Fuge's Throwback

November 16, 2021
November 16, 2021 Albion

It is the 1981/82 season. On Saturday 6th March in a third-round Devon Cup match played at the Rectory, Albion defeated Devonport Services 12 points to 3 bringing their unbeaten run to 15 matches. Indeed, this was a long time since a loss as the run stretched back to November 21st when Esher took a rare win.

The following weekend, on Saturday 13th of March, they were due to play South Wales Police. The youngest of the Welsh senior clubs (having been formed in 1969). The previous Saturday, the Police lost 20 points to 13 away to Llanelli and were expected to give Albion a stern test.

The Albion XV was unchanged from the Services fixture but both replacements were changed with Colin Rockey and Peter Gamblen replacing Paddy Marsh and Jim Baxter. The first points were scored by the visitors in the 15th minute by Flanker Martin Morris then, in the 32nd minute, Albion fly-half Paul Carter converted a penalty from 45 metres and six minutes later vice-captain and number 8,  Dave Venables broke from a scrum on the blind side and went over for his 22nd try of the season, leaving the half time score 7pts to 4 in Albion’s favour.

In the second half, the Albion forwards began to dominate the visiting forwards who began to tire, this allowed centre Simon Gibbens to score a try in the 54th minute, following a tremendous driving run by flanker Steve Hughes, also prominent was captain Ray Westlake who made several telling runs on the right-wing. Then, in the 73rd minute Albion’s outstanding player, Steve Hughes caught a visitors lineout ball and crashed over for a try, leaving the final score 15pts to 4.

Albion Team
15.K.Turton,14.R.Westlake,13.B.Hain,12.S.Gibbens,11.G.Pearson,10.P.Carter,9.B.Fairgrieve,8.D.Venables,7.S.Deasey,6.S.Hughes5.T.Chapman.4.G.Lovell.3.B.Steer,2.I.Martin,1.C.Hocking. Replacements, C.Rockey and P.Gamblen.