Sluman delighted to sign off 2017 in style

Reflecting on Bridgwater and Albion’s 39-12 home victory over Bideford last weekend, first XV team manager and chairman of rugby Geoff Sluman said: “This was a good result for us, especially given the tough game we had when we went to Bideford earlier in the season.

We expected a tough game and definitely that is what we got. This was another really physical encounter, but we played some really smart, intelligent rugby. We kicked at the right times and ran it at the right times and I was really pleased with the way we managed the game in that respect.

“Bideford had good spells, but credit has to go to our boys because our defence held firm and, while a lot of the action was in our half, it wasn’t near our try line. A number of the Bridgy boys had to play out of their normal positions and they all gave a good account of themselves.”

Sluman added: “There was a really good crowd at the game so it was good to be able to sign off with a victory. The boys will now all have a well-earned break and, hopefully, come back enthused and ready to go early in the New Year.”

Albion end the first half of their season in ninth place in the South West One (West) table with 33 points from 14 games, six of which they have won. They return to action on Saturday, January 6, with a trip up the A38 to Thornbury.

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