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Bridgwater & Albion RFC 18 – Wellington RFC 16 – Somerset Cup First Round

| 06/11/2023

Bridgwater & Albion RFC 18 – Wellington RFC 16

This game had everything you expected from a cup tie and local derby. Played in continual rain on a slippery surface the result was in doubt right up until the final whistle, but in the end it was the home side who triumphed  by a narrow margin and who and go through to the second round.

Wellington were in the ascendancy for much of the first half and after six minutes took the lead when Alex Davey kicked a penalty.

Bridgwater were slow to get going but in the 20th minute got themselves into the Wellington 22 where they won a penalty which Taylor Buller slotted home to level the scores.

In the 39th minute Wellington extended their lead when Davey kicked another penalty.

Just before half time James Collings and Tom Croal combined well together and went close but the score remained 6-3 to the visitors at the break.

Drama after the break at Bridgwater & Albion RFC

In the 44th minute Davey kicked another penalty and almost from the re-start the Wellington centre Chris Batts went over for a try which Davey’s boot added the extras to.

Trailing by 13 points Albion started to make clever use of their replacements which enabled skipper Taylor Buller, who was impressive throughout, to move back to his normal position in the pack.

From this point the Albion forwards started to dominate proceedings which enabled them to fight their way back into the game.

Just before the hour Albion won a line out close to the corner from which they drove towards the line before Jake Knight crashed over to score a try. Ten minutes later Taylor Buller slotted home a penalty to reduce the arrears.

Clock was ticking…

With the clock ticking down a Bridgwater kick found the corner and from the line out Jake Knight scored his second try of the match, which Taylor Buller converted from a difficult angle to put his side into the lead for the first time.

Wellington weren’t done however and in the remaining minutes were awarded two penalties both of which they kicked to touch, but despite coming under pressure the Bridgwater defence held firm and the game ended 18-16 to the home side.

On Saturday 11th November Bridgwater and Albion return to league action when they travel to play against Clevedon, then the following week they host Longlevens at College Way, kick off 3pm.

Bridgwater & Albion RFC Team

Alex Hannah, Gavin Knight, Mattt Bishop, Tom Hopkins. Tom West, Alex Knight, George Sluman, Harrison Cornish, Jake Knight, Jay Owens, Aidan Robinson, Taylor Buller (captain) James Collings, Tom Croal and Danny Mahoney.

Replacements– Ben Howden, Jordan Buller, Josh Parker, Lewis Shepherd, Lewis Plece, Dan Lang  Will Kerry (all used) and Ollie Philips.

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