Late converted try gives Stow a share of the points
7:38pm Sunday 22nd September 2013 in Sport
Southern Counties North.
High Wycombe 27.
STOW picked up their first points of the season with a draw in a very entertaining match against High Wycombe.
The visitors had come off a convincing win the previous week and started well. A period of pressure and missed tackles resulted in Wycombe’s first try.
Stow then began to string some good phases of play together and took the lead when Nick Cafearo converted three penalties in quick succession.
Things were not looking good for Stow in the set piece, however, as Wycombe’s larger pack began to dominate in the scrum. Their catch and drive game from the line-out also caused problems and it was not long before they scored in the corner after a penalty.
Just before the break, a fourth Cafearo penalty went over to give Stow a 12-10 lead.
The second half saw Stow start well, when a break from Craig Chapman and then a neat offload to James Holmes saw the centre touch down in the corner.
Immediately Wycombe struck back, when a dummy down the blind side saw the scrum half score close to the posts. The simple conversion followed.
At 17-17, Cafearo eased Stow back in front with his fifth penalty but the lead was short-lived as Wycombe picked up their game again and drove over from a short-range scrum.
Stow now had to live dangerously in order to claw themselves back into game but from turnover ball a chip kick fell nicely for Wycombe for their fifth try. Luckily for Stow, the Wycombe kicker was off target.
With only a few minutes left, Stow drove upfield and Holmes ran a straight line for the posts, managing to drag several defenders with him as he touched down. Cafearo coolly converted to tie the game at 27-27.
A very solid performance from Stow that could have been different if they had secured more first-phase possession for the set piece.