Stags' fightback is all in vain

Midlands 3 East (South) Huntingdon Stags 12 – Banbury 27 After the early exchanges between Stags and Banbury had been an even affair it was the visitors that broke the deadlock on twenty minutes to break from mid-field to score an unconverted try. Stags

Midlands 3 East (South)

Huntingdon Stags 12 - Banbury 27

After the early exchanges between Stags and Banbury had been an even affair it was the visitors that broke the deadlock on twenty minutes to break from mid-field to score an unconverted try.

Stags kept their heads up and responded with some excellent running by the Back division and a fine display of scrummaging by the Pack. However, both teams relied heavily on the kicking option and continued to kick away possession instead of trying to run with the ball.

Banbury continued to apply pressure and unfortunately for the Stags the visitors Scrum Half scooped up a loose ball and put it down again under the posts. The conversion kick gave the visitors a 12 points to nil half time advantage.

The second half started with Stags exerting a lot of pressure on Banbury's line and this effort was rewarded with a try by James Thorpe who broke out of the midfield mess to score. Team Captain Elliott Baldwin added the extra's with the conversion.

Most Read

The home side continued to play well in midfield with their Pack producing some excellent scrum work resulting in a try for Neil Welsh to tie the match up at 12 all.

Banbury bounced back and indifferent defensive work left the door open for the visitors to retake the lead with another try. Quick work from the restart allowed the visitors the luxury of yet another try and even though Stags mounted some pressure it was the visitors that grabbed three more points on the final whistle with a successful penalty kick.

n The next match is Sat 4th Oct at home to Aylestone St James, kick off 3pm. All spectators are welcome.

Stags U13 were in sublime mood beating Ely 50-0. Kacey Nicholson starred with four tries and others were added by Charlie Lee, Charlie Gabriel and Michael Pangratiou. Bal Dhital was man of the match kicking five conversions.

Become a Supporter

This newspaper has been a central part of community life for many years. Our industry faces testing times, which is why we're asking for your support. Every contribution will help us continue to produce local journalism that makes a measurable difference to our community.

Become a Supporter