Plymouth Albion / Rugby

POLL: Pressure was on us to win, says Albion boss Dawe

Graham DaweGRAHAM DAWE admitted the pressure had been on his young team to beat Fylde at home on Saturday after back-to-back defeats.

Albion had lost 25-21 at Hull Ionians the week before and had agonisingly gone down 16-15 to Rosslyn Park in their previous game at Brickfields.

But they managed to get back to winning ways in National One with a 31-24 success over a tough Fylde side, who, according to their coaching staff, produced their best display of their season.

“We were delighted with the performance, the win and a very supportive crowd, who hopefully went away happy,” said Dawe, whose team scored three tries, courtesy of Marc Koteczky, Nile Dacres and Herbie Stupple.

“We try not to put too much pressure on ourselves, but playing at home after two losses meant we were under pressure.

“Fylde were also desperate for a win, having lost two as well, and they gave it a fair crack and they certainly tested us and scared us a bit.

“They were slippery customers. We were a bit frustrated about our defence on the inside. They kept stepping inside and finding gaps.

“We were trying to keep our shape but at some stage we have to try and recognise what is in front of us. You have to go forward those two metres to put the chop in or put the hit in higher up. It’s something we need to develop, especially against a stepping team like them. They were exceptional at it.

“But I thought our set piece worked a lot better this week. We were really pleased with the set piece game, but frustrated with the cheap penalties. Yet we’ve certainly got something to build from.”

Dawe will get the chance to have a look at some of his fringe players on Monday night when an Albion XV take on the Cornwall development team at Brickfields (kick-off 7.15pm).

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