This has been a tough and relentless season for Stockwood Park as they have worked hard to come to terms with league rugby requirements in London 2.
On Saturday, playing away at league leaders Old Haberdashers, and despite an eventual losing score line of 39-14, Park contributed some excellent rugby to an entertaining game and eventually lost by a score line which did not reflect their huge commitment or involvement in the match. Skipper Jamie Hoque led by example. He was involved in all parts of the play, defence or attack, and remains a credit to the team as he refuses to wilt despite the disappointments of the season.
Park started with intent and after 6 minutes scored an excellent team try with left wing Charlie Bennett, always dangerous, making the touchdown. Fly Half James Hankey adding the extras from the touchline. Park’s forwards, with their front row of Justin Harkin, Tom Childs and Ryan Hunt providing a solid base, competed fiercely throughout, but any error was seized on by Haberdashers who showed why they are league leaders, establishing a 24 -7 halftime lead.
With Park now having the slope and elements in their favour, they showed no signs of conceding the game to the league leaders. No8 Ben Griffin returning after a long injury lay off was prominent in attack before he tired. Haberdashers took the score to 29- 7 before another excellent team try from Park, finished again by Charlie Bennett and converted by James Hankey pulled the score back to 29-14. Park continued to attack but the home team stood firm, quick to take advantage of any Park mistakes, adding two late tries, to give them a 39-14 victory.
Park can take much encouragement from this good all round team performance and look forward to playing Hampstead RFC this Saturday at Stockwood 3pm KO.