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Bridgwater and Albion 16 – Okehampton 61

| 25/11/2018

South West One (West)

If ever there was a classic game of two halves then this was certainly one of them, Bridgwater and Albion scoring all of their points in the opening 40 minutes, after which the visitors were dominant. 

Within five minutes of the kick off Bridgwater were 3-0 ahead after Stuart Heal slotted home a penalty awarded for off side.

The hosts kept up the pressure and following a quickly taken free kick George Sluman went over for a try to the right of the posts which Heal converted.

Rob Thompson made a charge through the middle for the home side but was held up just short of the line, but the ball was recycled and Bridgwater were awarded another penalty for offside which Heal duly kicked.

Okehampton then enjoyed their best period of the first half, but two five metre scrums were defended well by the home defence, before on the stroke of half time Heal kicked a long range penalty to make the score 16-0 at the interval.

When Okehampton returned to the field after the break they looked a different side and were rampant from the off, opening their account after three minutes following a scrum on the left Bevan Armitage went over for a try which Richie Friend converted. Two minutes later they scored again this time Kieran Lee scoring the try for Friend to convert.

It was all Okehampton and they took the lead on 12 minutes of the second when Dean Abrahams scored a try following a charge down of a Heal clearance, which Friend converted.

Daniel Fogarty scored the first of his hat trick of tries after 18 minutes which Friend converted. Three minutes later Fogarty crossed for his second- which this time was unconverted.

Okehampton were on a roll and almost from the re-start Rhys Palmer collected the ball in his own half and ran over half the length of the pitch to score a try which Friend converted,

Bridgwater rallied well for a period but were denied a try by some good Okehampton defending. However the visitors immediately came back on the attack and Karl Pierce made a solo run down the left wing before scoring a try which Friend converted.

In the dying minutes there were two further tries for Okehampton the first from Kieran Lee and the final one of the day by Fogarty to give him his hat-trick, both converted by Friend.

This was an impressive second half display by Okehampton, while for the hosts it was another disappointing defeat.


Bridgwater and Albion-

Tries- George Sluman (1) conversion – Stuart Heal (1)

Penalties- Stuart Heal (3)

Bridgwater and Albion- Matt Ranson, Adam Greenslade, Niell Bezuidenhout, Dan Kemmish, Rob Thompson, Gareth Clwyd- Jones, George Sluman, Ollie Dunn, Tom Fournier d’Able, Stuart Heal, Jay Owens, Taylor Buller, Ryan Barnett, Richard Bright and Will Monro.

Replacements all used- Jack Musgrave, Lewis Phillips and Matt House.

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