Stockport take the spoils in first local derby of the season
Who put that sniper in the tree???
Hoping to build in the back of a solid performance the previous week, Stockport 3's made the short trip across leafy Bramhall to take on local rivals Manchester in league action. With Tom Peers making his first outing of the season, a debut at scrum half for Marty McAleer and Martin Christie volunteering to play the whole game for the opposition who were a man down, the game started in the same horrendous weather that the previous week's game had ended. Stockport took an early foothold in the game and were practically camped in the home side's 22 however a combination of poor decision making and bad handling saw them blow chance after chance until eventually they managed to get over the line for their first score of the afternoon which went unconverted to provide a slender 5-0 lead.
Onto Dick of the Day which was absolutely brilliant involving our very own personal walking and talking critic Ed Weeks who took a break from pointing out the obvious and telling us how bad we are, by tripping over a rogue worm sending him into a full on frontal face splat. After what seemed like an eternity of laughing from the supportive Jimmy Finnegan, Ed managed to clamber back to his feet and surprisingly began apportioning blame for his fall (cos it wouldn't have been his fault)!! Despite our best efforts not to score we eventually managed to move the ball out wide for wing Oye Oyewumi to register his first score of the game which was improved upon by rampaging captain Andy English who took a bump ball off the floor in the midfield and streaked through untouched to score giving Stockport a 19-0 half time lead.
The second half was a free flowing affair as the wind and rain abated which saw further Stockport tries scored by wing Tom Peers, fly half Keith Warhurst and a brace for Oyewumi giving him his 2nd hat trick in 2 weeks as well as a couple of conversions for full back Tom Mitchell. Angry little man Finnegan managed to get himself on to the pitch for some handbags at 50 paces at which point the game petered out with uncontested scrums and a lack of fluidity leaving the scoreline at 46-0 for the away team.
Special mention for Martin Christie for playing for Manchester and Mikey Heaven for being able to spend 2 consecutive weeks impersonating the Invisable Man!!