Bold Stags go fourth
Midlands 3 East (South) Northampton Old Scouts 19 Huntingdon Stags 28 STAGS made the most of an excellent first half in their visit to Northampton – returning home with two points and moving up to fourth in the league. Huntingdon had the slope and conditi
Midlands 3 East (South)
Northampton Old Scouts 19 Huntingdon Stags 28
STAGS made the most of an excellent first half in their visit to Northampton - returning home with two points and moving up to fourth in the league.
Huntingdon had the slope and conditions in their favour in the opening period and took full advantage, reaching the break 20-7 in front.
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This scoreline could have been even better but for a disputed try for the Scouts seconds before the break. Hitting the hosts hard from the start, Damien Whales got the visitors off to a great start by kicking two penalties.
Further pressure resulted in more points as Simon Leader dived in under the posts giving Whales an easy conversion to take the score to 13-0.
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Still the Stags hammered on the Scouts' door and Glen Carson made a successful touch down in a push-over try giving Whales yet another successful conversion.
With the seconds running out in the first half, Northampton were given a gift when they crossed the line to grab a disputed try that they were able to convert.
The 20-7 half-time score was no more than the Stags deserved and playing against the elements in the second period, Stags came out with a tight game plan.
They held firm and were first to score when Robbie Attewell crossed to make it 25-7 in the visitors' favour.
The Scouts exerted severe pressure on the Stags but despite two tries, one of which was converted, it was Whales who had the last word with a penalty to settle the match at 28-19.
Stags captain Tom McCreadie said: "This was a good away win especially with the club having three sides out today. The weekend's match against third-placed Stewart and Lloyds will be a cracker."
* Stags have a special buffet after the game and will be presenting ties to the U16s. Spectators are welcome to attend both the game and the presentation at Hinchingbrooke Park, on Saturday.