A great away win for Stockport
15 lads chucked together and a mega wind
Having narrowly lost last time out in the cup, Stockport 3's returned to league action travelling to Altrincham Kersal. With both teams struggling for players, it was Stockport who started with a bare 15 and several positional alterations including Lennie Banks into the outside centre berth and Joe Mwangi returning from injury to wear the 12 shirt. The pack also saw a welcome return for hooker Rick Walker and another returning from injury, Jai Sharma into the back row.
Stockport elected to play into the extremely strong first half wind which saw the Kersal players use this effectively to push the visitors back towards their own try line with a procession of lineouts. The first points came from a Stockport scrum where the referee deemed the ball to be out which clearly went unheard by everyone except the Kersal scrum half who scooped up the ball and scampered over unopposed for an unconverted try. Realising that they would have to run out of trouble, Stockport began to use the ball wisely seeing searing breaks from centres Mwangi and Banks resulting in an opening try from wing Oye Oyuwumi which was converted by Mwangi. This was soon improved on as the ball was again spun wide where skipper and No.8 Andy English burst through the last tackle and crashed over for an unconverted try. Not to be outdone by his team mates, Mwangi then latched onto a lovely wrap pass from Banks to scorch down the pitch and step inside the full back for a try leaving the half time scoreline at 17-5 in Stockport's favour.
Despite having the strong wind in the second half, Stockport decided to stick to what had served them well and continued to run the ball which resulted in a 2nd try for Mwangi which he converted and then followed up with a penalty kick. From an infringement at the line out, English also managed to get over for his second try leaving the score at 32-5. Kersal refused to buckle and launched an attack of their own which resulted in a few handbags and both captains seeing yellow thus their game ending 5 minutes early. From this, Stockport were left stretched which resulted in a second Kersal try which was converted with the last kick of the game leaving the final score at 32-12 in favour of Stockport.