Returning to their roots in the Midlands Leagues, Park started their new season with a very confident first half, scoring three well constructed tries, to lead 19-3 at halftime. Unfortunately they imploded in the second half as a combination of three yellow cards and a series of conceded penalties allowed Daventry to climb back into the game and win the match with a converted try in the last play of the game. By this stage Park only had 13 players on the pitch and the combination of weight of numbers and a strong finish by the home side proved too much.
Park established an early 5-0 lead when Hooker Tom Childs was driven over by his fellow forwards and further tries came from Fly half James Hankey, making a strong run through the Daventry defence and a fine team try finished off by the lively Frank Daly playing at Fullback. Centre Matt Jones kicked two conversions and with Daventry only scoring a penalty in reply, prospects looked good for Park at halftime.
Unfortunately Park were unable to maintain their momentum and as their ball supply started to dry up and their penalty count increased Daventry worked their way back into the game scoring three tries, converting the final one to secure victory by 20-19 in the last minute.
Park can take much encouragement from their first half display but they will continue to struggle if they do not improve their penalty count.
This Saturday Stockwood Park have a bye in the first round of The National Vase Competition and their next league fixture is a local derby against Dunstablians RFC on September 23rd
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