by Nick Sullivan
Least said, soonest mended we hope as Blackheath head into this weekend trying to put the disappointment of last week’s away defeat at Hull Ionians behind them.
The red and black faithful will be looking for their side to replicate the form they showed a fortnight ago against Coventry as they prepare to face another opponent from the same neck of the woods in the form of Birmingham Moseley (8th).
By their own standards, Mose have had an indifferent season to date, coming into tomorrow’s meeting with 9 wins from 18 starts. That said, they also come into the game off the back of a comfortable win over OAs last weekend, and they also managed to win away at Hull’s Brantingham Lane at the start of the year.
National One as at Friday 26 January 2018
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|3||Ampthill and District||19||11||3||5||519||381||138||11||4||0||65|
Past Meetings and Recent Results
This weekend’s fixture is only the eighth meeting between the two sides at Level Three since the introduction of league rugby. Moseley hold the whip hand with 6 wins from 7 in a record dating back to 2004. The West Midlands side won both of last season’s encounters, 22 – 12 at Billesley Common and 25 – 32 at Well Hall. Blackheath’s only victory, but a very impressive one at that, came in early October, with an impressive 14 (2) – 55 (9) in the middle of their early season purple patch.
Mose’s more recent record shows two wins and a loss. Last weekend, at home, they ran out comfortable victors 34 (6) – 13 (1) over 15th placed Old Albanian. The week prior to that they fell 42 (6) – 7 (1) in a difficult away encounter at DMP’s Northern Echo Arena. Their first match of 2018 saw them do what Blackheath could not, winning away at Hull Ionians 13 (1) – 29 (4).
Match Day Details
Kick off at Well Hall is at 3pm. Officiating falls to Robert Bourke, ably assisted by Paul Kimber & Tracy Pettingale.
The recent murky weather looks set to continue into the weekend. It will cloud over again after a bright start to the morning and there could well be drizzle over Well Hall by kick off time. Temperatures will pick up to 9 or 10 degrees, although feeling slightly cooler in a 15mph Southerly breeze.
If you are cannot make Well Hall this weekend, don’t forget the always excellent Graham Cox on BBC Radio Kent (96.7 FM, 104.2 FM, 774 AM, DAB & On-line) who provides live score updates and reports, post-match interviews, plus a full round-up National League results for all Kent clubs after 5 pm.
Blackheath First XV V Birmingham Moseley HOME 27 January 2018
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Around the Grounds
Elsewhere, top of the shop Coventry (1st) have a potentially tricky away trip to Silver Leys, home of Bishop’s Stortford (7th). Fifteen points adrift of the leaders, Darlington Mowden Park (2nd) are favourites at home to pick up 5 points from visiting Old Albanian (15th). Just behind them, most punters also back Ampthill (3rd) to pick up a bonus point away at struggling Fylde (16th).
Plymouth Albion (4th), who suffered a postponement last week (which now leaves them with a 3 game backlog) should be sufficiently rested to fancy their chances away at Cambridge (10th). In what could be a cracking match, but weather dependent, Old Elthamians (6th) head 250 miles to the Wirral Peninsula to take on Caldy (11th).
Another potentially exciting clash sees Esher (12th) looking to recover from last week’s heavy defeat at Coventry as they take on Hull Ionians (14th) at Molesey Road. Finally, Loughborough Students (13th) have home advantage over much-improved Rosslyn Park (9th).
The Heathens travelled to the Channel Islands last weekend for the latest round in the Zoo league, but returned empty handed as they lost 31 – 7 to Jersey. Despite that, the boys retain their 5th place in the table. They have a well-earned rest this weekend with no fixture planned.
Good luck Blackheath and Come On Youuuu Cluuuuuub!