It was good to get back to playing a game today it seems an age since we last played. It was a cold but sunny day and the pitch to the most part was not waterlogged, just the sides and behind the posts!
Our opponents today were Milton Keynes who turned up with 13 players, so the game was played without flankers. Stockwood appeared a little rusty to begin with and the first few phases were plagued with handling errors. Once the boys had woken up they started to press the Milton Keynes line and after as sustained period of pressure Stockwood formed a ruck on the 5 metre line from which Dan Spain broke away to run in his first try of the season in the left hand corner, Kieran was really unlucky with the attempted conversion as the wind held it up and it fell agonisingly short of the posts.
Stockwood Park continued to press and whereas the forwards made the first try it was turn of the backs and our very own speedster, Paulius who received the ball on the wing and showed a clean pair of heels to Milton Keynes defence to score the first of his three tries under the posts, a score that was successfully converted by Kieran, who was to have a great kicking game.
Stockwood continued to dominate and a powerful run from Mark, who was finally brought down by about five Milton Keynes players, which resulted in a Stockwood scrum on the halfway line. After a lovely dummy pass from Max to Jordan, Milton Keynes totally wrong footed and Jordan proved to strong and broke several tackles before scoring underneath the posts, a try that once again was successfully converted by Kieran to give Stockwood a 19 to nil lead.
This score seemed to bring a response from Milton Keynes who used the power of their forwards to bully their way over Stockwood’s try line, making the first half score 19 points to 5 in favour of Stockwood.
Stockwood started the second half in the same vain to how they played the first and once again a quick ball out of the scrum and a succession of passes culminated in Jordan receiving the ball on the left. Once again, he proved too strong for Milton Keynes defence and he cut back in to score between the posts and Kieran scored a third conversion.
Neither side was able to take control over the next few phases, that was until a moment of brilliance by Kieran as he kicked a ball high into the air. Both Paulius and Jordan chased the ball and the Milton Keynes full back knocked the ball forward whilst under extreme pressure. From the resulting scrum Dan L, playing as No.8, picked the ball up and ran straight through the Milton Keynes back line to score and Kieran converted to make the score 33 points to 5. Not to be outdone by the forwards the backs struck next with a strong individual run by Max giving Stockwood a 33-point lead.
However, Milton Keynes were not done and the next passage of play, saw them camped on Stockwood’s 5 metre line. Whereas, prior to this passage of play Stockwood had showed their attacking strengths they were now showing how good they were in defence, but the power of the Milton Keynes forwards finally went over for their second try of the day.
With our opponents now tiring the speed of our backs proved too much for Milton Keynes with Paulius running in a further two tries to complete his hattrick and to add insult to injury Mark kicked a conversion. Milton Keynes did, however, have the last say as they ran over their third try of the afternoon, making the final score 50 points to 15 points to Stockwood Park.
After the disappointment of losing to Leighton Buzzard the Colts did themselves proud. They were too strong for Milton Keynes in every area of the pitch and considering they had not played a competitive game for a few weeks the whole team excelled.