Stags aim to complete unbeaten league record
Stevenage Town 39 Enfield Ignatians 7 Town hope to maintain their unbeaten league record when they travel to county rivals St Albans this Saturday for their final game of a memorable season. If they can replicate their second-half performance at home to E
Stevenage Town 39 Enfield Ignatians 7
Town hope to maintain their unbeaten league record when they travel to county rivals St Albans this Saturday for their final game of a memorable season.
If they can replicate their second-half performance at home to Enfield, there should be no reason why they will not do that.
After a circumspect first half, the champions turned in an excellent performance to blow away a tenacious Ignatians side.
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Afterwards, coach Terry Penny put the first-half performance down to a hangover from the previous week's county cup final defeat. Penny was pleased that in the second half his side showed true spirit in playing some excellent flowing rugby and scored a number of fine tries.
Despite having the majority of the possession in the first half, Town lacked the cutting edge to make it count and the half was pretty much a stalemate with limited opportunities created by either side.
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The only score came in the 23rd minute when hooker Tavita Faamausili scored his third try in four games and his eighth of the season by powering over the line after a sustained period of pressure. Kyle Lemon converted.
Although playing up the hill in the second half, Ignatians would have felt at the interval that they were very much in contention. But Town turned on an excellent second-half display and between the 53rd and 75th minutes they scored six further tries.
The floodgates opened with the first real flowing move of the match that the home team managed to put together.
Winger Ian Crompton was put away in space to score the first of his three tries.
Almost from the restart, Crompton scored an even better second try with the ball transferring quickly down the back line for him to score in the corner. By now Town were in full flow using their abundance of possession to devastating effect and bringing their backs into the game at every opportunity.
A fourth try followed quickly when centre Alex Willcox made a great break, fed Lemon who in turn put Michael Wilson in to score. Lemon converted.
By the 61st minute, Town had extended their lead to 29-0 and the game was over as a contest, but Ignatians never rolled over and continued to compete to the end.
The lead was extended when second row Richard Penny, who has had an outstanding season, was rewarded with his third try of the season when he finished off a move involving Willcox and Crompton.
Ignatians were eventually rewarded by quick thinking from their flanker Chris Lyons who was the only one to react to a loose ball around a ruck about 15 yards from the Stevenage line. He ran in unopposed as every other player on the field stopped, presumably thinking that play had been halted by the referee.
But it was Stevenage who had the last word in front of a bumper crowd. They completed their final home game of the campaign with a hat-trick try from Crompton who dummied and ran in from 25 yards to complete the scoring.