Brilliant finale

PUBLISHED: 11:09 27 April 2006 | UPDATED: 10:03 06 May 2010

Stevenage MP Barbara Follett and town mayor Brian Underwood with club president Daryl Hayler at North Road on Saturday

Stevenage MP Barbara Follett and town mayor Brian Underwood with club president Daryl Hayler at North Road on Saturday

Stevenage Town ended the season on a real high by clocking up their ninth consecutive league win. Stags won 25-23 at North Road against old adversaries Tring, who were bidding to become league champions and break the last game hoodoo that the home side ha

Stevenage Town ended the season on a real high by clocking up their ninth consecutive league win.

Stags won 25-23 at North Road against old adversaries Tring, who were bidding to become league champions and break the last game hoodoo that the home side have cast over the last three seasons,

They won by three tries to Tring's one and ended the season third in London Three North West.

The hosts were penalised early in the game and were duly punished with three points.

Stags were penalised again within minutes and found themselves six points behind despite having looked the more adventurous of the two sides.

Fast ball from a scrum, fed through the backs, saw Gareth Lewis make good ground before releasing Michael Wilson to run around the outside and score, leaving his opposite wing and the full-back eating dust.

Lewis converted to take Stags into a brief lead and for the next few minutes Stags ran everything at Tring but were kept out by last-ditch defending.

From some of their few forays into Town's half, Tring found reward as the home side conceded two more kickable penalties to trail by five points at the break.

Stags were again penalised at a maul to go further behind before Lewis kicked a penalty.

They continued to play all the rugby while their opponents looked unlikely to score a try from open play.

Their reward came when, after some good interplay, Lewis received the ball 40 yards out and beat several defenders to score in the corner and level the scores.

Stags were deemed to have strayed offside that gave Tring the opportunity to regain the lead while Stags missed a kick to level.

Another Town try came after Tring were penalised and Stags won the ensuing lineout, used the ball quickly and created two rolling mauls. Gareth Roberts emerged with the ball, beat the blindside defence and touched down behind the posts for Lewis to convert.

Tring continued with keeping the ball tight and eventually forced their way over the Stags line for a try which was created by a series of drives.

This put them in front by one point with less than three minutes to play.

Stags responded by running at Tring with forwards and backs giving their last ounces of strength. Tring stopped the attack with a high tackle and Lewis added another penalty to give Stags the lead for the final time.

There was more late drama as Tring missed a penalty in injury time.


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