Final pre-season run-out gives Old Albanian an encouraging win over Tring

Old Albanian skipper Ross Hamilton returned against Tring. Picture: Kevin Lines

Old Albanian skipper Ross Hamilton returned against Tring. Picture: Kevin Lines - Credit: Archant

Old Albanian finished their pre-season commitments on a high with a 43-24 win over Tring.

Played under the Woollams lights on Thursday night, OAs were comfortable winners despite a feisty display from the visitors.

And it won’t be the actual win that will have delighted head coach Gavin Hogg and his management team but the manner of the performance.

Albanian still have a lengthy injury list and were also missing some holidaying players but they were still able to call on the likes of skipper Ross Hamilton, Tim Bond and Chris West, while Charlie Hughes bolstered the front row.

Those inclusions will be a huge encouraging factor for supporters before the arrival of newly-promoted Guernsey on Saturday.

Tring stuck manfully to their guns and the level five side will not be too disappointed with their showing, giving Albanian plenty to think about all evening.

But the hosts’ tight play has improved massively and the line-out can now be depended upon to deliver possession when it matters.

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Play at the breakdown and defence in general have been strengths since training began in the summer.

Kick-off at Woollams on Saturday is at 2.30pm.

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