Lucky 13 for Old Albanian as they stay on course for the title
PUBLISHED: 09:54 21 January 2016 | UPDATED: 09:54 21 January 2016
Albanians racked up another five league points lagainst Bury St Edmunds, maintaining their position at the top of National League Two South with this thirteenth successive win.
The 31-12 win saw OAs cross for five tries through Nick Stevens, twice, Nick Foster, Jimmy Speirs and Morgan Thompson, with Matt Gallagher kicking two penalties.
Bury, who were magnificent hosts, put up a spirited show and ensured that the visitors worked hard for every point.
The home scrum was, to say the least, abrasive and in the early stages made the opportunity for Scott Lyle to notch BSE’s first try and conversion.
This came after Gallagher had given the visitors the lead with a straight-forward penalty.
The OAs fullback reduced the deficit to a single point with a second penalty shortly after before staring the move that led to the first Albanian try.
He gathered a kick ahead when Bury’s promising attack over stretched itself and, from the mark, spread the ball wide left.
Suddenly the hosts found themselves on the defensive but were spread too thinly to prevent Foster charging over from fully 80 metres.
Stevens then crossed when his side once more declined to kick and James Shanahan’s monstrous dummy allowed him over for his second score as the half wound down.
Leading 21-7 at the break OAs soon went further in front.
Another long range effort by Gallagher gave Speirs the first try of the second period, again too far out for the improving kick.
Shanahan’s generalship continued unabated and despite great efforts from Bury, A’s made more ground with ball in hand than did their opponents.
Thompson’s late score on the right sealed matters for the St Albans men though Sean Stapleton had the satisfaction of dotting down the final try of the afternoon.
Cambridge, the only side to beat OAs this year, visit Woollams on Saturday in the top-of-the-table clash and a great deal is at stake for both teams.
A’s have a five point advantage at the moment and a win would put daylight between the clubs.
A loss would bring parity once more.