Result: Blackheath 36 v 40 1881s

New Head Coach, Gavin Williams took a young side including no less than 7 (seven) current or ex-Academy players to Blackheath for the 1881’s first fixture of the season as they look to defend their Halbro Raging Bull Shield Division One title.

All of Gavin’s plans were disrupted when three players withdrew on the morning of the match due to injury or sickness, forcing Gav to name himself in the starting XV – his last match was against Jersey for the 1st XV back in April. An independent reporter said “the coach played well for 70 minutes – the other ten were in the bin!”

The 1881 trailed 19 v 12 at Half Time but eventually won 36 v 40.

Congratulations to current Academy Captain, Noah Fawcett who came off the bench for the last ten minutes for his 1881 debut.

The 1881 are in action again at Chinnor 2’s next Saturday. Supporters are welcome.

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