Plymouth Albion / Rugby

Searle delighted to help Albion to ‘tactical’ win over Ampthill

Billy SearleYOUNG fly-half Billy Searle felt Plymouth Albion showed on Saturday against Ampthill that they had learned a lesson from their home defeat against Darlington Mowden Park.

Albion had been beaten 25-15 by Mowden Park two weeks earlier in horrible weather at Brickfields.

But in equally tough conditions on Saturday they overcame Ampthill 18-13 to move up to eighth in the National One table.

“There was a lot of wind out there and it was quite a tactical game, but it was good to get over the line,” said Searle, who kicked eight points on Saturday.

“We definitely managed this game a lot better than last time.  We used our kick game a lot more and we pinned them in and it is hard to run it back.”

Albion did dominate territory on Saturday and probably should have won by a larger margin.

“We could have got a few more tries really, but the main thing was to get the win after the last two weeks,” said 19-year-old Searle.

Ampthill did score a converted try deep in injury-time to secure a bonus point and meant Albion missed out on keeping their try line intact for a second time in November.

“That left a bit of a sour taste at the end, giving them a bonus point,” admitted Searle. “But a win’s a win and we just have to take it and move on to next week and Wharfedale.

“That’s a nice long trip but, hopefully, we can get another win.”

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