Category: 1XV Match Report

Rushden & Higham 17 Stockwood Park 17

This was a result for Stockwood Park of “what might have been “.  Despite having 75 – 80 % possession and territory, particularly in the first half, Park’s composure often deserted them as they camped on the home team’s try line but failed to secure the score.  Rushden’s defence was also solid and when they did have a scoring opportunity they took it to match Park at 3 tries each and secure the draw.

Park were on the attack for the first half hour but conceded the first score to the home team before levelling almost immediately when Flanker Jack Brooks was driven over just before halftime.

In the second half Rushden took the lead 10-5 before Jason Mitchell, playing on the wing, went over in the corner for a well constructed team try. Almost immediately Rushden went ahead again with a converted try before sustained Park pressure saw scrum half Frank Daly, who was busy throughout, sell a sharp dummy and score under the posts. Replacement Matt Jones added the extras.

The draw and bonus point moved Park into fourth position in the league in a congested mid table. This Saturday Park play Bedford Queens at home in their rearranged league fixture. There will be an early ko at 1pm .

Park’s 2nd xv maintained their impressive form with a comfortable victory over Rushden & Higham 2nd xv.  Former 1st xv Skipper, Michael Powell, had an encouraging return from a long term injury. Powell scored two tries and was fully involved in an excellent team performance.

John Humphreys.

Stockwood Park 37 Northampton Casuals 7

In conditions more suited to a mud bath Stockwood Park gave their best performance for some time,  producing an excellent display of team commitment and game management to defeat high flying Northampton  Casuals by 37-7 on a sodden pitch and in a steady drizzle throughout the match. The steady improvement which Park have shown since the new year, with 3 wins out of 4, reached a high point on Saturday as forwards and backs combined with great skill and energy to never allow the visitors into the game.

Park went straight on to the attack and although the visitors took the lead with a well taken try from a forward drive, Park were soon on the scoreboard when their prolific centre Brandon Lewsey crashed over under the posts with fly half James Hankey adding the extras. Almost immediately Park scored their second try when their wingers, Kyran Ryan and Alex Harnett, both a constant menace to the visitors, combined skilfully for Harnett to score. Hankey then added a penalty to give Park a 15-7 lead at halftime.


In the second half Park’s forwards, led from the front by acting skipper Tom Childs, were relentless. Lock Jack Wharton, a new recruit this season, was everywhere and soon wing Alex Harnett added his second try, following up a skilful kick from scrum half Frank Daly. Almost immediately, loose lead prop Justin Harkin, scored his first try before adding a second shortly after in another eye catching performance.  Replacement Matt Jones add the extras to Harkin’s second try.

Park’s final try to give them a 37-7 points victory came from man of the match, lock Jack Wharton who was driven over by his fellow forwards to complete an excellent victory.

Park’s next league fixture is on February 17th away at Northampton Mens Own RFC.

Park’s 2nd xv continued their own successful season with an excellent merit table victory by 17-0 over Winslow RFC.  The success of the 2nd xv under the youthful and enthusiastic leadership of flanker Alex Linney is very encouraging for the club as they seek to build player “ strength in depth “  at senior level.

Northampton BBOB 20 Stockwood Park 19

With three minutes to go Park had secured what appeared to be a match winning score when their fly Half James Hankey burst over from short range to score his second try and Matt Jones added the extras to give Park a 19-15 lead over BBOB in what had been a tense game dominated in parts by the Referee’s whistle. Unfortunately Park were unable to close the game out and could not stop the competitive home team from forcing their way back up the field and scoring a last minute try to secure their victory.

Within a minute of the start Park were 5-0 in the lead when Centre Brandon Lewsey, maintaining his record of having scored in every 1st xv game which he has played in bar one, latched onto a stray pass and scored a try under the posts.  Unfortunately the conversion was missed. The home team then took the lead with a converted try and then added a penalty to lead by 10-5. Park were under some pressure in the scrum but maintained an excellent supply of lineout ball from Phil Doherty and Will Varnals.  Just before halftime Park took the lead again when fly half James Hankey sold a neat dummy and went over for a try following a strong run from left wing Kieron Ryan, well supported by full back Charlie Bennett. The try was converted by Brandon Lewsey to give Park a 12-10 lead at halftime.

BBOB scored again early in the second half to give themselves a 15-12 lead before the dramatic last three minutes saw the lead change twice but not ending in Park’s favour.

Next Saturday Park are at home to Northampton Casuals. KO 2.15pm

Park’s 2nd xv maintained their winning run with a confident 36-0 victory over BBOB 2nd xv. Winger Aron Colbert scored four tries.

Stockwood Park 19 Leicester Forest 12

Stockwood Park produced their best team performance of the season so far with a deserved victory over a committed opposition. Park secured victory because their defence was much improved, particularly in the midfield where veteran Man of the Match James Hankey and Centres Jason Mitchell and Brandon Lewsey were very secure. In addition, Lock Phil Doherty was outstanding in the lineout and Park took their scoring chances with three good team tries.

Led for the first time by Hooker Tom Childs, Park were soon following their acting Skipper’s example with commitment and hard work. Both sides contributed to an entertaining first half and it was nearly halftime before Park broke the deadlock. A good passage of play with No8 Aaron Beattie and Prop Justin Harkin prominent, saw scrum half Alex Lovell score a try with a sharp blindside break.

The second half saw Park once more on the attack and a sweeping movement through the backs saw right wing Alex Harnett score a fine try which was converted from wide out by Centre Brandon Lewsey to give Park a 12-0 lead. Almost immediately the visitors bounced back with a try of their own before Brandon Lewsey continued his excellent try scoring form, completing another fine team try as he crashed over near the posts for replacement Matt Jones to add the extras. Lewsey is proving a valuable addition to Park’s backline.

