Stags in line for a promotion play-off
Enfield Ignatians 3 Stevenage Town 16Another league game played in atrocious conditions could not stop Town s inexorable climb up the table into second place. If Town can keep their superb run going, especially their away form, then a play-off beckons for promotion to London Two North. With
Enfield Ignatians 3 Stevenage Town 16
Another league game played in atrocious conditions could not stop Town's inexorable climb up the table into second place.
If Town can keep their superb run going, especially their away form, then a play-off beckons for promotion to London Two North.
With Welwyn losing again to London New Zealand, Stevenage have their destiny back in their own hands, although they have to play their penultimate league game at runaway leaders Ruislip.
Stevenage immediately put hosts Enfield under pressure as powerful play from the forwards and astute kicking in the backs pinned them back in their own half.
Gareth Lewis kicked an early penalty before Stevenage made a swift return up the pitch and dominated territory and possession.
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Eventually Town managed to create space out wide after some excellent driving and ball retention play from the forwards.
Flying winger Michael Wilson beat the defenders to dive in at the corner and touch down while being tackled by the Enfield full-back.
Town thought they had scored but the referee strangely decided to over-rule the linesman and not award it.
To make matters worse, Wilson had to go off with a dislocated shoulder.
Then after three easy penalty attempts were missed, the Enfield kicker finally put one over to level the scores.
Stevenage were jolted into action and spent the remainder of the half camped in Enfield's territory, with another penalty from Lewis' boot their sole reward.
Stevenage came out for the second half fired up and were straight back on the attack.
A lineout worked especially well down the right and Tavita Faamausili took it short to Gareth Roberts who charged down the line. He was held short but popped the ball back to the supporting Samoan to score out wide. The difficult conversion was missed by Lewis.
Enfield pressure was repelled and then after numerous ball carries from the pack, a penalty was awarded to Town.
Kicked into the corner by Lewis, Stags won the lineout and drove towards the line.
Held up, the ball was spun out to the backs and although Alex Wilcox and Faamausili were denied as play went on, Iain Penny scooped it up and fell over the line to score. The conversion was again missed by Lewis.
There was no further score as Stags made it 10 straight wins on the road and remain the only team unbeaten away from home.
Datchworth went down 7-0 at home to Imperial Medicals in the same division.