Park produce season’s best to defeat Oundle

Ben Griffin
Ben Griffin

Stockwood Park enjoyed an excellent 18-8 win at Oundle in their Midlands Three East South contest on Saturday.

In what was arguably Park’s most complete team performance of the season so far, the visitors’ forwards were excellent, led from the front by skipper Jamie Hoque.

They played with measured discipline in defence and in the crucial last quarter of the game denied the home team any supply of the ball as they camped menacingly in the Oundle 22.

Once again, Stockwood started with a flourish, putting the hosts under immediate pressure and took the lead on 12 minutes.

Steve Pollock, who had an excellent game at full back, came charging into the line at pace, outrunning the home defence,to score a fine try which he also converted.

Oundle were soon putting Park defence under pressure and kicked a penalty to make the score 7-3.

However, Park were once again on the attack and with Ben Griffin prominent, they increased their lead to 12-3 when scrum half, Alex Lovell, burrowed his way over after excellent play from the forwards.

Pollock kicked a penalty on the stroke of half time to give Park a 15 -3 advantage.

Oundle were soon on the attack at the start of the second half and narrowed Park’s lead to 15 - 8 with a well worked try.

Stockwood were not to be denied though as after having a try disallowed, they finished the stronger.

Pollock, who scored 13 points in the match, added a penalty with the last kick and make it four straight wins.

This weekend, Stockwood host Queens.

>> Dunstablians saw their Midlands Two East South clash at Lutterworth postponed.

This weekend, Dees, who remain bottom of the table, are at home to Market Harborough.