7th October 2012
Albion ladies put in another great performance at the weekend winning their first away match of the season against Reading. Mid-table Reading traditionally give Albion a tough match and this proved true once again. Prepared, Albion shook off the long coach journey to pressure the Reading defence in the first 10. After a try was disallowed knocked forward over the line, Albion made sure the next one counted, spinning the ball wide for winger Anna Clooke to score her second of the season.
Albion continued to notch up the pressure with the back line punching holes through the Reading defence with challenging runs from centres Helen Wilkinson and Bethan Ayling as well as fullback Caitlin Short. A well worked backs move saw No 10 Lucy Demaine come up just short of the line but No 8 Alison Cooper was there to pick the ball and put it over the line. The score stood at 10 – 0 at half time.
Albion had a roaring start to the second, playing for the first 20 minutes in Reading’s 22 and being rewarded with a try from prop Vee Thompson from a drive maul. Continued pressure and progressive play saw the ball play through the hands for 10 Demaine to score and convert.
The last 20 saw some stellar defending from Albion in play and with flanker Verity Waters disrupting Reading ball in the lineouts. Reading however seemed determined to score, helped by some dubiously called penalties. Eventually, Reading’s centre – strong throughout the game – broke through for a consolation try 5 minutes before time bringing the final score to 22-5.
Another great performance under pressure and Albion continue to show strong form this season to stay top of the League table. They play Supermarines at home at Brickfields next week, Sunday October 14th, KO 2pm.