Away day blues again for Stags

Final fixture of the season on the road ends in defeat


HUNTINGDON Stags round off their Midlands Two East South campaign on Saturday when second-placed Peterborough Lions visit the Racecourse.

Stags now look destined to finish in the bottom half of the table and are seventh after their 21-14 loss at Stockwood Park at the weekend.

The defeat means they only managed one win on the road in the league all season – at Stewarts & Lloyds back in January – which player-coach Damian Whales admits they must improve on next term.

He said: “It was another disappointing day on the road for us.

“We were well placed at half time after only having around 10 percent of possession and our defence was solid.

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“But we let ourselves down a bit and learning how to get up for away matches and play like we do at home is something we need to work on next year.”

Stags and Stockwood both scored two tries, with Murphy Hill and Ben Strangeways going over for the visitors, Matt Durrant and Heath Crawford converting.

But it was the hosts, who had trailed 7-6 at the break, who sneaked home courtesy of a late penalty, their third of the match while one of their two tries was converted.