In a close and entertaining RFU Senior Vase Semi Final between two evenly matched local rivals, Stockwood Park, after holding a 15 – 7 lead with 10 minutes to go, finally succumbed to two late tries from Dunstablians, whose forwards generally had the edge in the scrums.
Both sides fought tenaciously to secure the victory with Park still refusing to accept defeat well into injury time as they played through over 20 phases of unbroken play, taking them from one end of the pitch to the other before finally conceding the match.
Dunstablians forwards soon set the tone in the scrums and they took the lead 7-0 with a converted try after 20 minutes before Park’s Centre, Alfie Daly, busy throughout the game, scored for Park to make the score 7-5. Just before halftime, with Park playing their best rugby of the match, they took the lead with a well taken try by Fly Half Brandon Lewsey after forward pressure, which he also converted and then kicked a penalty to give Park a 15-7 lead at halftime.
Dunstablians came back into the game in the second half and with increasing pressure and despite some hard work in defence from Park, with Michael Powell and Skipper Tom Childs prominent, the home team scored twice to take a 19-15 lead. Despite the full on attack from Park at the end, Dunstablians held on for a hard earned but deserved victory.
Next Saturday Park return to league action with a trip to Rushden and Higham RFC.