Shocking second half costs Stockwood

Alex Lovell scores - pic: Corinne Lovell
Alex Lovell scores - pic: Corinne Lovell

Stockwood Park’s encouraging start to their Midlands Three East South campaign came apart on Saturday when an abject second half performance saw they hammered 36-5 at home by Northampton Casuals.

Park, who weren’t helped by the unavailability of some key players, particularly in the backs, suffered further injuries during the game to Childs, Harkin, Griffin and Alex Lovell.

However, they started brightly enough, only to be denied by some strong Casuals defence, with the visitors ahead after Stockwood failed to clear a speculative kick.

Strong runs from Powell, Harkin and Griffin gave some encouragement but a further try just before half-time made the score 12-0 to Casuals.

After the break, the Northampton side added another four tries, with Park managing a consolation score through Lovell.

Skipper Jamie Hoque and coach Stephen Morgan will hope that this poor performance will act as a sufficient jolt to Park for their future games.

This weekend, they travel to Shipston on Stour for their first round game in the RFU Senior Vase Competition.

Head coach Stephen Morgan said: “Our current results are concomitant with our efforts.”