Plymouth Albion / Rugby

Albion look to right a few wrongs against high-flying Blackheath

Cameron Setter

PLYMOUTH Albion head to Blackheath today hoping to bounce back from their frustrating home defeat against Darlington Mowden Park last weekend.

The County Durham side ended Albion’s three-match winning run by triumphing 25-15 in a game that was decided by a penalty try in the final quarter.

Plymouth felt they did not play the conditions as well as they should have done last Saturday and will be looking for a better display at Rectory Field, where they will face a Blackheath side who have not lost on their own ground yet this season and sit in National One’s top four.

“We had the three good wins and we wanted to back it up (against Darlington) and put our stamp down on this league, but it didn’t happen,” said scrum-half Cameron Setter.

“It is a clean slate, though, this week. We are starting again.

“Blackheath will pose a different threat to Darlington and depending on conditions it is likely to be a totally different game.

“They (Blackheath) have had a very good start to the season, but you look at all the results in this league and anyone can beat anyone. It is all about the performance on the day.

“For us it is just about trying to play well each week.

“We know coming from the Championship everyone has stepped up their game to play us, so it will be another real tough test for us.”

Setter admitted Albion’s young side learnt a lesson last weekend about how to play conditions.

“I think it was one of those things where you know what the weather’s like and what to expect, but doing it is a slightly different thing,” said Setter. “We’ve spoken about it and we’ve learnt.

“It is now up to us this week to try and put right our wrongs.”

Former Ivybridge player Setter has started eight of Albion’s 10 matches so far this season.

“Last year I didn’t get masses of game-time, but this year I am really trying to push hard and to do as much as I can to continue to keep playing and starting,” he said.

“Sheps (Matt Shepherd) is pushing me hard and hopefully I’m pushing him. I think it is bringing the best out of both of us.”


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