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Hornets III 12, Bridgwater & Albion Dirtrackers 12 (11/01/14)

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Albion’s Dirtrackers were somewhat depleted immediately prior to leaving Bridgwater for this match. They had drawn 28-28 against Hornets in the home match – one of their best results of the season. Fortunately with the Somerton match off then former Albion player Gerry Phillips and two colleagues boosted the Dirtrackers’ ranks and to some aplomb. This is one of the advantages of the league regulations to ensure that matches are fulfilled in that players from other clubs can make up sides which are otherwise short and teams can be mixed up. As it was, the Albion side was still in some disarray with several players playing out of position.

On a stodgy ground at the extremities of the Hornets’ territory at Hutton Moor, the bulky home forwards soon got to work and took the game to Albion and some desperate defence was required. In the 7th minute Hornets’ scrum-half crossed for the opening score after his forwards had paved the way. Hornets continued to bombard Albion’s line but significant defence from Frost, Innalls and Walford kept them at bay. In addition, the Somerton influence was working well with Phillips to the fore upfront together with his colleague Wills at No. 8 who always made good ground. Outside stand-off Bullion kicked Albion into some good positions. After having repelled the early Hornets’ surge, Albion then started to put together some concerted play and from Bullion’s kick to touch from a penalty in the 22nd minute, Phillips was at the end of a catch and drive and was driven over by his fellow forwards. Bullion added the conversion. Five minutes later, some delightful handling involving Taylor and Dickinson in the middle of the field more than once each resulted in Wills – the other Somerton man – charging in from 30 metres, so Albion had increased their lead to 12-5. Five minutes before half time Hornets regained the initiative and after several attempted strikes, their scum-half again dotted down after his forwards had put pressure on Albion’s line. This levelled the scores. Unfortunately immediately before half time, Albion’s Goddard was injured with a dislocated elbow and could not be removed from the field and in the gathering gloom the referee sensibly abandoned the match. Yet another draw with these opponents and a further match to come.

Albion were grateful for their Somerton friends who contributed to all of the scoring but that denies a great effort from all concerned. This also includes Ruddle who left his sick-bed to come on as an important replacement during the half.

Albion looked forward to their rearranged match against Cheddar Valley on 18 January but of course that fell foul yet again to the waterlogged 2nd XV pitch and that game will now be rescheduled for one of the several spare weekends coming up in the Dirtrackers’ fixtures list.

Team: Walford; McCarthy Dickinson Taylor Knott; Bullion Page; Wills Frost Berry Innalls Coates Goddard Walker Phillips. Replacement: Ruddle.

Scorers: Tries – Phillips Wills. Conversion – Bullion.

H-T 12-12.

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

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