In near zero temperatures and driving rain for most of the game, Stockwood Park produced their most complete performance of the season to comprehensively defeat high flying Leicester Forest by 22 points to 5, scoring four tries in the process and securing themselves a valuable bonus point.
Park won the match because their no-nonsense game plan set out by their Coaching team, led by head Coach Tom Edmunds, entirely suited the artic conditions and with an outstanding team performance, particularly by their forward pack, and led from the front by their skipper and hooker Tom Childs, they executed the plan with great skill and total commitment. Childs deservedly was named man of the match. Park’s forwards were relentless, none more so than the back row of Michael Powell, Jack Brooks and number 8 Ben Griffin. Behind the forwards Park’s half backs, Alex Lovell and Brandon Lewsey kicked with intelligence and risked nothing in the difficult conditions.
Park got off to a perfect start when after five minutes, a short break down the blind side by Powell released Park’s speedy left-wing Kieron Ryan. Ryan rounded both his opposite number and the visitors full back to score a fine try. Park now grew in confidence, maintaining pressure on the visitors and maximising on their errors, fly half Brandon Lewsey sold a neat dummy to go over for a try which he converted. Forest then scored a good try of their own before, on the stroke of halftime, Park’s No 8 Ben Griffin, a constant threat to the visitors, crashed over for a try which gave Park a 17-5 lead at the break.
With playing conditions worsening Park started the second half as they had finished the first. Some relentless pressure on the visitors’ defence saw Lewsey complete a fine team move to score his own second try and give Park a 22-5 lead which they did not relinquish.
Park now have a two week break before they entertain the unbeaten league leaders Northampton Casuals at home on January 5th.