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Your News Carpenter handed skippers role for Bedford clash

AARON CARPENTER will captain Plymouth Albion for the first time on Saturday when they entertain Bedford Blues in their final regular league match of the season at Brickfields (kick-off 2pm).

The Canadian back-row forward is handed the role as Sean-Michael Stephen, Kieran Hallett and Tom Skelding are not included in Albion's starting line-up.

Regular team skipper Stephen has been struggling with a back injury which forced him to miss last weekend's crucial clash at Bristol.

Club captain Hallett injured his shoulder against Bristol and so for the second time this season misses the chance to face his former club.

Meanwhile, Skelding, who has also captained Albion this term, drops to the bench on Saturday, with Albion giving a start to fit-again lock Tyler Hotson ahead of the relegation play-offs.

Hotson will be making his first league start since November 5 due to international duty and then injury.

Albion's chairman of rugby Dawe is hoping his team can upset the form book and claim a victory over Bedford, who last week secured runners-up spot in the Championship by beating Birmingham & Solihull 52-0.

"It would be a big fillip for the team to win this weekend," said chairman of rugby Graham Dawe.

"It would give us another point to take into the play-offs and also give us some momentum and confidence for the rest of the season."

Albion, who narrowly lost 18-13 at Bristol last weekend in a match that decided the final make up of the play-offs, have added youngsters Max Venables, Sam Matavesi and Rupert Freestone to their squad to cover for injuries.

The club are keen to remind supporters that Saturday's match kicks off at 2pm and not 3pm.

Albion: S Tu'ipulotu, M Lee, B Mercer, K Fisilau, C Mitchell, A Davies, R Cushion, G Porter, G Evans, R Hopkins, D Collier, T Hotson, R Copeland, W Sprangle, A Carpenter (capt). Reps (from): T Kessell, S Johns, R Watts-Jones, D Morton, G O'Meara, T Skelding, S-M Stephen, S Matavesi, M Venables, R Freestone.

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