Plymouth Albion v Leicester 1966

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Easter Monday, April 11th, 1966. Plymouth Albion v Leicester at Beacon Park

Albion had already played Leicester away on 18th September and were defeated 14pts to 3, but after that Albion had won 19 matches in a row ending at Taunton on February 5th, when they were defeated 3pts to nil. Today however, the Leicester machine was put out of gear by the Albion forwards who hustled and worried the “Tigers” to one of their most decisive defeats – by 15pts to nil- Albion also owed much to the powerful kicking of their centre, Ed Southern, who completed a personal total of 100 points so far this season.

The large holiday crowd, which included directors of Plymouth Argyle, saw Albion win the forward battle early on and go on to score their points among the threequarters. Leicester began promisingly although centre Keith Chilton did miss a reasonable penalty kick, five minutes into the match. After this Albion’s power tactics in the loose began to unsettle the visitors and despite efforts to stimulate his threequarters, visiting scrum half John Allen was unsuccessful.

Albion’s kicking, especially that of centre Ed Southern and scrum half Chris Uren, usually had direction. Albion took the lead after 20 minutes when Ed Southern kicked a 45-yard penalty. Again, Albion full back Arthur McLean showed reliable positioning and reliable kicking. The first try for Albion came from winger Gerry Dyer after fly half Peter Anthony had missed with a drop goal attempt, the Ball running loose on the try line and Dyer grabbed the chance to dive on it before Leicester defenders could reach it, the try was not converted. A few minutes later a try came on the opposite wing, via Alistair McHaffie who completed the break begun when Anthony and Uren worked a scissors move close to the touchline.

Albion were now looking good value for a half time score of Albion 9pts Leicester nil, but a Leicester revival was possible, this however never came, although visiting centre Mike Harrison tried to rouse the “Tigers” for a time with up- and -under kicks. But it was Albion who scored again when Ed Southern charged down a kick by left wing Dave “Dickie” Bird and dribbled the ball over the try line to score. Albion’s scoring was completed when Antony squeezed over for another unconverted try.

Albion Team. 15. A.McLean, 14.A.McHaffie. 13.E.Southern. 12.D.Westlake. 11.G.Dyer. 10.P.Anthony. 9.C.Uren. 8.R.Glazsher. 7.C.Cross. 6.D.Holdsworth. 5.P.Venn. 4.A.Greep. 3.N.Southern (Capt) 2. R.Harris. 1.B.Spiller.