Stockwood Park 12 St Ives 14

In front of over 100 Vice Presidents, friends and supporters, Park came within two points of what would have been a deserved victory over league leaders St Ives. Competing with the visitors in all areas it was only a lack of composure in the first 10 minutes that stopped Park from achieving their win. In that early period Park created their chances but failed to finish them and as the game wore on Park were often thwarted by some excellent defence from a well organised St Ives.

Despite the early Park pressure, it was the visitors who took the lead with a converted try. Eventually Park’s persistence was rewarded when hooker Trevor Fowler, standing in for the absent Tom Childs, was driven over after half an hour to make the score 5-7. That score remained the same until halftime.  Early in the second half Park scored a brilliant try when forward pressure and excellent handling through the backs saw their speedy left wing, Kyran Ryan go over in the corner. Replacement Matt Jones added the extras from wide out with a fine kick.  Unfortunately, St Ives responded quickly and secured what proved to be the match winning try and conversion to go 14-12 ahead. Park secured a bonus point in defeat.

For Park, lock Will Varnals turned in a man of the match performance in the forwards and scrum half Frank Daly worked hard in defence with some committed tackling.

This Thursday evening Park play their rearranged league fixture with Bedford Queens RFC, 7.30 KO under Floodlights at home

Park’s all conquering 2nd xv secured another 40-0 victory over Bletchley RFC

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