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B&A 24 – Sidmouth 27

| 07/12/2019

South West One (West)

Bridgwater and Albion 24- Sidmouth 27.

Bridgwater dominated this game for long periods and at one stage led 19-0, but in the end it was Sidmouth who fought back strongly to sneak victory.

The visitors had the better of the opening skirmishes but after 10 minute the ball was chipped ahead and Richard Bright on the left wing collected the friendly bounce and ran through to score between the posts which Stuart Heal converted to put Bridgwater ahead.

The home side were showing real intent, but Sidmouth matched whatever Bridgwater had to offer and the next 20 minutes of the game was pretty even.

On 32 minutes however Tim Blades made a forceful run through the middle and did all the hard work before offloading to Wayne Sprangle who scored just to the left of the posts, to which Heal added the extras.

Three minutes later Shaun Mahoney who had just come on as a replacement picked up the ball an the halfway line and charged to the line, beating everyone in his way before crashing over to the right of the posts.

After 41 minutes Sidmouth mounted their best attack so far but were held up on the line. Two minutes they were rewarded with a try by Luke Wells-Burr to the right of the posts.

On 47 minutes Sidmouth were awarded a penalty which Dan Retter slotted home immediately after which the referee blew the whistle for half time with the score 19-8.

Bridgwater started strongly after the interval and their early pressure paid off as Euogan Westhaff went over for an unconverted try to the right of the posts, extending the hosts lead to 24-8.

Sidmouth had two kicks down the left flank that took them deep into Bridgwater territory. They maintained the pressure on the home defence and eventually from a five metre scrum Wells-Burr went over for his second try which Retter converted.

At the other end Kyran Devitt produced a run deep into the Sidmouth half but the final pass was knocked on and the attack came to nothing.

Bridgwater then had two players yellow carded, Dan Kemmish and seven minutes later James Collings.

While the hosts were reduced to 13 players Sam Meadham went over for an unconverted try to make it 24-20.

Sidmouth continued to attack and after a series of infringements close to the Bridgwater line they were awarded a penalty try, straight after which Wayne Sprangle was yellow carded as the game ended 24-27.

Bridgwater and Albion-

Tim Blades, Jordan Buller, Lewis Phillips, Wayne Sprangle, Dan Kemmish, Euogan Westhaff, George Sluman, Ethan Trebble- Westlake, Tom Fournier D’Albe, Stuart Heal (capt), Will Monro, James Collings, Ryan Barnett, Richard Bright and Oskar White.

Replacements all used- Matt Ranson, Shaun Mahoney and Kyran Devitt.

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