READING ABBEY 21 STOW 15
Stow will be very disappointed with their performance and decision making in a game they could very easily have won. Early signs were good, plenty of possession which resulted in a penalty but the kick went wide. Soon after DAN ADAMS made amends and slotted 3 points. The home side started to get the edge in the set piece especially their lineout which they used to good effect driving Stow back. An Abbey penalty levelled the scores before a very nice neat miss pass to FREDDIE ROBERTS saw him score in the corner for Stow, conversion missed. Abbey hit back with a second penalty to leave the scores 8 points to 6 in Stow’s favour at the break. An early yellow for Stow for a high tackle left them one light, Abbey then scored wide out after a driving maul which they converted. They followed this up with a penalty. Stow were not helping themselves at all, upfront at times was a struggle but when the ball went wide to the back three opportunities appeared but unfortunately this option was not used enough. Stow got back into the game when a break from James Holmes saw the ball end up with BILLY MAUDE who scythed his way over, Jake Collet converted. With time running down Stow were very much still in the game, they needed a converted try to get back ahead but lost a player to a red card following a second yellow. Abbey took advantage and from a driving maul crashed over, try not converted. The home side then lost a player to the bin and without any more front row uncontested scrums resulted. Stow now had a man over and in the last play of the game failed to use this man and space advantage, the ball was spilled and Abbey took the points.
Improvement will be needed when they travel to third in the league Shipston next week, KO 3.00 pm.