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Bridgwater and Albion 27 – Crediton 22

| 28/09/2019

South West One (West)

The result of this hard fought game was in the balance right up until the final whistle, but in the end it was Bridgwater and Albion who brought an end to Crediton’s winning start in this division.

The visitors were in the ascendancy almost from the start and after five minutes a free kick into touch close to the right hand corner was followed by a line out from which Josh Woodland scored a try to put Crediton into the lead.

The Bridgwater player coach Wayne Sprangle limped off injured early on and played no further part in the game, but the hosts regrouped and after 15 minutes Stuart Heal kicked a penalty from 30 metres to get the hosts onto the scoreboard.

Crediton extended their lead just before the half hour when Gareth Mason went over for an unconverted try.

The hosts came straight back and after a strong run through the middle by Shaun Mahoney the ball was passed to Ethan Trebble-Westlake who went over for a try which Heal duly converted to level the scores.

A second try by Trebble-Westlake following a quickly taken penalty on 40 minutes saw Bridgwater take the lead for the first time in the match.

Newly promoted Crediton regained the lead almost immediately when Lewis Warren scored a try which Jason Luff converted making the score 15-17 to the visitors at half time.

The opening play of the second half was rather scrappy but on 58 minutes Crediton were awarded a scrum on the left and from the ensuing rolling maul Phil Homes crashed over for an unconverted try.

After 15 minutes of the second half Crediton were reduced to 14 men when Rob Leach was yellow carded for an infringement.

Bridgwater then enjoyed a period of pressure and just before half an hour of the half they got their reward when Richard Bright touched down between the posts for a try which James Collings converted to level the scores and set up a grandstand finish.

Deep into added time slick handling by Bridgwater resulted in Ollie Steward scoring an unconverted try which made the final score 27-22 to the hosts.

Bridgwater and Albion- Tries 4 – Ethan Trebble-Westlake (2), Ollie Steward and Simon Honey.

Cons- 2- Stuart Heal (1) and James Collings (1)

Pen- 1 Stuart Heal.

Bridgwater and Albion- Lewis Phillips, Shaun Mahoney, Matt Ranson, Ethan Trebble-Westlake, Dan Kemmish, Ollie Steward, George Sluman, Wayne Sprangle, Tom Fournier d ‘Albe, Stuart Heal (capt), Richard Bright, Jay Owens, Garryn Basson, Ryan Barnett and James Collings.

Replacements all used- Graham Slorrance, Tom Hopkins and Simon Honey.

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