Stockwood Park under 13’s entertained top Hertfordshire outfit Harpenden at London Road on Sunday morning in a high-tempo encounter in cold and crisp conditions.
Harpenden opened the scoring with two quick tries in succession only for Park to come thundering back with a brace from Kyle to level the scores by half time.
In the second half, Harpenden’s more experienced backs came into the game and due to the superior work of the Stockwood Park pack at the scrums and breakdown, this gave them little option but to move the ball out wide at every opportunity. This tactic eventually paid off for the visitors who went over for two more tries to lead 20-10 halfway through the second half.
But Stockwood Park were not prepared to buckle, and with the power running from the two juggernauts of George and Josh backed up by Kyle and Raheem, Park pulled another try back. However, In the final 5 minutes Harpenden ran in 2 more tries to make the final score 30-15.
After the game coaches Steve Hudson and Mick Ballinger both agreed that the score line did flatter Harpenden as for three quarters of the game It was a close fought contest with the visitors having a bit more in the tank at the end to get two late tries.
Mick added, “We will be a far more formidable team when everyone gets match fit and we have some more players. We are still looking for another 10 or 11 players to get this squad up to a good size, so if any year 8 players wish to join us, simply come along at 7 pm on a Thursday night or 10 am on a Sunday morning to train. We need a bigger squad as we have 4 or 5 games lined up in the next few months.”