Trip to Esher to round off 2017 for Hallett’s men

Plymouth Albion will bring the curtain down on their 2017 action with a visit to mid-table Esher on Saturday.

They will then enjoy a fortnight’s break over the festive period before entertaining Bishop’s Stortford at the Brickfields on Saturday, January 6.

Albion went into Sunday’s home match with Old Albanian off the back of a blank weekend after their game at Birmingham Moseley last weekend fell victim to heavy snow lying on the Billesley Ground pitch.

The game has been re-arranged for Saturday, February 24.

Albion head coach Kieran Hallett said: “We were ready to go. We didn’t really want the game to be postponed but it’s one of those things. We saw the pictures and there was plenty of snow so the referee called the game off. These things happen from time to time.

“Yes, we would have liked to get straight back on the pitch but, as it turned out, we had a full week’s training so I don’t think it will affect anything too much.

“It is frustrating to lose a free weekend in February, but that’s what they’re there for.”

February 24 is also the new date of the top-of-the-table clash between Darlington Mowden Park and runaway leaders Coventry, which was postponed yesterday as the Northern Echo Arena pitch was frozen solid.

Albion’s injury list looks to be shortening as they head into the New year.

“Jack Arnott had his surgery this week (on his dislocated shoulder) and Dan Williams is making really good progress, so we hope to have him back after Christmas,” explained Hallett, “Herbie Stupple is back training, which is great. It is non-contact but a big step we didn’t think would happen this early.

“Dan Powell tweaked his hamstring again on loan at Exmouth last weekend, so that is frustrating. He has been looking OK in training but it hasn’t quite worked out, which is disappointing.”

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