St Austell 83-0 Bridgwater and Albion RFC

Bridgwater and Albion travelled to high flying St Austell where despite putting in a game performance and tackling their hearts out until the end, they were well beaten by their hosts.

The visitors started the game playing up the slope with the wind slanting across them and early on took the ball into the St Austell 22, but the move was cleared.

In the 12th minute however St Austell took the lead when Ashwin scored a try which Shepherd converted.

The Cornish side extended their lead five minutes later when a simple passing move resulted in winger Bullen scoring an unconverted try.

Tom Steer returning to the Bridgwater side after missing the home game with Teignmouth gained a lot of territory, with a deep penetrating kick, but once again the home defence cleared the danger.

St Austell then mounted a series of attacking moves, which the visitors defence managed to repel. However on the half hour they conceded a penalty close to the line which saw a melee of players bundle over the line and another try for the hosts which Shepherd converted.

The hosts kept coming forward and their long passing game across the field was rewarded when Ewudzi went over for a try.

Despite being 24-0 in arrears Bridgwater kept fighting hard and Roger Drabble made a good break before passing to Dan Page who had come on as a replacement for Danny Mahoney, but once again the home defence dealt with the danger.

St Austell added two further tries before the half time break the first coming from Ewudzi and the second from Bullen both of which were converted by Shepherd making the score 38-0 at the interval.

The Cornish side were in full flow for the first 30 minutes of the second half and despite the Bridgwater team putting in their tackles and continuing to compete strongly, they scored further tries to take their lead to 76-0.

Bridgwater then started to get themselves into the game and over the last 10 minutes they played themselves deep into St Austell territory on several occasions, but were unable to make their advantage count.

At the other end Shepherd scored a try to which he then added the extras. Bridgwater came back strongly and had their best chance when Will Kerry crashed over the line but the try was denied shortly after which the referee blew the final whistle.

The final score St Austell 83- Bridgwater and Albion 0, was the visitors worst defeat since November 11th 2011 when they beaten by 107-0 at Bournemouth.

On Friday evening Bridgwater host Sidmouth, who themselves lost at home to Wadebridge Camels oat the weekend, starting at 7.30pm, with the bar opening at 6pm.