Arnott facing a lengthy lay-off with shoulder

Plymouth Albion’s 29-3 National League one victory over Hull Ionians last weekend at Brickfields came at a cost.

Former Exeter Chiefs and Cornish Pirates winger Jack Arnott dislocated his shoulder and joins fellow back Robin Wedlake and No.8 Herbie Stupple on the sidelines as long- term casualties.

“We couldn’t put the shoulder back in on the pitch and are waiting to hear from the fracture clinic,” explained Albion head coach Kieran Hallett.

“It’s a minimum of three months for a straightforward dislocation, but until we get in front of the specialist, we don’t know.”

With Wedlake out for the season following his knee reconstruction, Arnott is the club’s second winger to join the long-term injury list.

However, Hallett is comfortable with his remaining options, saying: “As well as Matt Crosscombe and Seta Raumakita, we have Dean Squire who did a good job when he switched to the wing against Hull and scored a fantastic try.”

It was the perfect way for Albion to bounce back after their disappointing defeat at unbeaten leaders Coventry seven days before, and it set them up nicely for yesterday’s trip to Birmingham Moseley, which was ultimately called off.

“I said straight after the Hull game that I thought it was our best attacking performance of the season and, having reviewed it two or three times, that hasn’t changed. We were really sharp. It was a culmination of things in terms of playing in the right areas, making the correct decisions in the middle of the park and attack- ing when we needed to.

“The information we have been feeding the guys hasn’t changed too much. The difference was simply that we did what we said we were going to do.

“We decided when to really go at them and when to kick. Our recognition of that was better and led to more scoring opportunities.”

Albion are back at Brickfields on Saturday when they entertain Old Albanian (3.00 pm), who went into this weekend’s games lying second from bottom of the table after picking up only three wins in their open- ing 13 games.

It is a major contrast to last sea- son, when they finished comfortably in mid-table under former Albion head coach James Shanahan, who left to take over at Blackheath during the summer.

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