MIKE ATKIN­SON

Stockport Express - - Motors -

STOCK­PORT trav­elled to Wilm­slow to play their old ri­vals for the first time in 15 years and re­turned home with a vic­tory.

The weather was never go­ing to let this be an ex­cit­ing open game but both sides were frus­trated by the ref­eree who stamped his au­thor­ity on pro­ceed­ings and did not al­low the game to flow.

Seven yel­low cards were shown, five of them against Stock­port, who won by two penalty tries, a reg­u­la­tion try and con­ver­sion and a penalty to three tries and one con­ver­sion, 24-17.

Stock­port dom­i­nated pos­ses­sion and ter­ri­tory for most of the first half, Wilm­slow did not get out of their half of the field for the first 15 min­utes, dur­ing which they con­ceded a penalty try to Stock­port.

A good line out catch by Dean Schofield and a well or­gan­ised drive took Stock­port to­wards the Wilm­slow line and the home side hooker was pe­nalised and yel­low carded for a side en­try and the penalty try awaded after seven min­utes play.

Wilm­slow then had a good pe­riod after a clear­ance that took them into the Stock­port 22, they were awarded a penalty

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