Abbey face meanest home defence at SalisburyBy Mike Mellor
March 30, 2012
Abbey will be aiming to become only the second team this season to win at Salisbury tomorrow (3pm kick-off).
Second-placed Salisbury’s only home defeat in South West 1 East has been at the hands of table-topping Maidenhead.
They have the meanest defence in the league on their own ground, conceding just 139 points in 11 games, an average of 13 per game while scoring an average of 40.
The Rosehill men need to keep clocking up wins to stay clear of the relegation zone.
Prop Lee Waite is unavailable, so Paul Emery returns after a good showing against the heavyweights of Bletchley.
John Holden is back at hooker, while Jake Mollett completes the front three.
Tom Bryson’s second-half display in the pack last week will have guranteed his return to the team.
Scrum-half Ollie Heath faces a late fitness test and with centre Arron Ross also unavailable there will be a shuffling of the back line-up.
The last time the sides met in December, Abbey were edged out 28-22 at home, Salisbury scoring a bonus-point final-minute try.
Abbey visit Lily Hill Park to play Bracknell in the Berkshire Cup semi-finals on Wednesday (7.30pm kick-off).
The selectors are expected to involve more colts in the senior side as five youngsters - Jack Husbands, Luke McNickle, Matt Mills, Will Paige and Elko Titcombe de Brie - did well for the seconds on Saturday in an impressive 24-15 win over Chinnor.