Wellington heeded Albion’s plea by turning up at College Way on Saturday despite the fact they only had 8 players. However Albion’s 19 man squad was dissected and 5 players lent to the visitors so that 13 played 14.
Initially Messrs Berry celebrating his 67th birthday, Coates, Croker, McCarthy and Ward started for Wellington. Later in the game other Albion players swapped sides allowing these initial “Wellington” players to return to Albion colours.
Albion turned on the style right from the start. Whilst the Wellington side produced some good forward momentum once the ball was moved into the Albion backs then it was a different matter with Johnson and Kerry in particular carving great holes in the defence. Willis contributed well from fullback. However it was the returning Saunders who opened the scoring running in from 40 metres. Inside the first 10 minutes Kerry and Johnson had added further tries both converted by Page as Albion swept into a 21-0 lead. However the Wellington outfit got to grips with the game and resisted any further Albion attacks as well as mounting some themselves coming close to scoring on several occasions with Ward an Albion loan player being very prominent with some fine runs from the back. However Wellington could not hold out and before half time Albion had scored 3 further tries, 2 of which were converted to take the score to 40-0.
The teams were rearranged at half time and whilst initially a more event contest prevailed Albion added a further 34 points from 6 further tries, only 2 of which were converted.
Johnson and Kerry ended with 4 and 3 tries respectively in the deluge of points. The Wellington players were game to the end but at least a game was enjoyed by all.
Team: Ward Willis J Saunders Kerry McCarthy Johnson Croker Coates Habberfield Page Mordzynski Clarke Worgan Buck Frost Ruddle Moulding Berry.
Scorers: Tries – Johnson (4) J Kerry (3) Habberfield Frost Buck Mordzynski Saunders. Conversions – Page (3) Habberfield (4).