Quote from Brent Monday Herald
IT is possible not many people among the 1,000 or so who watched Plymouth Albion defeat Fylde 29-21 at Brickfields realised it, but they were looking at the future.
As a one-off match, Albion's victory against a side lurking too near the National One relegation zone had none of the hall marks of a classic.
It was a good, solid, workmanlike performance from a team who have done well enough to be third in the table at present and should finish in the top four, if not higher.
Albion went two tries up in 15 minutes via forward Rupert Freestone and second-row Nile Dacres – both converted by Matt Shepherd – then they lost their way somewhat and Fylde got back into the game.
Winger Matt Crosscombe appeared to have got Albion back in total control of the match when he and scrum-half Cam Setter contrived to pinch the ball off the visitors and set up Crosscombe for a kick and rush touchdown.
Albion finally killed off any resistance from Fylde – who at one stage got within five points of their hosts – with a try from replacement forward Dan Pullinger, who was returning from injury – and a Matt Shepherd penalty on the final whistle.
Four tries, a bonus point and five National One points to keep Albion in the hunt for a possible second-place finish. Job done.
Except that it is patently obvious that the job is far from done.