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Somerton 0, BARFC 3rds 55 (14/02/15)

| 16/02/2015 | Reply
Yet another much changed Albion Dirtrackers line-up visited Somerton to fulfil the earlier postponed match from 17 January. Albion’s side showed a delightful blend of youth and experience and fielded a back line capable of setting things alight. 

Indeed, Albion made a bright start spreading the ball about well with one of the two John Hills (hereinafter known as JHH and JWH) – JHH almost sending in Sluman in just the second minute. Brakes then made a long burst to set up Ward but the Somerton defence just mustered to prevent any score. Another sweeping movement in just the fourth minute saw JHH chipping over the defence and collecting his own kick to send Ward streaking over. JHH converted. Five minutes later Modrzynski not for the first time burst through the Somerton defence but could not get the last pass away. JHH and Norman then put in telling bursts into the heart of the Somerton defence but the home side scrambled clear. From the line-out, Albion’s trademark catch and drive resulted in Modrzynski getting back on the scoring sheet yet again to increase the lead to 12.

Somerton now brought their heavier forwards into play but the home side had no answer to Albion’s expansive and crisp handling game. Ward was again released but the overworked Somerton defence just covered. It was JWH’s turn to share in the Hill show when a neat switch pass to Frost saw the skipper tear up the short side and crash over for Albion’s third score. Burrows was yellow-carded soon after but Albion with 14 men still were rampant. On the half hour Ward weaved and dodged and set up Frost for his second with this time JWH converting. Just as Burrows was returning from the sin bin, Norman entered it. JWH kicked Albion into a good positon after Somerton stand-off had run strongly out of defence but Somerton scrambled the ball away to keep the interval deficit to 0-24. 

Somerton’s stand-off and full-back in particular were making some good individual bursts which kept Albion stretched and Somerton had the better of the opening moments of the second half. Brakes latched on to a loose Somerton clearance and twice combined with Ward before they sent in JWH for Albion’s fifth try which this time Page improved with the conversion. 

Frost was dominating the line-out on either throw and ensured a plentiful supply for Albion’s hungry backs. A fine run out of defence by Somerton’s full-back put Albion on the defensive as play became looser. On the hour mark JHH snaked through the Somerton defence and just hit the line for Page again to add the extras. In the last quarter Albion continued moving the ball well and JHH added a further try; Frost reached his hat trick and Collings sliced through the Somerton defence for a fine individual try and Page added a further conversion. 55-0 it was and as convincing as it sounds. 

All of the Albion 20 had a run out and all had their moments. This makes Albion’s league record even at 8-8 as they now look to some tougher games in the next two weeks at home to Wiveliscombe II and then away at Hornets. This win will have shown what can be done and hopefully will spark some consistency in the last six games of the season.

Team: JH Hill; Willis JW Hill Brakes Ward; Collings Page; Modrzynski Frost Sluman Burrows Ball Moulding Norman Saunders. Replacements – all used – Berry Day Ruddle Pearce Coates.

Scorers – tries: Frost (3) JH Hill (2) Ward Modrzynski JW Hill Collings. Conversions – JH Hill JW Hill Page (3).

H-T 24-0.


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