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Newton Abbot 19- Bridgwater & Albion 43.

| 08/03/2020

South West One (West)

Bridgwater & Albion bounced back to winning ways when they proved to be too strong for bottom of the table Newton Abbot.

After a three defeats in a row followed by a three week break from action this was the Abion’s first victory since 16th January and one that sees them leap frog above their local rivals North Petherton in the league table.

The visitors attacked from the start but their initial advances were resisted by the home defence. In the sixth minute however Wayne Sprangle managed to get hold of the ball on the home 22 and found Oskar White who in turn passed to Will Monro who ran in from half way for a try which Stuart Heal converted.

After 20 minutes Newton Abbot were reduced to 14 when they had a player yellow carded and from the resultant penalty Lewis Phillips was bundled over for a try which Heal added the extras to.

Despite being a man down shortly afterwards the hosts responded quickly when winger Gill went over for an unconverted try.

The Albion lost Roger Drabble to injury, who was replaced by Shaun Mahoney who quickly slotted into playing in the three quarter line where he played for the remainder of the game.

Newton Abbot closed the gap to two points when stand off Monnington scored a try which Sweeney converted, but not for long because almost on the stroke of half time Monro jinked his way over the line to score which Heal converted making it 12-21 at the interval.

After the break the home side started to yield a few penalties as the Bridgwater pressure started to tell and on 53 minutes Heal slotted one home to extend his side’s lead.

From the restart Mahoney burst through the middle before off loading to George Sluman who scored a try which Heal converted.

White made a great run out of defence into the home 22 after which Sprangle and Monro combined well before Mahoney crashed over for a try which Heal converted.

Even though they were trailing Newton Abbot continued to look to create opportunities and when Albion tried to chip the ball out of defence it was seized on by Monnington who scored an uncoverted try.

However the last word belonged to the Albion and in the dying minutes Mahoney burst through before passing to Monro who went over for his hat trick try which Heal duly converted to make the final score 43-19 to the visitors.

Bridgwater and Albion- Oskar White, Will Monro, Ryan Barnett, Jay Owens, Roger Drabble, Stuart Heal, Tom Forunier, Wayne Sprangle, George Sluman, Tom Hopkins, Dan Kemmish, George Musgrave, Tim Blades, Gavin Knight, and Lewis Phillips.

Replacements all used- Matt Ranson, Karolis Urbonis and Shaun Mahoney.

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