A tough game with the current table toppers
Played well enough to win but mistakes cost us dearly
Stockport resumed their league campaign with a home fixture against Ashton On Mersey who having won all 4 of their opening games were the current league leaders. With the sun shining and providing perfect weather conditions, the home side fielded probably their strongest team of the season and also had the luxury of subs (although surprisingly no one who could or wanted to play 10)! With captain Kyle Chapman retuning after a 2 week sabbatical, it was back to the poor old kit box receiving a thrashing prior to the start of that game and off we went.
Stockport were into their stride early and played some well controlled rugby. A majority of the first quarter was played in the Ashton half and the home side were rewarded after some excellent approach play from the pack opened up the field and despite then ball bobbling along the floor, it was scooped up by wing Oye Oyewumi who dotted down for the first try of the match. Ashton then managed to get into the game and gained field position after some silly penalties conceded and were soon conducting a line out close the Stockport line. The ball was moved into the backs where their inside centre managed to pirouette out of the tackle and stroll in underneath the posts to score a try which was converted. Further mistakes led to the ref playing an advantage which for some reason caused the home side defence to go to sleep and on the stroke of half time Ashton were in for their 2nd try which went unconverted handing them a 12-5 half time lead.
The 2nd half started much as the first had with Stockport on the ascendency although more knock ons and misplaced passes frustrated the home side in their efforts to get back onto the score board. Eventually that pressure told and the ball was moved swiftly through the back line seeing replacement full back Conor Osbiston over for a try that he narrowly failed to improve on. With all to play for, Stockport reverted to silly mistakes and penalties from which they were punished when Ashton scored their 3rd try of the afternoon giving them a 20-10 lead. Not to be outdone, Stockport came roaring back and a sequence of penalties saw them lay siege to the Ashton line however they just couldn’t breach the defence and so with a penalty awarded directly in front of the posts, fly half Keith Warhurst slotted the kick to ensure the home side at least secured a losing bonus point leaving the final score at 20-13 to Ashton.
A hard fought game and on the balance, one I think that the home side deserved to win however too many mistakes and penalties was again the undoing but we move on to cup action next week against Ashton Under Lyne.