Yellow card proves so costly for Albion

Simon Morrell, the Bridgwater and Albion head coach, was pleased with the way his team played at Newent last Saturday, despite their narrow 23-20 defeat.

“I’m very disappointed for the boys and I am sure they are really frustrated by the result because they put in an encouraging performance.

“Over the last few weeks we have worked really hard on certain aspects of our game, one being set pieces and another the re-start, and the boys were exceptional at both.

Newent play on a notoriously sloping pitch and are unbeaten at home this season.

“We went to a really tough place and scored three tries, which always gives you a great opportunity to win the game.

“Newent then got three of their tries in rather odd circumstances, but were made to work incredibly hard for their fourth.

“Anybody watching the game will say until Sam Adcock’s yellow card we were comfortably in control.

“That ended our purple patch in the game and they then scored a try from a maul when there appeared to be a blatant obstruction.”

Regarding the way his side have played on the road this season, he said: “Our away form has been pretty good, and I am chuffed with that, given last week’s display and the way we played at Launceston.”

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