On a crisp afternoon and on an excellent playing surface, Stockwood Park continued with their tough introduction to London 2 League Rugby when they were well beaten by a well organised Hampstead side, currently joint top of the League, whose skilful and accurate back play put Park’s defence under constant pressure and whose powerful right winger ran in four trys.
With regular Scrum Half, Alex Lovell, unavailable through injury, Park gave a first team debut to 18 year old, Frank Daley, last season’s Colts Captain. Daley had a good game at scrum half both in attack and defence and made a promising start for the 1st xv.
Park again were generally the match for their opponents in the tight forward play with Lock forward Michael Powell, returning from injury adding strength and energy to their Pack. Fellow lock forward Tom Edmonds was prominent in the lineout and Skipper Jamie Hoque produced, once again, a high tackle count.
However once the ball reached open play, Park were unable to make progress in their backs while Hampstead maximised their possession with five trys in the first half and a further three after the break. Park scored their consolation try when Fly Half James Hankey finished off some good play between forwards and backs. Full Back Jason Carr converted.
Next week Park entertain Welwyn at home in an important bottom of the table clash.