Friday, 19 August 2022

Centre Flynn to make start as Hawks aim to do double

HENLEY HAWKS travel to the Forest of Dean for their last away match of the season tomorrow

HENLEY HAWKS travel to the Forest of Dean for their last away match of the season tomorrow (Saturday) when they take on fellow-relegated National Division 1 side Cinderford.

The match will give the Hawks the chance to record a rare double this season they having beaten Cinderford 27-13 at Dry Leas in December. The Hawks’ only double this season has been against Loughborough Students.

Like the Hawks in recent weeks, Cinderford have spent much of the season hovering about the relegation zone and will be joining them in Division 2 South next season. Four weeks ago Cinderford caused an upset as they defeated Esher 31-24.

Last Saturday the Hawks earned a bonus point — one of only six they have accumulated all season — in one of their best peformances of the season at Dry Leas when they ran in five tries in a 31-20 victory against Blaydon.

The Hawks have won six games and drawn one out of their last seven, the same as Cinderford but they, with 10 bonus points, are one place above them in the league leaving the Hawks bottom.

Cinderford have shown improved form in the latter stages of the season with advent of centre Chris Eden who has scored 31 points in conversions and penalties over the last three games.

Wing Nev Codlin is their most dangerous runner scoring tries at regular intervals through out the season. They are usually a difficult side to beat on their own soil backed by a vociferous crowd.

Following on from their victory over Blaydon the Hawks were hoping to field an unchanged side which is a novelty this season. This is almost true as far as the forwards are concerned for there is only one change in their ranks and that is at number eight. Here Justin Watkins takes over from Idwal Davies. This is a minor one as Watkins came on as a replacement in that position against Blaydon after 51 minutes.

However there are changes as far as the backs are concerned as Alan Awcock and Toby Davies are not available. However, James Comben has recovered from a minor injury so he will start at fly-half, his favoured position. Davies’s place in the centre is taken by Louis Flynn the former Ealing player who has captained the Henley Bulls this season.

The Henley Hawks line-up is as follows: 15 Liam O’Neill, 14 Jake Randall, 13 Connor Dolan, 12 Louis Flynn, 11 Simon Perry, 10 James Comben, 9 Tom Allen, 1 Tom West, 2 Tom Emery, 3 Dave Manning, 5 Charley Davey, 6 Tom Hall, 7 Jack Willis, 8 Julian Watkins. Replacements: 16 Billy Moss, 17 Curtiss Langdon, 18 Tom Haynes, 19 James Davies, 20 Freddie Taylor or Ben Palmer.

Elsewhere tomorrow Henley Bulls entertain Cinderford 2nds while Henley Vikings travel to Oxford Harlequins. Henley Bears are without a fixture.

The Henley Bulls squad for tomorrow’s match is as follows: 1 George Primett, 2 Matt Hopkins, 3 Cecil MacCarthy, 4 Tyler Wint, 5 Huw Evans, 6 Martin Nutt, 7 Archie McGowan, 8 Hugo Milford-Scott, 9 Fred Taylor, 10 Jack Wiggins, 11 Dyneal Fessal, 12 Charlie Stacey, 13 Andrew Bailey, 14 Ross Lewis, 15 Luke Govier. Replacements: 16 Charlie Sichel, 17 Hugo Gentilli, 18 Daley Aremu, 19 Toby Venner, 20 Jack Edwards.

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