Abbey are back at Rosehill this Saturday and take on Thatcham for a 2:30pm kick-off, in what will be another tough encounter in Southern Counties North. Thatcham are third in the league three places above Abbey and we will have to be at our best to get something out of this fixture, the sides have met before but I'm sure previous history will account for nothing when the whistle blows.
Thatcham have threats and match winners all throughout their side and we will need to come with a desperation that surpasses our best effort against Beaconsfield, albeit in a losing cause. The guys have trained well over the past couple of weeks and will be buoyed by their gutsy win against Stow-on-the-Wold away a fortnight ago. Thatcham have had some good results and will be looking to bounce back from their recent one score losses.
On team news we welcome Luke Burns from injury this week and he will lead a backline that also has Diego Garces Bahlsen and Ben Mitchell returning after injury and unavailability. Remi Norville continues to impress on the wing every game he plays and will partner Diego and Dan Love in the back three. The forwards have little movement with George House starting in the second row for the unavailable Treacle Knights. Up front sees the return of Richard King and Mark Toland and Will Woodward will captain the side from number eight in the continued absence of this season's skipper will Bevan from injury.
It will be a very tough afternoon, but I believe we can put in a performance we can be proud of based on the way training has gone over the last two weeks. We are hungry for a committed, disciplined and energetic eighty minute effort and that will be a minimum if we are to take anything away from this encounter on Saturday