Davies calls on the Pirates to make it a happy Friday
THE Cornish Pirates will have every incentive to return to winning ways tomorrow when they take on London Scottish at the Mennaye Field (7.45pm).
Not only will the team want to banish the memories of last weekend's heavy 41-6 defeat at London Welsh but they will also want to avenge last season's home defeat to the Exiles in what, for this season at least, will be their last home Friday night fixture.
The scheme is to be abandoned after just four competitive fixtures with the Pirates returning to their old Sunday afternoon slot for future games at the Mennaye.
But the focus for the Pirates will be on returning to winning ways after their good start to the season was dealt a blow by the Welsh.
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November will be a tough month for the squad with Bedford Blues and Bristol also coming to Cornwall but London Scottish, who lie one place and one point below the Pirates in the Championship table, will provide equally tough opposition for the Pirates.
They will be smarting after unexpectedly losing at home to Rotherham Titans last time out and have already won on their travels to the south west this season, beating Plymouth Albion at Brickfields last month.
Pirates head coach Ian Davies said: "We played some good stuff up at London Welsh and weren't a million miles away at times but they just didn't make any mistakes.
"We know the areas we need to work on this week and London Scottish will be smarting from losing to Rotherham, a game they should have won."
He continued: "There are no easy games against the Scots and we learnt that last year. They never gave up at home and a raft of substitutions changed the game here.
"That defeat was especially hard to take but we are not dwelling on that."
And in what is expected to be a very even contest Davies paid tribute to the Scottish squad.
He said: "They are a tidy, tidy outfit and have a fantastic squad. Mark Bright and Miles Mantella are real quality players while Chevvy Pennycook is in my opinion hugely under-rated."
Davies hopes to welcome back some of his own "Dad's Army" after Gavin Cattle, Junior Fatialofa, Alan Paver and Laurie McGlone all sat out the trip to London Welsh.