Stockwood Park started their new league season with a most encouraging victory away at Bourne by 31 points to 26 including an important try bonus point. Park led from the third minute and were never headed. Despite a long coach journey, they started with intent and were 14 – 0 in the lead after 10 minutes with the home team barely in the game. Park’s forwards were solid in the scrummage and with locks Jack Wharton and Phil Doherty securing plenty of lineout ball their young backs attacked with pace and skill. Newcomers Alfie Daly and Sean Martin in the centre and James Brennan at Fullback were prominent with both wingers Kyran Ryan and Aaron Colbert displaying plenty of attacking skill.
It was in fact Ryan and Colbert who scored the opening tries, both converted by Fly Half Brandon Lewsey who kicked well at goal throughout and soon added a penalty to take Park 17-0 ahead. Bourne now came more into the game. They had some strong running backs but Park’s midfield defence was excellent, well supported by their backrow of Michael Powell, Ben Griffin and debutant Sonny Monaghan, who had a fine game. Bourne reduced the deficit to 17-9 before halftime with 3 well struck penalties from their excellent goal kicker.
Park started the second half slowly and a defensive error allowed Bourne to close to 17-16 before a fine run from fullback James Brennan was well supported by replacement flanker Jack Brooks who scored under the posts. Lewsey added the extras. Park then increased their lead to 31-16 with a fine individual try by scrum half Frank Daly who had an excellent all-round game. Bourne kicked another penalty and then closed to 31-26 with a converted try close to the end. Park, however, were not to be denied and completed an excellent victory.
Skipper and Hooker Tom Childs, who led from the front throughout, was delighted with this encouraging start.
Next Saturday Stockwood Park RFC play Berkswell and Balsall RFC away in the 1st Round of the RFU Senior Vase Intermediate Cup.