WITNEY 33 STOW 10
Despite the score line this was probably one of Stow’s best performances this season against a very strong and well drilled side. The early pressure came from the hosts but Stow’s defence was solid with center Billy Maude putting in some greats hits, unfortunately one of them led to him having to leave the field injured. The Stow pack did well against a much larger outfit but after about 20 minutes the pressure paid off with Witney scoring their first try, conversion missed. Stow replied with a Dan Adams penalty to get them on the score sheet but Witney scored their second when a poor kick was run back, conversion made. Just before the break Stow had the chance to narrow the gap but a penalty attempt went wide leaving the score 12 – 3 in favour of Witney at the break. The second half saw some good play from both sides but it was Witney who scored first, from a set piece the Stow defence was left a bit flat footed resulting in a converted try. Stow were still competing well but couldn’t quite finish anything off. A Witney penalty was kicked to the corner and from the resulting lineout their try bonus point came. Stow responded well, some good play midfield from the forwards saw the ball go right to FREDDIE ROBERTS who managed to evade several tackles and score under the posts leaving Dan Adams a simple conversion. However there was still time for one more Winey try scored under the posts, again converted. The unbeaten hosts deservedly took the honours but knew they had to work very hard for their win.
Hopefully Stow can take the many positives from this game into next Saturday when they entertain Aylesbury, Kick Off 2.30 pm