Edenbridge travel to current league leaders Sheppey on Saturday looking to reclaim their leadership of the league. The Islanders jumped ahead of 'Bridge last weekend as a result of benefiting from yet another walk-over result. One of the quirks of the Merit Table structure is that and walk over result is a 4-point, 40-0 win for the side that had a team available. Sheppey have so far had three teams cancel on them so, following an earlier season 12-28 win over Vigo, to the top the go as a result of their superior points difference following three 40-0 victories.
So, 'Bridge travel to Sheppey behind their opponents by virtue of points-difference alone and with a point to prove about who is the dominant side in this league. Having seen off Sevenoaks at the Rec last weekend, expectations will be high, but Sheppey, by virtue of their forfeits, are somewhat of an unknown entity; typically, the Islanders have always had strong teams and the history of their physicality goes before them. Certainly, this game will be no push-over for 'Bridge.
Edenbridge make the journey to the North Kent Coast shorn of a few stars of the season so far. The intensity of the Sevenoaks game last weekend has left an injury hangover with Paul Cooper (shoulder) and Robert Mitchell (hamstring) sidelined from the starting 15. IN other areas, unavailability has come to play it's part of the first time this season with second-half stars of last week Chris Lewis and Craig Decoteau alongside Ash Powell.
The front-row sees another enforced change with Chris Mitchell switching to the loose-head side and new player James Crouch coming in to join the FRU with what still looks to be a solid front three. Adam Bright and Andy Ward continue in the second row while a welcome return from Lewis Bowen seems him complete a pacey back-row of Bobby Weaver and Spike Smith.
The majority of the back-line continues unchanged with the Nick Horner, Lee Roberts, Sam Tan and Will Presland leaving the 9,10,12,13 axis untouched. On the wings, Nick Tingley continues while Dom Liggins and Sam Rickets step up following their performance in the 2s last weekend against Sidcup.
A solid win on Saturday will see 'Bridge as undisputed leaders of the league and the only undefeated team; Sheppey will have everything to play for following too many boring weeks twiddling their thumbs watching their 1st XV in London South East 2. A tough test away from therefore and one which the lads would love to see you support behind.
For anyone wishing to travel, Sheppey play at Stupple Field, Lower Road, Minster, Kent, ME12 3RT, kick off is 3.00pm. Your support really is recognized and we do appreciate that Sheppey is quite a trip but any travelling support would be hugely appreciated.
Updated 17:16 - 16 Oct 2017 by Dominic Mitchell
15. Liggins, 14. Rickets, 13. Presland, 12. Tan, 11. Tingley, 10. Roberts, 9. Horner, 1. Mitchell C, 2. Mitchell D, 3. Crouch, 4. Ward, 5. Bright, 6. Weaver, 7. Bowen, 8. Smith, 16. Patterson, 17. Miller, 18. Mitchell R, 19. Helps, 20. Erskine, 21. Bennet, 22. Plunkett