15th October 2012
Albion Ladies took on Supermarines at Brickfields in their second home match of the season on Sunday. Albion entered the game full of confidence after two wins out of two and with Supermarines yet to get a win this season.
Albion ran their first in after 15 minutes – the ball moving swiftly along the line with a great sprint finish from beyond the 22 from winger Sonia Clatworthy. The next try came less than ten minutes later with a darting run from scrum half Kayleigh Moore, promptly converted by No 10 Lucy Demaine. Albion didn’t have it all their way though, and were pinned in their own 22 for a while by Supemarine’s determination to hold onto the ball. Some fantastic tackling, notably by centre Helen Wilkinson, and Albion’s superior defensive line-outs with Verity Waters and Vee Thompson stealing nearly every ball, saw Supermarine fail to convert any of their advantage. Ultimately Supermarine succumbed to the pace of the Albion attack, particularly by winger Kezia Lee, and their frustration showed in a series of high tackles ultimately rewarding them with a yellow card.
Albion exploited this advantage with two more tries before half time. A good attacking scrum and a No 8 pick saw the ball spin wide for a great run in by outside centre Anna Clooke. Immediately after the following kick off, Kayleigh Moore had another great run with flanker Jo Holden in support to put Supermarines on the back foot. Full-back Caitlin Short showed off her footballing skills to boot a loose ball up the pitch, beating the opposition chasers to touch it down just on the half time whistle. 22-0.
Albion started the second half searching for their 5th try and a bonus point and had to wait only two minutes before scrum half Kayleigh Moore went over for her second which was converted. Loss of concentration saw Supermarine catch Albion napping, taking a quick tap penalty yards from the line, scoring their first of the match. In response, the forwards dug into some rucks, turning over the ball to get the backs running again, and winger Sonia Clatworthy went over for her second of the game. More high tackles from Supermarine against the flowing Plymouth attack gave the referee no option than to produce a red card this time.
60 minutes in and Albion were able to demonstrate the depth of their squad with all the replacements getting a run out. Prop Lucy Lane made her debut for Albion and Saskia Penrose played in her second, progressing from the Albion girls set up. Another first saw mother and daughter combo Dot Simpson and Tandi Wallace-Sims play together for the first time on both wings.
The experience in the Supermarine side saw them play through to the final whistle and the last twenty minutes were still eventful. Albion let through another try, not reacting quickly enough to a penalty proving that they still have areas of their game to work on. The team pulled together however to finish strongly. Anna Clooke had another great run to score her second of the match. The closing minutes saw Alison Cooper who had played at No 8 for the majority of the match, switch to outside centre and run in a try under the posts from the halfway mark for Demaine to convert.
The final score was 46-10 and Albion retain their position at top of the League table. Albion Ladies now have a weekend off from League matches whilst 9 of the side are out on county duty playing for Devon and Cornwall. Their next match is away to Henley on Sunday 28th October.