Stockwood Parks 2nd XV ran in six tries as they brushed aside a gutsy Winslow RFC at London Rd yesterday.
Winger Aaron Colbert scored a brace of tries, the first within the opening minutes of the first half with his second coming early in the second. Stockwoods strong start was undone as the visiting side used their size advantage to bulldoze their way through the hosts defensive line, and with some strong running lines and support play, Winslow found themselves leading 14-7 midway through the half.
The home side used the ball well, but failed the find the finishing touch, despite Man of the Match Sonny Monaghan using his explosive power and deceptive speed to bully his way through the Winslow defence and finding his supporting players, the final pass either hit the floor, or was lost forward as white line fever seemed to kick in.
With Winslow now holding the momentum, Stockwoods defence had to be strong to withhold the barrage of attacks that came their way. Full back Dan Corsie put in some superb cover tackles, with centre Will Standring also getting in on the action with some superb front up tackles to slow or in many cases end any attempt of a Winslow attack.
Half time: Stockwood Park 2nd XV 7- 14 Winslow RFC
The second half started similar to the first, with Colbert dotting down early, which seemed to steady the nerves of the home side. Experienced half-back pairing of Alex Lovell and Matt Jones began to take control of the game, and it was Jones’ half back partner Lovell who used his accurate right foot to find replacement winger Charlie Bennett who gracefully scooped up the kick to run in the first of his two tries.
The Stockwood pack began to dominate a tiring Winslow side, but their size and energy came in waves and to their credit they never stopped attacking, with their dangerous full back and hard running centre causing problems when playing on the front foot.
Stockwood began to seize control of the game midway through the half, and added further tries were added by Birthday boy Trevor Hibbert, winger Bennett, and MOTM Monaghan who seemed most deserving of a try to put a cap on a personally perfect performance from the young hooker.
Winslow continued to attack deep into the half, but an infringement at the breakdown saw the ball hoofed off the park and time called on the game.
Team Captain Seamus Griffin said after the game: “We spoke earlier in the week that we needed to write the wrongs of the reverse fixture earlier in the season, and it took us 40/50 minutes to do so.
“I was extremely impressed with Sonny (Monaghan) and Will (Standring) today, they fronted up and put in solid performances, and I am glad Sonny got over the whitewash!
“It was great to see pour wide men get over the line, as we expected the game to be heavily dominated by the forwards as they possessed a strong yet agile pack who were capable of causing damage.
“I am happy with the result, but the focus now turns to next week, starting Tuesday at training.”
MOTM: Sonny Monaghan