Hard-fought bonus point win for Tabard against Stockwood Park
PUBLISHED: 07:21 07 October 2016
Tabard picked up a valuable 28-23 win at London North West Two's bottom club Stockwood Park - but they were made to work hard for it.
Two tries from Tom King and one each from Jonny Aguila and Joe Calnan gave Tabard the bonus point.
The reliable boot of Jack Reilly got the visitors off to a good start with two early penalties but Stockwood Park showed they were capable of picking up their first win of the season with a well taken try from their lock-forward and a penalty from the full-back which took the score to 8-6.
Tabard then scored a try to go 11–8 ahead before the scores were levelled with another well struck penalty by the home team.
As half-time approached Tabard scored another try, converted by Reilly, to give them a lead of 18-11.
They were unlucky not to add to their points tally just before the break when the referee was unsighted and unable to see a further try.
An early yellow card allowed Tabard to cross the line twice in the opening minutes of the second half, which took the visitors to 28-11 ahead.
Tabard were now cruising but were brought down to earth by a credible response by the hosts who scored two late tries, the first by their replacement scrum-half, the second by their fly-half who scored and converted his own try which took the final score to 28-23.
Tabard are now placed eighth and welcome local rivals Welwyn to Cobden Hill tomorrow (Saturday).