This Saturday the 1st XV make the long journey to Devon to take on Plymouth Albion, the 2nd XV head to the Athletic Ground to play Richmond Vikings, while the 3rd XV remain at home and take on Newmarket in the Cup.
Plymouth is of course a naval town. In the Civil War the town was a Parliamentary stronghold, even though the rest of Devon was for the Crown. The Royalist forces, led by Sir Richard Grevillle - grandson of Sir Richard, captain of the Revenge who had fought the Armada - besieged the city for four years from 1642. The Navy was fiercely Parliamentarian and they brought supplies into the city ensuring it could hold out. One of the reasons the Royalists could not take advantage of the victory at Chalgrove Field, as mentioned in the Chinnor preview, was the fact troops had to be committed to the sieges of Plymouth and of Hull.
Last season Plymouth finished fourth. This season they find themselves in the dog fight that is the mid field. A single point covering 7th to 11th all of which have had eight wins. The match here at Volac Park was a rare five point victory for the Blood and Sand, though Plymouth grabbed two bonus points with a late try. Hopefully we can replicate that in the South West.
The 2nd XV make their first trip of the season to Richmond to take on the Vikings. The home fixture was postponed as it was too close to the Town and Gown. However, we lost to the Saxons - officially Richmond 3rds. The Vikings are third in the table. They won their first nine matches but lost last week to second place Ampthill. We are hoping for a glorious victory. However as Ampthill do not have a fixture, Cambridge 2nd XV are guaranteed another week at the top of the table whatever the result.
The 3rd XV have a third match of the season against Newmarket. We lost the first fixture at home, but won the fixture in Suffolk a fortnight ago. So it is best of three. But they were league matches - Newmarket topped the table and Cambridge were third - this is winner take all cup drama. So if you cannot make it to either away fixture, why not come down to Volac Park to cheer the Exiles on.
Updated 17:47 - 17 Jan 2019 by Marcus Streets