In excellent conditions Albion’s Dirtrackers faced a Tor II side which is in fine form and in second place in the league but well behind the runaway leaders Cheddar Valley. Tor showed why they are well placed as their big pack immediately got into action and shoved Albion off the first put-in at a scrum. They moved the ball well in midfield and their flanker backed up to score at the posts. Albion hit back with Buck and Gibson to the fore and almost scored at the other end as Walker was forced into touch just short of the line. In the 13th minute, Tor broke away from loose play with their No. 8 bursting through and their centre scored. Once again Albion got back in the game but their scrum was always under pressure. Ward almost broke through the Tor defence but when Albion lost the ball, Tor recycled it well and the centre ran in for his second try. Three minutes later Albion were penalised and conceded an extra ten metres and Tor moved the ball and this time their other centre raced through. Coates relieved pressure on Albion’s line well with a good kick to touch. Here Albion were performing well in the line out mainly through Buck and Innalls but that part of their game went astray as the throws-in went awry later in the game. In the 35th minute Tor’s strong No. 8 picked up at a scrum on the Albion 22 and tore through several weak tackles to score. Right on half time Tor moved the ball through their backs and with the forwards backing up, their flanker raced in for his second try. Four of these six first-half tries had been converted, making the half-time score 0-38.
Albion pepped up during the second half and the Tor scrum-half was immediately yellow-carded. However, Albion’s line-out ball deteriorated but fortunately recovered later. In the 50th minute good inter-passing between the Tor forwards and backs saw their centre run in for his hat trick try. Five minutes later Albion finally produced a trademark catch and drive from the line-out to take play close to the Tor line but did not look like getting over. There then ensued a long 25 minute midfield slog with neither side making particular headway but in the final play, Tor moved the ball wide and their right-wing dashed over in the corner to conclude the scoring.
Once again Albion suffered a shell-shocked start with Tor banging in early scores and then regularly keeping up the pressure throughout the first half. However Albion recovered somewhat with a much sounder second half and restricted the visitors to just 12 points as well as having more of the game themselves.
Albion now go to Wiveliscombe on Saturday to complete the first half of the season and one which they really will wish to forget but there is the opportunity of playing a side below them in the table to at least bring some glint of hope for the second part of the season.
Team: Ward; McCarthy Rae Dickinson Huntley; Coates Page; Gibson Buck D Walker Innalls S Walford Ruddle T Walker Moulding. Replacements – all played – Berry Goddard Taylor.