Bridgwater and Albion U12’s visited Cheddar today to take part in a local mini tournament and came away Grand Slam winners.
Their first game was tough and really put the team through its paces against a strong Nailsea RFC side, bringing on brilliant tackles from Leroy Stevenson, Jamie Guest, Kyle Farmer and Jared Griffith. At half time the score was 5 – 0 to Albion following a try from Joseph Brazier. Two more tries in the second half from Bon Fear secured a good 15 – 5 win.
Albion’s second game was against Wells RFC who were really in the mood for causing an upset. The first half went slightly in Wells favour with a close score at 5 – 5, but following a positive team talk from their captain Ryan Higgs and coaches Rob Sheldrake, John Brazier and Huw Griffith brought the team out determined to win which they did comfortably. A strong defensive line stopped Wells from coming forward with try saving tackles from again Leroy Stevenson and Brad Mountstevens and tries from Josh Wood, Ryan Higgs, Bon Fear and Lewis Dowds. The final whistle went and the team finished 20 – 5 winners.
The third and final game made for a long day. Albion shrugged off injuries and played players out of position to play the home team Cheddar in what ended up to be the game of the day with both teams looking for the grand slam win. Two tries from Cheddar’s Captain and one from Albion’s Leroy Stevenson made the score at half time 10 – 5 to Cheddar. Well in to the second half, Albion looked like being beaten, when following a maul a fantastic try came again from Leroy Stevenson evened the score at 10-10. With only 5 minutes left Cheddar scored a try forcing captain Ryan Higgs to pull out all the stops.
The team pulled together again and a try from Joseph Brazier levelled the score. The final few minutes saw some further strong tackles from Declan Locke, Lewis Dowds, Grant Chidgey, Oliver Arened and Seamus Malone to stop Cheddar from regaining the lead. With the final whistle about to blow Albion, pushed back a scrum to win the ball and Bon Fear ran almost the entire length of the pitch to score the winning try leaving Albion the winners with a score of 20-15 and winners of their first ever Grand Slam.
All the team contributed to the success today, but the ‘Man of the matches’ accolade was given to Leroy Stevenson.