Bridgwater just lost out in a highly competitive and entertaining game that went down to the wire.
The home side were on fire from the kick off, spending the first 10 minutes camped in sight of the visitors line when the latter knocked on five meteres out. Following a scrum plus four re-sets, No.8 Lewis Dodge took a short pass and crashed over for the first Bridgy score. The conversion was missed
The restart from Bridgy was well chased down and re cycled, but a promising phase was cut short by a high tackle resulting in 3 points from the boot of Bridgwater’s Full Back Jordan Ricketts. Just on the stroke of half time though, the home boys concentration lapsed giving away a sloppy converted try and the first half ended 8 – 12 in favour of the visitors.
The second period started much as the first had with Bridgwater on the front foot and after 5 minutes some good handling
and support running saw winger Conor Howard cross the line and Ricketts adding the extras. At 15 – 12 and 10 minutes in the game was finely balanced, when Bridgy lost the ball, and the constant threat of the Wellington backs saw their Inside centre slip a loose tackle on halfway to score an excellent individual try, which was then converted.
From a lineout steal Bridgwater then created a great scoring chance from a rolling maul which should have gone all the way over from the opposition 22, but instead became truck and trailer when the back pod momentarily lost contact with the front. Shortly after, Wellington scored a further converted try when they created an overlap giving them a 15 – 24 lead with 5 minutes left.
However, Bridgy were not yet finished and from the restart exerted continual pressure on the visitors five metere line. Prop Jack Jones took a short pass and bulldozed his way over for his fourth try of the season. the extras were missed but the losing bonus point was gained.
Bridgy deserved more from this match and, but for a couple of lapses should have got more. Lessons will have been learned for their next match on Sunday 18th October, when the Colts travel to Kingsbridge in Devon for a National Colts cup match.