Albanians bested fifth time in a row
For the fifth time in a row Old Albanians were bested last Saturday by a side, this time, almost as error prone as themselves. It was not the greatest of spectacles but Caldy were well worth their win.
Albanians had no answer to the scrummage power of the home side which provided the impetus for a fourteen point lead in just the opening five minutes. It was fully seventy minutes before the scorer was troubled again, once more to record a converted try for the hosts.
In the meantime it must be said Albanians made a great fist of containing lively opposition in loose play and with a little bit of luck, and a tad more precision the match would have been much closer. The visitors defence came to the rescue continuously in the middle hour of the contest and, though the scrums proved challenging, more was seen of profit at the lineout.
Work at the breakdown saw a much keener edge than last week and half backs Morgan Thompson and Nick Foster are to be praised for their distribution and their attempts to get something out of the game in tricky circumstances.
Certainly there is pace and ingenuity in the back line but backs need to play on the front foot and this takes correct field position. This week at least opportunities were created and that should provide the management with happier thoughts.
Possibly only Gavin Hogg counted the number of tackles made by both backs and forwards and, if so, his squad are to be congratulated for sticking to a difficult task.
The task will likely not get any easier next Saturday when Old Elthamians come calling. These two sides are the senior Old Boys teams in the country but OEs are having the better of matters at the moment. It will take a further massive effort…but we have done it before!
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Match Preview [archive]Albanians visit Caldy for the first time this weekend and will seek to lay the ghosts of four successive defeats in November.
Both clubs have had indifferent starts to this campaign but the National One newcomers will be slightly happier to be five points in front of OAs and not sharing a place in the drop zone. However three wins apiece will ensure that both sides strive mightily to get the advantage tomorrow afternoon.
The selection lottery continues and Daniel Greco comes into the front row on loan from Bury St Edmunds to cover for the multitude of injuries and non-availabilities. We wish him well as we do the rest of the pack.
Outside the forwards not a great deal has changed and, on its day, this talented outfit has the speed, strength and ingenuity to outwit any side. But there is the small matter of ‘gelling’ to consider and Head Coach Gavin Hogg and his team will have been working hard to ensure that each back puts his trust and enthusiasm into the fray happily in concert with his colleagues. By now all the rough edges should be eroded!
As stated elsewhere a four hour coach trip to the battlefield may not be considered ideal but there is something to be said for inspiring adversity. At the very least the squad will have plenty of time to plot whatever cunning ploys seem appropriate!
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