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Stockwood Park 1XV v St Neots 1XV

Stockwood Park maintained their unbeaten position at the top of the League with what was eventually a comfortable bonus point victory over St Neots. The score line however does not reflect a determined defensive display by the visitors in the second half which restricted Park to just one further score after turning round with a 21 – 3 lead at halftime.

Despite a few changes in selection Park soon settled into their game and took the lead after 10 minutes with a try from number 8 Will Bennett. Brandon Lewsey added the extras.  Further forward pressure released Park’s backs for right wing James Brennan to score wide out, converted by Lewsey with a fine kick.  St Neots then kicked a penalty before just ahead of halftime Park’s debutant Full back, Rob Jack, scored a brilliant individual try, scything through the visitors defence to score under the posts for Lewsey to convert.

Park started the second half with a rush and scored their bonus point fourth try through lock forward Conor Underwood to take the score to 26 -3 before the visitors scored their own converted try to make the score 26-10 and then frustrate Park with some committed defence.

This week Park travel to Huntingdon RFC for their next league fixture.

Park’s 2nd XV completed a winning double for the club with a hard fought 14-12 victory over Northampton Old Scouts RFC.

World Cup and What’sssss on

This weekend sees the excitement of the World Cup semi finals being played with England vs New Zealand on Saturday at 9am and Wales vs South Africa.

Even bigger excitement at the Park are the 1XV and 2XV fixtures over at Dunstable on Saturday afternoon.

With the Colts away this weekend on Sunday and the Mini section at home on Sunday morning it will be a busy weekend.

The kitchen is open with all its usual goodies and in the morning will be serving full English breakfasts for those that can dare to look away from the big screen.

Note: On Sunday morning between 08:05 and 09:30 the road outside the club will be closed due to the ‘Love Luton’ marathon.

Kitchen Opening Times
Saturday 8am until 12pm
Sunday 8am until 1pm

Bar Opening Times
Saturday 8am until late
Sunday 8am until 1pm

Stockwood Park 1XV v Rushden & Higham 1XV

Stockwood Park continued their unbeaten start to the season with a bonus point win against Rushden and Higham who were also unbeaten going into the game. In front of a big crowd for the annual former players lunch, the visitors started brightly but the Park defence held firm and when Park attacked No 8 Will Bennett stormed over from an attacking lineout with Brandon Lewsey adding the conversion.  Rushden kicked a penalty before the Park forwards, driven on by man of the match Michael Powell and skipper Tom Childs, started to gain ascendancy and tries from James Brennan and Childs, both converted by Lewsey who also added a penalty, saw Park pull away.  Rushden kicked a penalty on the stroke of half time as Park turned around 24-6 ahead.

Park dominated the second half and further tries for Lewsey, Justin Harkin and Frank Daly saw them run out worthy winners.  Lewsey completed his 100% kicking record with the 3 conversions for a personal tally of 18 points in the 45-6 win which moves Park into second place in the table with a local derby at Dunstablians next week.  Coach Tom Edmunds reflected “we have made a positive start and the team is improving each week.  It is early days and there are some stiff challenges ahead though, starting with Dunstablians”.  Park second team ran out comfortable 67-10 winners at Bletchley in their EM merit table game.

