The Dirtrackers travelled to Wiveliscombe for what was intended to be an earlier kick off but in the end the game kicked off just a few minutes earlier than normal. Albion were already depleted due to calls from above and the effects of carnival etc but were saved when Morganians’ home match against Taunton III was called off on the morning with the result that four of their players kindly assisted.
Albion therefore travelled with sixteen in their squad – number which was gradually reduced as the game wore on for one reason or another.
Defending the notorious slope on Wiveliscombe’s famous ground – and it was good to see the Listed Property Grandstand operational, Albion were always up against it particularly as the cloying conditions made it difficult for them to find a foothold as the heavy Wiveliscombe pack shoved them in both tight and loose. However Albion manfully stuck to the task.
With players out of position and three scrum halves in the side then Craig Norman and the veteran Berry played in the back row. The Grubb Brothers were back in action together for the first time this season. Wiveliscombe wasted no time in putting Albion under severe pressure down the slope and the combination of Albion’s sturdy tackling and the home side’s inability to get the last pass away meant matters were even for the opening quarter.
Then the home side broke through for their outsides to score two tries and their pack to rumble Albion back some distance for two push over tries. By half time Wiveliscombe had accrued 31 points and looked to be on the cusp of a big victory. Unfortunately Albion had lost Buck their most dynamic forward to injury although he did limp back on later to assist the beleaguered side.
In the second half however Wiveliscombe failed to capitalise and it was Albion who pressed but they often took the wrong options and kicked badly to let the home side off. Albion gradually became depleted as other players left the field including Brakes who was sadly red carded for disputing a rather innocuous refereeing decision.
Albion in fact ended up with twelve men and it was only during this period in the last fifteen minutes that Wiveliscombe made it count and scored two further tries to put some gloss on the score line at 43-0.
The main fact was that Albion travelled and appeared, thus preventing the deduction of any further league points – the opposition had a game and everyone enjoyed themselves. After the league break next week Albion return to action at home to Ivel Barbarians II on 17 November and can then complete the first half of the season against Burnham II and Wyvern.
Team: Morganian; Brookes Brakes I Grubb Morganian; Coates Page; Buck C Norman Berry Morganian D Grubb Harbour Longman Lloyd Replacements – Winter – Morganian