Credit in narrow defeat for Old Albanian at home to Henley

Old Albanian suffered a narrow 20-16 defeat at home to Henley in National Two South. Picture: NEIL B

Old Albanian suffered a narrow 20-16 defeat at home to Henley in National Two South. Picture: NEIL BALDWIN PHOTOGRAPHY - Credit: Archant

A testing few weeks for Old Albanian began with a close fought but creditable 20-16 loss to Henley Hawks in National Two South.

Old Albanian suffered a narrow 20-16 defeat at home to Henley in National Two South. Picture: NEIL B

Old Albanian suffered a narrow 20-16 defeat at home to Henley in National Two South. Picture: NEIL BALDWIN PHOTOGRAPHY - Credit: Archant

The hosts at Woollams did have chances of victory but even despite the loss, they will probably be happier with their performance than the Hawks.

Old Albanian suffered a narrow 20-16 defeat at home to Henley in National Two South. Picture: NEIL B

Old Albanian suffered a narrow 20-16 defeat at home to Henley in National Two South. Picture: NEIL BALDWIN PHOTOGRAPHY - Credit: Archant

OAs were focused, ferocious and full of energy in the opening exchanges and the defence halted a number of strong, early attacks.

Old Albanian suffered a narrow 20-16 defeat at home to Henley in National Two South. Picture: NEIL B

Old Albanian suffered a narrow 20-16 defeat at home to Henley in National Two South. Picture: NEIL BALDWIN PHOTOGRAPHY - Credit: Archant

Morgan Thompson kicked two penalties in the first-half either side of a Tom Emery try to leave OAs 6-5 ahead at the break.

Old Albanian suffered a narrow 20-16 defeat at home to Henley in National Two South. Picture: NEIL B

Old Albanian suffered a narrow 20-16 defeat at home to Henley in National Two South. Picture: NEIL BALDWIN PHOTOGRAPHY - Credit: Archant

Nine minutes into the second period Jack Robinson gave the visitors the lead once more. Thompson added another three points to keep Albanians well in the hunt but Ben Bolster, a live wire all afternoon, replied with a penalty of his own and converted Scott White's try with 10 minutes left.

Old Albanian suffered a narrow 20-16 defeat at home to Henley in National Two South. Picture: NEIL B

Old Albanian suffered a narrow 20-16 defeat at home to Henley in National Two South. Picture: NEIL BALDWIN PHOTOGRAPHY - Credit: Archant


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Thompson finished the scoring with a try and conversion, earning a bonus point in the process.

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