Still work to be done but Old Albanian’s hopes of avoiding the drop improve with Stortford success

Old Albanian goes over for their third try. Picture: Kevin Lines

Old Albanian goes over for their third try. Picture: Kevin Lines - Credit: Archant

There is still work to be done if Old Albanian are to avoid the drop from National One – with the first two games in March crucial – but a 36-17 win over Bishop’s Stortford was the perfect way to start.

Old Albanian celebrate their third try. Picturer: kevin Lines

Old Albanian celebrate their third try. Picturer: kevin Lines - Credit: Archant

They remain second from bottom despite the six-try victory but are now nine points behind Loughborough Students and safety.

Old Albanian v Bishop's Stortford. Picture: Kevin Lines

Old Albanian v Bishop's Stortford. Picture: Kevin Lines - Credit: Archant

The Students are the next team to arrive at Woollams on March 10, a week after OAs have gone to basement club Fylde, and another effort like this against their Herts rivals would be welcome.

Old Albanian v Bishop's Stortford. Picture: Kevin Lines

Old Albanian v Bishop's Stortford. Picture: Kevin Lines - Credit: Archant

Tries from Chris West and Jack Daly, converted by Tom Bednall, gave them a 14-point lead and although that was wiped out by two from the visitors, Matt Gallagher went over for a 19-17 half-time lead.

Old Albanian v Bishop's Stortford. Picture: Kevin Lines

Old Albanian v Bishop's Stortford. Picture: Kevin Lines - Credit: Archant

But the home attack cut loose in the second half, and especially the final quarter, and tries from Reuben Bird-Tulloch, Morgan Thompson and Tadgh McElroy secured the bonus-point win.

Old Albanian v Bishop's Stortford. Picture: Kevin Lines

Old Albanian v Bishop's Stortford. Picture: Kevin Lines - Credit: Archant

Old Albanian v Bishop's Stortford. Picture: Kevin Lines

Old Albanian v Bishop's Stortford. Picture: Kevin Lines - Credit: Archant

Old Albanian v Bishop's Stortford. Picture: Kevin Lines

Old Albanian v Bishop's Stortford. Picture: Kevin Lines - Credit: Archant

Old Albanian v Bishop's Stortford. Picture: Kevin Lines

Old Albanian v Bishop's Stortford. Picture: Kevin Lines - Credit: Archant

Old Albanian v Bishop's Stortford. Picture: Kevin Lines

Old Albanian v Bishop's Stortford. Picture: Kevin Lines - Credit: Archant

Old Albanian v Bishop's Stortford. Picture: Kevin Lines

Old Albanian v Bishop's Stortford. Picture: Kevin Lines - Credit: Archant