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Bishop's Stortford RFC Colts B team beat Old Verulamians at Old Albanian to win Herts County Plate and complete a double



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Bishop's Stortford Colts capped an incredible season when the B team won the County Plate on Sunday with a dramatic win in the very last second of the game.

They beat Old Verulamians 24-21 when the referee awarded a penalty try after a series of persistent fouls.

The victory sparked incredible scenes as their A side team-mates swarmed onto the pitch at the final whistle to join the celebrations.

Bishop's Stortford Colts B team celebrate winning the County Plate (56397988)
Bishop's Stortford Colts B team celebrate winning the County Plate (56397988)

Just 15 minutes earlier the Stortford A team had lost their County Cup final 20-17 on an adjacent pitch at Old Albanian.

Jude Tanfield was the two-try hero for the B team. He scored twice in the first half – one converted by Tom Griffiths – to go in 13-12 down at the break.

Vs scored early in the second half to make it 18-12, Stortford prop Tom Coates went over to make it 18-17 before Vs extended their lead to 21-17 through a penalty.

Bishop's Stortford Colts A and B teams (56401965)
Bishop's Stortford Colts A and B teams (56401965)

Then came the last five minutes of drama as Stortford camped on the Vs try line with a series of scrums.

Cameron Lines broke for the line, only to be chopped down with a high tackle leading to a yellow card and a penalty. Stortford recycled the ball, leading to a two-man overlap when Vs deliberately knocked on.

The ref awarded a penalty try and immediately blew up for full time, leading to wild celebrations.

It was a particularly sweet moment for centre Jack Balado after battling back from a horrendous knee injury to be part of the match-winning team.

Ryan Cox, Archie Racey and Murray Davidson played their last match as colts for BSRFC having played together all the way from under-six to under-18 (56397982)
Ryan Cox, Archie Racey and Murray Davidson played their last match as colts for BSRFC having played together all the way from under-six to under-18 (56397982)

On the next pitch, the A team had chances to beat a very strong Old Albanian side.

Trailing 12-0 at the break, they came back brilliantly with tries from Ryan Cox and Oscar Wilson.

Wilson also converted both, but his team just could not make the breakthrough they needed to find victory.

Both sides won their respective Herts/Middlesex Leagues this season and coach Dave Macfie said: "I couldn't be more proud of the boys. They've been brilliant all year.

"To win both league titles and to both reach county cup finals is an amazing achievement. I'd really like to thank the coaching team for all their hard work."



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