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Bridgwater and Albion RFC II 30 – Nailsea and Backwell II 15

| 21/02/2022

Bridgwater and Albion RFC II -30 Nailsea and Backwell II- 15

Following the devastation of storm Eunice, Bridgwater and Albion RFC II welcomed a strong Nailsea and Backwell II, who were looking to inflict some devastation themselves.

Sadly for them this was not to be the case and despite their late surge it was  Bridgwater who triumphed winning their third game on bounce.

Bridgwater and Albion RFC put together a formidable first half display

Bridgwater put together a formidable first half display. A good start saw Kyran Devitt burst through the Nailsea defence in the seventh minute to score a try which he converted. This was the start of an outstanding 25 point haul for the fly-half.

Bridgwater then had a try from veteran stalwart Dan Kemmish disallowed, for being judged to not have grounded the ball.

Devitt’s first half haul was backed up by a solid all round team performance.  The forwards carried hard and supported the rucks well, which enabled the pacey and agile back line plenty of quality ball to run with.

Nailsea and Backwell certainly played their part

Nailsea certainly played their part.  Albions notably bigger opponents were only kept out by some stalwart defence on the try line, with Rowan James putting in an excellent shift. Once again though the whole teams defensive attitude to keep their opponents to ‘nil’ at the break was admirable.

Three more penalties from the boot of Devitt gave the home side a deserved 16-0 half time lead.

The second half was a somewhat different affair as Nailsea seemed rejuvenated after their half time oranges, whereas Bridgwater’s retreat from the elements to the changing rooms seemed to soften their clinical edge.

Period where the Nailsea pack were visibly on top

However during a period where the Nailsea pack were visibly on top, Jordan Buller made a strong break, being stopped just short of the Nailsea try line. Prop Graham Slorrance managed to power over as a result from close range for a try that Devitt converted.

This was the first of two early second half tries for Albion against the run of play.  The other coming once again from fly-half Devitt after a quick penalty tap resulted in a sprint to the line, himself converting, which gave the hosts a commanding 30-0 lead.

Yellow card for Bridgwater and Albion RFC, Ethan Treble Westlake

However just on the hour mark Nailsea started to pile on the pressure and they notched up their first try. Bridgwater began to wobble, possibly due to several positional changes due to injury and a yellow card picked up by replacement lock Ethan Treble Westlake.

Nailsea then scored two more tries in quick succession to make the score 30-15. They could have had more were it not for some excellent defensive covering from Nick Parry, resulting in a try saving tackle metres from Bridgwater’s try line.

This made for an open and nervy final 10 minutes where both side could have scored more tries. With the wind in Nailsea’s sails for vast amounts of the second half, Bridgwater recovered and saw the game out.

Bridgwater and Albion RFC give great defensive display

The whole squad can be pleased with a victory over a very capable Nailsea side. The Albion’s defensive display on their own try line for long periods of time frustrated their opponents.  This will be pleasing to the coaching staff, as will the control showed in the first half in challenging conditions.

Final Score: Bridgwater & Albion II 30     Nailsea & Backwell II 15

Team: Roger Drabble, Nick Parry, Dan Lang(Captain), Jay Owens, Taylor Galloway, Kyran Devitt, Dan Page, James Palmer, Ollie Phillips, Graham Slorance, Dan Kemmish, Simon Buck, Jordon Buller, Rowan James and Joe Stradling.

Reps (all used) Ethan Trebble-Westlake, Harley Rich and Ross Mark

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