3’s back into action with their best performance of the season
By Keith Warhurst
JR is volunteering his head for Anthony Joshua to warm up on!!
In swirling wind and stop-start weather, Stockport 3’s resumed their league action after many weeks off welcoming promotion chasing Aldwinians to Headlands Road. Sitting comfortably in 3rd, the visitors were out early to warm up showing their intention of taking the fixture very seriously whilst the home side were enjoying their usual pre-match routine of drinking port. Despite this the home side fielded a very strong side which even resulted to captain Kyle Chapman playing full back cos he wasn’t required anywhere else!!
The game started with Aldwinians playing up the slope but with a strong wind behind them and they quickly went 3-0 up after being awarded a penalty. Stockport were playing like headless chickens but managed to calm down and apply some pressure of their own which was rewarded when multiple phases saw No.8 Andy English crash over underneath the posts, converted by stand off Alex Ryan to produce a 7-3 lead. This would soon doubled after captain Chapman chased his own kick ahead which had also been kicked on by Ryan to win the race to the touchdown and this was folllwed 5 minutes later by a 3rd try from centre Gus which was also converted by Ryan giving Stockport a 19-3 lead at half time.
The 2nd half saw Stockport straight onto the offensive and some excellent carries and rucking by the forwards saw the ball flung out to Ryan who went over for his 2nd of the afternoon which he also converted. Ryan then completed his hat trick of tries before English grabbed a brace from a well worked line out move. Aldwinians were now 36-3 down but refused to buckle and launched a wave of attacks themselves which resulted in prop John Richards having his head used as a punchbag (something I’ve wanted to do for years) but resulted in a yellow card for the Aldwinians prop. Even with 14 men they continued to push and managed to score their first try with 5 minutes left to play however this seemed to inject some renewed vigour into the home side who from a resulting line out set up a perfect rolling maul. The maul moved towards the Aldwinians line at pace and such was the desire to stop it, the visitors piled in players including their winger which left the blind side completely open for scrum half Keith Warhurst to stroll over unopposed for the final try of the afternoon converted by wing Alex Collier leaving the result at 43-8 to the home side, arguably their best performance of the season.