Plymouth Albion / Rugby

Searle keen to keep hold of Plymouth Albion’s number 10 shirt

Billy SearleTEENAGER Billy Searle is determined to try and keep hold of Plymouth Albion’s number 10 jersey.

The former Launceston player will make his third consecutive start for the club today when they travel to Henley Hawks in National One (3pm).

Searle got his first chance to start at fly-half last month when Albion went to Blaydon and Elliot Bale dropped out of the team in the warm-up due to an injury.

The 19-year-old took his opportunity with two tries in the North East to help Plymouth to their first away victory of the season.

He then backed up that performance the following week with another try in Albion’s win over Cinderford.

“I would not say I’m settled in the side, but I’ve had two starts in a row and, hopefully, I can do well again,” said Searle, ahead of today’s game.

“I have just got to keep playing well. I can’t rest on my laurels. Hopefully, I can just keep putting in good performances and Graham will keep picking me.”

Searle is no stranger to Henley’s Dry Leas ground. He played there last year with Launceston and scored a try.

“It is nice place to play – a lovely ground – and so it should be a good game of rugby,” said Searle.

“We just want to keep building this momentum. We’ve had two bonus point wins in a row, so hopefully we can carry on and get another five-pointer.”


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