HENLEY HAWKS face another derby clash, this week with Redingensians tomorrow (Saturday) following their game with
HENLEY HAWKS face another derby clash, this week with Redingensians tomorrow (Saturday) following their game with Chinnor at Dry Leas.
This will be the first meeting of the two clubs since the Nineties when Redingensians Rams, as they are now called, earned promotion to Division 2 South for the first time in 2014/15. Last season, after a slow start, they finished in mid-table, thanks in part to a successful recruitment campaign.
The Hawks have lost their opening games to Redruth (away) and at home to Chinnor without being overwhelmed and on each occasion they finished the matches strongly.
The Hawks have suffered a number of changes since last season and there are seven newcomers in the line up for tomorrow’s game.
There are no changes in the back division but injury has meant that they will be without number eight Julian Watkins. This means that Jake Albon, who will captain the side, moves from lock to cover his loss. The second row will benefit by the return of David Hide who was not available last week and he will be partnered by Charlie Davey to form a strong combination to counter the Rams’ forwards combination which is expected to be one of their strengths
The replacements for the match include Tom Parton who has been engaged on a dual registration with London Irish. He is no stranger to Henley having started playing at the club in the juniors. His father ‘Dully’ Parton was a member of the Hawks side that got to the fifth round of the Pilkington Cup in the Nineties and defeated premier side Bedford before going out to Gloucester in the next round. This side won promotion that year to Allied Dunbar 2 (level three).
Last week Parton earned his spurs in the Bulls side that lost a close game to Esher Cardinals scoring 16 points including two tries. He has just returned from South Africa where he played on tour with England U18s and his favoured position is fly-half.
Redingensians had a comfortable 28-13 victory over newly-promoted side London Irish Wild Geese last week.
The Henley Hawks line-up for the match is as follows: 15 James Comben, 14 Simon Perry, 13 Louise Flynn, 12 Liam O’Neill, 11 Dyneal Fessal, 10 Joe Butler, 9 George Osborne, 1 Brad Cook, 3 Tom Emery, 3 Ziana Montout-Alexis, 4 David Hide, 5 Charlie Davey, 6 George Lane, 7 Tom Hall, 8 Jake Albon. Replacements: 16 Zaki Chamnaoui, 17 Stuart Philpott, 18 Dave Clements, 19 Iwan Davies, 20 Tom Parton.