Stockport win at Wilmslow, despite 5 yellow cards, to go 3rd in the table
Stockport travelled to Wilmslow to play old rivals for the first time in some 15 years and came away with a victory, despite having 5 yellow cards against them.
Stockport travelled to Wilmslow to play old rivals for the first time in some 15 years and came away with a victory. The weather was never going to let this be an exciting open game but both sides were frustrated by the referee who stamped his authority on proceedings and did not allow the game to flow. Seven yellow cards were shown, 5 of them against Stockport, who won by two penalty tries, a regulation try and conversion and a penalty to three tries and one conversion, 24-17.
Stockport dominated possession and territory for most of the first half, Wilmslow did not get out of their half of the field for the first 15 minutes, during which they conceded a penalty try to Stockport. A good line out catch by Dean SCHOFIELD, and a well organised drive took Stockport towards the Wilmslow line and the home side hooker was penalised and yellow carded for a side entry and the penalty try awaded after 7 minutes play. Wilmslow then had a good period after a clearance that took them into the Stockport 22, they were awarded a penalty and the ball was taken down the short side at the line out for a try, which was converted from the touchline to make it 7-7 on 20 minutes. Stockport then had a spell of 8 phases in the Wilmslow 22 and another penalty gave them a line out 5 metres but the throw was over done and Wilmslow were able to clear. The referee then made a strange decision awarding a 5 metre scrum when the Stockport fullback Joe WILSON had touched down in goal for what should have been a 22 drop out. This allowed Wilmslow to exert some pressure and after a spell in the Stockport 22 they were given a penalty and Dean SCHOFIELD was yellow carded for apparently making a comment. Stockport cleared to half way but another penalty in the Stockport 22 and a yellow card was shown to scrum half Dudley SOUTHERN for going over at a ruck and Stockport were down to 13 men for the rest of the half. The defence stayed firm and it was all even at the break.
Wilmslow started the second half with a penalty as Stockport held on after a tackle at the kick off, The defence at the ensuing line out was good and Stockport cleared. The visitors then had a good attack with a drive and a run by Hibbs to 10 metres out resulted in a penalty at which Stockport opted for a scrum. After 2 attempts at the set piece a penalty to Stockport allowed Tom EATON to add 3 points to take Stockport ahead. Yet another penalty gave Stockport the chance to drive another line out and Tom EATON joined the drive to get the touch down, he converted to take Stockport 10 points clear on 57 minutes. Wilmslow got into the Stockport half and won a couple of scrums to attack, Stockport wing Jack WILSON was yellow carded for not releasing after a tackle and although Stockport defended well at the following line out a ruckus off the ball resulted in Stockport centre Mike Kabiubskyj and the Wilmslow second row being yellow carded. Once again Stockport only had 13 men. Wilmslow then scored from a penalty, with no conversion to make it 17-12. Stockport were awarded another penalty try as the line out and drive move worked well once more to put Stockport 24-12 ahead. The Wilmslow full back had a run and Tom EATON’s tackle was judged high and his yellow card gave Wilmslow a penalty and they scored from the line out with a good drive to take it to 24-17 to give Wilmslow a losing bonus point just before full time.