Played at times in almost monsoon conditions handling errors were numerous from both teams and the first 10 minutes was just about dominated by the visitors whose pacey backs had the edge. Several times though errors were forced from them, through strong defence, especially in the centre where Wellington’s penetration was nullified.
Virtual domination of the scrums was achieved by the home side who but for the 1.5 metre push law at this level would have been in serious difficulty. However the visitors scored first after 20 minutes with a converted try which seemed to galvanise the Albion attack, when with the line begging a pass behind Full Back Carl Peters, who was charging down the touch line relieved the pressure on Wellington. Shortly afterwards a further Albion attack came to nothing when the ball was turned over on the Wellington 5 metre line.
At half time this was anyone’s game with the rain still bucketing down, and ten minutes into the second period the home side pressure was rewarded with a penalty duly slotted by Fly half Luke Payne. Bridgwater continued to dominate the half and, but for a ball like soap, may well have taken the lead after 20 minutes but knocked on allowing Wellington to clear their line.
Wellington launched their own attack winning a dubious penalty in Bridgy’s 22, taking the score to 3 -10. Shortly after, Bridgwater were adjudged to have deliberately wheeled a scrum – something they have never done before. Wellington kicked for touch and from the lineout a chip through was cleanly picked up and run in under the posts from 5 metres for a converted try right on the final whistle.
Great credit to both sides for an entertaining and well contested match which on balance was probably 50 – 50.
On Saturday 24th Albion Colts welcome Taunton. KO is 2.30pm