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National League 1: Week 3: Previews


NL1: Week 3 - Previews

By Tom Little
September 15 2016

Week 3 sees winless Blaydon and Fylde both at home as they try to break their duck, whilst leaders Hartpury College face their first away game of the season...

Hartpury College, still the only side with a 100% record travel to Esher. The home side narrowly lost away to Blackheath who were beaten heavily by Hartpury College in the first game of the season. On the face of it Hartpury College should be firm favourites but Esher at home do have enough experience and quality to make it a lot closer than first thought. 

Birmingham Moseley who have started with 2 close wins, travel to a Hull Ionians side who surprisingly lost away to Loughborough Students. However at home, Hull should be able to give Moseley a close contest which could go either way.

The only other unbeaten side Ampthill & District are at home to a Darlington Mowden Park side who struggled to beat Blaydon last week. Park did return to form later on in that game but in visiting Ampthill will be facing a formidable pack and backs who have the ability to take advantage of the possession. The home side should be able to ease to an emphatic win.

It is the battle of 2 sides on 6 points,as Coventry Rugby are at home to Macclesfield. Possibly a chance thrown away at Moseley will have disappointed Coventry and they need to be on top of their game as they face a Macclesfield side who have settled well into NL1. The visitors have an experienced pack led by No 8 Ryan Parkinson  and effective backs. A game which could be a lot closer than first expected.

Two more sides who have settled well into NL1, Cambridge and Old Albanian reprise their exploits from last season in NL2 South. Both sides seem well matched and the tie could go either way, in the end home advantage might just swing it.

Plymouth Albion after a large away defeat at Hartpury College are at home to face a Rosslyn Park side still looking for their first win. Albion at home are certainly a force to be reckoned with  and should be favourites for this one, although Park cannot yet be written off with their strength and quality in their squad.

Another side yet to win Fylde are at home to a Blackheath side who gained their first win of the season at home to Esher. Both sides are capable of scoring tries and but have already had large away defeats. At home Fylde may be slight favourites but Blackheath do appear to have the stronger pack and if so should have enough possession to sneak this one.

The final match also involves the last winless side Blaydon, who are at home to Loughborough Students. Last week Blaydon were within 2 minutes of beating DMP, which should give them the confidence to get a win. Their pack should be superior to that of the Students, but Loughborough managed to put behind them their heavy loss at Coventry to beat a Hull Ionians side. It should be a home win  but the Students can never be written off as they will slowly knit together.

Fixtures Week 3 Saturday 17th September.

Ampthill & District         v         Darlington Mowden Park

Blaydon                        v         Loughborough Students                  14.30 

Cambridge                    v         Old Albanian

Coventry Rugby             v          Macclesfield

Esher                            v         Hartpury College

Fylde                            v         Blackheath

Hull Ionians                   v         Birmingham Moseley

Plymouth Albion             v        Rosslyn Park 

 

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