The Dirtrackers turned up at bath road ready to right the wrongs of the previous week, where they narrowly lost to morgs by 1 point. In their way stood a Wells team complete with an ex Dirtracker in the form of Andy Hambleton.
The Dirtrackers kicked off with the wind in the first half and started what would turn into a game of two 50 minute halves thanks to stoppages.
The first half was a mixed bag with both teams finding their feet and on occasions missing their hands, leading to a long afternoon of scrummages. With a starting pack of Ruddle, Walker, Moulding, Buck, Gibson, Frost, Higginson and Modrzynski – Albion managed to dominate in this area to give their talented set of backs a good platform to probe the Wells defenses, but it was the forwards who struck the first blow, with their now lethal catch and drive from a lineout seeing Modrznski flopping over the line for a Dave Norman-esk try. The conversion was missed by Denovan…..
The half rumbled on with some crunching tackles on both sides, which saw Albion lose Buck in the pack to what can only be described as a soft “injury”. As the half was closing in, the dirtrackers scored what would be final points of the afternoon when Ed Sheran’s stunt double James Higginson lept over the line from great interplay by the backrow. The team gazed in wonder as a sight as rare as Hallies comet was then seen…..a successful kick, by Devovan, leaving the half at 12 – 0.
The second half then got underway with both teams putting in excellent scramble defence, newcomer Charles (last name unknown) made some crunching tackles at times.
As the half rumbled on, Albion’s backs were well and truly against the wall with the penalty count creeping up, their saving grace at one stage was a true comedy moment, with the Wells player trying to take the penalty only to be called back for not waiting for the ref……a mistake which he then repeated only to give away a penalty and an all important let off for Albion.
Yet after further sustained pressure it was only natural that the defence gave out and a try crept in, with 5 points on the board and an extra 2 points there for the taking, a cheeky Dan Page charge down (a slight touch really) meant the points were missed.
Finally (and thankfully!) the game drew to a close with the hard fought victory going to the Dirtrackers. This season is providing the team with many growing positives thanks to their new found commitment to turning up to training. The boys travel to Wivvy 2nds on Saturday, who sit just above them in the league.
The End (not as good as Mike Berry’s reports and a bit lacking in full detail….but it was a long knackering game!)