Ampthill v Cinderford, Sat Jan 09, 2015, Match Preview
Ampthill welcome Cinderford to Dillingham Park on Saturday for the second return fixture of the season and the second ever game at 1stXV level between the clubs.
Cinderford lie bottom of the National 1 table with a played 16 won 3 record, however, many of their games have seen losing bonus point defeats including the 25-27 loss to Ampthill in the reverse fixture in September. They have also announced the recruitment of Gloucester’s Adam Balding as player/coach for the remainder of the season.
The Cinderford squad this week sees the return of influential flyhalf Callum Sheedy on loan from Bristol, Sheedy was the catalyst for their post Christmas form improvement last season which saw them escape from a similarly threatening league position.
Other changes to their statrting lineup include wing Lloyd Stapleton (Nevaro Codlin drops to the bench), scrum half Alex Frame (former Ampthill player Danny Pointon drops to the bench), Eigthman Matthew Lane returns from injury while flanker Roger Birkin and prop Francisco Bruno come on to the bench.
Ampthill’s game at Blaydon last week saw a fine first half performance resulting in a 0-19 score line at oranges, the hosts mounted a determined comeback in the second half with many an anxious moment for the visitors in the last quarter of an hour but the scoreboard showed 12-19 at no side.
The win saw the 1stXV climb back to 6th place in National 1 with a played 15 won 9 record, Ampthill remain on target for a mid table result.
Changes to the squad this week include
Forwards – Following the last minute forced reshuffle at Blaydon Darrel Dyer returns to blindside and Matthew Burke retains a starting spot at openside.
Backs – Again following illness last week James Pritchard comes in at fullback with Jonathan Morgan returning to wing while Maxwell Wilkins starts at inside centre having recovered from injury.
Replacements – Flanker Jake Foster is promoted from the 1881s, scrum half Thomas Aviss retains his bench spot following his last minute call up last week and William Maisey rotates to the bench.