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Bridgwater & Albion Dirtrackers 17, Taunton III 35 (15/09/12)

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After suffering a deluge of points against Cheddar Valley last week, Albion’s Dirtrackers were somewhat tentative coming in to this match against their Taunton counterparts who had won their opening two matches of the season and were obviously in good form.  However Albion produced a vastly improved all-round performance this week which is a good sign for the next games.

Once again Albion fielded five from the Colts XV and there were several changes from last week’s side both personnel and positional.  

Albion started with two terrific rolling drives with young centre Newman and then Bertonshaw to the fore.  This took Albion to the Taunton line, but at the first scrum, the visitors shoved Albion off the ball and relieved the pressure. However in the seventh minute, great retrieving by Newman created some space and Page sent Frost clear and the flanker cut inside to score a fine try to open the scoring.  

Four minutes later Page broke through but chose to kick when a pass might have been better to an unmarked colleague.  The combination of Hobbs and Frost in the line-out produced secure ball and the pack latterly buzzed in the loose and upset the rhythm of the visitors.  In fact it was some fifteen minutes before Taunton could put together a meaningful attack and their first arrival in Albion’s 22 saw them just held.  

In the seventeenth minute great inter-passing between backs and forwards alike brought a try for Taunton’s hooker which was duly converted.  Four minutes later a long diagonal kick by Taunton stand-off took play deep into Albion’s 22.  Albion were penalised for delay at the line-out and Tauton took a kick penalty and crashed over.  From the kick-off Albion kicked directly to a Taunton player who burst through the Albion defences and only over-extravagance cost the visitors a further try.  

On 25 minutes, Albion again lost the scrum near their own line and Taunton scrum-half crashed over for another try.  With their kicker on form, it was now three goals to one try.  Not to be outdone, Albion hit back towards the end of the half and after concerted pressure around the Taunton posts, Walker crashed over for a try which Frost duly converted.  Right on half-time, another great drive by Frost and then Hicks took Albion close, and when the ball came out through the backs, Dickinson was tackled into touch at the flag.  

Inspired by their late first half activity, Albion attacked strongly from the kick-off and just three minutes into the second half two quickly taken penalties saw Buck crash over to reduce the arrears to just four points.  Thereafter Taunton retained more possession and calmed Albion’s attacking ideas down.  In turn Albion tackled well to prevent any further Taunton scores.  On the hour mark, Albion got in a mess at a line-out and conceded a penalty and Taunton almost scrambled over.  

The visitors then attempted a push-over but Stanley knocked on at the base.  However five minutes later Taunton again scored after Albion had put the ball into the scrum but had lost possession.  Three minutes later, Taunton hacked the loose ball through.  The stand-off kicked on and won the race to the touchdown.  With Taunton converting all of their tries, the score perhaps unjustly escalated to 35-17 in the visitors’ favour.  

The last ten minutes were played out evenly with neither side creating any further clear-cut chances.  
All in all, a considerable improvement for Albion.  

The play of the five Colts was indeed promising, with Newman looking a great find in the middle and Bertonshaw adapting well to the unfamiliar No. 10 spot.  Burrows had one of his better games at full-back, always willing to return the loose kicks either with his own kicking return or running the ball back.  Hicks, Frost, Hobbs and Buck all had their moments in the loose.  Walker made a welcome and effective return and Smith put in considerable hard work at hooker.  Once again all of the squad got a run out and things are certainly looking up for next week’s visit to Tor II.  

Team:  Burrows;  Richards  Newman  Taylor  Dickinson;  Bertonshaw  Page;  Hicks  Frost  Hobbs  Buck  Williams  Harbour  Smith  Walker.  Replacements (all played): Berry  Miller  Dowden.
Scorers:  tries:  Frost  Walker  Buck.  Conversions:  Frost (1).
H-T 12-21

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