Stockwood Park and Dunstablians used the first available non-league Saturday of the season to play their first-round tie of this season’s Bedfordshire Cup.
After a close, competitive but error ridden game, primarily due to the arrival of rain, Park emerged as 17-11 winners from this local derby in which Dunstablians established scrum dominance, particularly in the first half but Park controlled the lineout and gradually took control of the game through the second half. Park were well served by their powerful number 8 Ben Griffin and by man of the match, scrum half Frank Daly, who was at the heart of Park’s excellent defence.
In this rain affected match Dunstablians scrummage platform and pressure soon secured a 3-0 lead but with Park withstanding further pressure their centre Brandon Lewsey intercepted a loose pass close to his own 22 metre line and ran the length of the pitch to score a try giving Park a 5-3 lead which they held until halftime.
In the second half Park came more and more into the game and with 20 minutes to go increased their lead to 12-3 after some good forward pressure saw Brandon Lewsey drive over for his second try which he also converted. Dunstablians added a further penalty to take the score to 12-6 before Park secured the crucial score when a sharp pass from Fly half, James Hankey, prominent throughout, put replacement left wing James Pedder over for a try wide out.
With a few minutes to go Dunstablians pulled a try back following a fine run by their right wing to set up a tense and exciting end to this Cup Match with Park finally securing a 17-11 victory.
This Saturday Park revert to league action when they play Birstall RFC at home.