DIRTRACKERS MAKE HAY AGAINST GAME BUT DEPLETED BARBARIANS
SATURDAY 22 NOVEMBER 2014
BRIDGWATER & ALBION ATHLETIC 64 MINEHEAD BARBARIANS II 21
Minehead Barbarians II arrived with just 12 players but were prepared to start but they were bolstered by 2 additions from the Albion squad – Pearce at prop and the veteran Berry initially at flank and later surprisingly at hooker. Unfortunately Pearce did not last the match and departed before half-time, meaning that the visitors played with 13 throughout the second half, Albion having used all of their replacements. Also uniquely Norman started for Albion but was called into the 1st XV squad on the adjacent pitch as an injury scare during the warm-up meant that cover was required.
It was Norman who almost started the ball rolling for Albion as he crashed over in usual fashion but the referee adjudging that he had lost the ball. However it was not long before Modrzynski bashed over for the opening score and for his usual try – he has scored in every game since his return to the club some six games ago. Minehead who were spirited throughout had other ideas and attacked strongly and secured a fine try which they converted to take a 7-5 lead. Burtonshaw then crossed for Albion to restore the lead and Page converted – in fact the scrum-half was in good kicking form, landing six goals in total. Further tries by Modrzynski and Burtonshaw, both converted by Page, took Albion to a commanding 26-7 lead but Minehead hit back before the break with another well-constructedtry which they also converted to reduce the half-time arrears to 14-26.
Despite their numerical inferiority, Minehead started the second half in sensational form, scoring again near the posts to reduce the arrears to just 5 points. However, the effort had taken its toll and Albion gradually got back on top and responded with some fine play by backs and forwards alike and Modrzynski completed his hat-trick; Coates, Johnson (2), Kerry and Willis added further scores, three of which were converted by Page and one by Buller exceptionally from the touch-line. Typically a side which is depleted normally plays above itself and Albion took some time to quell an enthusiastic and often inspired Minehead side but when they got on top, they did it in style and made it count, running in ten tries in total.
Centre Johnson should be singled out with some strong bursts resulting in two well-deserved tries, whilst Modrzynski seems to have the ball on a piece of string and long may it continue.
Albion now rest this week before travelling to Burnham on 6 December to hopefully maintain this new momentum.
Team: Willis; Burtonshaw Johnson J Kerry Burrows; Coates Page; Modrzynski Frost Buller Buck Walker Ruddle Norman Shaw. Replacements: Harbour Day. Pearce and Berry played for Minehead.
Scorers: Tries – Modrzynski (3) Johnson (2) Willis Coates J Kerry Burtonshaw (2). Conversions – Page (6) Buller.
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