Old Albanian inflict technical knock-out on Canterbury

OA's celebrate a try

OA's celebrate a try - Credit: Archant

Old Albanian used their size advantage perfectly in defeating Canterbury 71-17.

Canterbury were outmatched physically in this one-sided clash and, in boxing parlance, a good ‘biggun’ will always beat a good ‘littlun’.

So it proved today in this eleven try to two exhibition.

To cap it all the gallant visitors had to face the, at times, vicious elements in the first half and this helped OAs to pin Canterbury into their 22 for most of the period.

In that time Albanians had run up three tries all converted. Skipper Billy Johnson crossed twice and Charlie Hughes was unstoppable from ten metres. The imperious Matt Gallagher did the kicking.

This was the most clinical OA performance for some time and whenever errors occurred they were rectified with speed.

Nonetheless Canterbury took advantage of an intercept to get their notch on the scoreboard. Guy Hilton crossed and Tom Best converted.

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Best’s penalty made the interval score 21-10.

Then the floodgates opened.

Johnson completed his hat-trick and Jimmy Spiers struck another trio.

They were joined by Morgan Thompson, Nick Foster, the returning Mike Allan and Chris Lombaard who strolled over from halfway.

Gallagher was successful with five more conversions.

Never-say-die Canterbury’s Dan Smart brought applause from all with a sparkling try just after the hour and Best was on hand to convert.

The win leaves OAs in second place in the National League Two South table, 11 points behind Cambridge but eight clear of third-placed Bishop’s Stortford.

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