Christmas break and new recruits get Stockport back to winning ways
With new recruits, Liam McGovern at 10, Rhodri Mayer at 15 and the return after several years of Nic Smith at 8, Stockport ran out 26-13 winners away at Carlisle.
Stockport travelled to Carlisle for the first fixture of the New Year and came away with a bonus point victory to move back up the table to 5th place. Clearly benefitting from the Christmas break, the addition of new recruits, Liam MCGOVERN at 10, Rhodri Mayer at 15 and the return after several years of Nic Smith at 8, Stockport ran out 26-13 winners. Despite the score line the two teams were well matched for much of the game, both sides creating scoring opportunities they were unable to take due to good defence or minor errors. But Stockport did get the four tries that really mattered to the two scored by Carlisle, the second a consolation in the dying moments of the game.
Carlisle started well, playing in the Stockport half for the first 15 minutes and coming away with a penalty after only 5 minutes. Eventually Stockport gained some momentum and after several good phases scrum half Tom DUFFY switched direction to feed wing Richard SACKVILLE-WEST for him to score an unconverted try after 25 minutes. Both sides then had phases of attack but it was Carlisle who scored a try after an attack down the left wing and their forwards then carried over for the try. Soon after the restart, Carlisle dropped a ball on the Stockport 10 metre line and Jordan PEARSON picked up and made a good break going outside the Carlisle players and into their half, his offload to Simon GREEN gave the flanker the opportuneity to out race the Carlisle defenders and run in from 40 metres to score under the posts. McGovern converted to make it 12-8 to Stockport at half time.
Carlisle started the second half strongly and it was only solid Stockport defence that prevented them from getting a try from their significant pressure. A loose ball was hacked on by Rhodri Morgan and he was only just beaten to the touch down by the Carlisle fullback. Stockport were able to keep up the pressure and when prop Matt Lawrowitsch made yet another good carry his well timed pass allowed Simon GREEN to get his second try, McGovern’s conversion made it 19-8 to the visitors. It was Stockport who dominated with some good passages of play and containing Carlisle when the home side had the ball. The pressure paid off when Jordan PEARSON forced himself over the line for the bonus point try and with McGovern’s third conversion it was 26 -8 and Stockport looked to have secured the win. However Carlisle were not finished and it was the home side who had the better of the closing minutes and despite more solid Stockport defence they went over for an unconverted try to make the final scoreline 26-13 to Stockport.
With the Second 15 winning at home by 47-22 against Macclesfield 3rd team there was good reason to celebrate as it is many months since both 1st and 2nd Teams have won on the same day.
Next week is a home game against Local rivals Altrincham Kersal, kick off at 2.15