South West One (West)

Teignmouth 21, Bridgwater & Albion 34

BRIDGWATER & Albion rounded off their away fixtures with a 34-21 victory over Teignmouth who, although already relegated, remained dangerously competitive throughout, writes Richard Walsh.

In a game that was interrupted by two major stoppages for injury, it was the hosts who started off well and after 12 minutes centre Hellier went over for an unconverted try.

Teignmouth maintained their early pressure and three minutes later Gosling kicked a penalty to extend their lead.

On 19 minutes the visitors opened their account when, following a good move involving player-coach Wayne Sprangle and Lewis Plece - back after a long injury lay-off - the ball found its way to James Collings who went over for a try that Stuart Heal converted, making the score 8-7.

There was then a long stoppage for injury to James Brakes.

Almost from the re-start his replacement George Musgrave was on hand to put the finishing touches to an unconverted try, giving the visitors the lead for the first time in the game.

On 32 minutes, Teignmouth were awarded a penalty which Gosling slotted home and before the half-time break Heal kicked a penalty for Bridgwater to make the score 15-11 to Albion at the interval.

The hosts started off strongly after the break but the Albion defence held firm until, 10 minutes into the half, Teignmouth scrambled a try that was unconverted to take the lead.

The home side went further ahead almost from the re-start when left winger Laventura went over for a try in the corner to make it 21-15 to Teignmouth.

The Devon side found themselves reduced to 13 players after they had two men yellow carded and on the hour Albion made their numerical advantage count when George Sluman went over for an unconverted try in the left hand corner.

From the kick off Will Monro tore through the home defence before passing to Plece who went over for a try that Heal converted which gave the Albion the lead.

Teignmouth then suffered a third yellow card soon after which Plece went over for his second try which Heal converted to make the score 34-21 at the final whistle.

Bridgwater and Albion: James Collings, James Brakes, Rob Gurnett, Garryn Basson, Will Monro, Stuart Heal (capt), Tom Fournier, Wayne Sparangle, George Sluman, Karolis Urbonas, Dan Kemmish, Ethan Trebble- Westlake, Lewis Phillips, Gavin Knight and Mat Ranson; Replacements (all used) Mike Saunders, George Musgrave and Lewis Plece.

Albion's win keeps them fourth ahead of next week's season finale at home to Thornbury.