Not Exactly a Walk in the Park…

Rosslyn Park 35pts  Old Albanian 17pts   It looked for a while like Rosslyn Park were going to avenge their defeat at Woollams in September in some style, writes Brian Quinn. But a veritable avalanche of mistakes from both sides and a doughty example of defence for almost the entire match by the visitors ensured … Continue reading

Cambridge Overcome.

Ben Palmers boot proved the difference between these two sides on this murky day. The fly half enjoyed a 100% return with two conversions and four penalties and Cambridge will have been disappointed to go away with just two league points having scored four tries in the gathering gloom. However after a shaky start Albanians … Continue reading

A Narrow Squeak

Old Albanian 15pts  Hull Ionians 13pts.   Probably the most exciting moment of this dour match took place immediately after the last kick of the encounter when both assistant referees looked long and hard at each other whilst they made the decision whether or not Lee Millar’s conversion attempt had tied the scores. It turned … Continue reading

May (and his team) unlucky at Coventry.

Coventry 43pts  Old Albanian 42pts   This titanic clash almost needed a calculator to sort out the score but Coventry desperately overhauled Albanians with a hugely debated Will Maisey penalty awarded after six minutes of injury time. But this one point defeat was totally overshadowed by the horrific leg injury suffered by centre Chris May … Continue reading

Fylde filed…

Old Albanian 32pts  Fylde 17pts   Albanians were able to field probably their strongest side this year against the Lancastrians and this allowed them to remain in ninth position in the league after a competent performance against sturdy opponents.   It took nearly half an hour before OAs were able to stamp any sort of … Continue reading

Brave Showing Against Leaders.

Old Albanian 0pts  Hartpury RFC 32pts   The unpleasant weather did not help either set of players and the ball was spilled uncharacteristically often in this dour encounter. Albanians stuck to the task manfully but the obvious Hartpury advantage in fitness told as early as the first minute when Mike Wilcox crossed wide out on … Continue reading

A Brave Attempt…

Blackheath 13pts  Old Albanian 7pts   Views differed in the clubhouse after this tight match. Some maintained Blackheath’s defensive effort was heroic whilst others were certain Albanians did not make the best of their chances, particularly in the scoreless second half. Probably both factors played their part in an exciting if unmemorable encounter.   The … Continue reading

A Return To Form.

Old Albanian 49pts  Macclesfield 15pts   It has been a tough month for Old Albanians who have suffered four losses on the trot, writes Brian Quinn. Yet there have been plenty of times in that period when Billy Johnson’s men have given sparkling examples of their true potential, not the least of which involved registering … Continue reading

Mostly Moseley…

Birmingham Moseley  56pts  Old Albanian 33pts   Albanians first visit to Birmingham Moseley saw the visitors put five tries on the scoreboard, more than any other of the Midlanders’ opponents so far this season writes Brian Quinn. However by half time, the break after which Billy Johnson’s men started to exhibit their undoubted attacking qualities, … Continue reading

A’s Can Learn From Students

Old Albanian 26pts  Loughborough Students 35pts   This high-scoring game proved at least one thing: there is no substitution for pace and Loughborough had pace in abundance in their back line. Having said that, the Albanian forwards were in the ascendant to the extent that they gained probably 60% of the possession, quite enough to … Continue reading