ANDY CHESTERS admitted he could not have asked for a better day on Saturday than scoring a try to help Plymouth Albion to a memorable 35-26 win over his former club Hartpury College.
The former Ivybridge junior had not scored before for Albion, having joined the club in the summer from Launceston.
“That was unbelievable,” said Chesters. “I had to get over against my old team, but credit to the boys as they put me in space to do it.
“The whole day was such a good experience. After the week we’d had to put in a performance like that was a real credit to the boys. They really stuck at it and we could not have asked for a better day.
“To come on and score in such a good, tight game was great. Hartpury really performed well but we matched them. It was really good to get on the score sheet finally and with Judgey (Christian Judge) as well.”
The Albion players had been desperate to put on a good show in their final home match of the season for their supporters and for former director of rugby Graham Dawe, who had surprisingly been told he was not wanted by the club days earlier.
“We had a lot of expectation on us,” said Chesters. “And we really wanted to put in a performance and get a result for ourselves, for Graham and for the supporters and I think we did that.”
The players made their feelings known about Dawe prior to the match by wearing special warm-up T-shirts with his name on.
“We just wanted to show him how much he means to us,” said Chesters. “It wasn’t a massive gesture, but we just wanted to show our respect to him. But the result spoke more. We are really chuffed with that.”