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North Petherton 32- BARFC 10

| 07/04/2018

Bridgwater and Albion put up another fighting performance on Friday evening at Beggars Brook, but at the end of a tense and hard fought encounter played in front of a large crowd, they lost out and it was North Petherton who claimed back the bragging rights.

The hosts started the better and after creating early pressure they took the lead on 10 minutes when Sam Williams scored a try wide on the left which he also converted.

The hosts were reduced to 14 men when Carl Jones was yellow carded, after which Albion continued to create pressure that was eventually rewarded with a penalty that Stuart Heal converted.

The game was played at a fast pace as both sides looked to find space wide and on 20 minutes the home side looked to have scored but the ball was held up by the fierce tackling Albion defence.

Soon after however Sam Williams, making his 250th appearance for the hosts went over for his second try which he also converted to make it 14-3 at the break.

Petherton started the second half strongly and quickly created pressure on the Albion line.

With 10 minutes gone the visitors found themselves a man down when Craig Blyde was yellow carded and in the following action Sam Williams picked up his third try.

Far from looking beaten Albion then mounted their fiercest attacking period led by skipper Ollie Dunn who picked the ball up in his own half and broke through the middle before being stopped just short of the Petherton line.

Albion pressure eventually paid off when Rob Gurnett started a searing run in his own territory and carved his way through the Petherton half to score a try which Heal converted to make the score 19-10.

With the game now into the final quarter both sides had a player carded within a few minutes of each other- Arron Gibbs for the hosts followed soon after by Sam Adock for the Albion.

In the final minutes Petherton started to pick up the pace again and were awarded a penalty for offside which Williams kicked, from 22 metres followed shortly afterwards by another from the same boot.

In a rousing finish Gibbs went over behind the posts for the final try of the game which was duly converted by Williams to make the final score 32-10 to the home side.

Bridgwater and Albion- Rob Gurnett , conversion Stuart Heal. Penalty- Heal.

Albion- Matt Ranson, Matt Hastie, Craig Blyde, Rob Thompson, Arron Kelly, Ethan Trebble-Westlake, Ollie Dunn (capt), Brad Talbot, Tom Fournier D’Able, Stuart Heal, Ryan Barnett, Nik Bradley, Rob Gurnett, James Brakes and Will Monro.

Replacements- Sam Adcock and Jon Roberts (both used) and George Sluman.

Category: Previews / Reports -XV

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