Match Report courtesy of Charlie Loft
After the clear wake up call last week at the Bedfordshire DPP festival the team appears to have re-grouped and gathered focus. Their first official league game against Ampthill saw us missing four of our usual team players however the new additions certainly made an impression and have settled in well.
The first half saw Stockwood face a strong offensive Ampthill side who took an early advantage with two try’s scored in quick succession. However Stockwood dug in and refused to let their heads drop. As the half progressed Ampthill realised that they would have no joy trying to run the middle of the pitch as Stockwood were far too strong and a series of crunching tackles and solid team work started to force Ampthill ever wingward.
Following a number of incidents Stockwood’s new captain had his first taste of dealing with a disgruntled official, a calm head will always prevail and the incidents did not appear to effect the spirit of the team or their resolve. Stockwood continued to press and were rewarded with two try’s of their own by Anset and Joe Ladley at the break.
The second half began very differently to the first with Stockwood standing firm and not allowing Ampthill to progress as freely as they had in the first.
The away team camped inside Ampthill’s 22 for a number of phases and after pressing hard scored again, this time Arnold battling his way through.
Deciding it was time for a tactical change Ampthill brought on several of their A team players in order to try and turn the advantage back towards them. The new players had an immediate impact and while Stockwood regrouped Ampthill scored a further few try’s.
Again, the players kept their heads and continued to battle hard, Jordan scoring a try and Daniel coming ever so close to running the field until last gasp tackle brought him down.
One of the most exciting pieces of play was created in the dying moments of the game as Stockwood mauled aggressively towards the touch line, overpowering Ampthills defence which lead to a well deserved debut try for Owen.
Ultimately Ampthill won the game, but the lads should be very proud in how they conducted themselves. The whole team played as a team today and they now have even more of an understanding of what they need to work on for the next game. It was a pleasure to watch and is an encouraging start to the season.