Albion’s 3rd XV personnel took a nose dive from the 25 whom were available against Tor II just a week ago to a bare 17 here at Yeovil and that included three players who were not on duty the previous week. Nevertheless with a forward predominance amongst the 17, Albion were able to field a strong side.
As the game got underway it was clear that the more scrums, then the better for Albion as their pack controlled all matters from start to finish, both at scrum and line-out. When the rather beleaguered Yeovil side had the put-in, they were invariably shoved or otherwise disrupted off their ball as the Albion back row and half backs made hay.
In the early stages handling errors abounded on each side but Albion made the first early ground when Ball took a quick penalty and ran through the Yeovil defence. A good switch with Buck sent Norman on a burst for the line where he was just held. Albion unsurprisingly opted for a scrum from a penalty near the Yeovil line and the strength of the pack enabled Modrzynski to crash over. Frost added the goal. The scorer was yet another former Colt returnee to the Albion ranks and he went on to capitalise well at the back of the scrum. After 15 minutes Albion lost Worgan to injury which later appeared serious as he was hospitalised. In the 20th minute Albion lost the ball in midfield and could not defend Yeovil’s hack forward as one of their three-quarters sped through to get the touch down. However it was soon back to the coalface with Albion’s pack putting severe pressure on their opposite numbers. Mordzynski was again held short and so was Norman; Ball was driven over; Buck was held up – all of these events resulted in close range scrums and on half time Mordzynski scored his second from another pushover to give Albion a 12-5 lead.
Albion relished the advantage of the slope for the second half and stand-off Collins duly made sure that they lived almost throughout in the Yeovil half. In the 48th minute Frost burst up the right hand side and cleverly linked with Collins and Buck who sent Ball dashing over for the third try. Collins then made a fine individual break but was unceremoniously upended. After Frost had taken Albion close to the Yeovil line, Norman scored a somewhat fortuitous try from a line-out with the referee failing to detect an apparent knock-on. In the 62nd minute Albion’s forward power yet again pummelled the opposition and they were in such disarray that Clarke was able to pick up and dot down for Collins this time to add the conversion. Three minutes later Albion produced their most expansive period of play with forwards and backs swinging the ball into action and Coates joined in the fun from full-back, releasing Willis who sped in. In the 70th minute Albion this time moved the ball neatly down the left-hand side of the field where the ubiquitous Frost latched on to the final pass to score in the corner. Yeovil fought back and produced their best passing move of the day to score in the final minute.
Albion, with a side containing five props, were clearly too much for Yeovil to handle up front but the opposition were game throughout. The forwards playing in the backs – Buck and Walker – performed commendably in the middle, rarely letting anything through. Mordzynski made a fine return at No. 8 but may need to sharpen up his handling despite his two tries. Norman, Ball and Frost always had Yeovil on tenterhooks when they burst through and the front row of Saunders, Norman and Ruddle smiled throughout all of the afternoon. Clarke and Collins and later Berry worked well at half-back and Coates, Willis and Burrows formed a tidy back three. Knott also appeared to add some substance despite being clocked by a stray Yeovil knee in an accidental incident.
Five points for the Dirtrackers which continues a useful start to the season but they will need to be on their mettle in the next two matches against Somerton and Morganians.
Team: Coates; Willis Buck Walker Burrows; Collins Clarke; Modrzynski Ball Frost Worgan Moulding Saunders Norman Ruddle. Replacements: (both used) Berry Knott.
Scorers: Tries – Modrzynski (2) Ball Norman Clarke Willis Frost. Conversions – Frost Collins.