Northampton Demons host St Albans Centurions this weekend at Bugbrooke RFC for their National South Conference Rugby League Clash, kick off 2:30pm.
The Cents were the first side the Demons faced this season giving them a 32 – 0 drubbing as a welcome to the league present whilst we also came 90 minutes from losing Captain James Davenport from this mortal world due to a ruptured spleen. It gives credit to the fitness of RL players that Trigger only had 4.5 pints of blood (the rest was found in his stomach) left pumping his heart when he got into Northampton General whilst physio Kieran Sharpe gained instant hero status due to his handling of the situation.
Since them the Demons have slowly found their feet in this division and are now beginning to look a settled sided. Only 1 change is made to the 13 that started against Leicester with young Ben Pointer replacing fading veteran Fred Woods whilst big Nathan Jennings joins a bench of Oli Cottle and Jarrod Agnew. One more substitute will be selected from the 20 man squad this evening.
“That weekend was probably the worst of my coaching life” commented Smith, ” a hammering, a player and a mate on the operating table for 7hrs was a real nightmare. Thankfully Triggers on the mend and so is the side. We’re becoming more settled every week, Freddie Woods has been outstanding this season and we’ll miss him but Ben Pointer will step up and the forwards will do their job. Ben Dawson is settling in well now and has given the left edge some much needed direction whilst Tom Pallent has been in exceptional form. I think there are 9 lads playing tomorrow who didn’t play in the first match and it’s basically a new side the Cents are playing. We’re going into this game aiming for the win, but we will respect the opposition because the last time we didn’t we got done over, League isn’t a nice game to play when you lose.”