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Its Geoff says…..

| 29/09/2019

It’s Geoff says!

Geoff Sluman, the Bridgwater and Albion director of rugby was happy to admit that his side were slightly lucky to beat Crediton on Saturday.

“Well, if we are honest that was one we got away with and we were a little bit lucky. We could dress it up a bit but we didn’t play that well for the majority of the game and we sort of stole it in the last 15 minutes,” he said.

However there were some reasons for this as the director of rugby explained.

“There were reasons for some of that, we lost Wayne Sprangle after just a couple of minutes into the game with a hamstring injury and then we lost Stu Heal our captain and main goal kicker before half time.

“I suppose when you lose two of your talismen you could crumble, but in fairness to the team they did not do that and we kept our shape and intent.

“So why it was not better is hard to put your finger on, sometimes our decision making and handling were far from good.

“However the team worked hard for the cause and each other, we had a great blend of experience and also had a couple of guys making debuts and we are benefitting from that mix.”

“Dan Kemmish made his 399th appearance for the club with Ethan Trebble-Westlake on 98 appearances and Tom Fournier d’ Albe on 97 appearances. Tom Hopkins and Simon Honey both debuted and both put in very good and creditable performances. Shaun Mahoney who was on top form was the E18hteen Gin man of the match.

Meanwhile Bridgwater and Albion Second XV had a great win over Wellington II’s on Friday night winning 14-13.

“The guys in that squad are putting pressure on the First XV because there were some impressive performances in that game.”

Sluman went on: “Our ladies had a great win too on Sunday against Brixham so many congratulations to them.”

Next weekend both of the Albion’s senior men’s teams face opposition who are currently top of their respective leagues.

The Second XV are home to Bristol Harlequins who currently sit top in Somerset One while the First XV are away to Devonport Services in South West One (West).

Looking ahead Sluman said: “Both of the opposition teams have a 100% winning record so far this season so we will need to be at our best. However, there are absolutely no reasons why we should not go into the games with confidence.”

Sluman added: “Both games kick off at 15:00 so please come along and support if you can. Entry at College Way will be free for the Second XV game.”

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