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Bridgwater and Albion 20- Thornbury 33

| 07/09/2019

South West One (West)

This was very much a game of two halves, which saw Thornbury running in four tries in the first half and Bridgwater trying to claw their way back in the second.

At the start of the game George Sluman led the team out onto the field to mark his 75th senior appearance for Bridgwater and Albion.

The hosts looked sharp from the off and could so easily have taken the lead early on, but the final pass was dropped. On 12 minutes the hosts were deep in Thornbury territory and looked to be heading for a try, but instead the ball found its way to an opposition hand that resulted in the first score of the game when Billy Cantim went over the line and Bob Adams converted.

Just after 20 minutes Bridgwater reduced the arrears thanks to a Stuart Heal penalty.

Thornbury then scored three tries converted tries in the space of seven minutes- all resulting from mistakes by the home side.

Alfie Richards went over in the 27th minute, following an interception, five minutes later Thornbury stole the ball and Jack Evans scored a try on the left and then on 34 Richards scored his second try, following another error by the hosts. All three were converted by Adams.

On 38 minutes the game was halted following an altercation involving the players of both sides as a result of which Thornbury’s Jak Evans and Bridgwater’s Wayne Sprangle were shown yellow cards.

Just before half time Heal kicked his second penalty of the half and the players went into the interval Thornbury leading 28-6.

Bridgwater looked a very different side when they reappeared and produced the perfect riposte seven minutes after the re-start when Dom Thorne scored a try on the left which Heal converted.

The hosts maintained the pressure and their persistence was rewarded when with less than 10 minutes remaining James Collings found himself in space and went over to score a try just to the right of the posts which Heal converted, making the score 20-28.

The home side kept on pressing for another try but Thornbury defended well, kept their heads and cleared their lines.

In the dying minutes of this fast paced match Thornbury sealed the result when Sam Evans crashed over the try line in the right hand corner as the game ended 20-33.

Scorers- Bridgwater tries- James Collings, Dom Thorne

Pens – Heal 2 Cons- Heal 2

Bridgwater and Albion- Lewis Phillips, Shaun Mahoney, Sam Adcock, Ethan Trebble- Westlake, Dan Kemmish, Ollie Steward, Harvey Digby, Wayne Sprangle, Tom Fournier d Albe, Stuart Heal (Capt), Dom Thorne, Jay Owensm Will Monro, Roger Drabble and James Collings.

Replacements all used- Matt Ranson, George Sluman and Gerryn Basson.

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