The mighty 3’s off and running with a home win
Dictator Chapman records his first win as skipper
Stockport 3’s began their 2018/19 season with a home visit from last year’s promoted team Ashton Under Lyne. Both teams seemed to have a cast of thousands which is unusual for the first game of the season however the sun was shining and the scene set for blowing off the summer cobwebs. The game also saw its first outing for the team under new skipper Kyle Chapman who brought his uniqueness to the role in a multitude of ways!!
With the Ashton pack looking full of bruisers, it was maybe surprising that Stockport took the game to the visitors and their pressure was soon rewarded by a penalty from wing Nathan Ludlaim. More pressure then resulted in a try for the skipper Chapman after he picked up an ‘intended’ bouncing pass and this was further improved on by flanker Dan Zelinka who picked up at a ruck and strolled straight through the centre of the missing Ashton pack which was converted by Ludlaim giving Stockport a 15-0 lead. Ashton then rather fortuitously got back into the game after a stripped ball resulted in their young fly half scampering the length of the field to register a converted try however Stockport were undeflated and right on the stroke of half time Ludlaim managed to cross the white wash for a try he converted giving the home side at 22-7 half time lead. Special first half mention to prop Andy ‘Rock Solid’ Hunt who was so good under the high ball there is a rumour that he’s playing full back next week!!
The second half saw changes on both sides but this did not affect the tempo of the game with Ludlaim keeping the scoreboard ticking over with another penalty and then from dominate forward pressure flanker Tom Mounkley crashed over under the posts for a try converted by scrum half Rob Trollope. Next came try of the day following an excellent break and great hands seeing wing Nedge over in the corner for an unconverted try. Ashton refused to throw in the towel and came roaring back only to be halted by a yellow card high tackle from 4’11” hooker Alex Hooley followed by debutant Danny ‘Dangry’ Wakefield finding himself being reported to the NSPCC after he poleaxed the young Ashton fly half who hadn’t been near the ball for the past 5 minutes!!!
Ashton did manage to record 2 tries and a conversion in the final few minutes but this did not dampen the home sides spirits who recorded a 37-19 victory.