Stockport defy the elements to record a great away win at Marple 2’s
By Keith Warhurst
All 4 seasons in one match let alone one day
With several cancellations affecting the league, Stockport managed to return to league action with a difficult away trip to face Marple 2’s who were having a very similar season in terms of the results so far.
The game started in blustery conditions albeit with no further rain that had hampered the pre match warm up. It was clear that the home side intended to use their strength and bulk up front however with a massive defensive effort coming from Stockport this was quelled despite repeated attempts. With the game mostly being played in the middle of the pitch, there was no difference between the 2 sides however just before half time Marple managed to registered their first and only score of the game after a break out of defence saw prop Derrick ‘The Statue’ Spencer caught flat footed on the wing by the Marple fly half who took his team close and they eventually crashed overwith a close range unconverted try. Not to be outdone, Stockport we’re straight back on to the offensive and pressure on the home line saw centre Joe Mwangi slalom over for a try only to be brought back by the referee for a Stockport penalty due to the persistent complaining from fly half Keith Warhurst. From the resulting kick for touch, Stockport set up an unstoppable rolling maul which saw No.8 Andy English crash over for an unconverted try leaving the half score at 5-5.
The second half saw the skies darkened which was then followed by conditions akin to the deck of the Titanic. In biblical weather, Stockport slowly took control of the game and a redeeming break from Warhurst saw him sidestep himself and crash face first into the dirt however this put Stockport into the Marple 22 and saw Warhurst put Mwangi over for the 2nd Stockport score. A further break from Warhurst saw a reverse pass sending captain Kyle Chapman galloping on and as he was running out pace he handed on to wing Oye Oyuwumi to go over under the posts for a try converted by full back Nathan Ludlaim and this was followed by a solo effort from centre Rudy Floris who gathered his own chip ahead to score Stockport 4th try and provide a 22-5 lead. To their credit Marple threw the kitchen sink at their opponents but solid last ditch defence saw no way through and Stockport record a 22-5 win with probably their best 40 minutes of the season in the second half.