Date Time Season
30th Nov 2019 2:00 pm National League 1 2019/20

Match Report

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Press Officer David Haigh

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There was an all too familiar pattern to this latest Canterbury defeat as first half defiance became second half misery. Once again the city side were unable to sustain their effort beyond 40 minutes as Stortford’s superior pace and speed of thought earned them a comfortable victory.
At half time Canterbury were only ten points behind, commendable for a side already heavily disrupted by injuries and here further handicapped through the absence of any senior prop forwards.
They got to grips with some of their scrummaging problems, gave little away in defence and if the attack lacked the necessary razor’s edge they at least kept Stortford on their toes.
Tom Banks gave the home side the lead with a 16th minute penalty goal but they could not break Canterbury’s resistance until a growing penalty count led to the opening try. Even then Stortford had to work hard before they made space for centre Mike Ayton to touch down. Banks converted but at the break it seemed we still had a game on our hands.
That optimism was quickly squashed as the city men conceded a try four minutes into the new half, Will Roberts brushing aside a couple of tackles to give his side the ideal fillip. From that point Canterbury became a shadow of their earlier selves, prone to basic errors, falling off important tackles and failing to counter Stortford’s excellent off-loading skills. Luck went against them a couple of times, the ball breaking handily for the home side but that could not disguise the increasingly ragged nature of the performance. It was reflected in a torrent of penalties and a lack of accuracy and penetration when they did have the ball. Stortford assumed total command and cruised away with tries from Josh Stannard and two for mobile lock Tom Lewis before Sam Cappaert rounded thing off with a sixth score. Banks and Aaron Pope shared three conversions. For Canterbury there was much to admire in the unflinching work of Tristan King and Jack Rouse and a glimpse of the future with the debut from the replacements bench of 19-year-old Tom Williams. It is the present, however, that remains clouded.
Canterbury: M. Craven, R.Mackintosh, J.J.Murray (repl T.Best), W.Waddington), C.Grimes, A.Meads, D.Smart (repl T.Williams), J.Otto (repl A Wake-Smith), T.King, E.Lusher (rep J.Otto), R.Cadman, W.Scholes (repl A.Thompson), J.Stephens, J.Rouse ,T.Oliver (repl G.Syminton).

David Haigh

Date Time Season
30th Nov 2019 2:00 pm National League 1 2019/20

Bishop's Stortford

Position T C P DG

Director of Rugby: Andy Long


# Player Position T C P DG
1Jarvis Otto 20Prop0000
2Tristan KingHooker0000
3Elliott LusherProp0000
4Royce CadmanLock0000
5Will Scholes 16Lock0000
6Jamie StephensFlanker0000
7Jack RouseFlanker0000
8Tyler Oliver 18Number Eight0000
9Daniel Smart 17Scrum half0000
10Alex MeadsOutside half0000
11Charlie GrimesWing0000
12Will WaddingtonCentre0000
13Jonathan Murray 19Centre0000
14Ricky MackintoshWing0000
15Max CravenFull-back0000
16Alex Thompson 5Lock0000
17Tom Williams 9Scrum half0000
18Gene Syminton 8Number Eight0000
19Thomas Best 13Centre0000
20Alexander Wake-Smith 1Prop0000
 Total 0000

Coach/Committee Member/Director of Rugby: Andy Pratt
Team Manager: Andy Rogers
Coach: Dave Marshall
Coach: Matthew Pinnick


Match Venue

Bishop's Stortford RFC
Silver Leys, Hadham Rd, Bishop's Stortford CM23 2QE, UK