Yellow cards hamper Stow's efforts at Drifters
8:05am Monday 16th September 2013 in Sport
Southern Counties North.
STOW’S first game back in the SCN was a losing one away at Drifters.
The visitors lived up to their reputation for slow starts when shipping a try in the second minute, with Lewis Chapman sustaining a knee injury and having to leave the field.
This required a reshuffle with captain Tim Peachey moving up to hooker and a replacement three-quarter coming on as a back row forward.
Possession was given away again on ten minutes and Drifters scored again wide on the right to lead 10-0. The only saving grace at this stage was that Drifters couldn’t kick their conversions.
A whistle-happy ref then yellow-carded Tom Davies, and the penalty kick made it 13-0. With 14 men, Stow started to settle, and although they gave away possession close to the Drifters’ try line the clearance kick was taken by ‘Bodge’ Kelly, who made a great run and offloaded to Craig Chapman for the touchdown.
Back to 15 players, Stow were putting Drifters under pressure, but Chapman was adjudged to have committed a high tackle and he was yellow-carded three minutes before half-time after a Shakesperean performance by the tackled opponent.
With the breeze behind and the benefit of the slope in the second half, Stow continued to improve although struggling in the tight scrums where the ref again penalised the visitors which made the score 19-5.
Stow pressed for much of the second half but couldn’t narrow the deficit until the last few minutes when James Ford scored in the corner after a well-worked move.