South West One (West)
This game was hard fought throughout between two evenly matched sides with the lead changing hands on several occasions but at the end it was Bridgwater and Albion who ran out the winners thanks to a try late on writes Richard Walsh.
The hosts started strongly and made up for a missed a penalty early on when they took the lead after three minutes when James Collings scored an unconverted try following some good work by Tom Fournier.
Thornbury fought straight back and two minutes later a try by Rich Bennett that was converted by Harry Glew saw them take the lead.
The game continued at a fast a furious pace and on 20 minutes Thornbury’s pressure was rewarded as they extended their lead courtesy of an unconverted try by James Donohue.
Bridgwater came straight back and a good kick by Stuart Heal eventually found Owen Tregenna on the left who crashed over for a try to make the score 10-12.
The visitors responded with another unconverted try this time from George Maggs which extended their lead.
In the dying minutes of the half Heal saw an opportunity and score a drop goal which meant the half closed 13-17 to Thornbury.
The South Gloucestershire team came out strongly after the break and despite mounting substantial pressure the home defence held firm.
After 20 minutes of evenly matched play during which both sides could well have scored it was Bridgwater who broke the deadlock thanks to a try to the right of the posts from replacement Ryan Barnett in the 22nd minute, which gave his side a slender lead.
With six minutes remaining Barnett grabbed his second try which was converted by Heal after which despite mounting pressure from Thornbury there was no further score and Bridgwater ran out 25-17 winners to make up for their defeat when the two sides met earlier in the season.
Bridgwater and Albion –Tries- Ryan Barnett (2), James Collings and Oscar Tregenna. Conversions Heal (1) Drop goal- Heal (1)
Bridgwater and Albion- Adrian Tew, Harry Collins, Lewis Phillips, Ethan Trebble-Westlake, Dan Kemmish, Nick Spellissy, George Sluman, Micky Norman, Tom Fournier D’Able, Stuart Heal, Oscar Tregenna, Luke Plummer, Ollie Dunn (capt) Roger Drabble and James Collings.
Replacements all used- Ryan Barnett, Matt Ranson and Shaun Mahoney.