Stockwood Park RFC will not recall with affection their first league game on a Rugby Football Union 4G artificial pitch. Saturday’s opponents, Bedford Queens RFC, who share their playing facility with Bedford Athletic RFC, had use of the 4G pitch for their home league fixture with Park. Unfortunately, Park were defeated in the match and came away with two serious injuries for their troubles. Flanker Michael Powell with ankle ligament damage and Centre Jason Mitchell with a damaged Hamstring.
Park started well. Brandon Lewsey playing Fly Half in the absence of the unavailable James Hankey, kept Park on the attack with some accurate kicking to keep the Queens defence under pressure but on a break out from their own half Queens kicked a penalty and soon followed up with a converted try from a powerful rolling maul which gave them a 10-0 lead. As halftime approached Queens scored another try before Park bounced back and Brandon Lewsey scored a good try to make the score 15 – 5 to Queens at the break.
Any hope for a recovery in the second half faded as Queens extended their lead to 23 – 5 with a try and penalty before Brandon Lewsey, Park’s man of the match, again drove himself over for a try, converted by Matt Jones to take the score to 23 – 12 to Queens. Queens added a further penalty to complete a 26-12 victory.
This Saturday Park return to Cup action when they entertain Shipston on Stour in the 2nd round of the RFU National Vase.
Park’s 2nd xv continued their strong start to the season with a close 12-11 league victory over Ampthill.