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Coach praises youngsters who stepped up

| 12/02/2017

Bridgwater and Albion head coach Simon Morrell was a happy man after he had watched his side produce one of their best home performances of the season to defeat third placed Thornbury at College Way on Saturday afternoon.

“The boys played really well and with Thornbury third in the league they were a big step up from many of the sides that we have met this season.

“We knew beforehand who the usual suspects who would stand up at that level, but then we had the likes of George Sluman, who was exceptional, Ryan Barnett who came in on the wing and scored twice and Oscar Tregenna who also scored- young players who also made their mark.

It wasn’t the perfect performance by any means as Morrell was only too well aware when he said: “Thornbury scored three tries all from set pieces all of which were all from our errors but hopefully we sorted that out at half time. We played well throughout the game, but those three short lapses in concentration cost us dearly.

“At half time Thornbury were probably thinking they had it nailed with three soft tries so I’m really glad we got that sorted so it was very pleasing.”

“It was great to see the way the boys attacked and it was a little shop window of some of the things that we have been working on in the week. The shape in our attacks and the intensity we played with was how we train so its very pleasing that it came off against a really decent Thornbury side.

“To have Harry Collins and Nick Spellissy made a huge difference and to have them in the pack was a great help- they are both imposing and ball carrying figures to have on the pitch.”

This coming weekend Albion who have climbed to seventh place after their lastest victory travel away to play Bideford, who they beat 26-20 when they met earlier in the season and who are ninth.

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