Stockport denied possession for long periods as Northwich win 15-34
Stockport never gained any momentum in this home game against Northwich, the visitors were better organised and made fewer errors and denied Stockport possession for long periods of the game.
Stockport never gained any momentum in this home game against Northwich, the visitors were better organised and made fewer errors and denied Stockport possession for long periods of the game. Northwich scored 4 converted tries and two penalties to beat Stockport by 34-15. Stockport started with a penalty and scored two tries, and one conversion, the second try coming several minutes into injury time at the end of the game. This final try was the best passage of play for Stockport, who struggled for possession and continuity throughout most of the game. The results move Stockport down to 5th, with Wilmslow beating Blackburn by one point to go 3rd ahead of Northwich in 4th.
Stockport had early chances with a line out 5 metres out but the throw was not straight, then the Northwich No 6 was yellow carded in the first 5 minutes for a late tackle and again the line out position gained was wasted as the line out went wrong. Tom EATON converted a penalty after 10 minutes but Northwich quickly replied to level at 3-3 on 15 minutes. Northwich then had a good period of pressure patiently going through phases and with an advantage at a ruck the fly half kicked accurately for the wing to touch down wide out, the conversion put the visitors ahead. Stockport lost fullback Joe WILSON with a shoulder injury and after an exchange of kicks the Northwich No 10 again kicked for his other wing to gather and touch down just short of 40 minutes the conversion put them 3-17. Stockport finished the half well as Simon GREEN, Stockport’s man of the match, picked up from a 5m scrum for Tom DUFFY to then feed wing Richard SACKVILLE-WEST who scored as the half came to an end, with no conversion it was 8-17 to the visitors.
Northwich dominated the second half, retaining possession, carrying at pace and linking well. There was some determined defence from Stockport but the Northwich pressure resulted in two more converted tries by the visitors, together with a penalty for an 8-34 lead. Despite the Stockport set scrum being dominant there was no advantge gained until the injury time at the end of the game. A good run down the right hand touch line saw wing Gareth JOHNSTONE pop the ball up, Simon GREEN took it skilfully and after good running by Simon Curry the ball was moved wide left and centre Rory AUSTIN found the way to the line, Tom EATON converted to make the final score 15-34 to Northwich.
Next week will be a tough fixture away at local rivals Burnage, before the pre Christmas session ends with a home game against Manchester, who will be seeking revenge for their defeat at home earlier in the season.