOB: (from) R Bevan, P Rushforth, D Roseveare, M Walkden, M Cioffi, J Dowding, M Miles, J Leggatt, D Bulley, D Swatton, A Wright, R Lennon, A Buckley, L Minter, T Minter, L Ingram, J Hickey, L Taylor, S Pearson, G Morgan.
FOURTH placed St Columba & Torpoint entertain Buckfastleigh Ramblers, while Argaum can give their promotion campaign a hefty shove with a victory at home to fellow hopefuls Ilfracombe.