Ladies vs Cuffley

On Sunday the Stockwood Ladies welcomed Cuffley Ladies to the Park, another new team to the league, with the Ladies not having played them for quite some years. Following the previous loss to St Neots, the ladies and coaches felt a switch up the warm up was necessary to create a solid focus for the game ahead. The warm up looked great and everyone was switched on. The aims for this game were ultimately to enjoy ourselves, get back to playing rugby as a team and to build upon our already strong structural style; especially following the loss of so many players through injury and changing life circumstances! We had players covering new positions, with Cath S debuting at second row and Lisa moving back to full-back after a few months on the wing. 2.30pm arrived, and it was time to put all of our aims and hard work into practice…
We started well, but unfortunately conceded a try quite early on. In previous games, this could have dampened the team’s mental attitude but instead we came back with a determination to put our own stamp on this game. After the restart, the ladies found themselves solidly defending on their own try line. Tackles were being made left right and center, and we were competing at the rucks (one of the main areas of focus from the previous game). We managed to turn over the ball and hold onto possession. Using our strong forwards, Kristie and Abbie made some great runs to keep gaining the extra ground. We pushed up to their 22 in the corner, again Kristie and Abbie pushed forward. Following an excellently timed offload, Shania managed to break through and hop, skip and jump over players to score her first ever try! With Aimee having spent a lot of time practicing her kicking, it was time for her first conversion. The kick went over and the scores were equal at 7-7.
We continued to excel in our defence, with scrum half Charli tackling everything that moved, full-back Lisa stopping the last-man breakthroughs, and Katie (playing inside center for the first time) taking the opportunity to hit the breakdowns and get right in Cuffley’s faces. With the defence attempts from the whole team a step-up from previous games, it wasn’t long before the likes of Pariese managed to turn over the ball and get us the all-important possession. We began to attack but struggled to turn it into scores, with Sophie and Ellen trying to break their defence but being stopped short. Our pressure in both attack and defence forced errors upon Cuffley, resulting in penalties being awarded to us. Unfortunately, this upset Cuffley and saw sportsmanship dwindle and the ball get thrown away to stop the quick penalties. However, Stockwood ladies held true to themselves and did not drop down to the opposition’s attitude, but focused their energy into playing an enjoyable game of rugby. Just before half-time, the ladies conceded another try after some decisions not falling in their favour, With the whistle blowing, the scores stood at 14-7 to the visitors.
The second half started and despite the efforts of the ladies, looking like Cuffley were about to topple, they managed to break through and score again, the scores reading 19-7. In true Stockwood style, the ladies never gave up, but with the final plays of the game looming, Cuffley managed to score again, final score: 26-7. As usual, “the score didn’t reflect the game”, however, on this day, it truly didn’t. The ladies had a different attitude and came together as a team. They displayed some excellent skill and determination, but just couldn’t turn it into a win. We have moved leagues this year and with 3 or 4 teams being relegated from a higher level, the league is a lot more competitive. We have been as good as every team we have faced, but just scuppered on the crucial moments. We look forward to regrouping at training, with 6 sessions before our next game away to Royston. We look to continue our efforts and coming back together as a team, something that has taken precedent after a lot of personnel change. A massive congratulations to all of the ladies on Sunday, a well fought game that just didn’t go our way.
• Forward(s) of the match: Catherine Swindell and Shania Mulvihill
• Back of the match: Lisa Morris
• Gnome one like you: Charli Bligh

If Carlsberg Did Weekends!


8:15am – England v Australia showing on our big 104” HD screen
11:15am – Ireland v New Zealand showing in the small bar

Bar open & Breakfast available from 7:30am

1pm – Former Players Lunch

3pm – Stockwood Park 1XV v Rushden & Higham 1XV


8:15am – Wales v France showing on the big screen

11:15am – Japan v South Africa showing on the big screen

Bar open & Breakfast available from 7:30am

2:30pm – Stockwood Park Ladies v Cuffley Ladies

Stockwood Park 1XV 59 Huntingdon 1XV 0

Stockwood Park extended their winning start to the season with their 5th successive victory in League and Cup rugby when they demolished Huntingdon in the second round of the RFU Senior Vase competition by 59 points to  0 in an excellent exhibition of running rugby by their young and speedy backs, all built on rock solid defence in all areas.

Former Colt No 8 Will Bennett had a field day, scoring 4 tries with some powerful running from the base of the scrum.  Speedy left wing Kyran Ryan scored two tries of his own with further tries from centre Alfie Daly, scrum half Frank Daly and finally by Fly Half Brandon Lewsey who also kicked 7 conversions to give him a total of 19 points in the game.

Park led 33-0 at halftime, with Bennett already having scored a hat trick of tries and maintained their pressure to the end. Huntingdon were not helped by disruptions caused by injury but they were never able to withstand the confident and skilful team performance by Park.

Stockwood Park now entertain Rushden & Higham RFC this Saturday in their next league fixture, a game which will be played in front of 100 former players who will gather for a pre match lunch.

Park’s 2nd XV , not to be outdone by the 1st XV, defeated a Bedford Athletic XV by 47 – 0 , also at home.

All Go Saturday & Then Rest!


9:15am – England v France showing on our big 104” HD screen
11:45am – Ireland v Samoa

Bar open & Breakfast available from 8:00am

2:30pm – Stockwood Park 1XV v Huntingdon 1XV

3pm – Stockwood Park 2XV v Beds Ath 3XV


Mini & Youth Training

Kitchen open from 9am for bacon rolls, tea & coffee etc

Bar open from 12 noon.

Ladies vs St Neots

On Sunday the Park saw the visit of St Neots; a team we hadn’t played previously and an unknown quantity. This was the 3rd fixture of the season after a brave loss at early pacesetters Old Northamptonians, and a chance to get back on track.
It’s worth mentioning that at this point since last year’s campaign Park have lost 10 players to injury/pregnancy and university. This is a large number and can affect any team, but here we are with a squad of 22 for matchday: an exceptional statistic that we must be rightly proud of. With league debuts in certain positions, we talked about starting with intensity and defending going forward. On a much better day than forecast, we are set and away we go.

