Still work to be done but Old Albanian’s hopes of avoiding the drop improve with Stortford success

PUBLISHED: 14:35 22 February 2018 | UPDATED: 14:36 22 February 2018

Old Albanian goes over for their third try. Picture: Kevin Lines

Old Albanian goes over for their third try. Picture: Kevin Lines

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There is still work to be done if Old Albanian are to avoid the drop from National One – with the first two games in March crucial – but a 36-17 win over Bishop’s Stortford was the perfect way to start.

Old Albanian celebrate their third try. Picturer: kevin LinesOld Albanian celebrate their third try. Picturer: kevin Lines

They remain second from bottom despite the six-try victory but are now nine points behind Loughborough Students and safety.

Old Albanian v Bishop's Stortford. Picture: Kevin LinesOld Albanian v Bishop's Stortford. Picture: Kevin Lines

The Students are the next team to arrive at Woollams on March 10, a week after OAs have gone to basement club Fylde, and another effort like this against their Herts rivals would be welcome.

Old Albanian v Bishop's Stortford. Picture: Kevin LinesOld Albanian v Bishop's Stortford. Picture: Kevin Lines

Tries from Chris West and Jack Daly, converted by Tom Bednall, gave them a 14-point lead and although that was wiped out by two from the visitors, Matt Gallagher went over for a 19-17 half-time lead.

Old Albanian v Bishop's Stortford. Picture: Kevin LinesOld Albanian v Bishop's Stortford. Picture: Kevin Lines

But the home attack cut loose in the second half, and especially the final quarter, and tries from Reuben Bird-Tulloch, Morgan Thompson and Tadgh McElroy secured the bonus-point win.

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