Unofficial Plymouth Albion
8 Feb 2020 - Blackheath v Albion
By Igwok
February 6 2020

Blackheath RFC

A second weekend on the road beckons Albion as they look to take on Blackheath
Currently sitting in 5th, Blackheath are 3 places above Albion in the league and only 6 points seperating the two, but have a game in hand having postponed a game against Hull.
Recent form has seen Blackheath win 4 out of their last 5 matches with two of their wins coming against 2nd placed Park and 3rd placed Rams. The loss being a relatively low scoring affair against the leaders, Richmond. Albion, meanwhile, have also won 4 out of 5, maybe not against sides of the same pedigree, but included an outstanding performance against Park. Albion will be looking to returning to winning ways following the close encounter against Sale last weekend.
Blackheath have accumulated 11 try bonus points this season, as have Albion, but only on 4 occasions have they exceeded the minimum 4. Surprisingly, they are 11th in the try scoring table (Albion are 5th) and tend to score in the first and last quarters. The majority (two-thirds) have been provided by the backs and half of these by the wings suggesting that they like to spread the ball out wide. Jake Lloyd (winger) currently shares the lead in the division for try scoring having chalked up 15 to date.
Defensively, it is a similar story with a greater proportion of tries being run in by the oppositions' backs. Albion do have a much poorer record in this respect, having let through 71 to Blackheath's 58, although Albion's defence seems to be more resilient since JS took over the reins.
There is a strong probability that cards could have an infuence on the game. Albion have received two-thirds of their tally on the road, whilst oddly, Blackheath have incurred two-thirds of theirs at home.
The weather forecast looks set to be dray and sunny, clouding later in the day with a gentle breeze - although it may be windier come the day.
We can expect this to be a hard fought game, which may well be influenced by the referee. If Albion can keep the ball away from Blackheath's back line then a win is achievable. Failing this, a strong, resolute defense - not unseen this season - will still see Albion through.
Forecast - Albion to win with BP.