The last ten minutes saw the visitors, who never gave up, camped on Park’s line as they worked for a score. Park finally conceded a penalty try at the end which still gave them a conclusive victory by 19-12

Park’s next League Fixture is on January 27th away at Northampton BBOB.

Park’s 2nd xv continued their successful season with a convincing 71-0 victory over Hitchin 2nd xv.  Park’s wingers Tom Anderson (5) and Kieron Ryan (2) scored 7 tries between them.

Dunstablians 5 Stockwood Park 15

Stockwood Park secured a hard earned but important league victory by 15 – 5 over neighbours Dunstablians on a wet pitch and windy afternoon where the post-Christmas error count by both sides was high but where Park finished the stronger to take the points.

Park once again started slowly and were soon 5 – 0 down when indecision under a well placed high kick allowed the home team winger to take the bounce and sprint unopposed to the line. This spurred Park into action and with loose head Prop Justin Harkin, who had an excellent game, prominent and well supported by the back row of Tom Edmonds, Jack Brooks and Aron Beattie, Park worked their way back into the game.  Just before halftime, following some continuous pressure, Centre Brandon Lewsey, who has been a valuable addition to Park’s backline, crashed over to score an unconverted try and make the scores level at halftime.

Playing into the wind in the second half Park worked hard to secure the next score.  With Dunstablians beginning to tire, Park’s positional pressure told and Jack Brooks, now back playing again in the back row went over to score the crucial try following some excellent teamwork leading to the try.  Replacement Fly Half Matt Jones added the extras and then finished the game in ark’s favour with a penalty to make the final score 15-5.

To cap an excellent afternoon for Stockwood Park, the 2nd xv, led by ex-Colt Alex Linney, defeated Dunstablians 2nd xv by 38-0

This Saturday Park play Leicester Forest at home KO 2.15pm.

Park capitulate in last quarter

Having fought hard to stay in the game in the first half, Park proceeded to concede forty points in the second half including thirty three in the last ten minutes as unbeaten league leaders, St Ives, demolished Park’s defence with some powerful, well supported and straight running. After last week’s impressive victory this was a disappointing reversal for Stockwood Park.

Once again Park allowed the home team to score from the kick off before left wing, Charlie Bennett, who worked hard throughout the game, went over in the corner to make the score 7-5 to St Ives. The home team then added further trys to take the score to 21-5 before loose head prop, Justin Harkin, added to his try scoring reputation as he was driven over by his fellow forwards for a try converted by James Hankey who had  replaced the injured Matt Jones. Further injuries to Tom Edmunds and Hooker Jake Lawson disrupted the Park. At halftime the score was 28-12 to the home team

In the second half, although Park competed well enough in the line out and scrums,   they could not handle St Ives in the open play and their defence continued to be breached, particularly in the last quarter of the match.

Next week Park travel to Leicester Vipers.

1XV come up trumps!

On a perfect day for rugby and on an excellent playing surface at their London Road ground, Stockwood Park demolished their visitors, Rushden & Higham, with an 11 try feast of running rugby. Outplaying Rushden in most areas of the game, they led 38-14 at halftime and continued their team attacks in the second half to eventually run out winners by 69-14.

With regular scrum half Alex Lovell unavailable, ex Colts captain Frank Daly moved back to the number 9 shirt with Charlie Bennett taking over Daly’s position at Full Back . Both players had good games as Park went on the attack from the start. In Park’s forwards, the Back Row of Tom Edmunds, Will Varnalls and the excellent Aaron Beattie were always prominent with Beattie scoring 3 trys in an eyecatching performance.

First half trys were scored by Fly Half Matt Jones, Full Back Charlie Bennett after a sweeping team movement, acting Captain Tom Edmunds, Hooker Tom Childs, Aaron Beattie and Loose Head Prop Justin Harkin. In the second half Harkin and Bennett scored their second trys and Aaron Beattie added two more to give him his hatrick. A further try was added by replacement Wozza Foskett. Fly Half Matt Jones kicked a total of seven conversions as well as his try to give him nineteen points in the match

This Saturday Park travel to St Ives to take on the unbeaten League leaders in what will be a more testing fixture.

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Bedford Queens 25 – 1XV 14

The writing was on the wall for Stockwood Park when they conceded a converted try in the first minute of the game at Bedford Queens and although they fought back well to lead 14 -13 at halftime, the bigger and more physical home team eventually wore down some stern Park defence to clinch a 25-14 victory with Park failing to add to their score in the second half.

Park had a late change to their selected team when Hooker Tom Childs had to withdraw on the morning of the match to be replaced by prop forward Jake Lawson. Second team Captain Alex Linney also came into the side at Flanker and both players worked hard in the forwards.

With Queens 7-0 ahead Park were soon on the attack and some good team play saw Centre Brandon Lewsey score close to the posts following support from scrum half Alex Lovell. Lewsey converted the try before the home side bounced back with a Penalty and well struck drop goal to give them a 13-7 lead.  A well taken try by Fly half James Hankey on the stroke of half time, converted by Lewsey gave Park a lead of 14-13 at the break.

In the second half Park had their chances but it was Queens who scored two more tries, one converted to seal their victory.

Park’s next league fixture is on November 25th, at home to Rushden and Higham RFC. In the mean time they will be playing Bedford Athletic RFC, on Thursday November 16th, in the quarter final of the Bedfordshire Cup, under floodlights at Park’s London Road ground. KO 7.30pm “

John Humphreys