28th October 2012
Albion suffered their first defeat of the season this weekend in a tightly fought contest away at Henley. A team who came down to Championship South West 2 last season, Henley had some experience on their side. The same fixture last season saw Albion sneak a win by 1 point from a conversion in the dying seconds and was seemingly a scoreline that Henley were determined to put right this time round.
The first 20 saw Albion pin Henley in their 22. A surging run from 2nd Row Jo Holden saw her go over the line, only for the ref to deem the try held up. The muddy ground made the going hard and Henley’s running in the centres was consistent. Finally, a slipped tackle saw their centre go through to score a try, subsequently converted. Boosted by their score, Henley put together a great period of attacking play to put their fullback over the line again 15 minutes later.
Injury saw many Albion players step up into new positions for the fixture and flanker Verity Waters slotted into the 10 spot, setting the Albion centres running to pressure the Henley defence. Finally, a slanting run from No 9 Kayleigh Moore and a quality finish from Kezia Lee, who eventually won Albion’s back of the match, saw the score draw to 12-5 at the half time whistle.
Albion played more fluidly in the 2nd half but their defence was severely tested – centre Bethan Ayling put some huge hits in to keep the Henley players on their toes. A penalty on the Albion line, however, proved too much and Henley spread the ball wide to score their third try.
Determine to the last, Albion showed great spirit in the forwards, picking and going around the ruck to make steady progress down the pitch, with Jo Holden getting the ball over the line again and this time making it count. Albion continued to put the pressure on, searching for another try, but full time came too soon and the match ended Albion 10 – Henley 17.
Albion will take their losing bonus point and put this match behind them, looking forward to playing top of the table Bristol at home at Brickfields on November 11th where they hope to get their winning streak back on track.