Category: 1XV Match Report

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

Stockwood Park 32 Northampton Mens Own 19

Stockwood Park returned to winning ways last Saturday with a six try bonus point victory over Northampton Mens Own. Park scored some excellent tries but mixed their scoring with numerous errors and with a high penalty count which far exceeded that of their opponents.

Park’s victory was based very much on the dominance of their three lineout jumpers, Tom Edmunds. Phil Doherty and Will Varnalls. These three eclipsed their opposite numbers and, assisted by accurate throwing from their busy Hooker Tom Childs gave their backs some quick ball to work with. Here, recent recruit Brendon Lewsey in the centre again impressed and winger Charlie Bennett worked hard.

Park started slowly and were on the defensive for much of the first 20 minutes before a collective forward drive saw acting skipper Tom Edmunds touch down for the first try.  This was quickly followed by a second try scored by centre Jack Brooks after a sharp break by scrum half Alex Lovell.  In a busy last few minutes of the first half, the visitors scored a converted try from their skilful centre before Park added a third try following a flowing team movement, this time through winger Charlie Bennett,  to make the halftime score 15-7. Flanker Arron Beattie was prominent throughout for Park.

Park started the second half with purpose and Tom Edmunds was soon on the score sheet again following some excellent teamwork. A try which was converted by Fly Half James Hankey.  The next score came from centre Brendon Lewsey after some strong running and when loose head prop Justin Harkin, who had a fine game, scored again it gave Park a 32-7 lead.  Park then relaxed as the visitors came back into the game and Park conceded two late tries to finish with a 32 -19 victory.

Next Saturday Park continue their league campaign with a visit to Bedford Queens RFC.

John Humphreys

Stockwood Park 34 Northampton BBOB 14

On an excellent playing surface, in perfect weather conditions for rugby and in front of an enthusiastic and vocal crowd of over 110 former players, Park continued their steady improvement this season with their third league win out of four and their best performance so far with a 34-14 win against Northampton BBOB.

Star of the show was debutant centre, Brandon Lewsey, who scored two tries and was prominent throughout in attack and defence.  Also making his first team debut was 18 year old Lock Forward, Conor Underwood, a product of Park’s youth system and he too can be well pleased with his start for the 1st XV.

Park opened the scoring 7-0 after 12 minutes when forward pressure was converted into a try by their alert scrum half, Alex Lovell. Fly Half, Matt Jones who kicked very accurately from the ground all afternoon, added the extras.  Jones then kicked a penalty to increase the Park lead to 10-0 before the visitors skipped through some weak Park defence to make the score 10-7. Park responded almost instantly when Lewsey was driven over for the first of his two tries. Jones again added the extras to give Park a 17-7 lead at halftime.

In the second half Park added further tries from their busy fullback Charlie Bennett and Brandon Lewsey for his second. Matt Jones converted both tries and added a further penalty to give him a personal match haul of 14 points. BBOB then added a converted try to their score but Park were now well gone and completed a comfortable victory.

Next Saturday Park are away at Northampton Casuals RFC.

Rugby St Andrews 42 Stockwood Park 24

Stockwood Park were knocked out of the RFU Senior Vase, playing away at Rugby St Andrews, with a curates egg of a performance – good in parts.

Showing six changes from their league success last week, Park’s performance was mixed with some fine team interplay for several of their tries but with unforced errors and some suspect defence to allow the home team to take control of the match in the second half.

Park were soon behind to a penalty from the home team before they responded instantly with the best try of the match, starting within their own 22 and finishing with their hard-working skipper, Jamie Hoque, scoring near to the posts. Centre Matt Jones added the extras.  Rugby responded with their own converted try before Park forward pressure secured a penalty try. Rugby responded with a penalty before further pressure from Park’s forwards saw Tom Edmonds driven over to give Park a 19-13 lead.  In a hectic conclusion to the first half Park conceded two further tries to turn round at 19 -23 behind.

In the second half Park struggled to take control of the game and conceded three further tries before former Colt, Will Standring, playing in the centre, scored his debut try for the 1st xv in the last few minutes.

This week Park return to league action with a home game against Northampton BBOB . Ko 3pm

1xv victory in dying minutes of game

Video footage & Match Report from 1xv vs Dunstable.   In excellent weather conditions and in front of a large and partisan crowd, Stockwood Park recorded their first win of their new league campaign defeating local rivals Dunstablians in a tense and exciting game, the result of which could have gone either way.

Park were slow out of the blocks and were 10 – 0 down after 8 minutes as first of all indecision under a high ball allowed Dunstablians to take advantage with a well taken converted try and then follow this up with a penalty.  Park began to work their way back into the game with Tom Edmonds and Phil Doherty providing a good supply of lineout ball and after 25 minutes the forwards drove loose head prop Justin Harkin over for a try converted from wide out by centre Matt Jones to make the score 10-7 at halftime.

In the second half the game ebbed and flowed, both sides making unforced handling errors before some poor defence from Park allowed the visitors to increase their lead to 17- 7 with another converted try.  With 20 minutes to go Park now played their best rugby. First, they narrowed the gap to 14-17 with a try by lock Luke Chapman, converted by Matt Jones and with 3 minutes to go, following a sharp break from scrum half Alex Lovell, Justin Harkin was on hand again to take the scoring pass and give Park the lead. Matt Jones converted and although Park finished under pressure they hung on for a well-deserved victory.

The 2nd XV, led by their young skipper Alex Linney completed the double over Dunstablians on the day with a comprehensive 66-0 victory and remain undefeated this season with three wins out of three.


Next week Park travel to Leicester Forest for their next league fixture.

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