banner ad

Wyvern 41 Bridgwater & Albion Dirtrackers 7 (14/09/13)

| 17/09/2013 | Reply
Wyvern vs BARFC Dirtrackers

Wyvern vs BARFC Dirtrackers

The Dirtrackers travelled to Mountfields full of their usual optimism but somewhat into the unknown as some of their personnel were making their first appearances at any form of physical effort for the season and so it showed. 

Albion welcomed back Ward after two seasons of injury and gave debuts to former Colt Satchell, prop Goddard formerly of Somerton and Hooker Walker.  Stanley has also avowed that his last season in rugby football will be in Albion colours. 

Wyvern took the game by the scruff of the neck from the start and in the third minute, their skipper Richards made the first of his many imprints on the match with a cross-field break which released the right wing who dashed over. Albion retorted quickly and went on the attack and there was a bizarre incident as two sets of maulers broke off in different directions but of course only one lot had the ball.  Albion lost Tidball to their first of several injuries but the effervescent Frost replaced him.  In the 16th minute Wyvern increased their lead with Albion conceding a very tame try when the Wyvern forward took the ball and trundled over unopposed.  Wyvern’s outsides were slick and made inroads through the Albion defence on several occasions.  Two minutes later the home scrum half burst right through the Albion defence but the wing was sensationally held up by Frost over the line. However the respite was short as Richards picked up at No. 8 and sent his flanker over for a try which was this time converted to give Wyvern a 17-0 lead.  Further Wyvern back moves in which the ball was passed quickly and accurately caused Albion some more pain but gradually the visitors came back in the game.  Smith’s long clearance out of defence eased a tricky situation and in the 30th minute Page kicked through with himself and Ward in hot pursuit.  The bounce eluded Page but Ward backing up made no mistake and went over under the posts with Smith to convert.  The same pair almost produced the goods again five minutes later but unfortunately the referee denied a clear advantage as Ward was racing clear.  Half time came with Albion having clawed themselves back to 7-17 at least giving themselves a chance. 

The early minutes of the second half also looked promising for Albion but once the ball was in the hands of the Wyvern backs it was a different matter with simple quick and accurate passing creating gaps and in the 49th minute the home side added a further try.  Ten minutes later further good passing released their centre to dash through.  In the 63rd minute, Wyvern worked the ball wide and the indefatigable Richards deservedly rounded off matters with a further score. 

Albion had rung the changes from their bench with all six replacements appearing.  They had their moments in the second half but did not look like adding to their earlier try.  In the final minute, Richards broke off the scrum and crashed over for his second try which was duly converted.

[Not a valid template]

In the end a comprehensive and fairly heavy defeat but there were some moments to build on.  Ward made an encouraging return; Taylor was all action in the middle with Coates; Buck drove well; but there were far too many intermittent and isolated moments of real action or progress.  Albion must now retreat and gird themselves for the testing visit of Burnham on Sea at College Way on 21 September. 

Team:  Ward;  Tidball  Taylor  Coates  McCarthy;  Smith  Page;  Buck  Ball  Satchell  Innalls  Pearce  Moulding  Stone  Goddard.  Replacements (all played)  Berry  Trunks  Frost  Stanley  Walker  Ruddle.

Scorers:  Ward – try.  Smith – Conversion.

H-T  7-17.

Category: 3rd Previews / Reports -XV, 3rd XV News

Leave a Reply

You must be logged in to post a comment.