Wood hails de­fen­sive ef­forts as Water­loo se­cure vic­tory at Stock­port

Midweek Visiter - - Motors - BY TOM GAL­LAGHER

Stock­port 14 Fir­wood Water­loo 27 FOUR first half tries from Fir­wood Water­loo helped them to a 27-14 vic­tory over Stock­port at The Me­mo­rial Ground last Sat­ur­day.

Al­wyn Watkin Wil­liams be­gan the first half on­slaught for the vis­i­tors with a try fol­low­ing a pick and drive. his score was also con­verted.

Fir­wood Water­loo’s con­stant pres­sure paid off as Tai Tupou came from the base of a ruck, broke a tackle and touched over the line to make it 12-0 but this time the con­ver­sion at­tempt was missed.

The vis­i­tors took ad­van­tage of Stock­port con­ced­ing a penalty by us­ing the li­ne­out to give An­drew Adams the op­por­tu­nity to touch down but again the con­ver­sion failed to split the up­rights.

Nev­er­the­less, Fir­wood Water­loo went into the half-time break hold­ing a healthy 17-0 ad­van­tage.

Stock­port started the sec­ond half well and a well or­gan­ised drive al­lowed Andy Broadhurst the chance to score a try which was con­verted by Tom Ea­ton.

Fir­wood Water­loo scored the only kick­able penalty of the match to go 20-7 ahead.

Liam Baun­ders scored the next try for the away side on 55 min­utes fol­low­ing sus­tained pres­sure and in­clud­ing con­ver­sion gave them a 27-7 ahead.

The fi­nal try of the match was scored by Stock­port player/coach Dean Schofield who broke two tack­les to touch over, Ea­ton again con­verted to make the score 27-14.

Fir­wood Water­loo di­rec­tor of rugby, Steve Wood, was pleased with his side’s dis­play.

He said: “In what was bad con­di­tions I thought we dom­i­nated pos­ses­sion, I thought we were pa­tient, we re­tained pos­ses­sion re­ally well.

“Coaches and play­ers worked hard this week in terms of elim­i­nat­ing the penalty count and keep­ing pos­ses­sion.

“This was a good test of where we are this sea­son.

“Our de­fence was fan­tas­tic – the boys worked re­ally hard.

“This sets us up nicely to get a few wins un­der our belt and to try and get back up that league.”

Wood is look­ing for­ward to fac­ing top of the league Vale of Lune this week­end and is con­fi­dent of his side’s chances.

“Vale will be a good test for us,” he said.

“To­day we dom­i­nated in the for­wards so we will go into that game with con­fi­dence.

“If we can play the same way and main­tain pos­ses­sion, stay pa­tient, I’m sure we will have a good op­por­tu­nity for a re­sult.”

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