Stockwood Park 1XV 36 Bedford Queens 1XV 23

Stockwood Park completed their league season with a victory over Bedford Queens by 36-23 in an entertaining game played under floodlights and in front of a good crowd.  It was only in the last 10 minutes that Park drew clear to secure a deserved win in which they scored five excellent tries. Bedford Queens played their full part in the entertainment and kept the pressure on Park until near the end.

Park were on the attack from the start and before Queens could touch the ball had scored their first try through their excellent loose head Prop Justin Harkin, once again in support of a flowing team move. Centre Brandon Lewsey added the extras.  Queens soon responded with their own converted try and two penalties to move into a 13-7 lead.  Park were soon back on the attack and the next score came from No 8 Ben Griffin, a problem for the Queens defence throughout, who barged over for a try which Lewsey converted.  Lewsey then added a Penalty before Ben Griffin added his second try for Lewsey to convert and give Park a 24 -16 halftime lead.

The second half saw both sides attacking at all opportunities and it was Queens who set up an exciting finish as they scored a converted try to take the match score to 24-23 to Park.   With 5 minutes left a powerful forward drive saw Hooker Tom Childs driven over to make it 29-23 before Brandon Lewsey, who had an excellent game in the Centre latched onto a well-placed kick from Fly Half James Hankey to score under the posts. Lewsey, who scored 14 points in the game, injured himself in the act of scoring the final try and the extras were added by scrum half Alex Lovell.

After a mixed bag of a League season, Park have now completed their last two league fixtures with excellent victories which will give renewed optimism for the future. Their Skipper for the last 5 years, Jamie Hoque, is now standing down. Hoque has been an inspirational figure and although beset by numerous personal injuries which have limited his playing appearances, he has never wavered in his commitment to the 1st xv and the Club, and can look back with pride on his time as Captain.

John Humphreys

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