Following their exploits in the Channel Islands last Saturday, the Hawks are at home this week with Suffolk outfit, Bury St Edmunds RFC visiting Dry Leas for the latest National 2 (South) fixture. Kick off is 3pm.
The Hawks will be looking to bounce back after their last minute defeat to Guernsey Raiders last week. The Hawks will be working hard this week to minimise the errors from the Guernsey game where disciple was a major issue.They didn’t help themselves, gave away a number of penalties and collected two yellow cards.
The Hawks did establish a 13-0 lead, only to be pegged back by two Guernsey tries. Despite going ahead again with a penalty, discipline cost the Hawks the dying minutes and the home side kicked the penalty to seal victory.
The result last week shows that no game is easy and no result is certain, with most teams in the league capable of producing a really difficult challenge for the Henley side, Saturday will be no exception with the visit of Bury St Edmunds.
Bury St Edmunds are an established League 2 club and come to Dry Leas on the back of a 63-25 demolition of Barnes last week. They have won four out of their seven fixtures so far this season and currently lie in a solid 7th place in the table. They have won all of their fixtures at home but lost all of their away matches so far this season. As well as Barnes, they have also beaten Barnstaple, Rochford and Canterbury. Their defeats have been against higher ranked teams, Leicester Lions, Dings Crusaders and the current leaders Worthing.
Their squad should include two of the league’s leading scorers. Charlie Reed has amassed 61 points in the league so far and Matt Bursey has crossed for five tries.
The men from Suffolk will be a stern test and the Hawks will need to concentrate for a full 80 minutes against one of the league’s solid mid table sides.
In the last completed season (2019-20), the Hawks won the game at Dry Leas 21-18 and Bury finished 6th that season.
The Guernsey defeat leaves the Hawks in 10th place in the table but they still have two games in hand over most of the sides above them.
Worthing are still top following a comfortable 53-21 win over Barnstaple. Hot on their heels are Redruth who extended their 100% record with a 57-7 win at Westcliff. Guernseys win over the Hawks puts them in third place while the other games were close contests, with wins for Canterbury, Old Albanian, Esher and Rochford.
There is a double header at Dry Leas on Saturday with the Hawks 2nd (Bulls) XV taking on the Bury St Edmunds 2nd XV. Kick off for this one is 2.45pm.
Henley Vikings (3rd XV) are away at Bracknell III with a 3pm kick off at Lily Hill Park in the BBO Division 2 South.
On Sunday, the Henley Hawks Women have a home league game against old rivals Hove RFC. Kick off at Dry Leas is 2pm.