The first round of National League One fixtures of 2020 sees Blackheath make the short journey tomorrow to Richmond. Kick off at The Athletic Ground is 3 pm.
The history of matches between these two oldest of foes, going back to 1863, has been well documented, but the last encounter at Well Hall in September was one of the closest.
Having fallen behind in the third quarter, a penalty try, followed by Leo Fielding’s last-ditch score, brought Blackheath within a point. However, the touchline conversion fell wide, and Richmond held on for a 20-19 victory, one of nine wins from their opening ten matches. Although the Surrey side then suffered three successive defeats in November, they remain firmly in contention in second place in the table behind Rosslyn Park.
Blackheath’s season has been more up and down, and two defeats in early December saw them drop off the pace, but a 28-17, bonus point, win at home to Canterbury prior to Christmas lifted them back to the head of the chasing pack in fourth position, eight points behind the leaders.
Tomorrow’s game at Richmond, and next week’s home match against Rosslyn Park are, therefore, crucial in the Club’s battle for top spot.
Mike Perks and Danny Herriott both start in the front-row for Blackheath tomorrow, Alex Pickersgill regains the outside-centre berth, and Jack Daly is fit to resume at scrum-half.
There is a welcome return also for Leo Fielding on the bench.
Blackheath team to play Richmond
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