Plymouth Albion 43 Ivybridge RFC 17

Jordan Gott of Plymouth Albion set up his kick during the Pre Season match between Plymouth Albion v Ivybridge RFC at the Brickfields Recreation Ground, on August 28th 2017, Plymouth, Devon, UK. PHOTO: Phil Mingo/PPAUK

Plymouth Albion welcomed South West Premier League team Ivybridge RFC to the Brickfields in their final pre-season fixture of the summer.

Head coach Kieran Hallett used the game as an opportunity to look at some development players and named a team comprising guest players alongside members of the first XV squad.

The National League One side started strongly and clocked up an unanswered 24 points in the first 27 minutes, thanks to some impressive power play by the Albion forwards.

Back rowers Toran Clarke and John Kelly both bagged tries and full back Jordan Gott kicked two from four conversions.

Ivybridge rallied just before half time, putting 10 points on the board but fly half Luke Martell just missed adding the extras, drop kicking his first conversion attempt and hitting the post.

Six minutes after the restart, a driving maul from an Albion line out led to a try by prop Ricky Cano on his Albion debut.

Ivybridge kept their spirits high and mounted sustained pressure on the home side. They were rewarded with a further try on 58 minutes and a super kick from Matt Grieveson brought the score to 31-17.

Albion finished with a flurry, scoring two more tries and converting one, bringing the final score to 43-17, reflecting a keen contest and an accomplished performance by the visiting side.

Head coach Kieran Hallet said: “The game was a chance for the guys who didn’t playing against Pirates to put their hand up. It was also an opportunity to look at some other young, local players who we’re looking at for the long term.”

After the game the club held a ‘meet the players’ session for supporters in the Bidfood marquee.

Albion’s National League One campaign starts with an away trip to Blackheath on Saturday, September 2, followed by their first home fixture – and Albion Family Day – on Saturday, September 9, at the Brickfields vs Esher.

Plymouth Albion:

15 Jordan Gott, 14 Max Venables, 13 Setareki Raumakita, 12 Dean Squire, 11 Jon Dawe, 10 Tom West, 9 Noah Nash, 8 Torin Clarke, 7 Sam Daly, 6 John Kelly, 5 Todd Prisk, 4 Dan Swain, 3 Marcus Street, 2 Jamie Salter, 1 Ricky Cano.

Replacements

16 Ryan Rayner, 17 Rupert Freestone, 18 Luke Chapman, 19 Lewis Wells, 20 Jake Clemson, 21 Olly Mulberry, 22 Cavan Boyer, 23 Toby Robinson, 24 Mark Vian.

Ivybridge RFC

15 Adam Willows, 14 Tom Scoles, 13 Harry Lakeman, 12 Matt Grieveson, 11 Sam Lillie, 10 Luke Martell, 9 Ben Watts, 8 Robin Luscombe, 7 Jordan Anderton, 6 Hayden Coles, 5 Pete Abraham, 4 Jon Westall, 3 Marcus Prout, 2 Aiden Taylor, 1 Ben Logan.