2XV vs Bletchley 39 – 7

Stockwoods 2nd XV put in a gutsy display to come out 39-7 victors over Bletchley RFC at a busy London Road on Saturday.
Stockwood, who have now gone top with the win, put in a clinical performance, led by Portuguese powerhouse Zé Trigo de Moraes, who carried hard and defended well in an all round perfect performance.
The home side looked comfortable with ball in hand, and with versatile half backs Alex Lovell and Matt Jones orchestrating play, Park were able to cut through the visitors every time the ball went wide.
The first half saw scores for MOTM Moraes, Lovell and lighting Liam Taylor, who breezed past on-rushing Bletchley defenders to glide over in the bottom right corner. But the moment of the match came from new recruit Craig Riley, who caught the ball from the restart, brushed aside would be tacklers and used his deceivingly good footwork and turn of speed to glide past the full back and run in from 70 metres.
Despite the great start, Park took their foot off the pedal, and Bletchley sensed their opportunity. Their forwards carried hard, and their short carries dragged in Park defenders, but let themselves down at the last with poor handling or ill discipline.
The second half read similar to the first, with Stockwood starting bright but easing off in the last 10. Centre David Brooksy Brooks produced another moment of magic with one of his trademark slippery eel runs, where no Bletchley player could seem to bring him down, and from half way he bounced, stepped, and outpaced the defenders to dot down in the left hand corner.
Moraes added another five-pointer to round off a superb individual performance, before left winger Ieuan-Rhys Beal added the final try of the game, also down in the left hand corner.
Team Captain Séamus Griffin said: “Even though we didn’t perform to our best abilities, we were clinical in the final phases and some of the tries I’m sure will be contenders for try of the season.
“Bletchley played a tight, forward dominated game, and they did cause us problems around the breakdown, and in large parts they kept possession, showing us why they deservedly sat at the top of the table.
“Ze was superb at number 8, and played with such composure, speed and power, Bletchley were unable to contain him. Our pack was once again dominant at scrum time, but we know that certain aspects need to be worked on and that starts on Tuesday.”
Final score: 39-7
Man of the Match: Ze Trigo de Moraes

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