Category: 1XV Match Report

St Neots 1XV v Stockwood Park 1XV

Against what appeared to be a rejuvenated St Neots team Stockwood triumphed 32 to 39.

Park started in a lively fashion attacking hard from the kick-off and were rewarded with a well worked try scored by Jack Wharton converted by Sean Martyn. St Neots immediately responded with a drive into the Stockwood 22 and scored a try very close to the post which was converted to make the score 7 all.

Again, the park applied pressure straight from the restart and at the 15 minute point a try out wide scored by Kieran Ryan was the reward, conversion missed. In the twentieth minute a St Neots centre received a yellow card for a high tackle allowing Park to apply even more pressure in the midfield which enabled Alfie Daly to score a try, no conversion 7 – 17. It was now time for St Neots to attack all out and they were rewarded with two penalties for offside by Park, both were kicked to make the score 13 – 17 at half time.

After only 2 minutes of the second half and due to some poor attempts at tackling by Park the home side scored a try wide out which was converted, 20 – 17. Just 5 minutes later Park, having injected some pace into their game, made some space which allowed Kieran Ryan to score a try in the corner. No conversion 20 – 22.

Almost straight from the kick-off Rob Jack received the ball in his own 22 area and then proceeded to weave his way through the whole St Neots team to score in the corner, no conversion, 20 – 27. Park then repelled a series of attacks made by the home side until able to make a serious attack themselves and following a series of close quarter forward drives Ben Griffin drove over for a try 20 – 32.

St Neots then responded with a well worked try which was not converted, 25 – 32. Another Park attack after 31 minutes of the second half resulted in a Jack Brooks try close to the posts, this was converted By Scrum Half Frankie Daly to ensure he was on the score sheet along with his brother. Park now led 25 – 37.

Still playing all out St Neots pushed hard for a score and were rewarded with a try which was converted making the final score 32 – 37. A well-earned win for the Park side.

Stockwood now have a one-week break before returning to league action.

Spalding 1XV v Stockwood Park 1XV

On a rain sodden pitch and with a strong wind blowing diagonally across the ground, Park were eventually beaten 18-5 in a niggly game by a physical Spalding team who used their superior size to good effect in the heavy conditions. Park defended with great commitment with their forwards working hard and created their own chances with some fine handling but tries conceded on the stroke of halftime and just before the final whistle gave a final score which did not reflect the match.

Park kicked off with the wind behind them but then generally failed to make use of it as much as they could have done to give themselves field position. Spalding scored first with a penalty before Park responded after a period of pressure with an excellent try from 18 year old Flanker, Keiron Taylor (another product of Park’s Youth setup).  The home team bounced back with a good individual try on the stroke of halftime from their No 8 who was prominent throughout.

In the second half and with Park now playing against the elements, Spalding increased their lead with a try following a kick and chase after latching on to a loose ball in Park’s midfield before they added another try in extra time to make the final score 18-5.  Although defeated Park could take a number of positives from the game in which they showed great commitment and discipline in some testing situations.  Scrum Half Frank Daly was nominated as Man of the Match for Park.

This week Park travel to St Neots RFC to play their recently postponed fixture.

Park’s 2nd xv continue their fine league season with a 35-17 victory over Old Northamptonians.

Stockwood Park 1XV v Huntingdon 1XV

Two outstanding tries from 18 year old left wing Luke Corsey (another product of the Club Youth system) set the tone for an excellent Stockwood Park bonus point victory on Saturday over visitors Huntingdon. Both teams contributed to an entertaining game with some brisk and controlled passing in what, at times, was a blustery wind blowing straight down the pitch.

Park, playing into the wind in the first half, dominated field position and although some scoring chances went begging it was eventually lock forward Phil Doherty, who had a fine game, who eventually broke the deadlock when he charged over under the posts with centre Sean Martin adding the extras.  Park turned round with a 7-0 lead at halftime.    In the second half, although the visitors worked hard, it was Park who took control with tight head prop Ricardo Noguera adding strength in the scrum and Park’s backrow of Powell, Taylor and Brooks prominent.

Luke Corsey now scored his two tries, showing blistering pace down the left wing before Fly Half Brandon Lewsey added the bonus point try with a trademark interception.  Sean Martin added the extras for all three tries.  Huntingdon scored a converted try of their own on the final whistle but by then Park were deserving winners.

Next Saturday Park travel to Spalding RFC for their next league fixture.

Park’s 2nd XV maintained their superb season with a 78 – 5 league victory over Olney RFC.

Dunstablians 1XV v Stockwood Park 1XV

Stockwood Park travelled to Dunstablians for the third time this season, the fourth match against them. This time the contest was in the Bedfordshire Vase competition.The game was played at a brisk pace with both sides creating chances.

