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Nottingham hope Lady Luck shines on Lady Bay

21 February 2012

  • Nottingham face Leeds in twice posponed fixture
  • This backlog of matches has been good for the squad - Delaney

Nottingham's Meadow Lane home ground was snowed under, leading to postponement

Photo: Getty Images

Nottingham Rugby welcome Leeds Carnegie to their training facility at Lady Bay Sports Ground in West Bridgford on Wednesday afternoon.

The Green and Whites were forced to move the match due to a fixture backlog created by the recent bad weather and a subsequent clash with a home match for their Meadow Lane hosts, Notts County FC.

The move also means that the kick-off time is scheduled for 2pm to make the most of the daylight at the venue.

The twice-postponed fixture is the third match over a 10 day period for Nottingham, but so far they have managed to deal well with the fixture congestion.

We managed two very good victories last week - Delaney

Director of Rugby Glenn Delaney said: “It’s obviously not an ideal situation to be in but at the end of the day we just need to get these matches played. The weather has created challenges that we’ve dealt with and we’ll take the move to Lady Bay in our stride too.

“In some ways, this backlog of matches has been good for the squad. We’ve needed to rotate to give ourselves the best chance of winning and it’s meant that all members of the squad are being utilised. Getting this game time in all of their legs before the play-offs can only be a good thing.

“We managed two very good victories last week with a completely different side starting each match. It’s a credit to the players that they delivered the required performances and it shows the strength in depth that we now have.

“Now, it’s all about building momentum as we head towards the play-offs. Our performances have been encouraging in the last few games and now we just need to continue in the same vein against Leeds today and Bedford at the weekend.”

The same 22 that lined up to face Doncaster last Wednesday are named again as Delaney continues his squad rotation policy.

Nottingham team to face Leeds Carnegie:

Forwards: Jonny Harris, Joe Duffey, Ryan Bower, Lee Morley, Nic Rouse, Sione Kalamafoni, Brent Wilson (c), Filipo Levi

Backs: Sean Romans, James Arlidge, Jack Cobden, Juan Socino, Tim Streather, Alex Lewington, Andrew Savage

Replacements: Matt Holloway, Matt Parr, Ben Prescott, Craig Hammond, Phil Eggleshaw, Finlay Barnham, Andrew Forsyth