Despite second half rally Stockport unable to come back from early Burnage scores
Stockport travelled to Burnage for this local derby and despite an improved second half were unable to recover from a poor start as Burnage scored very early to secure a lead they never relinquished.
Stockport travelled to Burnage for this local derby and despite an improved second half were unable to recover from a poor start as Burnage scored very early to secure a lead they never relinquished. With a 10-0 lead at the break Burnage scored twice more to finish 27-14 as Stockport’s improvement gave them 2 converted tries. Stockport now drop to 8th place but there is only 3 points between 2nd and 8th, although Warrington, Wilmslow and Norwich all have games in hand. So as we start on the return fixtures programme Stockport will need to find some improved form, reducing errors and putting away scoring chances. of course the freezing conditions made handling difficult for both sides.
Burnage started well with a try after 2 minutes as a missed tackle in the centre gave the wing a score. With Stockport struggling to get going Burnage scored again as the wing squeezed in from a rolling maul. Despite three good passages of play Stockport conceded penalties to prevent gaining any real momentum.. A Burnage rolling maul that took them from their own half into the Stockport 22 meant Stockport had to defend desperately to prevent a further score in the the half. This defence into some 10 minutes of injury time was solid enough to keep it at 10-0 at the break.
Stockport lost Prop Will Hurstwood, hooker Andy Broadhurst and second row Marc Benson to injury so started the second period with a rejigged pack, including Richard Sackville-West from the backs. However there was a good start to the half as a good 5metre scrum gave Simon Green the chance to pick up and score for Tom Eaton to convert. At 10-7 Stockport were in the game but after a good spell, with skipper Kieran Hibbs, Simon Green and Matt Lawrowitsch prominent, the Burnage wing broke through tackles to get a try and a penalty was soon added to give Burnage a 20-7 lead. As Stockport’s error count crept up the Burnage wing gathered a knock on and went 50 meters to score a converted try for 27-7. In the closing stages a good kick to touch by Tom Eaton gave an opportunity for a catch and drive, with Andy McFadden touching down for Tom Eaton to convert for a final score of 27-14.
Next weekend is another local derby as Manchester come to Headlands Road for the first of the return fixtures. They will be seeking revenge for their defeat earlier in the season.