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Bridgwater and Albion boss reflects

| 18/09/2017

Simon Morrell the Bridgwater and Albion head coach admits that his team were beaten by a better side on Saturday, but they can learn a lot from their defeat ahead of the game against Clevedon this weekend at College Way.  “Thornbury are the best team that we have played so far and at the end of  the season they will be right up there, so credit to them for the way that they performed against us.  The head coach went on: “We have reviewed the game and published the performance indicators to the squad covering all aspects, and sadly it shows that our forwards were outplayed by Thornbury who dominated which we can’t hide from, and its the reason why we lost.  “We are still stretched almost to breaking point so we will be unable to make any great changes for this coming weekend, so rather than that it will be the individuals who need to respond and go forward.  This week in training will be all about the individuals looking at their own games.  “For a considerable amount of the first half Thornbury were on top and had all of the momentum with lively backs. Sadly  we played their game, kicked the ball and kept it in field and tried to run things from deep which just gave them opportunities. We should have kicked to the corners and got the ball in touch and hung on in.  “This was all good experience for  the young squad that we have got but we need to learn our lessons about what we do when we are not in the game- sadly we panicked when we didn’t need to.  “However we didn’t fold which could easily have happened, we put our heads down and got points in the second half.”  “I know it is very frustrating for our loyal supporters but I think that they will have seen in Jo Clarke and Will Monroe that when we do sort out the rest of it we can expect to see some unbelievable rugby from us. Clearly the best two players on the park- Jo and Will belonged to Bridgwater.”  “For the second year running we have been so unlucky with injuries. Thankfully when we get them back a lot of our issues will be solved.”  Morrell went on: “ We obviously are still missing Ollie Dunn and Stuart Heal, but there is some good news because we have signed Sam Adcock a ball carrying hooker and Luke Clarke who plays at Number 6.


This Saturday the Albion host Clevedon who last year made it through to the play offs.  Morrell said: “Last week Clevedon were well beaten at Teignmouth but they bounced back on Saturday, so we know that they will come here totally committed and that it will be a physically tough game for us.”  Simon MorrellHe added: “However before that we have a very important training session on Tuesday when we will be hoping for a big turn out and we can get the Thornbury game behind us before we start to focus on Clevedon. “

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