Lovell leads Park charge with impressive treble

Alex Lovell scores for Stockwood - pic: Corinne Lovell
Alex Lovell scores for Stockwood - pic: Corinne Lovell

Stockwood Park enjoyed a 27-5 victory over Harbury from the West Midlands in the second round of the Senior Vase at London Road on Saturday.

Park started the game brightly with some good interchanges between forwards and backs to set up a number of chances which they failed to execute, largely down to the weather and a slippery ball.

Harbury looked largely unthreatening but on 28 minutes after having spent most of the game in their own, went over for a push over try, against the run of play.

Stockwood continued to try to play their flowing game despite the elements and this paid off minutes later when Trevor Fowler ended a good move to cross the whitewash.

The try was converted by Stephen Pollock and Park went in 7-5 ahead at half time.

Park began started the second half in exactly the same fashion playing some good rugby despite the rain and windy conditions.

Their efforts paid off after 10 minutes when pressure from the impressive Park forwards resulted in a penalty which was converted by Jason Carr.

Minutes later Alex Lovell finished off a flowing Park move and he crossed the line twice more to complete an impressive treble, with Carr adding another conversion.

Stockwood are back in Midlands Three East South action this weekend as they travel to second-placed Rushden and Higham.

>> Luton RFC were given a walkover in their East Midlands Cup clash at Peterborough Lions and will now play in the semi-final.

The Newlands Road club host Chingford in London One North this weekend, while Dunstablians visit Oadby Wyggestonians in Midlands Two East South.