Second half rally not enough for Stow in County Cup
3:27pm Monday 24th September 2012 in Sport
Stow 21 Whitehall 32.
STOW were knocked out of the County Cup thanks to a very poor first-half performance.
The forwards were constantly under pressure which gave untidy ball to the back line and, as a result, very few chances were created.
The visitors scored early with an unconverted try in the corner.
Soon after the Whitehall forwards were rewarded for their dominance when, from a series of drives, the scrum half dived over; the try was converted.
Stow were living on scraps and did manage two Nick Cafearo penalties, but Whitehall scored their third try to lead 17-6 at the break.
The second half saw a new Stow side; they competed up front, started to win ball, and Cafearo kicked his third penalty before Whitehall replied with one of their own.
A quick tap penalty by Andrew Piercey gave Stow their first try before more pressure from the hosts was rewarded with a Craig Chapman try, converted by Cafearo to put Stow one point ahead with ten minutes to go.
But they could not hang on with the Whitehall forwards scoring from a line-out, and then bang on the final whistle Stow had a penalty try awarded against them.