Dawson returns to starting line up for Plymouth clash

14/03/2014

Jersey born winger Ed Dawson will return to the starting XV for this weekend's rearranged fixture at The Brickfields. Having gained two losing bonus points in as many weeks, in what have been closely fought contests, Jersey will be seeking to convert improving form into an away victory over Plymouth Albion.

Jersey have a sizeable contingent of former Cornish Pirates, including Head Coach Harvey Biljon, making them familiar with a Plymouth team they once considered local rivals.

Furthermore, the results of this season's previous encounters between the two will be at the forefront of Jersey minds. On the opening day of the season at Sandy Park in Exeter, the men from Devon staged a late comeback to win 41-27 and repeated the dose with an 18-23 win at St. Peter six weeks later.

Dave Young makes his return to the front row after a brief injury lay off whilst Dave Markham is given the nod to partner James Voss in the second row. New signing Ryan Hodson retains the 7 shirt following an industrious debut last week.

In the backline, Joel Dudley switches with Nicky Griffiths at 9, with Jimmy Williams providing cover on the bench. Dawson returns to the fray with Grant Pointer having sustained an ankle injury against Leeds.

On the bench, back rower Ben Maidment returns after a lengthy hiatus on the sidelines, alongside Sam Lockwood - the prop is once again eligible for selection having sat out the game against Leeds due to the terms of the loan deal between the Yorkshire side and Jersey. Luke Stratford also comes in, replacing David Felton.

The full preview to the game can be found HERE

Jersey squad v Plymouth Albion (A) Saturday March 15th 2014, k-o 3pm

Backs (15-9)

Jack Burroughs
Ed Dawson
Drew Locke
Mark McCrea
Mark Foster
Aaron Penberthy
Joel Dudley

Forwards (1-8)

Sean McCarthy
Elvis Taione
David Young
Dave Markham
James Voss
Alex Rae (capt)
Ryan Hodson
Latu Makaafi

Replacements

Luke Stratford
Nick Selway
Sam Lockwood
Ben Maidment
Joe Buckle
David Bishop
Jimmy Williams

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