Plymouth Albion / Rugby

We want to go on a winning run, says Albion forward Penman

JamesPenmanJAMES PENMAN says Plymouth Albion are desperate to start putting back-to-back wins together.

Albion have won two out of their three home matches this season but are still to claim a victory on their travels. They did come close last weekend at Coventry but the Midlands club scored a controversial try in the final minute to win 26-19.

Penman admits there is pressure on Albion this Saturday against Esher at Brickfields after last week’s narrow loss.

“There is always pressure,” he said. “We don’t want to be one of those teams that wins every second week. We want to start putting wins together and really making a run of it.

“The boys have been really focused this week.”

Penman admitted the loss at Coventry was hard to accept. The match DVD did show Coventry’s winning score was indeed forward.

“It was tough to take,” said the New Zealander. “We were looking to go up there and send a signal out to the competition.

“Unfortunately it did not go our way, but the boys have been working really hard at training and the belief is still there.

“We are looking to put in a really good performance this Saturday.”

Penman, who returns to Albion’s starting line-up, is looking forward to coming up against two friends this weekend.

“I have a couple of mates play for Esher – Liam Nichols, who plays hooker, and Cameron Gentles, who’s a second-row – but there won’t be any love loss.

“Esher are a well-established club and they will be very, very strong.

“It’s another huge game for us.”


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