Sat 04
1st XV
Stockwood Park RFC


By Gary Bonsor
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Let strong lead disappear

The weekly changes in personnel once again meant a different XV took to the field as Shipston entertained Stockwood Park from Luton in the Senior Vase competition.
Even before kick off it got worse when Shipston lost captain Matt Corby who hobbled off during the warm up.
With only 2 minutes on the clock Shipston were caught off side in front of their post for an easy penalty to find themselves 0-3 down.
5 minutes later Stockwood returned the favour in front of their posts for Rob James to reply 3-3.
Shipston then stepped up a couple of gear's and started to threaten Parks line and were unlucky not to score after Josh Bird was taken out without the ball after he kicked through.But on 26 minutes Shipston finally started the scoreboard ticking when Jack Barnard burst through to be held up just short of the line,but was able to re cycle the ball for winger Scott Currie to touch down,Rob James adding the extra's 10-3.
The home team followed this up 5 minutes later for Andy Hunt to touch down after his pack drove him over,once again Rob James made the conversion look easy 17-3.
Shipston then repeated last weeks situation by receiving a yellow card just before half time,this time it was Will Seys,and again like last week,the opposition used the opportunity to score a converted try to make the half time score closer than it should have been 17-10.
With only 3 minutes gone in the second half Shipston broke through the centre of the park for winger Seb Miller to use his pace and score in the left corner to stretch the lead to 22-10.
There then followed 10 minutes of both sides cancelling each other out until once again Shipston were caught off side in front of their posts to reduce their lead 22-13.
On 64 minutes it was Parks turn to fall foul of the referee and a yellow card was dished out-and on 68 minutes used this advantage for Scott Currie to burst down the right for his second try to made it 27-13.
Shipston then started losing key players with shoulder injures,first second row George Weywell left the field followed by No.8 Harry Barnard and soon after his brother Jack.This totally upset Shipston's pack which let Stockwook back into the match.
With only 5 minutes to go Park scored a converted try to make it 27-20 and when it looked like Shipston were going to hold on,the visitors scored at the death and with the conversion being the last kick of the 80 minutes,it tided the score 27-27.
This prompted 10 minutes each way of extra time and with Park with their tails up from their late scores the more likely to break the deadlock.They started to have constant possession which finally allowed them be in a position to convert a drop goal in the second half to snatch victory.27-30.
Shipston battled to the end and just couldn't recover from lose of personnel in the second half-but hopefully the younger players will learn how to close down a game once in a strong lead.
My Man of the Match this week: Rob James-battled to the end and kicked well.
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Sat 04, Oct 2014



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