Pirates defeat 'hard to swallow' says Albion's Sprangle

Plymouth Albion vs Cornish Pirates
Albion led for most of the second half until a late try from the Pirates

Plymouth Albion forward Wayne Sprangle says his side's loss to the Cornish Pirates was 'hard to swallow'.

Albion went down 16-20 to the Pirates, despite leading the match until Dave Doherty's late try for the visitors.

"It was a hard defeat to swallow because we were winning the game for a period and to lose it from that was quite hard," Sprangle told BBC Devon.

"They're one of the top teams in the league, and we're massively disappointed."

"They haven't won many games here over the years, they came here last year and won one but let's hope we're not going to change the trend," Sprangle said.

And he was full of praise for England Under-18s fly-half Henry Slade.

The 18-year-old from Plymouth is on a dual-registration deal at the Brickfields from his parent club Exeter Chiefs.

"He's an absolutely class player, he's got masses of talent and people like Henry, you've got to get behind him and boost his confidence," he said.