Albions second string welcomed Wells seconds to College way, seeking their first league victory of the season, following two close defeats in the previous weeks. The lack of cohesion shown in the last two games had improved significantly, resulting in some top class rugby, in what turned out to be a mostly one sided affair.
Bridgwater started strongly, putting in some big hits from the off. Constant pressure in defence forced Wells into making several handling errors, and allowing Bridgwater to gain possession and territory.
Bridgy themselves made a few unforced errors, but ten minutes in, some slick hands across the back line allowed Will Kerry to draw a defender, pass the ball on too his brother James, who in turn beat three weak tackles to score under the posts.
The restart was gathered by Josh Sturdy, making his welcome return to rugby after a period of vegetation. He moved the ball on enabling Stradling to make good ground upfield, the ball was quickly recycled to Gary Saunders, who again made good yardage. Quick ball again found John Hill, who broke through the Wells line to run in from the ten metre line for an excellent try.
Shortly afterwards another handling error by Wells was snapped up by John’s brother Tim, who thought he would score in similar fashion to his elder brother, but unfortunately he didn’t quite have the legs.
The first half continued in this manner with Bridgwater controlling all aspects of the game, but errors in the Wells 22 prevented further scores, making the half time score 14-0.
The second half saw Albion continue where they left off, and good hands involving Willis, J Kerry and Alex Dickenson would have given another score, but for a dubious forward pass spotted by the ref.
With Bridgwater seemingly camped in the Wells 22, a try would surely come and after several more handling errors, the Albion pack won a scrum against the head allowing number 8, Stradling, to charge over the line from 7 metres out.
The next try came following turnover ball from a Wells ruck. The ball was kicked downfield, Wells failed to deal with it, and Tim Hill scooped it up to run in for a well deserved score.
Albion were awarded a penalty in the Wells 22, Tim Hill quickly tapped, and offloaded to Stradling who powered over for his second of the afternoon.
This was followed by Wells’ only score of the game, coming from an intercepted pass in their own 22. The Wells player showed considerable pace to finish and get his team on the scoresheet.
There was still time though for Toby Williams, in his final game before returning to university, to score his first ever try after eight years in the game. He was delighted with his score coming from a brilliant show if individual skill. He picked the ball up around the Wells 22 line, threw numerous dummies and two sidesteps, as well as an enormous hand off, to dive triumphantly over the line, arms outstretched like the wings of a golden eagle. The final score was 34-5 to Bridgwater
This was a strong display from a relatively new Bridgwater team and there could easily have been a lot more points scored. They will eagerly await their trip to Midsomer Norton next weekend.
Team: J. Kerry, Willis, Dickenson, W. Kerry, Lang, J. Hill, T. Hill, Saunders, Sturdy, Walker, Page-Symonds, J. Williams, Ball, T. Williams, Stradling (Capt), Reps (all used): Wooldridge, Satchell, Owens
Tries: J. Kerry, J. Hill, Stradling (2), T. Hill, T. Williams
Cons: J. Hill (2)