Stockwood Park Ladies were narrowly beaten 12-0 by Hitchin Ladies at the weekend.
With some of the club’s more established players away, it gave Park’s youngsters a chance to perform, and they did so admirably.
Stockwood start well, with Amy and Abbie turning the ball over well, while Hannah Thomas and the returning Kristie were having a real impact too.
Park’s new back-line of Tracey, Cat, Pariese, Ellen and Chloe were making their tackles in an excellent defensive display.
Hitchin almost took the lead with a try out wide, but Annie was there to crash the winger into touch.
Turning round 0-0, Hitchin pounced on an early mistake to open the scoring.
The conversion wasn’t added, but Hitchin went over again soon afterwards, adding the extras this time to lead 12-0.
Late on, Park came back into it, Pariese stopped just yards from scoring herself, while Ellen just couldn’t gather a pass close to the line.
However, after being beaten heavily in their recent matches against Hitchin, losing 12-0 shows real progress by Park.
Abbie was voted player of the match, while Cathy Edmonds put in another superb display.
Park are without a game this weekend as they host Lordswood Valkyries on Sunday, September 30.