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Stoke Old Boys
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Sat 3 Feb 14:15 - Midlands Division - Midlands 4 West (South) Full time

Convert pressure into points

A glance at the score line suggests a totally one sided game

A glance at the score line suggests a totally one sided game. However, it was far from this and had Harbury been able to convert pressure into points then the result might have been a little different.

On a horrible wet surface that was cutting up badly both sides struggled at times and handling was not at its sharpest. Harbury took the game to their opponents and were only stopped by sound defence.
In the opening ten minutes it was very much a game of cat and mouse but it was the Stoke back line who worked well and quick ball enabled their outside centre to find space and cut through from within the visitors 22 and score beneath the posts to take a 7-nil lead.

Harbury responded well and Harbury enjoyed a positive spell of play that lead to a straightforward penalty that Ricky Alford converted to make it 7-3 after the first quarter. Stoke as befits their status at the top of the table quickly responded and another simple well worked move from their backline within the Harbury 22 again enabled them to find the gap for another converted try for a 14-7 lead.

Harbury then struck back hard and strong running in the forwards and quick ball along the backline took play across the field. A quick line out on the Stoke 10 metre line was used expertly by outside half Matt Morphett, he looked up and sent a high cross field kick which Alford ran onto and touched down wide out to make it 14-8 at the break.

The opening quarter of the second half saw Harbury putting the home line under pressure and an angled 30 metre penalty went narrowly wide. Harbury were awarded a series of penalties close to the Stoke line but the home defence was strong enough to repel the challenge – even though their line was crossed three times by the forwards. One sensed that a score during this period would have made the outcome much more difficult to predict.

However, the wheel of fortune swung Stoke’s way – a high kick into the Harbury 22 was well fielded and a mark was called. The referee, though, had picked up an offside player and awarded Stoke a penalty. This took the score to 17-8. They also capitalised on a poor pass from the base of well won Harbury scrum and added a third try wide out to take the score to 22-8.

Harbury responded well and a great run down the right wing saw Paul Evans touch down for a fine try… only for the touch judge to raise his flag rather belatedly for a foot in touch.

Stoke added a converted try on the 75th minute which gave them their bonus point. They then added gloss to their victory when from a penalty on the Harbury 22 their pack won good ball and the backs combined for the try of the match, which was then converted and no-side was called.

A rather harsh score line for an otherwise commendable effort from Harbury. Who showed that by sticking to their game plan and very much playing for each other that improvements can be made. Indeed had they played with this spirit and determination then they would have undoubtedly had positive results in the last two league outings.

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Key moments

14:00
Try Try for Stoke Old Boys
14:00
Conversion Conversion for Stoke Old Boys
19:00
Penalty Ricky Alford kicks a penalty for Harbury
28:00
Try Try for Stoke Old Boys
28:00
Conversion Conversion for Stoke Old Boys
40:00
Try Ricky Alford scores for Harbury
55:00
Penalty Penalty kicked for Stoke Old Boys
59:00
Try Try for Stoke Old Boys
76:00
Try Try for Stoke Old Boys
76:00
Conversion Conversion for Stoke Old Boys
80:00
Try Try for Stoke Old Boys
80:00
Conversion Conversion for Stoke Old Boys

Highlights

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80:00 Conversion 36 - 8
Conversion for Stoke Old Boys
80:00 Try 34 - 8
Try for Stoke Old Boys
76:00 Conversion 29 - 8
Conversion for Stoke Old Boys
76:00 Try 27 - 8
Try for Stoke Old Boys
75:00 Sub On
Oliver George is substituted on for Harbury
75:00 Sub Off
Tom Allen is substituted off for Harbury
70:00 Sub Off
Richard Mazurek is substituted off for Harbury
70:00 Sub On
Harry Griffin is substituted on for Harbury
59:00 Sub Off
Jamie Bearman is substituted off for Harbury
59:00 Try 22 - 8
Try for Stoke Old Boys
59:00 Sub On
Richard Mazurek is substituted on for Harbury
59:00 Sub Off
Ben Swidryk is substituted off for Harbury
59:00 Sub On
Daniel Taylor is substituted on for Harbury
55:00 Penalty 17 - 8
Penalty kicked for Stoke Old Boys
43:00 Missed Penalty
Penalty missed for Harbury
40:00 Sub Off
Richard Mazurek is substituted off for Harbury
40:00 Sub On
Daniel Bennett is substituted on for Harbury
End of period 1
40:00 Try 14 - 8
Ricky Alford scores for Harbury
28:00 Try 12 - 3
Try for Stoke Old Boys
28:00 Conversion 14 - 3
Conversion for Stoke Old Boys
19:00 Penalty 7 - 3
Ricky Alford kicks a penalty for Harbury
14:00 Try 5 - 0
Try for Stoke Old Boys
14:00 Conversion 7 - 0
Conversion for Stoke Old Boys
Start of the game
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As it happened

  • Stoke Old Boys
  • Harbury
  • 0
  • Try 14:00'
  • Conversion 14:00'
  • Ricky Alford Penalty 19:00'
  • Try 28:00'
  • Conversion 28:00'
  • Ricky Alford Try 40:00'
  • Richard Mazurek Sub Off 40:00'
  • Daniel Bennett Sub On 40:00'
  • Penalty 55:00'
  • Daniel Taylor Sub On 59:00'
  • Ben Swidryk Sub Off 59:00'
  • Richard Mazurek Sub On 59:00'
  • Jamie Bearman Sub Off 59:00'
  • Try 59:00'
  • Richard Mazurek Sub Off 70:00'
  • Harry Griffin Sub On 70:00'
  • Tom Allen Sub Off 75:00'
  • Oliver George Sub On 75:00'
  • Try 76:00'
  • Conversion 76:00'
  • Try 80:00'
  • Conversion 80:00'

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# Team Pl Pts
5. Burbage 20 59
6. Pershore 20 42
7. Claverdon 20 42
8. Harbury 20 40
9. Redditch 20 30
10. Birmingham Civil Service 20 27
11. Tenbury 20 13

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