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Hornets 3rds 40, BARFC 3rds 5 (28/02/15)

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Albion travelled to Hutton Moor on Saturday full of promise following their achievements in the last month or so when they have defeated high-riding Morganians and last week Wiveliscombe II but found it was a different matter when confronted with the abrasive league leaders. Albion gathered a squad of 20 but there were still several changes from the team which was successful the previous week.

Albion in fact started brightly with Ward, Kerry and Burrows all running back loose ball to some effect. Hornets however set out their style early on with a tremendous 60 yard driving maul which only ended with a knock-on when a score looked promising. In the 7th minute Hornets maintained the momentum and created space for their centre to dash through onto a well-timed pass for a try which was converted. Eight minutes later another long Hornets drive took play to the Albion line. A loose pass from a scrum put the Albion defence under pressure and Albion should have received a penalty as Burrows was unceremoniously held to the ground. However the referee allowed play to continue and Hornets scored their second goal. Two minutes later Hornets again drove through their rangy No. 8 who linked with his three-quarters to produce a further goal. Albion were somewhat perplexed and had no answer to the home side’s driving play, but sensibly tried to move the ball away from the Hornets forwards but breaks by Collings and S Pearce soon met stern Hornets defence. In the 28th minute Albion again got in a mess behind their own scrum and the home scrum-half intercepted to run in for a try which he duly converted. A 0-28 interval score perhaps reflected the home side’s dominance.

Yet another Hornets drive led to an early second half try and conversion but for the remaining 38 minutes, Albion competed well, ringing the changes from the bench. They managed some drives of their own which forced Hornets back with Modrzynski, Buck, Brakes and Steward to the fore. Ward was always up for some challenge from the back and Kerry and S Pearce infiltrated the Hornets ranks. Albion held out this way until the 65th minute when Hornets scored their final and only unconverted try. The remaining 15 minutes were once again the province of Albion as they pressed and in the final minute, Modrzynski for once failed to make the line but his skipper Frost carefully and craftily slid the ball to the line for the consolation score.

Perhaps a disappointing result but the home side were in rampant form and Albion did well to quell them in the second half. The season now becomes somewhat fragmented with the withdrawal of two sides from the league leaving Albion with just three scheduled matches and a three week gap to their potential next outing at Minehead where they will be seeking the double.

Team: Ward; Burrows Barnett S Pearce Kerry; Collings Page; Modrzynski Frost Brakes L Steward Buck Moulding Walker Ruddle. Replacements: All played – Berry Richards G Pearce Day Coates.

Scorers: Try – Frost.

H-T 0-28

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