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Wyvern 12, Bridgwater & Albion Dirtrackers 10 (13/04/13)

| 18/04/2013

The Dirtrackers travelled to Mountfields in Taunton intent on building on their inspired form of the previous week against Burnham to conclude their season in some style.  Up until half time they looked like doing that as they took hold of the game after Wyvern had opened the scoring and with the pack well on top, then the second half use of the slope and breeze should have counted.  Read More

Dirtrackers logoOn a surprisingly wet pitch for the time of year, Albion took some time to settle.  The old stagers Stanley and Worgan were back in action with Buck supplanted into the centre.  Wyvern are a gritty side and well led by their veteran Richards – a well-travelled and much seasoned player.  He kept them going forward, introducing some clever kicks to his repertoire to gain good ground.  

Albion failed to clear their half in the opening period and Wyvern moved the ball sufficiently well to score near the corner for a try which was converted.  Albion however were now gathering momentum with their forwards taking on manfully and here Worgan, Miller and Gibson were to the fore.  The front row of Ruddle, Norman and Marsh well and truly held its own and this allowed both Frost and Stanley to be creative.  

Outside Smith’s left foot was now kicking Albion into some promising positions.  However it took some time to wear down the Wyvern resistance but in the 35th minute the pack rumbled on from a line-out near the Wyvern line and typically Norman was at the bottom of the pile as the forwards surged over the line.  Five minutes later, Albion again were kicked into the corner and the pack once again took over and this time Gibson twice wrestled the ball from opposition to plunge over.  This then gave Albion a narrow 10-7 interval lead and with everything in their favour, then a victory appeared on the cards.  

Sadly the second half turned out to be the opposite of what was expected and Wyvern took their one scoring chance to clinch the game and the points.  

A disappointing end to the Dirtrackers’ season which has been somewhat fragmented and definitely topsy turvy.  The constant change of personnel clearly does not help.  There have been signs of recovery and good spirit throughout but more harnessing is clearly required.  The team has avoided relegation by just keeping its head above water with spasmodic victories.  The team now needs to galvanise itself in the close season and reconsolidate to produce a concerted effort next September.  

Team:  Walford;  Burrows  Taylor  Buck  Richards;  Smith  Coates;  Gibson  Frost  Stanley  Worgan  Miller  Ruddle  Norman  Marsh.  Replacements:  Pearce  Pike  Lloyd  McCarthy.

Scorers:  Tries – Norman  Gibson.

H-T 10-7

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