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Dacres hoping Albion can keep winning run going against Mowden Park

Nile Dacres

NILE DACRES is hoping Plymouth Albion can keep their winning run going today when they entertain Darlington Mowden Park at Brickfields in National One (3pm).

Albion have claimed three consecutive bonus point wins, beating Henley, Cinderford and Blaydon.

“We are on a bit of a roll at the moment and, hopefully, we can come back home and keep the ball rolling,” said Dacres, who has started all Albion’s matches this season.

“Yet one of the things we have said to achieve what we have the last few weeks is that we do just have to take each week as it comes and that we can’t rest on our laurels.

“But, if we can keep the ball rolling everyone would be chuffed.”

Dacres, though, expects Mowden Park to offer a tough challenge, especially with them having five ex-Albion players in their squad – Peter Homan, Jake Henry, Alistair Bone, Tom Jubb and Tom Harrison.

“I played against Darlington a couple of years ago when I was at Stourbridge and they had a strong side then,” said Dacres.

“I think everyone would say in this league anyone can beat anyone on their day. We just have to turn up on the day and go full throttle.

“We just have to focus on ourselves and get our things right.”

One of the positives in the past few weeks is how well Albion’s set piece has gone.

Dacres, a key member of Albion’s pack, said: “Our set piece has been good. We have been working hard on it. I think against Henley first half it helped build the platform.

“If we can keep our set piece running smoothly and freshen things up a bit then, hopefully, we can provide some ball for the guys out wide.”

Three back-to-back bonus point wins have pushed Albion up seventh in the Division One and they are only nine points off Esher at the top. Tomorrow’s game will mark a third of the way through the season.

Dacres said:  “If you look at the table, if we have a good run up until Christmas then anything could happen. But we are just taking each week as it comes and seeing what happens.”

Seti Raumakita has been added to Albion’s bench for today’s match.

The Royal Navy man offers unique versatility with him being able to play in the forwards and the backs. He has already played wing and flanker for Albion.

Meanwhile, Albion have allowed young winger Jon Dawe to return on loan to Launceston to gain some game-time following injury, while prop/hooker Dean Brooker has joined Barnstaple on loan.

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