Early exchanges looked good and we hit the breakdown hard and won the ball convincingly, with Katie shifting the ball quickly to Aimee at 10 she was looking to release Debs and Fresh and ultimately Ellen and Chloe. St Neots were up enough to disrupt the flow, just about stopping 2 or 3 really promising breaks, to be honest, we should have scored in that first 10 minutes or so. From deep in their own half and under pressure, St Neots’ 15 found some space, with 2 or 3 missed tackles, she found herself clear. Kim did enough to slow her down but she had the support and St Neots were first to score, with the conversion made 7-0 after 12 minutes and a little against the run of play. Swapping a few things around, Charli was on for Katie who’s 10k run was taking its toll, she harried and chased and pushed us forward and we all started to defend on the front foot, putting on the pressure really started to tell as St Neots starting making errors. This galvanized us a bit and we pushed St Neots back and with the forwards working hard, pretty much the rest of the half was stationed in St Neots’ territory. From a penalty we had several attempts at getting over the line, only to be thwarted or make the wrong decision. Finally, Abbie cutting a line back in, managed to crash over and get Park on the board, and at 20 minutes the score was 5-7.

We began to push a bit more with Debs and Fresh running hard at their back line, St Neots never backed off but it was at this point they looked to be getting very tired and this was our opportunity, but we never took it. The 10, 12-15 axis was their strength and we were giving them too much time, as perhaps, we were tiring ourselves. Again, from another deep position, the 9 managed to get free and run full length and score. At 5-12 things weren’t going quite right, they had had 2 attacks and scored, but we were camped in their half but couldn’t work the space. Credit to St Neots for their defence, albeit they got away with playing the ball on the floor rather a lot.

From a penalty, Daisy took the ball in, with four players on her she went down and heard the infamous ‘pop’ of a knee, an ambulance was called due to not knowing if there was another injury too. Fortunately there is nothing broken but the full diagnosis is not yet known. The referee called half time 5 minutes early and we moved pitches. It’s never easy when a team mate gets hurt as your mind is with them, but we did start the second half where we had left off, and, under pressure, St Neots were panicking a bit. We managed to move the ball to Debs who twisted and turned to dive over, with Tracey converting, the scores were tied.
At 12-12 the feeling was of dominance as we continued to have pressure, but all of a sudden there was a collective drop in intensity, this lead to St Neots being allowed to play a bit, we were almost immediately punished, with another score close behind leaving the score at 12-26 – we needed to reassert ourselves quickly. Some 50-50s went against us, and for the second time we seemed to lack something in the last 15 minutes, especially after another score was awarded even though the line judge flagged for a foot in touch.
I don’t like saying it as it is not a true reflection of the Ladies, but perhaps with the Captain’s injury playing on minds, we seemed to have no energy left. With another score, at 12-26 the game was gone. However, we were to have the final say and returning to domination. Fresh forced her way over for a thoroughly deserved try, as the last play of the day, it was a 17-36 loss.

There were huge positives from some of the structure and play, I could point at something positive for every player. We just switched off as a unit, falling off tackles; which proves vital in a far more competitive league than last year. Although we have lost players, we are re-inventing ourselves which Steve, Gary and I are confident in. We have a small break before the next game (20th October), so plenty of time to put things right.

Forward of the match: Pariese Roberts
Back(s) of the match: Aimee Aslam and Faye Anderson
Gnome one like you: Ellen Walsh

Stockwood Park 1XV 24 Bedford Queens 1XV 13

Stockwood Park maintained their good start to the new season with another hard earned league victory by 24-13 against Bedford Queens whose heavier and larger set of forwards  caused Park a number of problems for much of the game but who eventually ran out of steam as Park’s superior fitness and speedy backs secured their victory.

Park started slowly and were soon 10 – 0 behind as Queens kicked a penalty and then, using their forwards, forced their way over for a converted try. Close to halftime Park brought themselves back into the game when number 8 Will Bennett scored after a forward drive with Fly Half Brandon Lewsey adding the extras.

In the second half with Park still under some pressure, Lewsey kicked a penalty to level the scores before Queens took the lead again at 13-10 with their own converted penalty. As the game went into the last quarter Park took control.  Firstly, a strong break by replacement number 8 Ben Griffin was well supported by scrum half Frank Daly whose well timed pass sent left wing Kyran Ryan speeding down the wing to score. Lewsey, again kicking well at goal, added the extras before the same combination of Kyran Ryan with another try and Lewsey adding the conversion took Park to what proved to be a winning score of 24 – 13.

Park’s 2nd XV lost 27-26 to Leighton Buzzard while their Colts XV comfortably defeated neighbours Luton.

Next week Park travel to Daventry RFC for their next league fixture.