Another close game but Old Albanian fall to narrow loss against Taunton Titans

Old Albanian lost by a single point to Taunton Titans at Woollams in National Two South. Picture: NE

Old Albanian lost by a single point to Taunton Titans at Woollams in National Two South. Picture: NEIL BALDWIN PHOTOGRAPHY - Credit: Archant

When Old Albanian travelled to Taunton Titans in October the hosts picked up the win by just two points.

Old Albanian lost by a single point to Taunton Titans at Woollams in National Two South. Picture: NE

Old Albanian lost by a single point to Taunton Titans at Woollams in National Two South. Picture: NEIL BALDWIN PHOTOGRAPHY - Credit: Archant

The Somerset side won again in the return on Saturday but this time it was just a one-point gap, 23-22 the final score.

Old Albanian lost by a single point to Taunton Titans at Woollams in National Two South. Picture: NE

Old Albanian lost by a single point to Taunton Titans at Woollams in National Two South. Picture: NEIL BALDWIN PHOTOGRAPHY - Credit: Archant

Albanians had their now almost traditional slow start and Taunton took every opportunity presented to them.

Old Albanian lost by a single point to Taunton Titans at Woollams in National Two South. Picture: NE

Old Albanian lost by a single point to Taunton Titans at Woollams in National Two South. Picture: NEIL BALDWIN PHOTOGRAPHY - Credit: Archant

Ratu Vakalutukali bagged a try and Gary Kingdom kicked a penalty before converting Oscar Kolowski's score for a 15-0 lead.

Old Albanian lost by a single point to Taunton Titans at Woollams in National Two South. Picture: NE

Old Albanian lost by a single point to Taunton Titans at Woollams in National Two South. Picture: NEIL BALDWIN PHOTOGRAPHY - Credit: Archant

But by half-time OAs had dragged themselves level. Alex Ricci and Ollie Stonham scored the tries while like Kingdom, Morgan Thompson kicked a penalty and conversion.

Old Albanian lost by a single point to Taunton Titans at Woollams in National Two South. Picture: NE

Old Albanian lost by a single point to Taunton Titans at Woollams in National Two South. Picture: NEIL BALDWIN PHOTOGRAPHY - Credit: Archant

The hosts spent much of the second period inside Titans territory but a succession of indiscretions allowed Taunton to escape with Kingdom opting for and successfully landing a kick for an 18-15 lead.

Albanian still took the battle to Taunton, however, lost possession on halfway allowed Vakalutukali to tear in for his second.

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With time almost up it appeared as if the bonus point had been lost but Tom Bednall rescued matters with a break and his pass put Thompson across the line close enough to convert his own score.