Bridgwater & Albion Colts opened their season in style with a tryfest. They also wasted a number of scoring oportunities with some poor passing and a number of missed overlaps, errors that will be corrected before Saturdays visit to Wellington.
Minehead were short of a prop which meant uncontested scrums, a familiar picture for Albion last season. From the Minehead kick-off Albion were on the attack through No.8 Rhys Satchell who crashed through a number of tackles and off loaded to Centre Jay Owens who cruised over for the first of the Colts 11 tries. The extras were missed.
Five minutes later Winger Charlie Sturdy was put through for the first of his three tries, again with Satchell providing the telling pass. Most of the play was in the visitor’s territory and from a deep Minehead lineout the ball was turned over to Albion Hooker Tom Hillman who dived over for the third try, this time converted by Harry Roles who has moved to flanker.
This was quickly followed by a further try, again from a lineout, and saw Flyhalf Luke Payne jink his way through half the opposition to score a cracking solo effort. The conversion was missed.
Shortly before half time one of those awful ankle level passes was picked up by Centre Alex Dickinson who was immediately tackled but managed to get the ball away to Speeding winger Tim Stafford who ran half the pitch to score between the posts. The two extras were added by Luke Payne.
Half time saw Albion 29 points to the good.
Shortly after the re-start Rhys Satchell, who was celebrating his birthday in style, broke a couple of tackles to score. Roles stepped up for the two points and within two minutes Bridgy went further ahead through Sturdy – and again Roles took the two extra points.
Minehead were looking pretty shell shocked by this time and Prop george Burtenshaw didn’t help when a powerful run took him over the line seven minutes in with Roles adding the extras. This was shortly followed by a superb dummy 10 meteres out from replacement flanker Kurt Polley who ran in his first Colts try, the erxtras were added by Roles.
Not to be outdone Full Back Carl Peters took a clearance kick some 70 meteres out and his pace and footwork took him over theline for the 10th try. Peters had been threatening this all evening with penetrating runs.
The final nail was hammered home when Sturdy ran in his third and the team’s final try five minutes from time. This was a satisfying result but to meet the sterner tests ahead the players need to cut down the unforced errors and ensure they take every opportunity on offer by using the overlaps created. 69 points though is not to be sniffed at.
Match report by Ray Dickinson