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BARFC Dirtrackers 19, Somerton 5 (05/11/16)

| 06/11/2016

The Dirtrackers made it two in a row against South Somerset clubs – feeding on their 18-14 win at Martock the previous week, they saw off Somerton who promised much but in the end were overwhelmed by Albion’s enthusiastic and workmanlike display.  In the past two seasons the Dirtrackers’ line up has altered immeasurably and is certainly now youthful, allowing for the old stalwarts such as Coates, Frost, Norman, Ruddle, Buck and Shore.  All of these have been supplemented by several of the last few seasons’ Colts who are now playing regular football which can only be good for the club’s strength.  There was familiarity in the opposition as well as Somerton fielded three former Albion stalwarts Messrs Richards (unusually at scrum-half), Saunders and Goddard.  Albion started well by attacking strongly and after some good passing with the last man being drawn well, then Hill sprinted over for a try which Page converted.  In the fifteenth minute Albion were denied another try through a forward pass to Parker who had burst clear.  Somerton tried to get back into the game but resolute defence from Albion prevented any problems.  The visitors threatened as Ollie Phillips broke through but poor passing prevented the move being successful.  Just before half-time great work by Frost and Hill saw Norman dashing over for a typical score to make the half time lead 12-0.

In the second half Somerton used the breeze and slope well and their centre broke through for a try to reduce the arrears.  The visitors pressed furiously but Albion’s defence just held.  AlbiOn then regained their composure and hit back with some good clearances.  Norman amongst several Bridgwater forwards burst for the line but were repelled.  Towards the end however, Norman reached the line and just got sufficient downward pressure to convince the referee to award his second try which Page converted excellently from the touchline.  Somerton threw in a last ditch effort but Albion kept them out.

A fine 19-5 victory margin which is no more than Albion deserved.  Their neat youth and experience combination and the fact that more training is developing unity clearly showed in this match and they will now face their next matches with more confidence with the opportunity of picking up further victories in the remaining first half of the season.

Team:  Page;  Hill  L Gillard  Parker  Rae;  Coates  Shore;  Frost  Cornish  Dodge  Thompson  Johns  Ruddle  Normal  Shaw.  Replacements: (all used)  Buck  Lloyd Galloway  Hannigan.

Scorers:  Tries – Norman (2)  Hill.  Conversions – Page (2).

H-T  12-0.

Category: 3rd Previews / Reports -XV, 3rd XV News

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