Stockwood Park defeated Biggleswade 13 – 5 in their final league match of the season to finish 5th in the league in a frustrating season which has seen outstanding home victories over both Clubs, Leicester Forest and Northampton Casuals, who have been promoted followed by unconvincing performances against sides nearer the bottom. The main problem for Coach Tom Edmunds and Skipper Tom Childs has been inconsistent player availability but both Edmunds and Childs will take great encouragement from the arrival at 1st xv level of some promising youngsters from the Club’s youth system and also from the steady progress of the team over the winter. They will be looking forward to building on this progress for next season.
At Biggleswade, Park struggled to shake off a determined home team who were intent on finishing their season on a high despite their impending relegation. Biggleswade used the elements well in the first half to keep Park on the defence. Park were not helped by some shaky game management and eventually the home team scored a well taken try to take a 5-0 lead at halftime. In the second half, with a good supply of lineout ball from Locks Will Varnals and 18 year old Connor Underwood, well supported by Michael Powell, Park came more into the game and soon went ahead with a try from No 8 Ben Griffin converted by Fly Half Brandon Lewsey. Lewsey added two penalties with well struck kicks and Park eventually came out as winners by 13 – 5 despite a rather unconvincing performance.
At the end of the game Park applauded their long serving Centre, James Hankey, from the pitch following Hankey’s decision to retire from 1st xv rugby. Hankey has been a loyal and consistent part of the Park 1st xv for many seasons and has made a very valuable contribution to the Club in that time.