Late Hamil­ton try of­fers OAs hope

The Rugby Paper - - Championship | National League 1 - By JON ED­WARDS

A TRY five min­utes from time by Ross Hamil­ton clinched a vi­tal vic­tory for Old Al­ba­nian in their bat­tle to avoid rel­e­ga­tion.

In a dra­matic end to an eight-try thriller at Col­lege Meadow in which the lead changed hands six times, the lock crashed over from close range to se­cure the win.

OEs were left to re­gret a slug­gish start in which they found them­selves 130 down in the open­ing quar­ter af­ter a try from Al­ba­nian flanker Alex Post and two penal­ties and con­ver­sion from fly­half Tom Bed­nall.

The home side fought back through their for­wards to score two tries in quick suc­ces­sion both com­ing from driven li­ne­outs by Ben King and Nathan Mor­ris.

But the vis­i­tors were to have the last word be­fore the in­ter­val when full back Nick Fos­ter was driven over for 20-14.

On the bak of a dom­i­nant scrum, OEs started the sec­ond pe­riod strongly.

Fly-half Tom White cut the deficit with a penalty and then set-up a try for wing James Golledge to give OEs the lead.

The two sides swapped tries in a fre­netic fi­nal quar­ter with out­stand­ing Al­ba­nian flanker Harry El­brow forc­ing his way from a scrum be­fore OEs scrum-half Ol­lie Clax­ton replied with a well­worked try. OEs led by two un­til Hamil­ton’s late in­ter­ven­tion.

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