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KINGSTONE PRESS LEAGUE ONE ROUND THREE – LONDON SKOLARS VS ALL GOLDS PREVIEW

Date: Sunday 19th April

Time: 3.00pm

Venue: White Hart Lane Community Sports Centre, Haringey, North London

It was different results last time out as the All Golds bravely went down in defeat to the Hornets whilst the Skolars picked up a first victory in 2015 on the road in South Wales

Last Time Out

After what has been a miserable year so far, the Skolars finally got a first win of 2015 at the South Wales Scorpions.

After falling behind, two tries in five minutes put Jermaine Coleman’s side in the lead and despite the Scorpions levelling the game a try from Anthony made sure the visitors had the lead at half time. A scrappy second half saw the Skolars score two unanswered tries for the victory.

The All Golds made sure Rochdale were made to fight hard for their 38-18 victory in Cheltenham.

Leading 10-6 after fifteen minutes, the Hornets had to dig deep to pick up the victory with five tries in the last twenty minutes to pull clear of the All Golds and go home with the two points.

Team News

Jermaine Coleman has club captain Dave Williams available following his return from a loan spell at the London Broncos and Hunslet loanee Matt Cook back from illness but will be without Tommy Connick is out for up to six weeks through a knee injury.

The All Golds could remain unchanged after a clearing off the decks earlier this week which saw four players, Yannic Parker, Ian Clarke, Casey Canterbury and Joel Thomas leave the Prince of Wales Stadium.

Key Battle

The halves could be crucial in this one. The All Golds have a deadly combination on its day in the shape of former Skolar Matt Bradley and exciting Australian recruit Toby Topham. Despite missing Tommy Connick, James Anthony will most probably be joined by Joel Wicks this time out for what should be an intriguing battle on the 4G pitch.

What The Coaches Say

London Skolars Head Coach Jermaine Coleman: “It’s nice to get that first win under the belt, it was a potential banana skin and the boys did well. We made it difficult for ourselves but ultimately got the desired result.”

On the visit of University of Gloucestershire All Golds to the New River Stadium he said: “Like everyone does, certain games will be targeted more than others and it’s certainly one as a home fixture. I suppose with all our home fixtures we’re looking at a potential win.

“Hopefully we’ll have a couple of faces returning this week which will strengthen our team a little bit.”

All Golds Head Coach Lee Greenwood: “Rochdale was similar to the other games we’ve lost, we’re not far off but in the same breath quite a distance off. We just need to find that consistency in our game. We competed well for about 45/50 minutes and the score line should have been close.

“They got their first win last week and will expect to win this week, they’ve got a new coach and are looking to bring in new players so as the season goes on, they’ll get stronger and stronger.

“Every game between southern teams are the real big ones; people think they can pick up results. We’re just going to concentrate ourselves; we know we can be good. In the games we’ve lost we’ve competed for long periods but then let ourselves down. It’s just the mentality that we can compete and beat teams in this division.”

Prediction

This should be an intriguing encounter as Gloucestershire are the best the Southern clubs have to offer yet will find it tricky at a London outfit who finally have a win this year. – Skolars by 12.

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