Stowmarket recorded a hard fought win against Harlow which kept their chance of a play off place alive but reduced Harlow's chance of survival from relegation. Stowmarket scored two tries through James Simpson and Dan Garrard in the first 5 minutes. However, they did not make the most of dominating the opening 20 minutes squandering a couple of chances and it was Harlow who scored next with their first attack following good forward work.
Stowmarket replied with a penalty from Casha Nijhawan but just before half time Harlow scored a second try which was converted.
Half time Harlow 12 - Stowmarket 13.
Harlow started the second half the better dominating possession for long periods. Eventually they scored a fine counter attack try to take the lead. But not for long, as Leif Bjorsen scored in the corner. In the final 15 minutes Harlow missed a penalty kick for goal and despite being under pressure Stowmarket held on.
Full time Harlow 17 - Stowmarket 18
Next week Stowmarket and Southwold do battle at Chiltern Field in the final game of the season. Kick off 3pm.