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BARFC 15, Kingsbridge 12 (04/03/17)

| 04/03/2017

Match Report by Richard WalshIMG_7099

Bridgwater and Albion made it four wins in a row but they were made to fight all the way after against a Kingsbridge side that played well above their lowly league position.

Before the start of the match the crowd that was well in excess of 500 and the players from both sides observed a minutes silence in memory of Derek Cummins a long time supporter of the club.
From the start this game was played at a fast and furious pace and it was Kingsbridge who had the better of the opening exchanges and could have taken the lead after 10 minutes had they slotted home a penalty.
Sam Britton on the left wing made a good break on 15 minutes but Bridgwater were unable to take advantage of the scoring opportunity that followed.
Kingsbridge cleared their lines and surged back into home territory where they were eventually rewarded with a penalty which Ben Newman struck between the uprights to give his side the lead.
Shortly afterwards Newman extended the lead when he slotted home a second, long range penalty that had been awarded for failing to release the ball.
Bridgwater came straight back and firstly Stuart Heal enjoyed a good break which came to nothing as the visitors attack stood firm.
Just before the break however Bridgwater were awarded a line out close to the left hand which eventually resulted in Luke Plummer touching down for an unconverted try, which made it 6-5 to Kingsbridge at half time.
Kingsbridge continued to look threatening and three minutes after the re-start they were awarded a penalty just inside their own half, again for not releasing which George Banfield kicked to put his side further ahead.
The hosts continued to attack and created a number opportunities but were unable to finish them off as the last pass failed to go to hand.
However just on the hour Bridgwater kicked to touch close to the corner and from the ensuing line out Dave Norman went over for an unconverted try which gave the hosts the lead for the first time in the game.
Kingsbridge countered well as they did throughout the game and 10 minutes later were awarded another long range penalty which Banfield kicked to regain the lead.
With 10 minutes remaining Plummer made a great run down the left wing before releasing Sam Britton who scored an uncoverted try in the corner to put Bridgwater back ahead.
Both sides continued to fight until the end but there was no further score as it ended 15-12 to the hosts.
Bridgwater and Albion- Three tries- one each for Luke Plummer, Dave Norman and Sam Britton.
Kingsbridge- 4 penalties- 2 each for Ben Newman and George Banfield.

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