BRIDGWATER & Albion RFC return to Western Counties (North) League action on Saturday afternoon when they host Old Redcliffians Seconds at College Way kick off 2.30pm.

After being relegated at the end of last season Albion have enjoyed a much more successful campaign to date and currently find themselves in fifth place in the league table with 38 points from their 12 matches, seven of which they have won.

Some of the games that were lost narrowly might on other occasions have been won, in addition to which the away match against Midsomer Norton was postponed because of the weather

This season the Albion have looked  a more cohesive unit and played much more as a team, which is little surprise as many of those who have played have come up through the ranks so know each other well. 

In the last league match before the break away at Barton Hill almost half of those in the team had  started their rugby career as a junior at the club and so have a real allegiance to Bridgwater & Albion.

In addition to which several other players have been at the club some time and the style of rugby that Geoff Sluman and the coaching team are working towards is starting to take effect.

A testament to the strength of the Junior and Colts section was clear to see when seven Albion youngsters played for Somerset Under 18s against Cornwall in early December at Hartpury College.

In the next round of the Somerset RFU Cup competition Bridgwater and Albion have been drawn to play against Taunton Seconds which will be played on 10th February.

Regarding Albion's opponents on Saturday, when the two sides met on September 23rd in the away fixture it was Old Reds who won 40-26, so the hosts will be hoping to even things up at the weekend. 

Old Reds however will present tough opponents and are one place above Albion in the league with 42 points from the same number of games, eight of which have been won.

Meanwhile Bridgwater and Albion Second XV travel away to play at Burnham on Sea on Saturday , hoping to repeat the victory they enjoyed when the two sides met back in September.