Yet again there were many changes in the 3rds line-up both personnel and positional as the 19 man squad journeyed to a dank and gloomy Glastonbury seeking revenge for a narrow home defeat.
Albion started well, turning the Tor scrum early on but then conceding the ball against the head. In the 6th minute a loose Albion kick gave the Tor full-back ample room to run 50 metres and set up a handling move which led to the opening score of the game for the home side and this was duly converted. Albion responded well with Nash and Coates to the fore and the first of several well executed rolling mauls/drives was just held up on the Tor line. Despite the pressure Tor broke away from their own 22 and looked like scoring but got offside. Tor maintained the momentum and in the 20th minute kicked a penalty goal. Good grafting work by Clark and Hillman for Albion brought them back in the game. Just before half time a long burst through the middle by Buller took Albion close. From the next play, once again a splendid driving maul resulted in Clark crashing over to reduce the arrears to 5-10 at the interval.
Tor almost scored directly from the kick-off but just lost the ball at the wrong time. The game now became scrappy as handling became difficult in the cloying conditions and for some 15 minutes neither side looked like scoring. In the 55th minute however Tor conjured a try out of nothing when they kicked the ball beyond the Albion defence and won the race to the touchdown. This was a familiar tactic from the home side, relying upon their pace outside but Albion had covered most of the eventualities. Despite the pep up of a score, play went back to its midfield slog until the very final minute when Tor moved the ball well down the left side and completed the scoring with their third try.
In the circumstances a game performance by the 3rd XV. Most players had their moments but the process lacked overall cohesion and completion. The 3rds will be disappointed with the margin of defeat. Tor simply took their chances when offered better and quicker than the visitors. Next week the 3rd XV return home to face Ivel Barbarians II.
Team: Denovan; Coates Buller Kerry Willis; Habberfield Page; Buck Frost Clark Walker Pearce Nash Hillman Ruddle. Replacements – all used – Berry Croker Burtonshaw Harbour.
Scorers: Try – Clark.
H-T – 5-10.