Plymouth Albion Ladies back on track against Reading
PLYMOUTH Albion Ladies got their promotion push back on track with a convincing win over old rivals Reading at Brickfields.
In filthy conditions, Albion shrugged off the disappointment of losing their previous two matches against Henley and Bristol to record a 31-0 victory over Reading.
The win means Albion stay in fourth place, but they have games in hand over the top three – and have already beaten leaders London Welsh 55-7 on the season's opening day.
Albion Ladies dominated the match, playing to their strengths and retaining the ball well in soaking wet conditions.
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They have a good track record against Reading, having defeated them in their past five meetings.
Albion acknowledge that the fixture is never an easy one, but within five minutes of the start, the forwards put the ball through five phases of play and prop Donna Downes touched down front of the posts. Number 10 Caitlin Short converted.
The next try came inside 10 minutes with number eight Alison Cooper scoring the second try, Short again converting.
The city side held a 14-0 half-time lead despite a Reading recovery which saw the Albion defence bend, but not break for the 20 minutes before the interval.
Albion recovered control in the game's second period. Accurate kicking from Short kept Reading pinned in their half.
The home team's third try was inevitable and spectacular.
Full-back Alex Smith blasted down the wing to touch down in the corner, leaving four defenders in her wake.
Albion wore down the tiring Reading defence and their final two tries were easy run ins from Cooper and flanker Verity Waters, with Short adding a conversion.
Next up for Albion are Swindon Supermarine and Chipping Sodbury over the next two weekends.