Category: 1XV Match Report

Stockwood Park 1XV 36 Bedford Queens 1XV 23

Stockwood Park completed their league season with a victory over Bedford Queens by 36-23 in an entertaining game played under floodlights and in front of a good crowd.  It was only in the last 10 minutes that Park drew clear to secure a deserved win in which they scored five excellent tries. Bedford Queens played their full part in the entertainment and kept the pressure on Park until near the end.

Park were on the attack from the start and before Queens could touch the ball had scored their first try through their excellent loose head Prop Justin Harkin, once again in support of a flowing team move. Centre Brandon Lewsey added the extras.  Queens soon responded with their own converted try and two penalties to move into a 13-7 lead.  Park were soon back on the attack and the next score came from No 8 Ben Griffin, a problem for the Queens defence throughout, who barged over for a try which Lewsey converted.  Lewsey then added a Penalty before Ben Griffin added his second try for Lewsey to convert and give Park a 24 -16 halftime lead.

The second half saw both sides attacking at all opportunities and it was Queens who set up an exciting finish as they scored a converted try to take the match score to 24-23 to Park.   With 5 minutes left a powerful forward drive saw Hooker Tom Childs driven over to make it 29-23 before Brandon Lewsey, who had an excellent game in the Centre latched onto a well-placed kick from Fly Half James Hankey to score under the posts. Lewsey, who scored 14 points in the game, injured himself in the act of scoring the final try and the extras were added by scrum half Alex Lovell.

After a mixed bag of a League season, Park have now completed their last two league fixtures with excellent victories which will give renewed optimism for the future. Their Skipper for the last 5 years, Jamie Hoque, is now standing down. Hoque has been an inspirational figure and although beset by numerous personal injuries which have limited his playing appearances, he has never wavered in his commitment to the 1st xv and the Club, and can look back with pride on his time as Captain.

John Humphreys

Stockwood Park 1XV 43 Daventry 1XV 10

This was not only a very impressive team performance and a conclusive victory for Stockwood Park on their last home league Saturday fixture of the season, but it was also a performance which gave huge encouragement for next season. Individually there was a star first half display from ex Colt left wing Kyran Ryan who scored 3 fine tries before halftime. There was also the sight of Park’s long term injured backrow forwards of No 8 Ben Griffin, former skipper and No 6, Michael Powell, and current skipper and No 7 Jamie Hoque playing together as a unit for only the first time this season and how influential they were on this result.  Also, there was a welcome return to form and fitness of Scrum Half Alex Lovell who came on at halftime and who adds strength to the Park Squad.

Park started in a hurry and were soon 10-0 up from the first two of Kyran Ryan’s tries, both showing the winger’s pace when he obtained space.  Daventry then came back into the game, scoring two tries with their heavy forwards causing some pressure on Park’s pack.  Park then took a useful lead before halftime when Ryan latched onto an interception to score his and the team’s third try. Brandon Lewsey added the extras to give Park a 17-10 lead at halftime.

The first 20 minutes of the second half Park were in full command scoring three further tries through Skipper Jamie Hoque, outstanding throughout, Centre Brandon Lewsey, maintaining his excellent try scoring rate and Hooker Tom Childs. Lewsey added the extras for two of the tries to take Park’s lead to 36-10. Park’s final try was scored by Jack Brooks and converted by Lewsey to give an excellent 43-10 victory.

Park complete their League season with a rearranged home game on Thursday evening against Bedford Queens. 7.30 KO under floodlights.

John Humphreys

Biggleswade 36 Stockwood Park 14

Although Spring was in the air on a warm and sunny afternoon at Biggleswade, there was no spring in Stockwood Park’s step as they were given a comprehensive lesson in taking your scoring chances by the home team. Park were lack lustre and muddled in their decision making, consistently being turned over as promising moves began to take shape. Any gains in territory that were made were usually countered by some accurate and quality tactical kicking by the Biggleswade Fly Half.

Park were soon behind when the home team opened the scoring with a converted try before centre Brandon Lewsey, a constant threat, latched onto an interception and sprinted 40 metres to score. Lewsey converted his own try. Biggleswade quickly responded with a further converted try and took the score to 24-7 with another converted try and penalty after half an hour. Just before halftime Park gave themselves a chance of recovery with a well worked try scored by acting Captain and Hooker Tom Childs. Lewsey added the extras.  24-14 to the home team at halftime.

In the second half Biggleswade went further ahead with two more tries and one conversion from their fly half who only missed one kick at goal throughout the game.  The final score was a disappointing 36-14 to Biggleswade who were deserving winners.  Park now have two home league games to finish their season. Daventry this Saturday KO 3pm and the rearranged fixture with Bedford Queens under floodlights on Thursday April 26th  KO 7.30pm.

John Humphreys

Vipers 29 – Stockwood Park 14

This was an entertaining league fixture in which Stockwood Park played their full part against a well organised Vipers team who are strong contenders for promotion this season. Parks forwards won good ball in the lineout through locks Tom Edmunds and Jack Wharton and the team moved the ball with skill on a number of occasions with Fly Half James Hankey and Centre Brandon Lewsey prominent.

However, Park’s error count was too high and a number of promising moves were ended with mistakes and their defence let them down at critical moments, particularly as they tired late in the second half.

Vipers took a 5-0 lead before steady pressure from Park saw centre Brandon Lewsey score a try close in and then add the extras to give Park a 7-5 lead.  Vipers bounced back with another try to give them a 10-7 lead at halftime and with Park well in contention.

However, Vipers took more control in the second half increasing their lead with two further tries before Park’s forward pressure was rewarded with lock Tom Edmunds charging over wide out and replacement Matt Jones adding the extras with a fine kick.  Vipers added a late try to give them a 29 – 14 victory.

Next Saturday Park are away at Biggleswade RFC KO 3pm.

Stockwood Park 12 St Ives 14

In front of over 100 Vice Presidents, friends and supporters, Park came within two points of what would have been a deserved victory over league leaders St Ives. Competing with the visitors in all areas it was only a lack of composure in the first 10 minutes that stopped Park from achieving their win. In that early period Park created their chances but failed to finish them and as the game wore on Park were often thwarted by some excellent defence from a well organised St Ives.

Despite the early Park pressure, it was the visitors who took the lead with a converted try. Eventually Park’s persistence was rewarded when hooker Trevor Fowler, standing in for the absent Tom Childs, was driven over after half an hour to make the score 5-7. That score remained the same until halftime.  Early in the second half Park scored a brilliant try when forward pressure and excellent handling through the backs saw their speedy left wing, Kyran Ryan go over in the corner. Replacement Matt Jones added the extras from wide out with a fine kick.  Unfortunately, St Ives responded quickly and secured what proved to be the match winning try and conversion to go 14-12 ahead. Park secured a bonus point in defeat.

For Park, lock Will Varnals turned in a man of the match performance in the forwards and scrum half Frank Daly worked hard in defence with some committed tackling.

This Thursday evening Park play their rearranged league fixture with Bedford Queens RFC, 7.30 KO under Floodlights at home

Park’s all conquering 2nd xv secured another 40-0 victory over Bletchley RFC

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.