Bucks 22 Stockton IIs 10

By Chris Harrison - March 4 2009
Bucks 22 Stockton IIs 10 The Bucks entertained Stockton II in the Tees Merit League. They fielded their youngest set of backs of the season with six 18 year olds and the evergreen Mike Parker knocking the average up a little.
The game was to and fro for much of the first half with West failing to keep hold of the ball for long enough to really bother the visitors try line. Stockton were efficient in ensuring the home team did not get the clean ball they wished for.
A serious injury to the Stockton scrum half then held up the game for a shortwhile.
So on 45 mins West finally broke the deadlock when centre Will Turnbull broke through the visitors defence. The Bucks kept the ball for several phases and this led the Stockton defence to breakdown enough for the 17 year old to slip through (5-0).
On 50 mins a great Bucks scrum led to the ball spewing out of the side of the visitors back row. No 7 Jonny Wright pounced on the ball and from the subsequent ruck it was moved wide. However the ball went to ground and the attack seemed over. Fly half Tom Wilson, making his senior debut, looped round to pick up, beat a couple of men and feed Turnbull for his 2nd try (10-0).
Half Time
7 minutes into the second half West were penalised for being a mile offside at a ruck and Stockton converted (10-3).
On 12 minutes a kick through by Stockton had gone dead when the referee awarded a penalty try as the kicker collided with the home full back (10-10).
Stockton lost a man to the sin bin and West took advantage at a 5 metre scrum. West went for the pushover but Stockton began to wheel it. No 8 Sam Powell picked up and fed Barry Corbett, on at scrum half, who threw a big dummy before darting over (15-10).
Two of Stocktons players were red carded on 30 minutes for fighting each other - nuf said!
On 36 minutes a tremendous West counter attack was finished off by 2nd row Michael Robson. The young forward showed the benefit of supporting an attack even when well back down the field. As the ball was moved through several pairs of hands and breakdowns he appeared in support at the right time to drive over (22-10).
A well fought victory with Wests normal attacking game not functioning as efficiently as it has in recent wins.
A good workout for the forwards as they front up away to Horden 3rds in the semi-final of the 3rds Team Cup.