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Lydney 10 – Bridgwater and Albion 8

| 27/10/2018

South West One (West)

Bridgwater and Albion travelled north to the Forest of Dean to take on Lydney in search of their first ever victory at Regentsholme, where at the end of a hard fought game played in driving rain throughout it was the hosts who held on to win 10-8.

The opening exchanges of the match were even but a strong burst by skipper Ollie Dunn saw the visitors deep into the home territory, but the attack was repelled.

On 13 minutes however Bridgwater took the lead when Stuart Heal slotted home a penalty, taking his points tally for the season past the century mark.

Albion’s lead was short lived as two minutes later Lydney leveled the score when Nathan Tucker kicked a penalty, that had been awarded for a high tackle.

On the half hour mark a penalty saw Albion make their way deep into Lydney territory , but the hosts defended well and grabbed back the initiative when Baker burst through and kicked ahead and over the try line where amidst a melee of bodies home flanker Kurt Brown was awarded a try which Tucker converted.

Bridgwater came back strongly and in the last five minutes of the first half they were in the ascendancy, but the home defence held firm and the score remained 10-3 at the interval.

The visitors came out strongly after the break and during the first 10 minutes of the second half they were awarded three penalties, each one of which was sadly missed.

Will Monro enjoyed a couple of scything ing runs into the Lydney half as did Ethan Trebble Westlake, but none of the moves resulted in any points.

However on 55 minutes the Bridgwater pressure paid off when player coach Wayne Sprangle scored a try that was unconverted.

Sensing they were in danger Lydney counter attacked well and created their own pressure and hung onto the ball well in the difficult conditions.

In the last few minutes Bridgwater threw everything into attack as Heal kicked forward and Dunn made another fine run. All of this however came to nothing as the visitor’s attempts to salvage a result were thwarted by the Lydney defence aand the game ended 10-8 to the hosts..

Bridwater try- Wayne Sprangle. Penalty- Stuart Heal.

Bridgwater and Albion- Will Monro, Ryan Barnett, Rob Gurnett, Taylor Buller, Richard Bright, Stuart Heal, Tom Fournier, Wayne Sprangle, Ollie Dunn (Captain), Gareth Clwyd- Jones, Dan Kemmish, Ethan Trebble Westlake, Craig Blyde, Gavin Knight and Matt Ranson.

Replacements (not used)- Bryan Webb, James Colings and Kyran Devitt.

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