Martock arrived with only 12 players and were loaned three by Bridgwater, including Bridgwater Club President, Mike Berry.
Albion’s Dirtrackers – denied action in the last two weeks due to waterlogging and snow – certainly made up for lost time with a convincing victory over beleaguered Martock at College Way on Saturday. The visitors arrived with twelve players but fortunately the Albion squad containing several Colts was superfluous and Martock were supplemented by Albion’s veteran Berry, prop Lloyd and Colts Burge and Pear.
On a wet and very muddy pitch, Albion set out their stall as early as the first minute when after Martock had failed to claim the kick-off, the ball was sent right from a scrum and ended with Burrows crashing over in the right-hand corner. Next it was the turn of the left side to be prominent and Bertonshaw shrugged off several loose tackles to cross in the opposite corner in the 10th minute.
Norman then plundered a trade-mark bursting try after 14 minutes and 2 minutes later, Will Kerry burst right through the middle of some drowsy Martock defence. Skipper Frost got in on the action 8 minutes later with his first try. Hicks then crashed over from a short penalty and repeated the dose in the 35th minute.
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Just before half time, Buck capitalised on Albion’s surging play to crash over. Kerry had converted four of these eight first half tries to give Albion a resounding 48-0 lead. Martock’s duties were undeniably almost wholly defensive and they needed to secure more ball just to stop the rot.
Martock did precisely that in the second half, managing to secure more of the ball and with their heavy forwards, were able to at last compete. When the ball came back, they were also able to put together some reasonable moves to at least cause Albion’s defence some brief anxieties.
Albion started the second half as they finished the first – with Barnett crossing in the left corner in the second minute of the half. However thereafter Martock were able to calm proceedings down and it was not until the 55th minute that Bertonshaw went over for his second try.
The remainder of the scoring was left in the hands of Frost who completed his hat trick with tries in the 66th and 70th minutes. The remainder of the game was played out with some negativity by both sides. Albion came close to scoring on several occasions but Martock’s spirit did not dampen and they held out without further damage.
A convincing display from an earlier rampant Albion side but the momentum petered out in the second half. Perhaps the side was strengthened too much – it was hardly necessary against these opponents as it happened. Nevertheless a confidence booster and this will set the side up nicely for the rearranged match against Tor II next Saturday.
Team: Coates; Burrows Owens Smith Bertonshaw; W Kerry Page; Hicks Frost Gibson Buck Page-Symonds Ruddle Norman Harbour. Replacements: Pike Lipscombe Pear Higginson Miller Barnett Polly Burge Lloyd Berry. Berry Pear Burge and Lloyd all played for Martock with Berry appearing for them for the whole 80 minutes.
Scorers: Tries: Burrows Bertonshaw (2) Norman W Kerry Frost (3) Hicks (2) Barnett Buck. Conversions: W Kerry (4).