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Newbury Blues head coach Paul Archer looks ahead to landmark anniversary at Monks Lane

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Newbury Blues head coach Paul Archer is hoping to put on a show for the home crowd on Saturday when his side host Beaconsfield at Monks Lane.

Their South West 1 East clash ties in with the club celebrating 25 years of rugby at their Newbury home, having moved there from Pinchington Lane.

And Archer is excited by the occasion and is hoping to put on a show for the Blues fans.

Newbury will celebrate 25 years of Monks Lane this weekend
Newbury will celebrate 25 years of Monks Lane this weekend

“It will be a big day at home and I remember coming to Newbury as a young player after they had moved and it’s obviously a great vicinity.

“We’re very lucky to have it and we have seen some great rugby over the years and we want to continue that legacy.

“The Monks Lane faithful are always vocal, there is always a good crowd and it’s another good opportunity for Newbury fans to come out and cheer us on and hopefully we can put on an appropriate show for the day.”

On Sunday, Newbury Women are also playing a league match at Monks Lane as they face Newton Abbot Ladies at 1.30pm.

Archer will also be aiming to bounce back after suffering a 31-27 defeat away to Banbury last weekend.

“We started off very strongly and it’s good to see considering that’s where we have previously struggled.

“To be two tries up after eight minutes was great, but unfortunately they scored just before half-time and that gave them a little bit of momentum going into the second-half.

“In the first 20 minutes of the second-half we hardly touched the ball, they were very good and they played in the right areas of the pitch.”

The head coach did, however, find positives after the game.

“We defended well, but they were good enough to break us down and score a couple of tries.

“To finish the game with an opportunity to win is a testament to the guys and their never say die attitude and it’s something to be happy about.”

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