Fuge's Throwback

January 20, 2022
January 20, 2022 Albion

This was the afternoon that Exeter came to Beacon Park.

Last season at Beacon Park the result was a draw (8-8), whilst at Exeter we won (13-3). Since 1949, 15 games have been played between the two clubs. Albion have won 6, Exeter 5 and 4 drawn.

Albion introduced Colin Mapstone into the front row at loose head prop in place of Dave Luffman who was not available. Exeter had St Lukes student Brian Dyer hooking in place of Devon cap Brian Homer, who was injured.

Albion opened with an attack which developed from a Kneebone break, and play swung around briskly in the Exeter half. Both sides threw the ball around but were so far incapable of making a break. Kneebone kicked on from a Lineout to dribble up to the Exeter 25, but good Exeter forward pressure forced Albion back. A sliced kick by Glastonbury almost let Exeter score, but Bobbie Luffman managed to kick the ball dead.

After 28 minutes Albion took the lead. The irrepressible Kneebone slipped through a Lineout and found Taylor with an outside pass, Taylor carried on the move, giving Kneebone a return pass to put the Scrum-half over for a try in the corner, Glastonbury missed the conversion. By now Albion were getting on top, and a forceful run by Peter Luffman led to two five-yard scrums, from one of them Hall seemed about to score but Exeter managed to hold him up, and the first half finished Albion 3pts Exeter nil.

Shortly after the start of the second-half Albion increased their lead. Peter Luffman managed to get to the Ball that had been dropped by Exeter’s Hawkins and dribbled on brilliantly, and when he gathered the Ball, it was quickly passed to Evans, Glastonbury, Maddocks and onto Hall who crossed for the try, Glastonbury’s conversion failed. Shortly after this Albion scored again when Hall out-paced Exeter fullback Atkins, again the conversion was missed.

With Albion now well in command, it only took them 10 minutes to score again this time through Wiltshire, who followed up his own kick-ahead, outpacing Atkins this time the try was converted. Much to Exeter’s credit, they did not give up and with Albion, taking their foot off the gas, managed to score 2 tries and a conversion in the last 15 minutes of the match, leaving the final score Albion 14pts Exeter 8pts.

Albion Team

The players were numbered in reverse order to today,i.e. Full Back 1, Flanker 15.)

1.R.Luffman, 2.E.Hall, 3.K.Maddocks, 4.W.Glastonbury, 5.R.Stephens, 6.D.Evans, 7.R.Kneebone, 8.C.Mapstone, 9. A.Taylor, 10. B.McGrath, 11. R.Ellis, 12.R.Parsons