Stow 41 Wallingford 10
By Clive Slatter
STOW 41 WALLINGFORD 10
A fine all round team performance from Stow who took the positives against Windsor last week and executed them well against Wallingford. From the start Stow were hungry and won the possession from the kick off, a couple of forward drives made ground then the ball was sent wide to FREDDIE ROBERTS on the left wing who beat his man to score in the corner. Stow edged ahead when the visitors were caught off side with a Freddie Roberts penalty. Wallingford responded well, Stow conceded a penalty midfield, a good kick to the corner saw the lineout won and driven over. Stow were looking good then a serious head injury to a Stow player resulted in a long delay and change of pitches. Wallingford scored early when Stow missed some tackles out on the right flank but this was to be the last score for the visitors as Stow then took complete control in every department. A mess up in the Wallingford defence saw TED HOLMES pounce to score Stow’s second try, converted by Freddie Roberts. More pressure saw Stow win a lineout on the right, the ball went down the line to FREDDIE ROBERTS who once again beat the defence to score in the corner, conversion missed. This left Stow
20 -10 up at them break and looking good. The second half started well, the visitors were starting to give away penalties two of which Freddie Roberts kicked. From some more pressure a neat kick behind the Wallingford defence was collected by captain DAN SALVAGE to touch down under the posts, Freddie Roberts converted. More pressure kept the visitors in their own half and when they tried to run out of their 22 a neat interception by FREDDIE ROBERTS saw him run in from close range for his hattrick, conversion missed. With time ebbing away another penalty conceded by Wallingford resulted in another Freddie Roberts penalty to take his points tally for the day to an impressive 31.
A great result for Stow and thankfully the injury to the Stow player was not as bad as had been feared with him now recovering well.
A week off before a trip to Aylesbury with the team confidence building.