There have been five recent games between Fylde and Plymouth Albion in the last two and a half seasons. Prior to this, the last encounter, a Powergen National Trophy 5th Round tie, was at the Woodlands on 5th November, 2005. Albion were challenging towards the top of what is now the Championship (level 2) whilst Fylde were in National Two North (level 4). The class gap between a professional squad, including a number of overseas internationals, and a semi-pro team, was amply demonstrated by a 0-37 victory for the visitors.
Albion scored seven tries, by Luke Arscott (2), Nat Saumi, Sam Leung Wa (2) and John Fabian (2). It was a damp, depressing day and Saumi was able to kick just one conversion.
This game was notable for the opening of the splendid new Clubhouse and the debut of a young winger called Nick Royle. He went on to make 143 appearances for the Club before moving on in the 2012-13 season, scoring 152 tries in the process. He joined Caldy in 2014-15 and has scored 79 tries in 106 matches.
The Fylde rugby management that season was made up of Howard Monk (Chairman of Rugby), Head Coach Stuart Connell, Assistant Coaches Martin Scott and Alex Moffat, and 1st Team Manager Wally Green.
The squads were as follows:
FYLDE: 15 Richard Kenyon; 14 Nick Royle, 13 Mark Evans, 12 Paul Reeves, 11 Stuart Blackburn; 10 Mike Scott, 9 Paul Newton; 1 Neil Hilton, 2 Craig McIntyre, 3 Richard Hanson, 4 Nick King, 5 Greg Johnson, 6 Roger Banks, 7 Daniel Waller, 8 Andrew Atkinson.
16 Matt Filipo, 17 Ben Bullough, 18 Sam Simpson, 19 Juan Crous, 20 David Wiseman, 21 Martin Wallwork, 22 Tom Kerr.
PLYMOUTH ALBION: 15 Luke Arscott; 14 John Fabian, 13 Nat Saumi, 12 Sam Leung Wa, 11 Nicolas Sestaret; 10 Ed Barnes, 9 Nigel Cane; 1 Martin Rice, 2 Stewart Pearl, 3 Scott Zimmerman, 4 Nic Rouse, 5 Tom Hayes, 6 Chris Lowrie, 7 Danny Thomas, 8 Alfie To’oala
16 Regardt Van Eyk, 17 Stuart Friswell, 18 Brett Stroud, 19 John Henry Brown, 20 Matthew Mewman, 21 Jonathan March.