First to score after just 7 minutes was Rob Jack the Stockwood full back following a good period of sustained possession. Conversion by Brandon Lewsey was successful. From the kick off Dunstablians applied a period of pressure with their forwards driving forward at the Stockwood defence, this resulted in a try in the corner on the 13th minute. Conversion missed.From this kick off it was Stockwood’s turn to apply pressure and following a lineout close to the Dunstable try line Stockwood prop Justin Harkin drove over for a try, again in the corner, this time the conversion was missed.

The game now ebbed and flowed with these evenly matched teams driving and tackling for all they were worth. The Stockwood scrum holding its own against a well drilled forward and scrum unit. On the 23rd minute Dunstablians scored a try after a close drive which was converted. The game then flowed again until almost half time but just before the break Stockwood left wing Luke Corsie broke free to score a try, this was converted by Brandon Lewsey.

Half Time Dunstablians 12 – 19 Stockwood Park

The second half saw more of the same intense rugby with neither side getting the upper hand in the early exchanges. After a period when Stockwood were resolute in defence Dunstablians were awarded a scrum which resulted in them scoring a try, conversion missed. Both sides were now tenacious in both attack and defence with no quarter being given. On the 37th minute of the second half Dunstablians were awarded a penalty in the Stockwood 22 which was converted into 3 points to give them the lead.

Despite coming under some intense pressure from Stockwood and a period of forward driving Park were unable to score and so Dunstablians deservedly go forward in the competition.

Next week Stockwood return to League action with an away match at St Neots.


Stockwood Park 1XV v Dunstablians 1XV

Despite periods of good handling in their backs and some elusive running from  Fullback, Rob Jack, who was a constant danger to the visitors, Park’s failure to come to terms with the superiority of Dunstablians forward Pack at scrum time, gave the visitors an advantage that they made full use of, particularly in the first half when they also had the elements in their favour.

Dunstablians led 21 – 5 at halftime but did not add to their score in the second half.  Park scored a good try at the end of the game and with a fine conversion from Fly Half Brandon Lewsey took the final score to 21-12 to the visitors.

Dunstablians were ahead within a few minutes of the start when Park conceded possession from the kick off, allowing Dunstablians to score and set the tone for the first half. Park responded with a sharply taken try of their own from Scrum Half Frank Daly before Dunstablians added two more converted tries to move to a 21-5 lead at halftime.

With the wind at their backs in the second half Park came more into the game but to many errors at crucial points spoiled their attacks and with the visitors in control in the scrums Park were always involved in an uphill struggle. Neither side added to their score until Park ‘s lock forward Jack Wharton drove over at the end of the game with Brandon Lewsey adding the extras.

Park remain in 4th place in the League with Dunstablians 5th.

Next Saturday Park play Dunstablians again, this time in the Bedfordshire Shield, completing what will be the third game in the last 4 weeks between the Clubs and the 4th game this season!


Meanwhile Park’s 2nd XV continued their successful run with a 21 – 3 victory over Dunstablians 2nd XV.

Rushden & Higham 1st XV v Stockwood Park 1st XV

In a game of 67 points and 10 tries in which both teams collected try scoring bonus points, the final score did not reflect the fact that both teams had equal amounts of possession and both teams played some excellent attacking Rugby. The difference was that Park took all their chances, ruthlessly cashing in on home team errors with man of the match, Fly Half Brandon Lewsey, scoring a hat trick of tries and kicking 13 points to give him a total of 28 points for the game. Lewsey was aided by an excellent performance from Fullback Rob Jack who scored two well taken individual tries showing great pace to shatter the home team’s defence.   In the forwards, 2nd Row Phil Doherty was prominent throughout, winning good lineout ball and competing strongly in all phases.

Rushden took an early lead 5-0 before Lewsey began his scoring. Firstly, he kicked a penalty and then barged over for a try which he converted followed up by a sharply taken interception try, again converted, giving Park a 17-5 lead. Rob Jack then scored two excellent tris, one converted by Lewsey, with the home team scoring a try of their own to take the score to 29-10 to Park.  Next a mix up in the home team midfield gave Centre Alfie Daly an opportunity which he quickly turned into a further try for Park converted by Lewsey. A further interception try by Lewsey was matched by the home team who added two more tries to make the final score 43-24 to Park to conclude an entertaining game and a deserved victory for Park.

Park’s 2nd XV completed a comprehensive 83 – 0 victory over neighbours Luton RFC to maintain their successful season.

Stockwood  Park Ex Colts, Lock Forward Connor Underwood and Tight Head Prop Forward Sean Keegan,  both made their County debuts on Sunday for the East Midlands RU Under 20’s Fixture with Notts. Lincs and Derby Under 20’s in the National Under 20’s County Championship, played at Leighton Buzzard RFC. The East Midlands won 24-5 with Sean Keegan barging over for a try on his debut.   President of the East Midlands RU, Nick Powley, commented that “both players acquitted themselves well and made good contributions to the victory “.

Dunstablians 1XV v Stockwood Park 1XV

In a close and entertaining RFU Senior Vase Semi Final between two evenly matched local rivals, Stockwood Park, after holding a 15 – 7 lead with 10 minutes to go, finally succumbed to two late tries from Dunstablians, whose forwards generally had the edge in the scrums.

