BRIDGWATER & Albion director of rugby Geoff Sluman is hoping his side can continue their strong start to the season as Coney Hill visit College Way on Saturday (3pm), writes Richard Walsh.

Reflecting on Albion’s overall start to the season, Sluman said: “After four matches of the season we are three points off the league leaders and sitting in third place.

“Before the season started we would have said that would be a great place to be and it is, but we are slightly disappointed; that is a sign of the standards the squad and coaches are setting.”

On the injury front, Sluman said: “We have a couple of injury concerns but that is a part of rugby and we will manage the players concerned carefully.

“I will not say who they are as we don’t really want to give anything away to our opposition. 

“We will not know if the players will be fit to play until Thursday night when we will make the final decisions on team selection for the next match.

“I am optimistic that all of the players who played on Saturday will be available for selection as, hopefully, there isn’t anything too serious. 

“We may consider some squad rotations, too, as, potentially, we have several players being available again and that helps keep up the competition for places.”

On Saturday, the Albion host Coney Hill, who have had a slow start to the season and have not yet won a game. 

However, each week they look to have got stronger and lost by only a single point to Teignmouth last Saturday. 

Sluman added: “We will learn from our result this week and look forward to our next match.”

North Petherton are residing at the other end of the table, third from bottom after one win from their opening four matches.

Pethy are also at home on Saturday, with Newent the visitors.

Morganians host Burnham-on-Sea 2nds in Somerset 2 South, in which Bridgwater & Albion 3rds host Somerton.

Albion 2nds travel to Wellington 2nds in Somerset 1.