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Devonport Services 13- BARFC 12

| 23/09/2018

South West One (West)

Bridgwater and Albion’s 100% start to the season came to an end when they went down by the odd point at the end of a tough match against Devonport Services that was played in wet and windy conditions throughout.

Albion got off to a good start and early on kicked a penalty into touch deep into home territory- only to lose the line out. On seven minutes however Devonport took the lead when Anstis slotted home a penalty.

In the difficult conditions the first half was rather a scrappy affair, and although Albion created several chances, none of them resulted in a score and the teams went into the break with the hosts 3-0 ahead.

Devonport started the second half in rampant fashion and five minutes from the re-start Anstis extended his sides lead when he kicked another penalty.

Albion full back Will Monro made blistering run from deep in his own half before off loading to Kyran Devitt. From the ensuing line out the ball found its way back to Monro who created more problems for the home defence before he was tackled deep in Devonport territory.

The visitors introduced debutant Adam Greenslade at hooker and on 57 minutes Ethan Trebble-Westlake charged down an Anstis clearance and went through to score a try which Stuart Heal converted to put Albion ahead for the first time in the match.

With 12 minutes remaining Bartlett hacked through from his own 22 as a result of which Devonport drove over for their second try which Anstis converted to put the hosts 13-7 ahead.

Albion were far from done for and with just over five minutes to go a series of good passing moves ended with Dan Kemmish crashing over in the corner.

Right on full time Monro made another jinking run deep into Devonport territory but try as they may Albion were unable to capitalize on it and the referee’s whistle went with the final score 13-12 to the hosts.

This was the first time in 30 years that the two sides have met.

BARFC- Will Monro, Kyran Devitt, Rob Gurnett, James Collings, Richard Wright, Stuart Heal, Tom Fournier, Wayne Sparngle, Olly Dunn, Ethan Trebble-Westake, Ben Lipscombe, Dan Kemmish, Craig Coleman, Gavin Knight and Matt Ranson.

Replacements all used- Adam Greenslade, George Sluman and James Brakes.

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