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Bridgwater and Albion RFC 21- Thornbury RFC 28 – Match Report 9th April

| 11/04/2022

Bridgwater and Albion RFC 21- Thornbury RFC 28.

Three tries Bridgwater and Albion RFC in the final quarter of the match wasn’t quite enough to give the hosts the result they wanted.  It certainly rattle the fifth placed visitors, Thornbury, who thought they were cruising to victory.

The match was sponsored by the Friends of Bridgwater & Albion RFC whose pre- match lunch was attended by almost 140 guests. Since being formed 17 years ago the Friends have raised in excess of £100k.  All of which has been used to support the club.

Will Monro makes 75th appearance for Bridgwater and Albion 1st XV

The hosts were led out onto the pitch by Will Monro who was making his 75th appearance for the First XV.  Monro marked this occassion by scoring another try bringing his tally to 35 over the course of four seasons to date.

The opening exchanges saw Albion creating pressure on the Thornbury defence and after 10 minutes a Thornbury player was yellow carded. The hosts opened the scoring when  Oskar White kicked a 30 metre penalty..

The visitors responded strongly and on 20 minutes Tom Constable went over for a try which Jack Pinker converted.

Second penalty for the visitors

Five minutes later White kicked his second penalty to put Albion just one point behind.  Monro then set off on one of his dazzling runs, down the wing.  Unfortunately on this occasion did not lead to a score.

The last few minutes of the first half saw Thornbury in the ascendancy.  Luke Panting scored an unconverted try and Pinker kicked a penalty.  This made the score 15-6 to the visitors at the interval.

Thornbury attacked from the off after the break but Bridgwater kept them at bay until on 52 minutes.  This was when Pinker slotted home another penalty. The visitors extended their lead when Jack Wood went over for a try.  Then Pinker converted.  A few minutes later the kicker was on target with a penalty making it 28-6 to the Gloucestershire side.

Bridgwater and Albion RFC fought back strongly

If the visitors thought they had the game sewn upon then they were in for a shock.  Albion fought back strongly and scored three tries in quick succession.  This was of much to the delight of the large crowd in attendance at the final home game of the season

First of all it was Oskar White, who had a cracking game throughout, who spotted a gap from a long way out.  He then ran in to score with a solo effort.  Two minutes later Monro gathered the ball in his own half.  He then ran down the left wing before scoring a try in the corner.

The final score

The Albion’s final score came from 19 year old Olly Davis who has grown so much in stature since going the club from Wells at the start of this season, who charged through the middle before crashing over making the final score Bridgwater & Albion 21 Thornbury 28.

Albion’s final game of the season is away at Wellington on Saturday April 23rd.

Bridgwater and Albion RFC– Sam Adcock, Gavin Knight, Graham Slorance, Simon Buck, Olly Davis, Karolis Urbonas, George Sluman (cap), Taylor Buller, Jon Hill, Oskar White,Tom Croal, Jake Knight, Jay Owens, Lewis Please and Will Monro.

Replacements all used- Mike Saunders, James Palmer and Dan Lang

Club Chairman Steve Smith (right), Director of Rugby Geoff Sluman (left), Captain George Sluman and Jay Owens spoke to the guests at the Friends Lunch before Saturday’s game and are pictured with Bob Payne the chairman of the Friends of Bridgwater and Albion (centre).

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