Spalding 1XV v Stockwood Park 1XV

On a rain sodden pitch and with a strong wind blowing diagonally across the ground, Park were eventually beaten 18-5 in a niggly game by a physical Spalding team who used their superior size to good effect in the heavy conditions. Park defended with great commitment with their forwards working hard and created their own chances with some fine handling but tries conceded on the stroke of halftime and just before the final whistle gave a final score which did not reflect the match.

Park kicked off with the wind behind them but then generally failed to make use of it as much as they could have done to give themselves field position. Spalding scored first with a penalty before Park responded after a period of pressure with an excellent try from 18 year old Flanker, Keiron Taylor (another product of Park’s Youth setup).  The home team bounced back with a good individual try on the stroke of halftime from their No 8 who was prominent throughout.

In the second half and with Park now playing against the elements, Spalding increased their lead with a try following a kick and chase after latching on to a loose ball in Park’s midfield before they added another try in extra time to make the final score 18-5.  Although defeated Park could take a number of positives from the game in which they showed great commitment and discipline in some testing situations.  Scrum Half Frank Daly was nominated as Man of the Match for Park.

This week Park travel to St Neots RFC to play their recently postponed fixture.

Park’s 2nd xv continue their fine league season with a 35-17 victory over Old Northamptonians.

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