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Saturday 25 November 2017: Somerton RFC v Bridgwater & Albion III

Saturday 25 November 2017: Somerton RFC v Bridgwater & Albion III

Yet another local derby saw Somerton welcome Bridgwater & Albion III to Gassons Lane on this bright but very cold afternoon. These games are always well contested and a good number of supporters lined the pitch in anticipation of an entertaining game.

Somerton got the game underway and put their visitors under pressure right away with all play taking place in the Bridgwater half and the Somerton players looking well-motivated and hungry to score.

It was clear that it was only a matter of time before the hosts got some points on the board and this came after 6 minutes when Somerton’s powerful and industrious number 10, Matt Crunden, ran in powerfully to score a try out wide on the right. Ollie Phillips narrowly missed the conversion kick.

With Somerton’s scrum and lineout looking very cohesive, the pressure being applied continued with Bridgwater struggling to make any progress into the Somerton half. Following a well-won scrum on half-way at the 10-minute mark, the Somerton pack pushed forward strongly linking well with the backs. The next phase of play saw good running with ball in hand from centre, Toby Pitman, who made good ground threading his way through the Bridgwater defence. The ball finally made its way out to wing, Liam Guest, who ran in strongly from the 22 metre line to score out wide on the right. In a similar position to the last conversion, Ollie Phillips put in an excellent kick to gain the extra points.

More of the same continued for the next 10 minutes with the Bridgwater defence being tested constantly. From a rolling maul, number 8, Jake Ralph, broke away to power his way over the line out wide to the left. Another fine conversion kick from Ollie Phillips secured the extras.

It was now, however, that the Bridgwater 15 appeared to settle down and put some good phases of play together taking the game into the Somerton half. This new momentum, saw pressure being applied to the hosts with the Somerton defence being tested with a number of ‘pick and carries’ from 5-metres out. The Somerton defence did well, however, a number of infringements were penalised. With one penalty too many, the referee felt it necessary to award a penalty try just before half time which was testament to the determination and endeavour shown by the revitalised visitors.

This was a very entertaining first half which saw Somerton enjoy the ‘lions share’ of possession following good set-piece play from the forwards creating a good platform on which to take the game to their opponents. Matt Crunden and Toby Pitman looked threatening every time they ran with ball in hand.

Half-time: Somerton RFC 19 – Bridgwater & Albion III 7

With the second half underway, it was clear that Somerton were going to get the upper hand with all play concentrated in the Bridgwater half. With quick ball, Matt Crunden and Toby Pitman continued to cause their opposite numbers problems with a number of breaks gaining good ground.

After 5 minutes, Jake Ralph got himself into a good support-play position and powered his way over the line to score a fine try following a period of immense pressure being applied by the forwards within the visitor’s 5-metre area. Ollie Phillips narrowly missed the conversion kick.

This pattern of domination remained the order of the day for the rest of the match with further tries from Ollie Phillips, Joel Bland, Matt Crunden, Dave Richards and James Burrows with Ollie Phillips converting one kick.

A very impressive team effort with a number of well executed tries through strong, determined running, excellent support play and a very impressive performance from an organised forward pack.

This win was Somerton’s fifth in a row and moves the team into fifth position in the Tribute Somerset 2 South league table. It was difficult to single out any one player as so many Somerton players really put in fine performances. However, number 10, Matt Crunden, was awarded ‘man of the match’ following a very polished all-round performance scoring two tries.

Well done to Bridgwater for never giving up and making this a very enjoyable and entertaining game to watch, however, Somerton, in all positions, were just too good on the day.

Final Score: Somerton RFC 51 – Bridgwater & Albion III 7

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Internationals – Ticket Allocations

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