Plymouth Albion 23 Jersey 30


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Plymouth Albion 23 Jersey 30
by Tom Innes

A fantastic win for Jersey, their second win in as many attempts at Brickfields in the Devonport area of Plymouth.

Jersey started positively and there was an early chance for Aaron Penberthy, which he slotted. The Cornishman then missed his second attempt and saw Declan Cusack level the scores, but then he added two more penalties which saw the visitors go ahead 3-9.

Jersey survived a 10-minute spell without Jack Burroughs after the Jersey full-back was yellow-carded for illegal play in the build-up to Albion's opening penalty. And no sooner had he returned than Albion lost Sean-Michael Stephen to the bin, the number 8 despatched for pulling down a maul.

The visiting team took full advantage of the extra man, winning an attacking lineout and then launching a series of phases that ended with James Voss (below) diving over for his first try for Jersey at senior level. Penberthy continued his good record from the tee, converting for a 3-16 half-time lead.

James Voss x

The early exchanges in the second half saw Albion fight back with 10 points from Cusack - a penalty, an interception try following a loose pass from Jersey replacement Joe Buckle and the conversion to follow.

That was to be as close at the home side got, as Jersey attacked and Mark McCrea (below) raced to the line to restore Jersey's lead, and before long it had got even better with another replacement, Ben Maidment, celebrating his return to action with a try. Two Penberthy conversions made it 13-30.

Mccrea Roth

After a magnificent effort, not surprisingly, the Jersey players tired in the dying minutes conceding tries to Rob Langley and Gareth Evans, the latter with the final move of the game.

Bottom side Ealing gave Bedford Blues a terrific match at Vallis Way, and as the game entered added time the Londoners trailed just 23-35, but two late tries sealed the game for the visitors 23-39. Bedford ensured their safety in the process, and have 31 points, ahead of Nottingham (25) Jersey (23) and Ealing (11).

Plymouth Albion: 15 Dan Mugford, 14 Tom Bowen, 13 Toby Howley-Berridge, 12 Heath Stevens, 11 Lewis Warner, 10 Declan Cusack, 9 Paul Rowley, 1 Martin Rice, 2 Gareth Evans, 3 Lloyd Fairbrother, 4 Harrison Tovey, 5 Rhys Oakley capt, 6 Rob Langley, 7 Eoghan Grace, 8 Sean-Michael Stephen (YC)
Replacements 16 Davy McGregor, 17 Dave Morton, 18 Tom Harrison, 19 Len Ascroft-Leigh, 20 Pale Nonu, 21 Richard Bolt, 22 Chris Elder

Jersey: Jack Burroughs (YC); Ed Dawson (David Bishop), Drew Locke, Mark McCrea, Mark Foster; Aaron Penberthy, Joel Dudley (Jimmy Williams); Sean McCarthy (Sam Lockwood), Elvis Taione (Luke Stratford), David Young (Nick Selway), Dave Markham (Ben Maidment), James Voss, Alex Rae (capt), Ryan Hodson (Joe Buckle), Latu Makaafi.

Referee: Craig Maxwell-Keys (RFU)

Attendance: 1,036

Half time: 3-16

Plymouth Albion
Tries: Cusack, Langley, Evans
Con: Cusack
Pens: Cusack 2

Tries: Voss, McCrea, Maidment
Cons: Penberthy 3
Pens: Penberthy 3

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