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Albion coach calls for response after Wells 'wake-up call'
10:00am Wednesday 4th September 2013 in Sport
BRIDGWATER and Albion coach Simon Martin has called for a change of attitude from his players as his side slipped to a heavy 60-14 defeat at the hands of Wells, in their third and final pre-season friendly.
Martin was disappointed at his side’s performance and has called for a big response in this weekend’s opening Tribute South West 1W fixture at home to Bideford on Saturday (ko 3pm).
He said: “It was a big wake-up call for us after a decent start in the first two friendly matches.
“We need a big response this weekend against Bideford, because we were really soft against Wells and the player’s attitudes weren’t right.
“We didn’t show the attitude or commitment we needed and that has to change this weekend.”
A scrappy and disjointed start from the home side resulted in Wells flying into a 22-point lead, before Lovejoy Chawatama got the hosts on the scoresheet.
The second half started with a Yellow Card for Nick Spellissy for tackling a man off the ball and 14-man Bridgwater continued to make mistakes which Wells punished with impunity.
They scored two further tries in quick succession to make the score 36-7.
When Spellissy was allowed back on field after his enforced break, he managed Bridgwater’s second try of the evening and then quickly converted to make the scores 14-36.
The home side rushed back to the restart in the hope that they could salvage some further points in the remaining 25 minutes.
This however was not to be as Wells repeatedly punished the home side’s constant mistakes and lack of cohesion with another four tries and two conversions to leave the final score at 14-60 and a complete drubbing for Bridgwater.