Gregg keeps OA’s momentum going with last-second kick
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Richard Gregg’s penalty just cleared the crossbar to secure a last gasp 13-10 victory for Old Albanian over Richmond on Saturday.
With OAs desperate to improve to three straight wins, the game came down to the last kick of the game. Up stepped Gregg, who had already been successful with a conversion and a penalty, to be either the hero or the villain.
His kick wasn’t perfect but it had just enough power to limp over the crossbar, drawing the loudest cheer of the afternoon.
His was stark contrast to his first kick, which comfortably sailed through the uprights, to put OAs 3-0 up after Richmond’s Alastair Lyon was sinbinned in the seventh minute for an early tackle.
He was successful with his next kick, too, adding two points after Max Wilkins took advantage of OA’s two-man advantage, following Robert Alexander’s yellow card, to storm over the line.
Despite the manpower advantage A’s were unable to increase their lead during the rest of the half, even though Thomas Shaw also spent 10 minutes contemplating misdeeds.
Chris Davies was driven over the line wide out on the left for Richmond, which Andrew Hall converted, to close the gap to 10-7.
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OAs then seemed to try everything they knew to assist their guests, from dropped passes to missed kicks – one over ambitious pass lost fully 70 metres for the hosts. To compound matters Don Barrell was given a 10-minute rest and Hall’s penalty levelled the scores
One last chance was offered to OAs when they were given a penalty 40 metres out. Gregg obliged with a less-than-convincing kick to hand the victory to Andy Holloway’s men.