Category: 2XV Match Report

Finchley Triple Header Results

Stockwood Park completed their pre-season warm up games, ahead of their first league fixture against Biggleswade, with a triple header against Finchley RFC at their London Road ground last Saturday.  On a warm afternoon and on pitches in good condition, despite the dry weather, Park finished all square with Finchley, losing the 1st xv fixture 19-34, winning the second team game 15-7 and with the U17’s having a 33-33 draw.

At 1st xv level Park took the opportunity to look at more new recruits and players returning from long term injuries. Ben Griffin was outstanding and a constant threat to the visitors’ defence and his return to 1st xv duty will be welcomed. Park’s handling errors and sloppy defence, particularly wide out gave a well organised Finchley team the opportunity to turn defence into attack and put Park under unnecessary pressure.  Park’s few problems from this game are all issues that can be put right on the training field.

For Park, No 8 Ben Griffin scored their first try converted by Fly Half Brandon Lewsey. Lewsey scored and converted the second try with left wing Aron Colbert scoring the third try. For the second XV tries were scored by Sheppard Zulu and Leandro. Fly Half Matt Jones kicked a penalty.

This Saturday Park open their league campaign with a home fixture against Biggleswade RFC KO 3pm.

2xv 7 – 29 Buckingham

The second team, were keen to have a fixture after last weeks fantastic win.
A few key players, failed to show but this did not deter the teams focus and still being able to take 25 players for an away fixture is very impressive! Stockwood RFC started well and was winning on the possession stats and camping within Buckingham’s half for about 25 minutes of the game. Competing well at the set pieces. Finally Stockwood RFC got their just desserts through Tim Franks Who continues to impress! Leandro with his 12 game at fly half, continues to learn and develop and made some decent decision making in the first half to kick for possession in the difficult wet conditions. Unfortunately Bucks pounced on an open pass to score under the posts and bring the game to 7-7 at half time.

With some key changes, at 8, Prop, second row and Wing. There was always going to be an element of unsettlement. However Stockwood worked hard and made the hard yards with George Peacock, Franks and Standring busting holes.
Buckingham was a well seasoned 2nd team and scored the their following tries apart from mauling scrum could only score out wide. Stockwood was able to field all their subs, including 6 Colts with Colt Cameron Heywood making his senior debut.

Despite the result it didn’t reflect on what was a fantastic game for the skill development of the youthful Park!

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2xv come unstuck

In a disjointed performance the 2XV came unstuck this Saturday against Kempston going down 31 – 5.

In a display of individual rather than team performances that many players will rightly quickly want to forget as well as far too many ill tempered moments, it’s a match best quickly consigned to history with a view to getting back to traditional Park play in the next game.

An improved performance in the 2nd half prevented Kempston from opening the scoreboard gap wider still, but was not enough for Park to pull back in the end.

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2xv overpowered up front

Match video footage and report.

For a club that did not field a 3xv and send them down to Stockwood Park on the Saturday Casuals seemed remarkably at ease in fielding 28+ players against a very young Park 2xv.

With that number of players on the bench Casuals were able to field fresh legs all the way through the game but, having said that, it was simply the very experienced Casuals front row and pack up front which proved to be the undoing of a young Park side.

After Park’s opening try by Gomm in the first minutes of the game it was Casuals who adapted very quickly to the windy conditions and kept play up front in the engine room crossing several times in the first half. Park seemed to find the measure of the Casuals pack towards the end of the 1st half and into the start of the second, but with Park not making the most of their quicker backs in the windy conditions it was again Casuals that took play up front and used their clear experience in the scrum to get on top of the Park pack.

With Park fighting back and finding some measure against the Casuals pack it was Colt debutant Alex Gomm that crossed again towards the end of the game for Park’s only other try in the game with the other points coming from the boots of Taylor and Carvallio.

With 5 current Colts and 5 ex-colts from the last 2 years making up a young squad of 21 players Park ultimately did not do too badly and should not dwell on the result.

Good games were had by several players, especially Joe Peacock who missed out Man of the Match to Alex Gomm by 1 vote. Returning player Giovanni Sibilia should be pleased with his performance at fullback after being out of the game for nearly 2 years.

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2XV continue winning ways

With Stockwood Park’s 1st XV receiving a bye in the first round of The RFU National Vase competition, it was the turn of the 2nd XV to take centre stage last Saturday.

Park’s young reserves, led enthusiastically by recent Colt Alex Linney, secured a hard earned victory against an Albanians XV in an entertaining game.

Park led 10 – 5 at halftime with a try from Colts winger Dylan Watkins converted by Fly Half Steve Pollock who also added a penalty. Albanians responded with a Try.

In the second half Park went behind 10 – 12 before Shepherd Zulu, another member of Park’s Colts Squad secured the victory with a try wide out.

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2XV great start to season

Video footage from the 2XV game vs Daventry on Saturday. A game that started in miserable wet conditions with the 2XV struggling initially to move the greasy ball around. Park changed tactics and moved with the shorter passes after struggling for 15 minutes and this proved to be the turning point with Park breaking the Daventry defence several times after that to rack up a good win.

The breakthrough came, when a slightly misplaced pass from Bishop to the newly appointed fly half Leandro, fell to the feet of the matured inside centre Hooper. Even at the fine age of 34 was able to side step the oncoming defence of two Daventry players to then find himself a huge gap on the blindside. With this Hooper, put the foot to pedal and sliced through, finding himself inside 22, with Harnett screaming in support on the near touchline. With this support Hooper was able to square the Daventry Full back and throw a classic Spanky style feint pass and side step to his right, to casually put the ball down under the posts. Leaving Taylor to easily convert the extras.

Daventry pressed and tested Park’s defence several times during the remainder of the game and on more than one occasion had Park pinned back in their own 25, but with solid defence Park comfortably prevented Daventry from crossing ending the game at 29-0.

Other try scorers: Bennett, Peacock, Harnett and Watkins with Taylor converting 2.

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