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Geoff Says

| 28/10/2018

After watching his Bridgwater and Albion side come frustratingly close to pulling off their first ever victory over Lydney at their Regentsholme ground Geoff Sluman, the club’s director of rugby admitted that his side were not good enough to win.

Reflecting on the Albion’s 10-8 defeat Geoff said: “Sometimes, you just got to say it as it is, for the second week running, we were not good enough to win. Pleasingly, we didn’t make the same mistakes against Lydney this week as we did against Launceston the previous week.

“We didn’t play a loose game that gave away interception tries, but sadly we didn’t ever really get out of second gear. We have several more gears that we are capable of deploying but we just didn’t get to do that.

“It is difficult to explain exactly one reason why, but you seldom get things all of your own way in competitive sport. It most definitely was not one big thing but more a combination of smaller things that all built up.

“So it’s not a case of we are sat around thinking what else can we do, because our review sessions are very thorough and we know exactly what we want to do.

“However, there are no miracle improvements, they all take time and often need testing on several occasions in competitive league matches before you get the benefit. It is all learning for our squad and I am really pleased that they are gaining from the experiences.”

However Geoff was quick to put things into perspective.

“We are still sitting in third place in the table – which is competitive and maybe ahead of where some may have thought us capable of achieving. Yes, the gap between the leaders and us has grown a little and the gap between us and the teams below us has reduced a little but we are still in there and actually have the second best point’s difference in the league – being just 3 points behind the best. Add to that the fact that the squad is still improving then all things considered we are still in a good place.”

In view of Bridgwater Carnival on Saturday the Albion are without a fixture, but return to action on Saturday November 10th when they host Newent at College Way where the kick off is at 2.30pm.

Geoff added: “The non playing weekends do interrupt your flow a little, we are very keen to get back out on the pitch and play. However, the rest is an important time for players to recover and remain fresh.”

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