Both sides fought tenaciously to secure the victory with Park still refusing to accept defeat well into injury time as they played through over 20 phases of unbroken play, taking them from one end of the pitch to the other before finally conceding the match.

Dunstablians forwards soon set the tone in the scrums and they took the lead 7-0 with a converted try after 20 minutes before Park’s Centre, Alfie Daly, busy throughout the game, scored for Park to make the score 7-5.  Just before halftime, with Park playing their best rugby of the match, they took the lead with a well taken try by Fly Half Brandon Lewsey after forward pressure, which he also converted and then kicked a penalty to give Park a 15-7 lead at halftime.

Dunstablians came back into the game in the second half and with increasing pressure and despite some hard work in defence from Park, with Michael Powell and Skipper Tom Childs prominent, the home team scored twice to take a 19-15 lead.  Despite the full on attack from Park at the end, Dunstablians held on for a hard earned but deserved victory.

Next Saturday Park return to league action with a trip to Rushden and Higham RFC.

Stockwood Park 1XV v Daventry 1XV

Stockwood Park bounced back to winning form with a comprehensive bonus point 27 points to 5 victory over Daventry.  Although Park’s forwards were strengthened by the return from injury of their loose head prop Justin Harkin, it was in the backs where Park’s slick handling and excellent support running gave them the edge over their tenacious opponents. Park’s defence was also rock solid with their back row of Sonny Monaghan, Jack Brooks and Will Bennett prominent.

Playing into the wind Park got off to a great start, racing into a 10-0 lead with two well taken tries from their speedy left wing Kyran Ryan, the first following an excellent team build up to the score. Daventry then came back into the game with their own try before Park’s full back Rob Jack scored an outstanding individual try, breaking clear from the halfway line and showing great pace to score close to the posts. Fly Half Brandon Lewsey added the extras before scoring a try himself to give Park a 20 points to 5 halftime lead.

Although the second half became a closer contest Park still created chances with No 8 Will Bennett eventually driving over for a try, converted by Lewsey to give Park a deserved 27 – 7 victory and to maintain their position as potential promotion challengers in the league.

This Saturday Park travel to local rivals Dunstablians RFC for the semi-final of the RFU Senior Vase (Midlands) Competition.  A large crowd is expected for this local derby.

Meanwhile Park’s 2nd XV continued with their successful season with a victory at Brackley.

Stockwood Park 1XV v Stamford 1XV

Despite producing what was probably their most disappointing performance of the season so far, Stockwood Park took what should have been a match winning lead early into injury time at the end of the second half when tight head prop Rob Day crashed over in the corner and Fly Half Brandon Lewsey gave Park a 14-13 lead with an outstanding conversion from the touchline.  Unfortunately, promotion chasing Stamford forced their way back into Park’s half and after giving Park a reprieve with a missed penalty kick in front of the posts, they retook possession and with the last move of the game secured victory with a try through their forwards.

The game was not a great spectacle in difficult playing conditions but Park, struggling in the lineout, failed to produce their usual rhythm. They started slowly and allowed the competitive visitors into a 10-0 lead before Full back, James Brennan, joining the line, scored a try which was converted by Brandon Lewsey. Stamford added a Penalty which gave them a 13-7 lead at halftime.

The second half became a dour slog with Park struggling to break out of their own half before the match burst into life through the last few minutes of injury time. Park’s defeat moves them to third place in the league table and this Saturday they travel to Oakham RFC to complete the first half of the season.

Park’s 2nd XV continued their successful run with a 41 – 19 victory over Stamford 2nd XV

BBOB 1XV v Stockwood Park 1XV

Stockwood Park moved to the top of the league table with a comprehensive victory on Saturday over Northampton BBOB by 35 points to 5. Park scored 5 tries to secure a bonus point win and all the tries were converted by some outstanding kicking from Fly Half Brandon Lewsey. Although Park dominated the game there was still some frustration that they left at least 3 tries out there following brilliant attacking moves which failed at the last moment with the final pass.

For Park there were some fine performances with their line out jumpers, Jack Wharton, Phil Doherty and Michael Powell supplying a constant source of good ball and with a man of the match performance from Scrum Half Frank Daly, who scored 2 tries, one from a quickly taken penalty which saw him cross the line before the home team were aware and which saw him involved and committed in attack and defence.

Park started slowly and conceded a try within a few minutes to go 5-0 down before they got going.  BBOB worked hard but Park’s slick handling was very effective and in the first half they moved into a 21-5 lead at halftime with tries from Brandon Lewsey, Alfie Daly and his brother Frank.  In the second half Frank Daly added his second try before No 8 Will Bennett charged over for Park’s 5th try, all of them converted by Lewsey.

This Saturday Park take on Stamford at home in a top of the table League clash. KO 2.15pm.

Park’s successful 2nd XV continued their good run with a 21-7 victory over Brackley.