1st XV - Match centre

Old Leamingtonians RFC
Manor Park RFC
Full time
C Goode (2), W Woodward, C Bishop
C Morewood (2)
C Morewood
Sat 8 Apr 15:00 - League

Old Leams leave it late to end Manor's resolve

A CAR park packed full of vehicles, youth games going on all around and scores of spectators feasting on food and drink out of a spacious clubhouse.

A CAR park packed full of vehicles, youth games going on all around and scores of spectators feasting on food and drink out of a spacious clubhouse.
Old Leamingtonians RFC has become an often-used site by Warwickshire RFU for a reason – their ability to host quality rugby events and attract people to them.
But the spectators had to wait until the final 20 minutes of this encounter to loosen their ties and breathe a little easier as Manor Park produced a Herculean performance.
While their facilities might be worlds apart – Manor Park achieved the same amount of senior teams fielded on Saturday afternoon as their hosts – and were soon ahead on a sun-kissed afternoon on the club’s imposing scoreboard.
Keeping the ball tight from a close range lineout, captain Chris Goode finished strongly in the corner for an unconverted score.
Two converted tries in four minutes threatened to be the precursor for a long afternoon for Park.
But they returned to the same source of their first try with aggressive carries from the forwards culminated in Will Woodward finishing strongly for a try.
Old Leams hit back with another try out wide but Park earned a half-time lead through a moment of inspiration.
Fly-half Callum Bishop sensed the home defence on the blitz and chipped delicately over the top before racing ahead to dot down over the line.
A conversion and a penalty from Chris Morewood saw Park lead 20-19 at the interval.
Goode grabbed his second try, and fourth in two games, to earn park a try-scoring bonus point, soon after the restart as his side made strong inroads through the home defence.
Morewood’s superb conversion gave his side an eight-point lead. But from here, Old Leamingtonians flicked a switch, aided by rampant use of their bench using a sequence of interchanges.
Three yellow cards were waved, two to Old Leams and one to Park, but eventually Park tired under frequent pressure applied from attacks from the three quarters.
Two converted tries either side of a penalty put the hosts 36-27 ahead before a scrambled late try in the last play of the game gave the scoreboard an unreflective take on proceedings.
With only two front-row forwards on the bench at their disposal, Park were perhaps a few pairs of fresh legs short of achieving a special away victory.
They will now be focussng on the thrice rearranged match at Upton-on-Severn this Saturday.

Key moments

6:00
Try Chris Goode scores for Manor Park RFC
17:00
Penalty Chris Morewood kicks a penalty for Manor Park RFC
23:00
Try Will Woodward scores for Manor Park RFC
24:00
Conversion Chris Morewood kicks a conversion for Manor Park RFC
36:00
Try Callum Bishop scores for Manor Park RFC
52:00
Try Chris Goode scores for Manor Park RFC
53:00
Conversion Chris Morewood kicks a conversion for Manor Park RFC

Highlights

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79:00 Player of the Match
Gareth Hammond is awarded player of the match for Manor Park RFC
53:00 Conversion 0 - 27
Chris Morewood kicks a conversion for Manor Park RFC
52:00 Try 0 - 25
Chris Goode scores for Manor Park RFC
50:00 Sub On
Bobby Bridge is substituted on for Manor Park RFC
45:00 Sub On
Ashley Measom is substituted on for Manor Park RFC
End of period 1
36:00 Try 0 - 20
Callum Bishop scores for Manor Park RFC
24:00 Conversion 0 - 15
Chris Morewood kicks a conversion for Manor Park RFC
23:00 Try 0 - 13
Will Woodward scores for Manor Park RFC
17:00 Penalty 0 - 8
Chris Morewood kicks a penalty for Manor Park RFC
6:00 Try 0 - 5
Chris Goode scores for Manor Park RFC
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As it happened

  • Old Leamingtonians RFC
  • Manor Park RFC
  • 0
  • Chris Goode Try 6:00'
  • Chris Morewood Penalty 17:00'
  • Will Woodward Try 23:00'
  • Chris Morewood Conversion 24:00'
  • Callum Bishop Try 36:00'
  • Ashley Measom Sub On 45:00'
  • Bobby Bridge Sub On 50:00'
  • Chris Goode Try 52:00'
  • Chris Morewood Conversion 53:00'
  • Gareth Hammond Player of the Match 79:00'

Team selection

Morewood, Chris Morewood, Chris
Haughey, Sean Haughey, Sean
Reed, Tom Reed, Tom
Reynolds, Joe Reynolds, Joe
Cooper, Dan Cooper, Dan
Bishop, Callum Bishop, Callum
Woodward, Will Woodward, Will
Wicket, Mark Wicket, Mark
Lashley, Lineker Lashley, Lineker
Hammond, Gareth Hammond, Gareth
Morris, Craig Morris, Craig
Kemp, Michael Kemp, Michael
Green, Matt Green, Matt
Moore, Adam Moore, Adam
Goode, Chris Goode, Chris

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