Henley Hawks are back in action at Dry Leas on Saturday when they entertain Dorking RFC in their latest National 2 (East) fixture. Kick off is 3pm.
The Hawks will be in buoyant mood after last week’s excellent result at Worthing and will want to continue in the same vain against high flying Dorking. To come away from Worthing with a bonus point victory is an great achievement and the win pushes the Hawks up to fifth place in the league table. They left it late though, scoring right at the end, having been well ahead earlier in the match.
The Hawks scored four tries at Worthing, with a brace from wing Reuben Norville and one each from Scott White and Ross Lewis. Max Titchener added ten points to his seasons tally.
Head Coach, Luke Allen has made four changes from the team that started at Worthing. James Davies returns to the centre while Leo Webb comes in on the wing, replacing Kaspar Strugar. In the forwards, Tom Hall starts at wing forward while Sam Lunnon returns to No8. Last week’s starters Scott White and Alex Bradley take up replacement duties this week.
15 Ryan Crowley, 14 Reuben Norville, 13 James Davies, 12 Louis Flynn 11 Leo Webb, 10 Max Titchener, 9 Will Crow
1 Dave Manning (c), 2 Tom Emery, 3 Rory Mason, 4 Omar Ellaboudey, 5 Ben Harrison, 6 Tom Hall, 7 Tom Vooght, 8 Sam Lunnon
Reps: 16 Luke Shpylka , 17 Morgan Macrae , 18 Scott White, 19 Alex Bradley, 20 Cail Cookland
Visitors, Dorking RFC, are the surprise package of the season so far. They have had an excellent start to the campaign and come to Henley in second place in the league having won six of their opening nine games. Last week, they beat Guernsey 17-13 in a hard fought contest.
The Surrey club won promotion to National 2 (E) last season by finishing second in the London and South East Premier League. However, they have visited Dry Leas before as they were in National 2 South for a couple of seasons, finishing fourth in 2014-15, the season that the Hawks won the title. Henley Hawks scrum half Will Crow is a former Dorking player and was the league’s top try scorer that season.
Blackheath lead National 2 (East) now by three points and with a game in hand after winning handsomely last week 50-3 against North Walsham. The league has now split into two distinctive groups. The top eight sides are now separated by just seven points while Guernsey in ninth are nine points behind eighth placed Worthing. Last week, only Worthing of the top eight sides failed to win.
Also at Dry Leas on Saturday are the Henley Bulls (2nd XV). They have a tough match against Richmond Vikings. Kick off is 2.30pm.
On Sunday, the Henley Hawks Women have a home game against Old Albanian. Kick off is 2pm.