Old Albanians vs Hull Ionians

A Narrow Squeak

Old Albanian 15pts  Hull Ionians 13pts.

Probably the most exciting moment of this dour match took place immediately after the last kick of the encounter when both assistant referees looked long and hard at each other whilst they made the decision whether or not Lee Millar’s conversion attempt had tied the scores.
It turned out his kick had drifted marginally wide and Albanians had taken the honours.

Both sides seemed overcome by the dreary, drizzly weather which, though it certainly affected handling, should not have drained imagination from the encounter.
Hull had shown their mettle the previous week when beating Roslyn Park so Albanians were under no Illusions as to the threat their  opponents formed.

Yet neither side really got to grips with either the elements or each other and the first quarter remained scoreless.
Max Malins opened the scoring for the hosts on 22 minutes with a penalty which was more than cancelled out moments by John Allott’s try.

Alex Gliksten hit the spot with the first Albanian try before the half ended. Hull withstood the superior OA Lineout and came close to parity at scrum time but Ross Hamilton was driven over from fifteen metres for Ben Palmer to convert.
Chris Eggleshall replied in kind for the visitors in time added before the last drama played out.


Thanks to Neil Baldwin for this Gallery of match pictures.

Match Video


Woollams Pavilion
Old Albanian Sports Club, 160 Harpenden Rd, St Albans AL3 6BB, UK