Category: 2XV Match Report

2xv draw to Bedford Athletic

After a last minute fixture drop out by Rushden, Park 2XV were given a tough replacement fixture against Beds Ath 2XV. Park 2XV struggling with a make shift front row with Aaron Beattie returning from a long lay off and Tadgh O Conchobhair stepping in to play as props with game day captain Iain McGregor.

Park showed resolute defence and quick line breaks through guidance of Frank Daly at fly half. Park continued to dominate in the pack with stand in flanker Matt Jones who continued to also gain territory with boot to camp Ath in their own half. However with the solid defence from Park, Beds Ath made a quick break from the back of their scrum and scored in the corner which was also converted just before the stroke of half time.

Park continued their game plan in the second half with dominant scrums and fast line breaks which resulted in a quick move through the hands of the back line to Tom Anderson on the wing with a try under the posts and converted by Matt Jones.

Park continued to press for the winning try but, were unsuccessful. A really solid performance from a really strong resolute Park which had their back up against the wall even before the game.

Result Stockwood Park 2XV 7 Bedford Athletic 2XV 7.

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

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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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