Head Coach's Preview
Back to back defeats has placed an increased importance on Saturday's away fixture at Worthing who sit one place and one point above us in the league but with an identical win and loss ratio. As mentioned to the players after last week's loss to Taunton we do not feel we are a million miles away from things clicking on the pitch and we have much to be positive about. During the first eight games we have demonstrated elements of our performances which we can be extremely happy with and our challenge with this young squad is to piece the good bits together consistently within a 80 minute performance.
We welcome captain Ross Hamilton back into the starting XV and Charlie Watson returns to take his place in the centres alongside Dan Watt. We welcome Phil Ackuaku onto the bench who has come in from Blackheath on loan for a couple of weeks to help bolster our front row options and to allow us to rotate a few personnel who have played a lot of minutes over the course of pre-season and the first 8 games.
We are very much looking forward to the double headed fixture with the Romans travelling with the 1st team squad and hopefully we can return to Woolams with two victories on Saturday evening.
Gavin Hogg, Head Coach
Titans demonstrated the reason for their name for much of this encounter, a big pack gaining the lions share of possession and, with it, greater scoring opportunity.
Too often this year the clinical nature of the modern game has had Albanians outweighed and the first half this week was no different.
The second period gave home supporters something to cheer about but not enough to gain League points.
The first half hour produced three tries for the visitors from Jarrard Hayler, Alfie Petch and giant scrum half Lewis Webb. Gary Kingdom converted all three.
Just on half time Dan Watt dived out of a desperate tackle and converted his own try.
Six minutes into the second half Morgan Thompson’s clever dummy put Peter Warne over for Watt’s improvement and A’s seemed to be closing the gap. But a penalty try from a scrum and a further score from Connor Baker put matters beyond doubt.
Lloyd Anderson’s driving run cheered up the home crowd when he handed to Watt whose scoring pass released Toby Munday. The captain’s conversion ended the scoring.
Worthing are the hosts next Saturday. Kickoff 15.00hrs.
Team - Hughes, Townsend, Chamnaoui, Illston, Napier, Scopes, Mundy, West, Thompson, Wicks, Warne, Watt, Holdsworth, Anderson, Ricci | Subs - Martinez, Morgan, Hill, Hogan, Smith
Tries - Watt, Munday, Warne | Conversions - Watt x3
Brian Quinn, Press & Publicity
OAs through history
We introduced #ThrowbackThursday on Social Media in the last few weeks and decided we'd share it in our weekly programmes.
Last week we brought you a photo including the legendary "Bunny" Ellis, this week we thought we'd share a photo from an Ellis Cup Lunch in 2003.