FRIENDLY: AUGUST 31
DEVELOPMENT SIDE COME FROM BEHIND TO BEAT STOCKWOOD
ENFIELD IGNATIANS IIs 29 STOCKWOOD PARK IIs 28
A team in various guises of fitness was certainly subjected to a thorough examination by a stubborn Stockwood Park, and it was only in the second-half the blue and golds turned the game on its head.
The more incisive of the two sides in the first period, the visitors led 21-17 at the break, but Ignatians remained in touch by landing three tries of their own – one of which was converted.
Deferring to his hot wheels qualities, Ryan Browne escaped unchallenged down the left flank, before Tom Birdseye continued his run of good form by going over for the hosts’ second try. Ray Hayes added a third for good measure.
That the blue and golds were the comeback kings in the second-half was down to a double strike from Ethan Renny, which included a spectacular solo effort which originated from his own 22.
In a game fine margins, Ignatians’ ability to land a brace of conversions via Browne and the aforementioned Renny was to prove decisive in the overall context.
Captain Jake Baker summed up: “We stuck at for the full 80 minutes. Even when we were down on the scoreboard, our heads never dropped and we kept on playing.”