Wold Win Epic Top Of The Table Encounter With Amazing Final Try And End Stowmarket's Unbeaten Record
Wold Win In A Game That Will Live Long In The Memory
Written by David Vaughan
Those of us lucky enough to have watched this game will never forget it. It had been long awaited and it lived up to all expectations in all aspects of both the game, and rugby itself. This was a game between two great sides determined to win and displaying skills on the pitch, both individual and team, of a level much higher than the level eight at which they compete under RFU grading.
The end result was not known until the final whistle blew and the ever changing emotions caused by this amazing game were almost too much for both sets of supporters to bear, but Wold came out on top with a bonus point win and Stow deservedly gained a bonus point loss, putting both teams back level on 66 points at the top of London 3 Eastern Counties.
This seasons league is going to go right down to the last day of the season before the eventual champions are crowned, following yesterdays result and not forgetting Ely in third spot only six points behind the leaders
Wold opened the scoring in under a minute when a rolling maul made good yards towards the Stow line and the ball was fed out to Callum Anthony at fly half who drew the defence in before feeding Jacob English with a prefect pass who raced in under the posts. 7 - 0 to Wold with the easy conversion and Stow were a little shocked. Wold continued to pressure Stow who gave away a penalty on twelve minutes and Wold kicked for position down the touchline. The ball was well won and fed quickly down the line ending after a couple of interchanges with Josh Wallis running in for Wold's second try wide on the right wing . With the kick by Sammy Harmer going just left of the posts Wolds lead stayed was now twelve points
That lead increased to fifteen points seven minutes later following a massive scrum by Wold gaining a scrum penalty and Sammy harmer duly slotted over for the three points. At that stage it looked a little like Wold were going to walk it but Stow rallied as all good teams do and on the half hour mark after some prolonged pressure on the Wold line their forwards drove and drove and were rewarded with a well deserved try which was duly converted to reduce the deficit and bring the score back to 15 - 7 to Wold. That deficit was further reduced with a penalty kick to Stow three minutes later making the score 15 - 10, which stood until half time
Stow came out fighting in the second half and in under four minutes had taken the lead when they kicked for the left corner from a penalty, won good lineout ball and smashed over for a great try on the right of the posts. The conversion was good and Stow now lead by two points at 15 - 17 but not for long.
Another Sammy Harmer penalty restored Wold's lead to a point at 18 -17 just two minutes later and the games was becoming simply exhilarating.
Ten minutes later Wold held on to the ball in a tackle in their own 22, when they decided to run instead of clearing their lines, and were duly punished with another three points to Stow from the kick, and Stow now leading 18 - 20
Stow had another chance to increase their lead three minutes later from another penalty but the kick sailed just wide of the left hand post from nearly forty metres out
Both teams simply upped their game constantly as the match progressed, but vit was Wold who grabbed the lead back when the ball flew down the back line to the right and Sammy Harmer at full back coming in to make the extra man made good yards before feeding Cemil Duruk who wriggled and turned his way over the line with great strength to score, The conversion by Sammy Harmer was good and Wold had a little daylight at 25 - 20 in the lead with only five minutes left on the clock
Two minutes before time, all seemed well when Wold while defending strongly won a scrum just inside their 22. They had bossed the scrum all day, but as the two teams packed down, the referee gave a free kick against Elliot Mc Daniel Wold's scrum half for a delay in putting the ball in. Stow acted with great speed and span the ball scoring another try with only a minute plus added time left. The scores were now level and everything depended on the conversion. Silence all round the ground until the ball sailed over the crossbar to the cheers from the Stow spectators who thought the game was won at 25 - 27
Something just incredible then happed as Wold kicked off and managed to gain possession, and knowing the game would stop at the next whistle, they simply kept possession, working their way up the field until the ball span out to Cemil Duruk on the wing who dived over in the corner for a try that will never be forgotten. The kick conversion was missed and that miss ended the game.
It was just breathtaking but Wold had snatched victory from defeat at 30 - 27 in what was probably the finest game of pure rugby ever seen on the Common and one that will live long in the memory and be talked about for years to come
MOM : Milo Cawkwell
Arn the Wold !!!