Codling delight as Rosslyn Park maintain their winning momentum with commanding victory

Rosslyn Park continued their good start to the National League 1 season after thrashing winless Old Albanian at The Rock.

The hosts scored six tries in the game and were particularly impressive in the second half when they scored 24 points and conceded none, sealing a commanding 38-3 victory.

“The most pleasing aspect was to keep the opposition to no tries,” said head coach Alex Codling.

“I thought we had control in the first half without really asserting on the scoreboard but then the second was much better. We scored some outstanding tries and it’s a very pleasing win.”

“We just want to be the best semi-professional team in this league.” Alex Codling

Park got off to a great start when team captain Hugo Ellis scored a try after less than five minutes with Tom Whelan following up by converting his kick.

Both sides had chances in the first half with Albanian’s Elliot Reeder nearly scoring a try but for Neville Edwards’ last ditch tackle in front of the line.

Andy Berry received a yellow card three minutes before the break and Rosslyn Park took advantage of the extra man when James Inglis converted a try to make it 12-3.

The hosts started the second half brightly when Charles Broughton scored a try after less than two minutes.

Broughton then scored another after some great build-up play from Kiba Richards and Edwards.

This was followed by tries from Ellis and Tom Baldwin to complete a dominant performance for Park as they made it four wins from their five opening matches.

And Codling said his side are on course to meeting his expectations for this season and he also praised the impact the new signings have made so far.

“We just want to be the best semi-professional team in this league,” he added.

“We are aiming to finish as high as possible, which realistically is second.

“With the new signings, it’s always going to take a bit of time for them to get to know each other but that’s starting to come as you saw.

“There were some really positive contributions and so we are working very hard during the week to improve that aspect.”

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