Bishop's Stortford overturn 9-point deficit to beat Herts rivals Old Albanians
Bishop's Stortford 18 Old Albanians 14, National League 1
Bishop’s Stortford made it three wins in a row in National League 1 as they overturned a 14-5 deficit to beat Hertfordshire rivals Old Albanians 18-14 at Silver Leys.
Andy Long’s side scored the first try as a result of an individual effort by full back Nick Hankin, who bounced off a tackler to score wide left and make it 5-0.
But OAs bounced back themselves with two tries, the first under the posts after poor close-quarter defence by Stortford and the second resulting from a string of errors by the hosts who had had a penalty in the visitors’ half. Both tries were converted to put OAs 14-5 ahead.
Scrum half Tommy Banks, back after six weeks out and in for last week’s Moseley match-winner Alex Patton, kicked a penalty on the stroke of half time to reduce the arrears to 14-8.
In the second half, with the wind at their backs, Stortford made the most of a yellow card for OAs’ No 3 Taylor Reed, as a driving maul resulted in Declan Caulfield scoring a try for which Banks failed to add the extras, leaving the hosts one point adrift.
But Stortford made their second-half superiority tell in the end as replacement Seb Brownhill went over for the match-winning try, which again Banks failed to convert.
The win leaves Stortford sixth in the table ahead of their visit to second-placed Blackheath next Saturday.
Bishop’s Stortford: Nick Hankin, Chris Smith, Sam Winter (c), Johnny Neville, Jimmy Rea, Matt Riddington, Tommy Banks; Will Roberts, Declan Caulfield, Sean Edwards, James Apperley, Matt Tomlinson, Oli Jones, Rory Banks, Dan Leo. Replacements: Seb Brownhill, Tom McCrone, Dan Elsom, Conor Austin.