Head Coach's Preview
We travel to top of the table Rams for our toughest test of the season against a side who has been on a winning streak since we beat them in week 4 at Woollams. We envisage that they will be very motivated to reverse the previous result and it is something we must be prepared for tomorrow.
Last week was another gut wrenching defeat in a game that was dominated by mistakes and set-piece. Unfortunately we were unable to convert possession to points and we were disappointed with a lot of aspects of our performance and credit to Barnes who took the opportunities that they created.
Hopefully with a full week of training under our belts we can be a little sharper in our performance and very much an excellent opportunity to test ourselves against the best side in the league.
Gavin Hogg, Head Coach
Albanians were hoping for a dynamic start to the NewYear but Barnes never lost faith that they could win this match despite all early indications to the contrary. The contest itself was fractured in that neither side could boast pre-eminence for more than a few minutes. Yet the first half belonged to the hosts.
As early as the ninth minute Albanians took the lead when good approach pressure was given its head and Morgan Thompson cleverly switched play from right to left. Tobias Munday took advantage and Dan Watt converted.
Twenty five minutes in visiting hooker, George Head, was yellow-carded and Watt kicked the simple penalty. But before Head’s return to the fray Rob Martey was on the end of an inch perfect cross kick from Josh Hammett for the fly half to convert. Centre David Butler was then given a ten minute rest and Watt converted the penalty just before half time.
Head redeemed himself with a try just after the restart and Hammett gave his side the lead for the first time. Then Tom Bednall crossed six minutes into the half and Watt’s conversion gave OAs an amount of daylight. This was no to last.
From then on a succession of Albanian errors and excellent Barnes application allowed Hammett a penalty. The last ten minutes, going deep into stoppage time, were spent five metres from the OA goal line with scrum after scrum proving inconsequential. Finally Russ Nimmo broke through and Hammett’s simple conversion ended the day.
Brian Quinn, Press & Publicity
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Old Albanian RFC
Founded in 1924, Old Albanian RFC is an English Rugby Union Club playing in National League Two South for the 2018/19 season. We are a fully open and inclusive community club based at Woollams, the club’s home ground in St Albans, Hertfordshire offering some of the best playing and social facilities in the UK.
The senior club runs four men’s teams and an Adult Ladies side all playing in competitive leagues, in 2018 the club also launched an Academy for 17 to 23 year olds.
The junior club is one of of the largest and most successful Mini’s & Junior’s sections in the country with nearly 1,000 members playing week in week out between Under 5 and Under 18s, including a growing Girls section operating at 3 age groups; Under 13, Under 15 and Under 18.