MATCH REPORT: Plymouth Albion 8 – Rosslyn Park 37


5 September 2021

By Myles McDevitt

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Saturday 4 September 2021
Plymouth Albion 8 - 37 Rosslyn Park

Rosslyn Park returned to National League One after 18 months with a convincing 8-37 win over Plymouth Albion.

Five well taken tries from Henry Robinson, Brandon Jackson, Arthur Ellis, Gregor Gillanders and Ben Howard were enough to see them over the line.

Ollie Waters slotted two penalties on a sunny afternoon down on the south coast.

It sends Park to the top of the table setting the season up nicely for them with a home fixture up next.

Just before the match, Craig Holland was a late withdrawal through injury which saw Waters moved from the bench to the starting XV.

It was the home side that started the strongest when Tom Putt’s penalty put the home side ahead with four minutes on the board.

Park struck back a few minutes later with Robinson slicing through the defence like a knife through butter to give Park the lead.

Albion repeatedly infringed at the breakdown which made Waters life very easy as he slotted penalties in front of the post.

However, when Albion were on the attack it was the turn of Park to be repeatedly penalised and this resulted in two yellow cards for both Alex Hay and Hugo Ellis.

Albion then managed to get themselves on the scoresheet just before halftime from a well worked driving maul.

Waters had chances to extend Park’s lead before the break but was unable to convert his chances.

The second half saw Park’s game burst into life with Jackson scoring a well worked try after solid build up play from the forwards saw him crash over.

Park’s third try came ten minutes later as Ellis streched over from close range to see the game out of sight for the home team.

A driving maul set up the bonus point try with Gillanders crashing over to give Park the maximum five points.

The icing on the cake came as Howard sprinted down the left wing to race in for Park’s final try of the afternoon sealing a comfortable win in the end.


Plymouth Albion
Tries: , Penalty Try
Penalties: Putt 4
Sin Bins:

Team (15-9/1-8): Phil Jones, Shea Cornish, Frankie Nowell, Jeremy To'a, Alex Ducker, Tom Putt, Henry Clement; Danny Southworth, Max Norey, James McFarland, Dan Collier, Shek Sherriff, Jake Clemson, Alex Sheridan, Herbie Stupple ©
Replacements: Jamie Salter, Bailey Williams, Dan Goldsmith,Olly Mulberry, Harry Rowson

Rosslyn Park
Tries: Robinson 10 Jackson 51 Ellis 61, Gillanders 78 Howard 79
Conversions: Waters 10,51,61,78,80
Penalties: Waters
Sin Bins: Hay and H Ellis

Team (15-9/1-8): Henry Robinson, Nick Scott, Henry Cheeseman, Lewis Jones, Ben Howard, Owen Waters, Jack Gash; Kyle Traynor, Jared Saunders, Austin Hay, Dan Laventure, Gregor Gillanders, Harry Ledger, Arthur Ellis, Hugo Ellis ©
Replacements: Ryan Jackson, Ollie Dawe (Hay 51), Jamie Gray, Blake Boyland, Brandon Jackson (Jones 12)

HT: 8-11


  • Birmingham Moseley 23 - 22 Darlington Mowden Park
  • Blackheath 15 - 18 Cinderford
  • Cambridge 28 - 34 Rams
  • Chinnor 34 - 21 Sale FC
  • Leeds Tykes 29 - 41 Taunton
  • Tonbridge Juddians 18 - 18 Bishop's Stortford

Rosslyn Park’s first match sees them go top of the National League One table with a better points difference

Chinnor are second in the table after defeating Sale FC by 13 points at Kingsey Road.

Taunton are in third with the Rams fourth as the season gets underway.
Park’s nearest rivals Blackheath started the season with a three point loss at home to Cinderford by 15-18.

The opening weekend saw a draw between Tonbridge Juddians and Bishop’s Storford where the score was 18-18.

National League 1 new boys Leeds Tykes were handed an round 1 defeat to newly promoted Taunton Titans.

Caldy did not take part this weekend as they were meant to play Old Elthamians but due to the latter’s withdrawal from the league they will start their campaign next week away to Gloucestershire side Cinderford.

48 tries were scored across the whole weekend of fixtures.