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Stow make losing start to campaign
1:30pm Thursday 19th September 2013 in Sport
STOW made a losing return to the Southern Counties North Division with a 19-10 defeat to Drifters in their opening fixture of the new campaign.
Despite good conditions, Stow lived up to their reputation for being slow starters and shipped a try in only the second minute, with Lewis Chapman also sustaining a knee injury and having to leave the field.
This required a reshuffle with captain Tim Peachey taking over at hooker and a replacement coming on as a back row forward.
Possession was given away again in the 10th minute, resulting in the Drifters scoring again wide out on the right to open up a 10-point lead. As with the first try, the conversion was missed.
Things got even worse for Stow when the referee showed a yellow card to Tom Davies and the penalty kick made it 13-0 to the hosts.
With 14 men, Stow started to settle, and although they gave away possession close to the Drifters’ try line, they soon made amends.
A clearance kick was collected by Bodge Kelly and he made a fine run before offloading to Craig Chapman who touched down to leave Stow trailing at 13-5.
The visitors were beginning to find their feet and once they were back to a full complement of 15, began to put Drifters under pressure.
However, they were soon reduced to 14 men again when Craig Chapman was judged to have made a high tackle and was shown a yellow card three minutes before half-time.
Trailing 16-5 going into the second period and with the breeze and slope behind them, Stow continued to improve although they struggled in the tight scrums.
The referee again penalised Stow and the resulting penalty saw Drifters move 19-5 ahead.
Stow cranked up the pressure for much of the second-half but couldn’t narrow the score until the last few minutes when James Ford touched down in the corner after a well-worked move.
Stow host High Wycombe at Oddington Road in their next fixture on Saturday (3pm).
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