Late break­aways sees Al­bion home

The Rugby Paper - - National League 1 - ■ By JOHN ALLANSON

SHORN of eight front­line play­ers through in­juries and other ab­sences, Bishop’s Stort­ford were un­able to hold out against Ply­mouth.

Stort­ford were un­daunted by the pow­er­ful op­po­si­tion, scor­ing a well-de­served try af­ter seven min­utes through James Ap­per­ley, fol­low­ing great work in mid­field by Nick Hankin and Johnny Neville.

Tom Banks con­verted and then added a penal­ty­five min­utes later.

But Ply­mouth came into the game and only some heroic home de­fence held them out un­til Eoghan Grace touched down from a driv­ing maul.

Dan Mug­ford con­verted, as he did 18 min­utes later, when Tom Hen­drick­son crashed over.

Stort­ford though, surged back and a quick penalty by Sam Cole­man al­lowed Sam Win­ter to force his way over.

Ply­mouth came out for the restart much im­proved, dom­i­nat­ing pos­ses­sion and ter­ri­tory for long pe­ri­ods.

Ini­tially, they set­tled for a score-lev­el­ling penalty, but be­came more ex­pan­sive, af­ter a 55th-minute con­verted try to Ge­orge Mills.

Break­away tries af­ter 60 and 78 min­utes by Matthew Shep­herd and Matt Cross­combe rounded off a de­served Ply­mouth win by a flat­ter­ing mar­gin.

PIC­TURES: Mark Fletcher

Ac­ro­batic: Si­mon Uzokwe of Dar­ling­ton Mow­den Park dives over for his first try

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