2’s or 3’s, who cares?.
No 0-0 draw this time
Stockport started their journey towards the end of the season with the first of their final 4 games in April by welcoming Altrincham Kersal to Headlands Road on an amazingly coincidental weekend when Kersal 2’s had no game, fancy that!!!!! With lovely warm weather and no rain, the hope was that some rugby would actually be displayed and so it panned out.
Stockport were the first out of the blocks with their forwards dominating the forward exchanges, particularly in the scrum and rolling maul where their efforts were rewarded with a penalty kicked by scrum half Kyle Chapman. Stand off Keith Warhurst then had a melt down and proceeded to be told off by the ref (damn his super hearing) who then asked him to pick up all of his toys that he had just distributed all over the Stockport 22 but he soon redeemed himself with a lovely no-look inside pass to flanker Dan Zelinka who sped through the gap and beat the full back to register the first try of the game, converted by Chapman. After waiting for a knock on decision that didn’t come, the home team stood still as Kersal powered over for a try of their own which brought the half time score to 10-5 to the home side.
In a typical start to a Stockport 2nd half, they completely went off the boil and soon Kersal were bursting over from another penalty to level the scores at 10-10 going into the final 10 minutes. Stockport then got back into the game with some great defence and huge hits led by captain and No.8 Andy English which led to disarray in the Kersal team. With the ball quickly recycled from a ruck, Chapman fed Warhurst who managed to skate through a gap (when I say gap I mean crater) and hotfoot ( and when I say hotfoot I mean run in quicksand) to the line for a try which was also improved by Chapman. Kersal laid seige to the Stockport line who continued to give away needless penalties, none more so than hooker (and alleged invisible man) Steve ‘Macca’ McNicholl who was scooping away like a deranged JCB whilst lying in front of the ref. The best was saved for the cleanest rugby player in the world (that’s his shirt as well as his penalty count) Paul ‘Jacko’ Jackson who saw yellow and the end of his day after a tip tackle. This was amazing in itself as I don’t think we’ve ever seen Jacko make any tackle so credit where it’s due.
Despite this, Stockport held out until the final play of the game where pressure saw the Kersal winger over right in the corner which meant that the conversion would draw the game however the kick went wide and saw Stockport squeak home with a much deserved 17-15 victory.
PS : Not very thoughtful with a our nicknames are we??