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Oct 13, 2008, 7:50 pm
11 October 2008:
One point was little reward for a performance that saw Stevenage out score their opponents by two tries to nil and for all their energy and slick running, Chingford had only one period of sustained pressure on the
Chingford did however make maximum use of the penalties awarded to them with fly half Bond kicking all three attempts and adding a further three points from a drop goal as he kept his side in the game.
Chingford dominated the early exchanges as they made use of a series of penalties and gradually gained ground from the resulting line outs.
Chingford looked impressive in possession but they were restricted by good defence from
This resulted in something of a stalemate until just before the half time whistle, when Ian Crompton playing at scrum half made a decisive break from inside his own half, which lead to the first of three penalties on the Chingford five metre line, with Town opting for the scrum each time. It was almost inevitable that either Stevenage would score or the referee would award a penalty try and flanker Phil Pearson scored the try, which gave the home side a half time lead of 5 -3.
The second half followed the pattern of the first. Town almost extended their lead when full back Gareth Lewis kicked through but he put too much on the final kick and the ball went dead before he was able to touch it down.
Chingford regained the lead with a second Bond penalty in the 55th minute, when
It didn't take
Coach Terry Penny was pleased with his team's overall performance, which he described as â€œsolidâ€ and certainly an improvement on the previous week.
Team: Gareth Lewis, Kyle Lemon, Peter Smith, Nick Lacey (Owen Hughes 72 mins), Michael Wilson, Gary Trewartha, Ian Crompton, Barry Cook, Tavita Faamausili, Neil Bamber, Adam Amos, Richard Penny, Phil Pearson, Gareth Roberts, Jack Golds (Alex Willcox 29 mins)
Subs: All Used, Rod Else, Alex Willcox, Owen Hughes
Scorers: Tries Phil Pearson
Conv: Kyle Lemon
Harpenden 3 XV 35 -14
Mill Hill 2 XV 34 - 24
Oct 6, 2008, 11:34 pm
4 October 2008:
Diss 38 - 17
Diss maintained their 100% league record with a convincing win over a very disappointing
Despite Stevenage dominating the forward set pieces, pushing the Diss pack back and disrupting clean ball, the Diss backs took advantage of poor communication and inadequate positional play by the
This was the general theme of the first half which was compounded by a lack of accuracy with the ball in hand leaving Town regretting missed opportunities. Indeed, if
As it was, by half time, Diss had scored all five of their tries and converted each one. The sole
Diss winger Bliss had an exceptional afternoon scoring four tries as he and his team mates exploited the gaps created by strong, straight running and good passing.
Diss had an unassailable lead of 35 -5 at the interval .
Changes were made at half time with Nick Lacey making his debut in the centre and Peter Smith taking over on the right wing.
The second half saw Town play a more disciplined, tighter game with the forwards exerting their influence and using their domination to slow the flow of clean ball to Diss thereby stopping them from increasing the score. The home side was restricted to a single penalty in the second half as Town played more into the opposition half frustrating their players and creating more opportunities.
This frustration came to a head when the Diss prop, Richards was sent to the sin bin for persistent offside.
The final score of the afternoon came from centre Alex Willcox, who finished off a period of
The forwards came off having proved themselves the better pack, with notable games being played by the back row of Phil Pearson, Gareth Roberts and especially Iain Penny, who returned for his first game of the season.
Team: Gareth Lewis, Ian Crompton (Peter Smith 40 mins), Kyle Lemon (Nick Lacey 40 mins), Alex Willcox, Michael Wilson, Gary Trewartha, Gareth Wall, Barry Cook (Andrew Boyle 65 mins), Tavita Faamausili, Neil Bamber, Adam Amos, Richard Penny, Phil Pearson, Gareth Roberts, Iain Penny
Scorers: Tries Tavita Faamausili
Conv: Gareth Lewis
Sep 28, 2008, 11:37 pm
27 September 2008:
Eton Manor 3 -24
Town absolutely dominated both possession and territory in the first half but found it difficult to break down a dogged Eton Manor defence. The visitors were guilty of not finishing a couple of good opportunities and not taking advantage of the extra man, when the home captain, Twydell was sent to the sin bin half way through the half.
It was not until the 30th minute that Town decided to go for goal from a penalty opportunity, having run the previous kicks and Gareth Lewis slotted home the kick for a 3 -0 lead.
Six minutes later and resulting from practically the only excursion into the
It looked that after all the possession and pressure from Stevenage that they would be going into the interval all square until Michael Wilson found the pace to steam into the Eton Manor 22 and from the resultant possession, the ball was moved quickly wide to full back Lewis coming into the line to score a fine try. Lewis converted his own try to give Town a deserved lead of 10 -3 at the interval.
Town gradually exerted their control over the game with Tavita Faamausili lively in the loose play and youngster Tom Meller having an influential game both in terms of his tackle count and ball carrying.
Indeed it was Meller who extended the lead when he finished off an excellent move involving firstly a superb break by Gary Trewartha, then Kyle Lemon and finally Ian Crompton broke the cover defence before feeding inside to Meller, who was in support to complete the try. Lewis added the conversion.
