Henley Hawks return to Dry Leas on Saturday for a home league clash with Leicester Lions RFC. Kick off at Dry Leas is 3pm.
This is the Hawks last home game before Christmas so a good crowd is expected.
It was an excellent result for the Hawks last week in Devon. Barnstaple is not an easy place to go to and win at the best of times, but the Hawks fought it out in wet, miserable conditions and came away with the important bonus point victory. Wing Rhyan Scott-Young and prop Ollie Frostick both scored their first tries for the club, and in Cail Cookland, the Hawks not only have a threat from full back, but also a reliable goal kicker. The forwards put in a tremendous effort to combat both the resolute home side and the conditions but eventually wore Barnstaple down to set up the win.
Visitors this week, Leicester Lions, were moved into National League 2 (South) for the start of the 2019-2020 season for geographical reasons. The Hawks won in Leicester that season 14-10 but the scheduled game at Dry Leas was cancelled due to Covid restrictions so this will be their first league visit to Henley.
The Midlands side have proved to be a tough outfit and currently lie seventh in the table having won eight of their twelve games to date. Their game against Barnes was postponed last week so they do have a game in hand and they will certainly have a say in how the top of the league develops. The Hawks will be aware of the challenge posed by Leicester and will need to be on top of their game again this week.
The Hawks win at Barnstaple has seen them now move into fourth place in the table, just four points behind leaders Redruth and Esher who both have 48 points. However, with six points separating the top six sides, every game now takes on extra importance for the Hawks.
Redruth keep top spot thanks to a hard fought 34-28 win at Rochford Hundred while Esher are second after winning 40-36 at Bury St Edmunds. Clifton have moved themselves into third place with an excellent away win at Worthing who are now fifth. There were also wins for Canterbury, Dings Crusaders and Old Albanian.
Also on Saturday, the Henley Vikings (3rd XV) also have an important league game. The Vikings are top of their league and play hosts to second placed Phoenix RFC. The game is being played at Phoenix RFC which is based in Taplow. Kick off is confirmed for 2pm.
On Sunday, Henley Hawks Women have an away game against Old Albanian, kick off 2pm.