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Bridgwater & Albion Dirtrackers 3, Crewkerne 50 (29/09/12)

| 11/04/2013

Albion’s Dirtackers were hoping to build on their improved form against Taunton III two weeks ago when encountering the league leaders Crewkerne at home on Saturday.  However despite playing a very resilient game in the first half, they were finally swept away by a team showing why they are at the top. 

Albion played into a strong breeze against a generally youthful Crewkerne outfit.  The visitors attacked from the kick-off and were able to sustain the momentum as early as the second minute by crossing for their first try, which was duly converted.  From the next play a Crewkerne player hacked through and just failed to get the touchdown.  Albion were already under pressure in the scrums, being shoved off their own ball.  

Going backwards, Albion often contributed to their problems by passing on bad ball, putting the receiver under pressure.  In the 10th minute Albion survived Crewkerne’s attempt at a push over when there was a knock-on at the base.  The home defence was overworked and they had done well to weather the storm and concede just one try in the opening quarter.  After 25 minutes, Crewkerne scrambled over from a line-out to extend their lead with a further try.  Soon after a good burst from Frost from a quickly taken penalty took Albion into the Crewkerne half for the first time in the game.  Driver then burst through and took play deep into Crewkerne territory.  

However Albion lost Burrows to the sin bin for a high tackle and Crewkerne ended the half attacking Albion’s line but for no further addition.  

Crewkerne attacked strongly at the start of the second half only for a great cover tackle by Richards to deny them a certain try.  After six minutes the visitors’ stand-off jinked over at the posts for their third try.  A big hoik by Buck took Albion deep into Crewkerne’s half but Albion could not contrive any meaningful possession to put the visitors under pressure.  Then both the Crewkerne props featured prominently in a handling move which sent the Crewkerne centre in for their fourth try and the bonus point was on board.  

In the 63rd minute, Coates kicked a penalty for Bridgwater to at least put some face on the score line.  In the last quarter, Crewkerne kept the ball moving with both forwards and backs handling with aplomb and created four further tries, three of which were converted to produce a resounding win which kept them well at the top of the table. 

Albion had their moments but could not hold the ball for long enough to be purposeful.  Their best play came from individual bursts of which there were many but lack of support meant that moves broke down, suggesting that more harmony is required.  Albion now move on to Martock next week looking for their first win but may again find the home side in resilient form having achieved their first victory a few weeks ago.  

Team: Richards, Burge, Coates, Driver, Burrows, Bertonshaw, Page, Hicks, Frost, Trunks, Buck, Hobbs, James, Harbour, Lloyd
Replacements: (all played) Berry, Bowen, Pear, Teball, Williams, Miller

Scorers: Coates pen.

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