This was a very good performance from Town. They continued to press hard in the first half despite being unable to breach the home defence until almost half time. In the second half, as Eton Manor chased the game, Stevenage were able to exploit the chances given to them to run and a constant supply of possession from the hard working forwards allowed the backs to move with more purpose than they have shown so far this season.
Stevenage are in unchartered waters as far as playing at this level is concerned and with two wins out of the first three games, they have made a very satisfactory start.
Team: Gareth Lewis, Ian Crompton (Peter Smith 71 mins), Kyle Lemon, Alex Willcox, Michael Wilson, Gary Trewartha, Gareth Wall (Owen Hughes 79 mins), Barry Cook, Tavita Faamausili, Neil Bamber, Adam Amos, Richard Penny, Phil Pearson, Gareth Roberts, Tom Meller
Sub not used: Jack Golds
Scorers: Tries Gareth Lewis
Conv: Gareth Lewis (3)
Pen: Gareth Lewis
Sep 23, 2008, 9:16 pm
20 September 2008:
Two weeks into the new league season and
Saturday's defeat saw
It looked ominous for Town when Civil Service took the lead after only two minutes when scrum half Cummings broke through some weak tackling to score under the posts. The try was converted.
At this point, Town had the better of the possession but Civil Service always looked very dangerous when they did have the ball. From one such foray into the Town half, they were awarded a penalty, which was kicked to extend their lead to 10 -5.
From the penalty, Civil Service pressurised the
Almost immediately afterwards, Michael Wilson gathered another kick ahead and made forty yards before being stopped just short of the Civil Service try line.
This period of
With a seven point lead and the prospect of playing down the slope in the second half,
The second half was dominated by Civil Service as they played controlled rugby and gave a lesson in how to carry the ball, make ground and recycle possession. Town had only one clear cut opportunity early in the second half when they were camped on the Civil Service try line. The referee blew and many of the spectators felt he had given a penalty try for killing the ball, but he decided to send
Town competed well for the rest of the half, but never really had enough possession to make an impact, as Civil Service controlled the game. In the 64th minute, they took the lead from another penalty when Cook was caught offside from a hack ahead. The game was put beyond the reach of the home side in the 75th minute when the Civil Service hooker, Gore finished a planned move at the front of a Civil Service line out.
Just before the final whistle, the Civil Service centre McKay, who had been lively all afternoon was sent to the sin bin for taking out a
Despite the defeat, there were many positive points for
Team: Gareth Lewis, Ian Crompton, Kyle Lemon, Alex Willcox, Gary Trewartha, Michael Wilson, Gareth Wall, Barry Cook, Tavita Faamausili, Neil Bamber, Adam Amos, Richard Penny, Tom Meller, Gareth Roberts, Phil Pearson
Subs: Not used, Ed Burrell, Bryan Bagnall, Chris Wilson
Scorers: Tries Barry Cook (2)
Conv: Gareth Lewis
Hampstead 2 XV 22 -19
Stevenage Town 3 XV v Harrow 2 XV -Match CancelledWatford 2 XV 19 - 24
Sep 22, 2008, 5:24 pm
Last chance to enter the Inaugural STRFC 100 Club Draw which will take place this coming Saturday at 7.30 in the Club House.
To enter, simply complete the application form (in the STRFC 100 Club Folder, Left) and Return to the Clubhouse with payment before Saturday.
Alternatively you may enter at the Bar on Tuesday and Thursday training nights between 6.30 and 8.30pm
50% of the Income will be paid out as cash prizes (1st 25% -2nd 15% and 3rd 10%) the Balance will be used to improve the Clubs facilities for all members.
Sep 19, 2008, 9:35 am
Message from Steve Jackson
If you went to The Thomas Alleyn School in Stevenage there is a new contact website that might be of interest:-
Sep 16, 2008, 9:52 am
13 September 2008: London 2 North.
Welwyn 14 -24 Stevenage Town.
Newly promoted Stevenage Town had a successful introduction into London 2 with an away win at near neighbours Welwyn, scoring four tries to one in reply.
The side had an unfamiliar look to it with 19 year old back row Ed Burrell making his league debut on the wing and prolific try scoring No 8 Gareth Roberts starting in the centre.
Town had an uncomfortable start with their usually reliable pack losing a couple of strikes against the head but it didn't take long for the Stevenage forwards to gain the upper hand. They took the lead in the 11th minute when having initially failed to give a pass outside, full back Gareth Lewis recycled the ball, kicked ahead, gathered and fed Phil Pearson, who charged through the Welwyn defence before giving a scoring pass to Ian Crompton. Lewis converted.
Failing to make the final scoring pass was to be a recurring theme of the afternoon and at this level Stevenage will have to learn quickly that they must make the most of every opportunity that they create. On this occasion they missed out on a possible three additional tries.
In the 27th minute, Welwyn reduced the arrears from a penalty for failing to roll away from a ruck and five minutes later the home side took the lead. Tom Meller was sent to the sin bin for preventing Welwyn from taking a quick free kick and from the resultant penalty, they drove over to score.
