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St Austell RFC 66 – Bridgwater and Albion RFC 12

| 29/11/2021

St Austell RFC 66 – Bridgwater and Albion RFC 12.

Bridgwater and Albion RFC four match unbeaten run was ended when they travelled to Cornwall to play high flying St Austell.

Fielding a predominantly young and inexperienced side who gave their all and fought tooth and nail in the end it was the Duchy club who ran out the winners by 66-12- but they had if far from all their own way.

Match hampered by severe cross wind

The match was played in a severe cross wind which made for difficult conditions but despite this the youthful Albion side that contained eight changes form the team that hosted Sidmouth the previous week, showed great spirit throughout and gave a strong performance in the second half.

St Austell who had previously won seven of their nine game were quickly into their stride and after three minutes a catch and drive led to Dan Jobe scoring the opening g try.

On nine minutes a Boyce try which was converted by Matt Shepherd extended the home sides lead.

Back onto the attack for St Austell

St Austell were back onto the attack almost from the kick off and shortly after Connor Ewudzi scored his first try of the afternoon to make it 17-0.

The Cornish side were in charge of the game at this stage and within three minutes Ewudzi crossed for his second try which Shepherd added the extras to.

Albion regained some composure at this point but it wasn’t long before home winger Max Bullen scored a try which Shepherd converted.

Bridgwater and Albion RFC dug deep

For the next quarter of an hour the visitors held their own and quelled a series of St Austell attack, however on 35 minutes Shepherd scored a try which he then converted to make the score 38-0.

St Austell weren’t done yet and before half time they scored a further two tries, the first from Jobe and the second by Ewudzi to give him his hat-trick, both of which were converted by Shepherd making the score 52-0 at the interval.

Bridgwater and Albion RFC defended strongly after break

The first 20 minutes after the break Albion defended strongly and managed to repel the St Austell attacks.  On the hour the hosts finally added to the score when stand off Shepherd scored a try which he converted.

Bridgwater then mounted a series of their own attacks. Oskar White who kicked well throughout the game found touch with a penalty and from the ensuing drive.   Albion crossed the try line by Will Kerry’s effort was held up.

Bridgwater and Albion RFC marked the scoreboard at 74th minute

Eventually after 74 minutes the visitors got themselves on the scoreboard.  Jake Roberts went over for a try in the corner.

Two minutes later Albion took a quick free kick.  This released Ross Mark on the wing to go over for a try which White converted.

St Austell had the final say however when in the last minute Fraser Nottle scored a try.  Rees converted to make the final score 66-12.

This was always going to be a difficult match for the Albion.  They played with a young and changed side.  Some of who, were making their debuts, despite this they kicked and carried the ball well and performed commendably throughout against the second placed team.

Next week at Bridgwater and Albion RFC

Next week Bridgwater and Albion RFC are without a game.  They return league action on Saturday December 11th when they travel to play at Thornbury.

Bridgwater band Albion- Dan Page, Ross Mark, Tom Croal, Jake Roberts, Nick Parry, Oskar White (capt), Jon Hill, Shaun Mahoney, Karolis Urbonis, Gavin Knight, Ollie Davies, Simon Buck, Sam Adcock, Ollie Philips and James Palmer.

One replacement- Will Kerry – used.

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