Albion win the return at Chinnor…
It’s where we started, so it’s where we’ll finish….at Chinnor. It was the return leg to Chinnor at the weekend for Albion. Albion were travelling in the hope of righting the score line when the two teams played the first game of the season at the Brickfield, the game ending in a defeat for Albion, 11-26.
However, with the weather conditions being very blustery, it made it difficult for either team to play an expansive game, the intention was there but many passes went astray.
Initially it seemed that Chinnor would be able to control the play from the back and when ever Albion applied pressure early on, Chinnor were able to soak up the pressure. Early on Chinnor needed to track back behind their own line and kicking the length of the pitch to clear the ball, this gained them a valuable field position, but they weren’t able to take advantage of this and put points on the board.
It was Albion that were to score the first try of the game. After a great attacking phase, the ball went out wide to Sam Daly, who skilfully placed the ball over the line with the chasing Chinnor pack on his tail. Albion weren’t able to make the conversion, score 0-5.
Shortly after the try, Albion were punished in their 22 and Chinnor opted for the kick, which was successful. The score now stood at 3-5 in Albion’s favour. As half time struck, the scores were tight and the first half finished, Chinnor 3 Albion 5.
At the start of the second half it was clear to see Chinnor’s intentions, they came out with an attacking mindset, which commenced right from the restart. A superb kick from the restart, taken brilliantly and offload to Manning, meant that Chinnor moved in to Albion’s 22. With some great footwork from Goss, who dodged a couple of defenders, Chinnor were able to place the ball over the line for their first try of game. The try was converted to put the score at 10-5 to Chinnor.
Albion started to pile pressure on Chinnor’s scrum, this pressure led to a penalty and Albion elected to kick for the corner. However, following a knock on by Albion the play was pulled back and Albion were awarded another penalty, which Albion elected to kick to the corner again. The resulting line out gave Albion the opportunity to score after a nice move from the backs and Dan Powell scored out wide for Albion’s second try, Mugford converted, Chinnor 10 Albion 10.
As the game started to draw to a close, 5 minutes later another series of scrum penalties, again saw Albion play for position, which eventually saw Stupple score Albion’s third try, putting the score at 10-17.
Chinnor then launched their fightback and they were clearly fighting hard for the win, this resulted in what was deemed a tackle by Albion, Dan Collier received a yellow card. The penalty to Chinnor was kicked to the 5 metre line and the ensuing 5 metre lineout seemed to be heading for the try line but was bought down. Chinnor lost the next lineout which gave Plymouth the chance to clear their lines and hold out for the win.
The win at Chinnor moved Albion up one place in the National League One standings, bring the season to a close with a 5th place position.
Goss, Holland, Barnes, Dancer J, Dancer A, Ryan, Heath, Southworth, Price, Gilding, Thomas, Ramshaw, Manning, Oliver, Burns, Cano, Schickerling, Bordill, Norey, King
Powell, Love, Dawe, Squire, Skelcey, Mugford, Setter, Kenny, Davis, Pullinger,Pearson, Kelly, Daly, Mills, Stupple, Salter, Collier, Kelly, Norton, Shepherd