Rotherham Titans: Codling recalls in-form Pitman

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FORWARD Rory Pitman is poised to return to Rotherham Titans starting line-up for their Championship clash against Plymouth Albion at Clifton Lane tomorrow.

The number eight, who performed well as a second half replacement at Jersey in the Titans last Championship contest a fortnight ago, is set to be rewarded for his efforts by coach Alex Codling.

The power and strength of the Welshman should boost Rotherham who are seventh in the league, but with only five wins in 14 matches, the Titans need to make the most of home advantage against a Plymouth team which showed signs of improvement in their last encounter on Sunday when they lost narrowly by two points to Leeds.

With both clubs having similar results and league positions, seventh plays ninth, the sides are matched evenly, and the outcome could be determined by the form of the respective goal kickers.

Rotherham are fortunate that they possess two of the most accurate kickers in the Championship; Garry Law and James McKinney, but Plymouth’s Paul Roberts, who has put over 17 conversions and 21 penalties, misses few opportunities.

“I can assure everyone we do not underestimate Plymouth and in centres Bevon Armitage and Keni Fisilau, they have two top players who know how to get over the gain line,” warned Codling.

“We have not had the best of build-ups in our preparations because we trained in a snow blizzard on Tuesday and that was the worst weather I have ever trained in, but we are really looking forward to be playing at home again and I know the players will keep working hard.

“Winger Peter Homan has trained extremely well this week, so he gets his chance to show his pace against Plymouth,” added Codling.

Bearing in mind the results in previous games this season against Albion, Rotherham should be confident of putting together a solid, match winning performance. The Titans have beaten Plymouth twice in the British and Irish Cup, but Rotherham should be aware that following a poor league result at Brickfields against Moseley, Plymouth’s players were warned that their display had been unacceptable.

They responded with a much better effort against Leeds, so Rotherham must not show any complacency against opponents who need, like the Titans, to start winning again to move up in the standings.