Blackheath v Old Elthamians – Team News

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The build up towards Christmas sees Blackheath involved in two big Kent derbies before National League One takes a break.  Both matches on home soil at Well Hall and kick off at 3 pm.

Next Saturday (21st) Canterbury are the visitors, while tomorrow it’s the turn of near neighbours Old Elthamians.

Elthamians had an exceptional campaign last term, chasing Ampthill for the title right down to the very last game.

They have been a little off the pace this season, currently sitting in 8th place, but with the top of the league so tight, a run of wins could put them right back in contention.

Indeed, a good result tomorrow could see them overhaul the Club in 6th position.

OEs are a side that appear to grow stronger as the game progresses, as demonstrated when they found themselves 18-3 down at home to Rotherham last week, only to emerge eventual 44-18 winners.

Despite the ugly look of the 34-17 score line, Blackheath were able to leave the Northern Echo Arena with heads held high last Saturday.

Battling with just 14-men from the second minute, they held the match in the balance for an hour, until Darlington Mowden Park made their superior numbers count and took the game away.

Ben Ransom who, for the third time in recent weeks, had to move up to scrum-half last week, returns to full-back as the Club give a debut to Dan Hiscocks in the half-back position, while on the bench there’s the welcome sight of Josh Peters, returning to action for the first time since his injury picked up in pre-season.

And don’t forget, the match is followed by the Club Christmas Party.  It kicks off at 7 pm and tickets are £10 available from Lisa Botes at lisa.botes@blackheathrugby.co.uk.

Blackheath team to play Old Elthamins.  Kick off is at 3 pm.

15.Ben Ransom
14.Jake Lloyd
13.Alex Pickersgill
12.Markus Burcham (Capt)
11.Craig Dowsett
10.Mark Cooke
9.Dan Hiscocks
 
1.Tom Williams
2.Mike Perks
3.Harry Seward
4.Jamie Ure
5.Tom Stradwick
6.Tom Baldwin
7.Josh Poole
8.Tom Burns
16.Harry Fry
17.Dan Lamb
18.James Catt
19.Henry Staff
20.Josh Peters

Graham Cox

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