In conditions more suited to a mud bath Stockwood Park gave their best performance for some time, producing an excellent display of team commitment and game management to defeat high flying Northampton Casuals by 37-7 on a sodden pitch and in a steady drizzle throughout the match. The steady improvement which Park have shown since the new year, with 3 wins out of 4, reached a high point on Saturday as forwards and backs combined with great skill and energy to never allow the visitors into the game.
Park went straight on to the attack and although the visitors took the lead with a well taken try from a forward drive, Park were soon on the scoreboard when their prolific centre Brandon Lewsey crashed over under the posts with fly half James Hankey adding the extras. Almost immediately Park scored their second try when their wingers, Kyran Ryan and Alex Harnett, both a constant menace to the visitors, combined skilfully for Harnett to score. Hankey then added a penalty to give Park a 15-7 lead at halftime.
In the second half Park’s forwards, led from the front by acting skipper Tom Childs, were relentless. Lock Jack Wharton, a new recruit this season, was everywhere and soon wing Alex Harnett added his second try, following up a skilful kick from scrum half Frank Daly. Almost immediately, loose lead prop Justin Harkin, scored his first try before adding a second shortly after in another eye catching performance. Replacement Matt Jones add the extras to Harkin’s second try.
Park’s final try to give them a 37-7 points victory came from man of the match, lock Jack Wharton who was driven over by his fellow forwards to complete an excellent victory.
Park’s next league fixture is on February 17th away at Northampton Mens Own RFC.
Park’s 2nd xv continued their own successful season with an excellent merit table victory by 17-0 over Winslow RFC. The success of the 2nd xv under the youthful and enthusiastic leadership of flanker Alex Linney is very encouraging for the club as they seek to build player “ strength in depth “ at senior level.