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Bideford 12, BARFC 23 (18/02/17)

| 18/02/2017
Bridgwater and Albion gave a good solid all round performance when they travelled to Bideford where they notched up their third successive victory to move up to seventh place in the table.
With Ollie Dunn absent, the captaincy role was taken on by Dan Kemmish making his 352nd appearance for the Albion.
The hosts started well and showed early power in the scrum but the Albion defended well and repelled any threats to their territory.
Lewis Phillips and Ethan Trebble-Westlake combined well to make good ground and after 18 minutes Albion took the lead thanks to a 30 metre penalty slotted home by Stuart Heal.
Bideford were reduced to 14 players shortly afterwards but despite Albions best attempts the home defence remained solid .
The visitors then found themselves down to 14 men when Nick Spellissy was yellow carded for an errant elbow.
Two minutes later however Heal kicked another penalty to extend the Albion lead to 6-0.
A period of dominance from Bridgwater was eventually rewarded when Spellissy scored a try which Heal converted.
Just before the interval Bideford cashed in on an Albion error and winger Edmunds scored an unconverted try to make it 13-5 at half time.
Albion started strongly after the break but despite them mounting a series of attacking moves, one of which featured a 40 metre break by Luke Plummer they were unable to cross the try line.
In the 69th minute however Plummer scored a try in the corner following a catch and drive which he just managed to touch down that was well converted by Heal to make it 20-5 to the Albion.
Bideford again responded strongly and found room for full back Sanders to score a try which Snell converted to make it 20-12.
Albion again bounced back with Plummer creating problems for the hosts and in the 77th minute Albion were awarded a penalty that made the game safe for them.
In the dying stages of the game as Bideford pressed hard Plummer was yellow carded  but at the final whistle it remained 23-12 to Albion.
Albion team– James Collings, Oscar Tregenna, Taylor Buller, Luke Plummer, Ryan Barnett, Stuart Heal, Roger Drabble, Micky Norman, George Sluman, Nick Spellissy, Dan Kemmish, Ethan Trebble- Westlake, Matt Ranson, Harry Collins and Lewis Phillips.

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