A match of mixed fortunes today with some good phases of play. Stockwood started both halves slowly, conceded a try within the first three minutes.
The boys rallied strongly and a lovely passage of play saw Tarik running over to equalise. In a competitive first half Milton Keynes scored a further two tries and one conversion, to go in at half time 17:10 to the good. Ansett scoring a second try for Stockwood with a jinking run to score between the posts.
Milton Keynes started the second half as they had the first with a try and conversion from the kick off. The reply from Stockwood was immediate with a strong passage of play culminating with Joe Ladley running through Milton Keynes defence to score an impressive try.
Milton Keynes then had a strong passage of play scoring a further three tries and a conversion with no reply. Stockwood missed a lot of tackles they hadn’t been missing and made a few naive decisions to allow Milton Keynes to take control and close the game out.
Stockwood, however, were not done and rallied well in the closing stages to score a good team try, which after a sustained amount of pressure on the Milton Keynes try line, Arnold powered over to score. With neither of our usual kickers on the pitch Tarik stepped up to convert making the final score 41:22
There were a lot of positives to take from today’s match and I feel if we are able to cut out some silly mistakes we will only become a stronger unit.
Once again there were a lot of strong individual performances, Rafal and Arnold with some excellent strong running, Tarik with a number of line break runs and a special mention needs to be given to George who returned for the first time since suffering a nasty knee injury at the DPP festival.
But having scored a try and with some monstrous tackling the man of the match this weekend goes to Joe Ladley, Well done Joe.