Yorkshire Carnegie 19 Plymouth Albion 19
Friday 21st November 2014
Match report by Paddy Marsh
Images courtesy of Pinnacle Photo Agency
So close yet so far. Albion were in touching distance of their first win of the season but Yorkshire Carnegie snatched victory from them when replacement Christian Georgiou scored a try with the last move of the game eight minutes into stoppage time.
It could have been worse for Albion as fly half Harry Leonard lined up a touch line conversion that would have won the game for his side.
Fortunately for Albion the conversion that would have been so cruel on Albion if it had gone over was wide of the target.
Albion’s cause wasn’t helped by having hooker Tom Cowan-Dickie sent off in the 57th minute for an alleged head butt that was picked up by the assistant referee.
For the final 10 minutes Albion had to play with 13 after replacement Declan Cusack was yellow carded and being two men down probably cost Albion that still elusive first victory of the season.
Plymouth Albion made five changes to the side beaten by Worcester Warriors.
Albion added bulk to the pack and changed both wingers.
Outside the scrum dual registered Jack Arnott returned from injury while Ben Foley made his second start for Albion on the other wing.
In the front row hooker Tom Cowan-Dickie was restored to the starting line up while tight head prop Alex Brown made his first start of the season having joined Albion during the week on loan from Exeter Chiefs.
The other change was in the second row where lock Neale Patrick returned to the starting line up having recovered from a hamstring injury.
On a miserable evening in Leeds the home side should have taken an early lead but full back Jonah Holmes dropped the ball in the act of scoring.
Carnegie took the lead in the 17th minute when Leonard kicked a penalty.
Albion fly half Lawrence Rayner was wide with a penalty shot before Leonard doubled the home lead with another three pointer.
On the half hour Carnegie score the opening try when hooker Phil Nilsen finished off a catch and drive.
Leonard missed the conversion before Rayner got Albion up and running with a penalty and in first half stoppage time added another to send Carnegie into the break leading 11-6.
Carnegie went down to 14 early in the second half when former Albion man James Tideswell was sin binned and Rayner kicked the resultant penalty.
After Cowan-Dickie was sent off Albion had to bring on Sam Matavesi and sacrifice Arnott who if he had been on the field could have been in a position to prevent Carnegie scoring their last gasp try.
Rayner then put Albion ahead with his fourth penalty of the game before Albion went two scores clear.
A series of forward drives was finished off by flanker Sam Simmonds with Rayner adding the extras.
Albion failed to regather the restart which allowed Carnegie to get three points back through another Leonard penalty.
That incident led to Cusack being carded and just as it looked like Albion were going hold out the home side snatched the draw in the eighth minute of stoppage time.
Yorkshire Carnegie: J Holmes, O Goss, R Vickerman, P Lucock, D Doherty, H Leonard, M Dudman, C Beech, P Nilsen, J Tideswell, N Hannay, M Smith, J Williams, C Walker, R Burrows replacements J Walker, L Imiolek, P Hill, R Beck, J Barnard, C Pilgrim, C Georgiou
Tries: Nilsen, Georgiou
Pens: Leonard 3
Yellow card: Tideswell
Plymouth Albion: M Koteczky, B Foley (D Cusack 54), B Woods, T Howley-Berridge, J Arnott (S Matavesi 60), L Rayner, R Cushion (C Setter 54), T Fidler, T Cowan-Dickie, A Brown (T Heard 77), T Hicks, N Patrick, R Langley, S Simmonds, R Oakley capt replacements not used L Chapman, T Jubb, P Homan
Pens: Rayner 4
Yellow card: Cusack
Red card: Cowan-Dickie
Referee: David Proctor (RFU)