The Big Match: Sale FC v Blackheath

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The weekend off has passed soon enough and Blackheath hit the trail again this weekend as the season enters its final straight.  An early meet at Euston is on the cards as the men in red and black head northwest to meet Sale FC (10th). 

Sale are enjoying their first year at Level Three, having been promoted as winners of National Two North last season.  They have a close working relationship with the Premiership’s Sale Sharks and this weekend sees their 3rd home game in a row, so the coffers should be looking pretty healthy.      

Blackheath are hoping for their third win a row as they try to put January’s patchy form behind them.

The League

National One as at Friday 1 March 2019

Psn Club Pld W D L F A PD TBP LBP Points
1 Old Elthamians 23 17 2 4 647 437 210 12 2 86
2 Ampthill & District 23 16 1 6 695 449 246 15 5 86
3 Rosslyn Park 23 16 1 6 669 539 130 13 3 82
4 Blackheath 23 15 1 7 583 482 101 11 5 78
5 Rotherham 23 13 0 10 561 514 47 9 5 66
6 Chinnor 23 11 2 10 584 618 -34 12 6 66
7 Darlington Mowden Park 23 11 1 11 571 592 -21 12 5 63
8 Plymouth Albion 23 12 0 11 491 510 -19 8 5 61
9 Cinderford 23 10 1 12 472 500 -28 8 6 56
10 Sale FC 23 10 1 12 589 652 -63 9 5 56
11 Cambridge 23 10 1 12 443 459 -16 3 7 52
12 Bishops Stortford 23 9 0 14 580 475 105 9 7 52
13 Caldy 23 9 0 14 463 613 -150 7 6 49
14 Birmingham Moseley 23 6 1 16 580 669 -89 8 9 43
15 Esher 23 8 0 15 452 610 -158 4 5 41
16 Loughborough Students 23 5 0 18 607 868 -261 14 5 39

Past Meetings and Recent Results

As far as previous league meetings are concerned, these two sides have met just once, at Well Hall, on 3 November last year.  Blackheath triumphed in a high-scoring 41 (7) – 24 (3) encounter on that occasion.

Blackheath v Sale FC at Well Hall (Eltham, London, UK) on the 3rd November 2018, London, United Kingdom

Currently mid-table, our hosts have won two of their last three, with a try bonus point from each game, so they are perfectly capable of scoring points.  Their last loss was away at Rosslyn Park on 9 February, where they were just beaten 31 (4) – 26 (4) by an in-form Park side.  The following weekend, they beat struggling Moseley 37 (6) – 30 (3) at Heywood Road.  Sale were involved in a catch-up game last weekend, which saw them edge past visiting DMP 32 (4) – 27 (4), sufficient to hoist the two places up the table to tenth.    

Blackheath v Sale FC at Well Hall (Eltham, London, UK) on the 3rd November 2018, London, United Kingdom

Match Day Details

Kick off at Heywood Road is 3pm.  The man in the middle is Lyr ApGeraint-Roberts, ably assisted around the edges by Tim Brown and Jason Garrick

Mother Nature:  It’s not looking too bad for the weekend.  Any overnight rain should peter out on Saturday morning and the sun may even be poking its head through the clouds by kick off.  The temperature will reach around 13 degrees, accompanied by a 15mph southwesterly wind.        

Team News

Blackheath First XV V Sale FC  AWAY 2 March 2019

15.       Ben RANSOM

14.       Jake LLOYD

13.       Leo FIELDING

12.       Markus BURCHAM (Capt)

11.       Craig DOWSETT

10.       Mark COOKE

9.         Jack DALY

1.         Tom WILLIAMS

2.         Matt MILES

3.         Danny HERRIOTT

4.         Neale PATRICK

5.         Jordan ERIKSEN

6.         Tom STRADWICK

7.         Harry BATE

8.         Freddie OWEN

16.       Mike PERKS

17.       George DAVIS

18.       Harry FRY

19.       Stef LIEBENBERG

20.       Alex PICKERSGILL

   

Around the Grounds

Right then.  The current top two face off against each other next weekend in Bedfordshire, but both have tricky fixtures this time out.  Top of the shop Old Elthamians (1st) host Plymouth Albion (8th).  Both had time off last weekend and all that travelling for the visitors, as well as current form, must make OEs favourite.

Hot on the Southeast Londoners’ heels, level on points but having won one game less, are Ampthill (2nd).  They are involved in what may be match of the day, as they head north to Rotherham (5th) tomorrow.  Amps are looking for their 7th win in a row and come into the game off a 59 (9) – 7 (1) thumping of Caldy last week.  Their hosts were involved in an equally high-scoring encounter, although came off second best 48 (6) – 35 (4) away at Chinnor.  And the Oxfordshire side (6th) travel the road to West London this weekend as they prepare to meet in-form Rosslyn Park (3rd).  Park were also in action last weekend, winning 27 (4) – 45 (6) away at Moseley.

Darlington Mowden Park (7th), narrow 32 (4) – 27 (4) losers in their catch-up match at Sale, return home to welcome Esher (15th) to the Darlington Arena.  Whilst the Surrey mob had the week off to recharge batteries, DMP must start as most punters’ favourite.  Cinderford (9th) are tidying up Dockham Road in preparation for Caldy’s (13th) arrival.  The Forest of Dean side are generally strong at home although their guests will be looking for some points to put more distance between themselves and the relegation zone.

Heading back west, the shortest journey of the week falls to Cambridge (11th), who make the 30-odd mile trip south to Bishop’s Stortford (12th).  The two are level on points, with the Blood and Sand ahead on number of wins, and this could be a corker of a game.  Finally, Birmingham Moseley (14th), 6 points adrift of Caldy above them, will be desperate to make up some ground as they entertain Loughborough Students (16th) at Billesley Common.    

Good luck Blackheath and Come On Youuuu Cluuuuuub!

Tim Brindle

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