Stags march on against Saints
It s all gravy for Stevenage Town at the moment following this derby cup success on Sunday. Playing at home, Stags went into the Herts Presidents Cup tie against the London Two North side confident of pulling off the win. Saints are struggling in the lea
It's all gravy for Stevenage Town at the moment following this derby cup success on Sunday.
Playing at home, Stags went into the Herts Presidents' Cup tie against the London Two North side confident of pulling off the win.
Saints are struggling in the league above, whereas Stevenage are fighting hard for promotion out of London Three North West.
They also now face a huge game this Saturday at local promotion rivals Welwyn.
This is a must win game for Town who need the two points to go level with Welwyn in second in the table.
Early on at the weekend, Town won a scrum on the St Albans five-metre line.
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After a number of infringements by St Albans as a result of powerful scrummaging from the engine room of Adam Amos and Richard Penny, Stevenage finally pushed the scrum over the line leaving Ian Crompton a simple touch down to score.
The conversion out wide was missed by Gareth Lewis.
An opportunity for a second try came soon after as Kris Foskett charged down a clearance kick and gathered up the ball to run through the narrowest of gaps, only to be forced into touch a metre from the try-line.
Stags continued to dominate and were camped in the St Albans half. After good interplay between backs and forwards, Gareth Roberts found himself some space, accelerated and broke away to score. This conversion was made by Lewis.
Some strange decisions and poor discipline allowed St Albans territory inside Stevenage's 22.
After a number of phases, St Albans managed to cross in the corner for a try which went unconverted.
Stevenage reverted to retaining possession and pinning St Albans back in their own half.
After some good pressure, Kyle Lemon, playing at fly-half, ran another backs move and found Lewis.
Lewis went through the defensive line before being half held by the full-back.
He slipped the ball away to the supporting Peter Smith who went over under the posts for the try and easy conversion for Lewis.
St Albans, although playing up the slope, had a strong wind behind them after the break and used it to good effect to pin Town back close to their own line.
Although having to withstand long periods of pressure, Town defended with great energy and heart.
An injury saw the impressive Lemon replaced by scrum-half Gareth Wall, with Crompton moving to fly-half.
Good lineout ball led to a drive up the pitch followed by a number of blindside crashes by the forwards.
This resulted in good territory once again which although ended in a St Albans scrum, pressure told and the ball was turned back over to Stevenage.
A blindside move created space for the forwards and backs, and after a good interchange, Roberts crossed the line again for his second try. Again the wide conversion was missed.
Stevenage continued to attack but although getting close, could not cross the St Albans line for another score.