Henley Hawks head to Kent on Saturday to play Canterbury RFC in their next National 2 (South) fixture, kick off at Canterbury’s Merton Lane Ground is 3pm.
The Hawks will be pleased to get back to winning ways, albeit in a close game against Bury St Edmunds. The Suffolk side certainly tested the Hawks resolve but they came through to win the game thanks to a good, solid first half performance. There will be frustration that they didn’t claim a four try bonus point, and that they let the visitors back into the game, but the side is becoming more fluent each week and they will go to Canterbury with a high degree of confidence.
Canterbury have returned to National 2 (South) after a season in National 1 where they found life difficult, winning only two matches all season. They made an indifferent start to this campaign losing four of their first five games only beating early pace setters Worthing. Since then, they haven’t lost, defeating Barnstaple and Leicester Lions and sharing a 20-20 draw with with Barnes last week. Canterbury are now in 11th position.
The last time the two clubs met was in the 2018-19 season when there was a three way contest between Canterbury, the Hawks and Tonbridge as to who was going to finish runners up to the Rams. In the end, Canterbury finished one point ahead of both Henley and Tonbridge. Canterbury did the double over the Hawks that season, winning 33-26 in Kent and 32-29 at Dry Leas.
The Hawks are now ninth in the table but there is not much between most of the sides in this league. If the Hawks take advantage of their two games in hand (when they occur), they will be right in the mix at the top end of the table.
This week, the two top teams, Worthing and Redruth both lost, to Leicester Lions and Esher respectively allowing Guernsey to take pole position thanks to a hard fought win at Hinckley. Elsewhere, there were wins for Barnstaple and Old Albanian, while Clifton amassed 106 points in beating the bottom team Westcliff.
There is no game for either the Henley Bulls or Henley Vultures this weekend but on Sunday, the Henley Hawks Women have an important league game away at Thurrock Ladies. Kick off is 2.30pm.
Also next Wednesday 3 November, the Henley Vultures have a game against the RAF Vultures. The game is under the floodlights at Dry Leas, kick off 7.30pm.