Tuesday, 09 August 2022

O’Neill returns for visit to Forest of Dean

HENLEY HAWKS travel to the Forest of Dean to play Cinderford tomorrow (Saturday) in National Division

HENLEY HAWKS travel to the Forest of Dean to play Cinderford tomorrow (Saturday) in National Division 2 South, kick-off 3pm.

The sides have become traditional rivals over the years with results usually favouring the home side.

Last season the Hawks won 27-13 at Dry Leas whilst Cinderford won a 34-27 ding-dong encounter on their home soil. Although the Hawks had the best aggregate score, it was a game that did not prevent either club avoiding relegation from Division 1.

An important deciding factor in the game at Cinderford was the place kicking of fly-half James Mossop, the home fly-half on his debut who scored 14 points from four conversions and two penalties. The Hawks won bragging rights as far as tries scored were concerned.

Henley returned to winning form last Saturday with an exciting home victory in a high-scoring game against league newcomers Bury St Edmunds. The Hawks scored six tries to five and after falling behind in the first half, 24-12, ran out 41-36 winners. A feature of their try scoring was a brace by Tom Parton, playing at fullback, on his debut. Also of note was the first game in the number eight position of David Hyde.

The Hawks have been forced to make changes for the game at Cinderford. Parton, who is dual registered with London Irish has been recalled by them to play in the first round of the British and Irish Cup against Ospreys. Liam O’Neill reverts to number 15. The Hawks will also be without prop Ziana Montout-Alexis who is on loan from Ealing and they require him to be available for a game in the same competition against Leeds Carnegie.

As a replacement in the backs the Hawks will have Connor Hayhow who has recovered from the injury suffered against Barnes and he will feature at left wing with Xavier Andre on the right after not being available against Bury St Edmunds.

As far as the front row are concerned Stuart Philpott will be available as a replacement after the birth of his first child at the end of last week.

As far as the Cinderford side is concerned they will include Moffatt who was again in fine goal kicking form last week against London Irish Wild Geese scoring 15 points in their 35-24 victory in which they scored four tries.

The Henley Hawks line-up for tomorrow’s match is as follows: 15 Liam O’Neill, 11 Connor Hayhow, 12 Joe Butler, 13 Tom Gardner, 14 Xavier Andre, 10 James Comben, 9 George Jackson, 1 Bradley Cook, 2 Tom Emery, 3 Barnaby Abdel-Weir, 4 Dave Clements, 5 Jake Albon, 6 Tom Hall, 7 Connor Morrison, 8 David Hyde. Replacements: 16 Stuart Philpott, 17 Zaki Chamnaoui, 18 Iwan Davies, 19 Charlie Davey, 20 James Stephenson-Wright.

Henley Bulls are also travelling to play Cinderford United in a Zoo Premier merit table game.

The Bulls side is as follows: 1 George Primett, 2 Charlie Sichel, 3 Jamie Woodstock, 4 Tyler Wint, 5 Matt Thomas, 6 Scott White, 7 Jimmy Wright, 8 George Lane, 9 Liam Eaton, 10 Toby Howe, 11 Cameron Ives, 12 Dave Hankinson, 13 Will Janes, 14 Harry Burn, 15 Tommy Haynes, 16 Ash Hayden, 17 Josh Collis, 18 Sam Middleton, 19 Teddy Hewins.

Elsewhere tomorrow Henley Bears are at home to the University of Surrey (kick-off 3pm) while Henley Vikings are without a fixture.

On Sunday Henley Hawks Women entertain Thurrock Ladies (kick-off 2.30pm) while Henley Colts entertain Newbury Colts.

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