Stevenage, having turned down an obviously kickable penalty in front of the posts in favour of a quick penalty, did eventually regain the lead in time added on at the end of the first half, when Kyle Lemon reacted quickly to a penalty awarded to Town and put hooker Tavita Faamausili in to score in the corner.
At half time, Town had their noses in front at 12 -8.
After the interval, Stevenage took on grip on the proceedings and scored two further tries to two penalties in response from the home team.
Within five minutes of the restart, Welwyn were down to 14 men, when they had a player sent to the sin bin for a second shoulder charge. Stevenage quickly took advantage of the extra man and Crompton, taking the ball inside his own half left four defenders floundering before passing inside to Lewis, who backed up to extend the visitor's lead.
Stevenage completed their scoring in the 53rd minute. Roberts, by now restored to his more familiar No 8 position, picked up at a scrum and drove forward before releasing Pearson, who completed the back row move by putting in Marc Dyer to score under the posts.
Stevenage have every reason to be pleased with their first outing at this level. They had the better of the forward exchanges and used the expanse of the wide Welwyn pitch to good effect. The forwards, as a unit, put in the sort of performance that has become expected, with newcomer Tom Meller working hard before being replaced early in the second half.
The backs looked much more in control than in either of their pre-season outings, with Lemon and Michael Wilson looking to keep the ball alive.
Stevenage will have many more difficult games this season but this was a good start, with still much to improve on, especially finishing.
Team: Gareth Lewis, Ian Crompton, Kyle Lemon, Gareth Roberts, Ed Burrell (Gareth Wall 48 Mins), Michael Wilson, Gary Trewartha, Barry Cook, Tavita Faamausili, Neil Bamber, Adam Amos, Richard Penny, Tom Meller (Alex Willcox 47 mins), Phil Pearson, Marc Dyer (Bryan Bagnall 61 mins).
Scorers: Tries Ian Crompton Tavita Faamausili Gareth Lewis Marc Dyer
Conv: Gareth Lewis (2).
Other Results: Welwyn 2 XV 12 -24 Stevenage Town 2 XV Stevenage Town 3 XV 48 -10 Uxbridge 2 XV Stevenage Town 4 XV 19 -29 Saracens Amateurs 2 XV
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Sep 7, 2008, 9:52 pm
Match Report By Howard Crompton
6 September 2008: Pre-Season Friendly
Tring 25 -7 Stevenage Town
Stevenage gave a good account of themselves against a Tring team destined to play in London 1 this season.
Town overall had the majority of the possession as their forwards worked hard and got the better of their opponents, but Tring always looked sharper and quicker in attack and they exploited some more woeful tackling from the Stevenage defence.
Stevenage played into the wind and rain in the first half and they started brightly, working their way up field and failing to capitalise on some good possessions through poor handling, with two passes dropped in the middle of the field. Tring however, showed how dangerous they can be when they scored from their first attack in the tenth minute, when they created an overlap and scored in the corner.
That proved to be the only score of the half, which was dominated by
Stevenage. Despite the possession, they were unable to create any try
scoring opportunities, as they moved the ball slowly in attack. It wasn't until
the last ten minutes of the game that the Town backs showed what they can
do when they did move the ball wide at pace and created a couple of potential
try scoring opportunities. If they had done this much earlier in the
proceedings, there may well have been a different scoreline.
The second half was much like the first, except that Tring showed their
superior pace in attack from the limited opportunities given to them. They
were assisted by a series of missed tackles, which allowed them to make
more ground than they should have. After converting a couple of penalties,
the home side scored an excellent try in the sixty-fifth minute when they made
the most of quick ball, used a miss move in the centre and scored close to the
Town continued to be undaunted and within two minutes had scored an
excellent try of their own. Gareth Lewis moved the ball wide to makeshift
winger Ed Burrell, who made ground, took the tackle and popped the ball
back to Lewis following up to score.
It was now that Stevenage decided to move the ball at pace and they created a couple of more good try scoring opportunities that the Tring defence did well to stop. However, Tring showed their superiority and had the last word as they scored a third try at the death when their No 8 waltzed through the Stevenage defence to score under the posts.
Stevenage can take heart from this performance. They competed on equal terms for much of the match but were let down by poor tackling and an inability to make the most use of the possession at their disposal. Tring acted quicker and with more pace, making Strevenage look pedestrian by comparison, until the final ten minutes.
T here is plenty to work on and if these problem areas can be improved, Town should look forward to another good season.
Team: Gareth Lewis, Ed Burrell, Peter Smith (Gareth Wall 60 mins), Gary Trewartha, Michael Wilson, Kyle Lemon, Gareth Wall (Jacques Greyling 40 mins), Barry Cook, Tavita Faamausili, Neil Bamber (Andrew Boyle 51 mins), Richard Penny, Adam Amos, Tom Meller, Phil Pearson (Bryan Bagnall 56 mins), Bryan Bagnall (Jack Golds 15 mins)
Scorers: Tries Gareth Lewis
Conv: Gareth Lewis