BRIDGWATER & Albion go into tomorrow's game at Drybrook with confidence, following their 31-15 win over Cullompton last weekend, which took them up to seventh in the South West 1 West table.

Albion’s director of rugby Geoff Sluman said: "It was not just our third win in a row, but our third victory in succession where we have gained the full five league points and we have prevented our opponents from gaining any league points.

"I was particularly pleased how we managed different aspects of the game. Playing into the wind and playing with the wind required different tactics.

"Some weeks a couple of players may have good games but for the Cullompton game all 18 players had good games, and those players have set a new standard for us."

However, Sluman expects a "really tough" game at Drybrook tomorrow, as their hosts are currently second in the standings. 

He said: "It is fair to say that we were well beaten when we played them on our pitch, and they will be even better on their own ground.

"Having said that, their pitch is a similar playing surface to ours and we know that on our day we are capable of beating any team in this league.

"We have just comfortably beaten the previously fifth0placed team, so our next realistic target will be to beat some teams higher up the league than that - there is no reason why we can't do this.

"We travel with no pressure on us apart from the pressure we put on ourselves and that is a positive situation.

"We will travel to Drybrook with confidence and ready to take them on."

Albion expect to field virtually a full-strength side, although one or two players have been suffering from the flu bug.

Bridgwater and Albion 2nd XV have a home fixture against Tor in Somerset Premier (ko 2.15pm - free entry), while the 3rds are away to Wiveliscombe 2nds in Somerset 2 South.


TOMORROW'S other matches see North Petherton travel to face Matson in a crunch match between two sides battling to avoid relegation from South West 1 West.

Pethy's 2nd XV are at home to Bristol Harlequins in Somerset 1, while Morganians are away to Crewkerne tonight in the same division.