Stockport finally record a win in 2018
Metronomic Masterclass from Morgan
Stockport 3’s welcomed local rivals Manchester to Headlands Road where they needed to get their season back on track after an horrendous start to 2018 and were fortunate to grace the 1st XV pitch as opposed to the beaches being built on the other pitches by grounds man Matt Langtree arm with his bucket and spade!! The game started with a bang as the home side went on the offensive with centre Kyle Chapman forcing his way through weak Manchester tackling which was converted by fly half Rick Morgan, starting as he meant to continue. The floodgates then opened as Stockport recorded 4 more converted tries leaving a shell shocked Manchester 35-0 down after 25 minutes and looking down the barrel of the proverbial gun. With the Stockport backs running riot and the team being expertly guided by Morgan and scrum half James Shawcross it looked like a cricket score was on the cards however credit to Manchester who forced their way back into the game courtesy of some devestating running from their blind side flanker which firstly resulted in a penalty try followed by the same player crashing over from a scrum and 35-0 was now 35-12. Not content with this Manchester continued on the offensive with their larger pack making in roads and another unconverted was soon recorded leaving the half time score 35-17.
Stockport were first on the scoresheet in the 2nd half with a second try for wing Oye Oyewumi who managed to contort his body to dot down and this seemed to extinguish the Manchester fire as Stockport then began to attack from everywhere with an inception try from Morgan and try of the game from full back Andy Rimmer who ran a great supporting line off lock Andy Russel to race in and give Morgan a perfect 8 from 8 conversions accompanied with his excellent kicking from hand. More tries went begging, most notably when prop Derrick Spencer found himself in the scary position of outside centre and proceeded to knock on whilst replacement prop John Richards decided to take a short pop and managed to pop the ball forward. Clearly they needed to take handling lessons off front row pair Andy Hunt and Steve McNicholls who were huge under every high ball kick off and put Stockport back on the front foot. Even stand in captain Paul Jackson subbed off himself with no sign of the histrionics from the previous week!!
A great performance from the 3’s saw them record a 56-17 victory, keeping a 2nd half clean sheet to boot!!