The Big Match: Rosslyn Park v Blackheath
It may be any away game, but the Club faithful can treat themselves to a bit of a lay in tomorrow as they face the relatively short trip around South London and up to Barnes to meet old friends and rivals Rosslyn Park (4th).
Park sit two points behind their guests, with one less win to their name but have been playing well in recent weeks. Games between these two are always difficult to predict, so expect a ding-dong battle on Saturday afternoon.
National One as at Friday 25 January 2019
|1||Ampthill & District||19||12||1||6||554||387||167||12||5||67|
|8||Darlington Mowden Park||19||9||0||10||449||487||-38||9||4||49|
Past Meetings and Recent Results
Of course, these two sides have a long history between them and in recent years Ross Park have been a regular on the fixture list since the 2010/11 season. Blackheath just have the upper hand in the contest, with 9 wins to Park’s 7, and a solitary draw (17 all at Well Hall in December 17). The Southeast London side have scored 346 points in that sequence to their hosts’ 334. Last season saw that draw, and the reverse Roehampton fixture resulted in a Blackheath win 6 – 25 early in a season in which Ross Park had a slow start.
More recently, Park have been playing some impressive rugby and, whilst their last three games show one win and two losses, the latter have been close games against high quality opposition. The win came at home in the first match of the New Year, hammering Rotherham 46 (7) – 24 (3), a result which took them to the top of the league. The subsequent week saw the short trip to Southeast London to face Old Elthamians, where they were edged out 28 (3) – 22 (3). An impressive second half comeback from the visitors and a controversially disallowed last play try kept that the crowd on the edge of their seats until the final whistle.
Last time out, Park had home advantage over an improving DMP side and ultimately fell 31 (3) – 32 (4) to their guests.
Match Day Details
Kick off at Priory Lane is at 3pm. The man in the middle Fergus Kirby, ably assisted round the edges by Daniel Collins and Jeffrey Highcock.
Far milder weather is expected than we had at the beginning of the week, with temperatures hitting double figures for kick off. It will be overcast for most of the day, there may be some patchy drizzle and the wind will be no more than a gentle 9 mph southwesterly.
Blackheath First XV V Rosslyn Park AWAY 26 January 2019
15. Leo FIELDING
14. Jake LLOYD
13. Henry STAFF
12. Markus BURCHAM (Capt)
11. Craig DOWSETT
10. Joe TARRANT
9. Stef LIEBENBERG
1. Tom WILLIAMS
2. Mike PERKS
3. Danny HERRIOTT
4. Neale PATRICK
5. Josh PETERS
6. Tom STRADWICK
7. Freddie OWEN
8. Anders NILSSON
16. Harry FRY
17. Matt BEESLEY
18. Andrew DAISH
19. Jack DALY
20. Mark COOKE
Around the Grounds
Top of the shop Ampthill (1st) are away at their bogey side Cambridge (12th) this time out, although the Bedfordshire start must still start as favourite. One point behind them are Old Elthamians (2nd), who most punters expect to pick up at 5 points as they entertain Sale FC (10th) at College Meadow.
Chinnor (5th) make the potentially difficult trip to Bishop’s Stortford (15th). Despite their lowly position, Stortford have a habit of running their opponents close and have a decent record at home to the Oxfordshire side. Immediately behind them are Rotherham (6th) who have home advantage over bottom of the heap Loughborough Students (16th). The Forest of Dean sees a tricky to call clash between where Cinderford (7th) host Esher (13th).
Moseley (14th) make the 170-odd mile trip northeast to face an improving Darlington Mowden Park (8th) side and, finally, Plymouth Albion (9th) make the slightly longer 300 mile journey to Caldy (11th).
Good luck Blackheath and Come On Youuuu Cluuuuuub!