St Albans take spoils in rearranged clash

15:42 04 January 2016

St Albans overcame heavy rain and mud to beat Stevenage Town. Picture: KEVIN LINES

St Albans overcame heavy rain and mud to beat Stevenage Town. Picture: KEVIN LINES

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St Albans RFC overcame heavy rain to beat Stevenage Town 39-19 in their rearranged London North West Three clash.

The previous match in December had been abandoned after an injury to St Albans front-row, Joe Frewin, with Stevenage leading 28-19.

But there was to be no repeat with the Oaklands Lane rugby club getting the better of the wet conditions, which severely impacted the flow of the game.

Saints opened the scoring after 12 minutes.

Centre Mark Kentish slipped through a stretched defence following a number of forward thrusts with flankers Jez Walmsley and Sam Lowery to the fore.

Kentish added his own conversion, as he would on another two occasions.

From the kick off Stevenage fought back and scored a try of their own, the ball worked to their dangerous wing who just beat the cover defence to score.

But the tide was with Saints and, with their pack gaining the upper hand, lock Jordon Cox scored under the posts.

They added a third try following excellent work from props Dave Martin and Dave Jones, John Sayers getting the final touch.

And a splendid team move early in the second half saw Chris Jones claim the bonus point.

However, Stevenage have great spirit and a very capable back line and fought back.

A piercing break form their excellent centres found them running in under the posts for a converted score and they added another shortly after a Saints penalty.

Saints finally calmed the large home crowd when Sayers scored his second from the base of a driven maul and they made absolutely sure late on with a counter attack, winger Ed Coy running back a kick for Dan Satchel to score the final try.

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