Free-scoring ‘Gate dismiss visitors with yet another big-scoring victory

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Stoneygate continued their unbeaten season with an impressive 73-0 win at home to Quorn.

On a blustery day where both teams had to adapt their play to suit the conditions.

Stoneygate started with the right intentions. With the wind behind them they set up a couple of quick phases then relied on the big boot from Ben Aspell to camp them down inside the opposition’s 22.

The first line out was contested heavily with Stoneygate putting Ed Dee up at two and Barney Carr up at four, which paid off and, after a couple more phases with strong pick up and goes from Michael Scott and Simon Dolby, the pressure finally told and Stoneygate were able to get the ball wide and full back Aspell went crashing over in the corner.

He repeated the same outcome two minutes later after the forwards linked up well with wing Sam Maher- loughman to create the overlap again for Aspell to score.

With the game opening up, the next 15 minutes were dominated by the Stoneygate backs playing heads up rugby and realising Quorn where slower on the outside shoulder; resulting in tries from Steve Farrow 2, Tom Archer and Joe Murphy.

The game went disjointed for the rest of the half. Mistakes cost both teams possession and with the occasional niggle from both camps, gave the forwards time to have a scrummaging competition.

Although the noticeably smaller pack, Stoneygate managed to win several scrums against the head which starved Quorn of the ball and with a couple of support play efforts from David Begley and Tom Charnley, saw two more tries added to the score sheet.

With Gate now playing into the wind and having to play a tighter game in the second half they were banking on being able to run the ball out of their half and rely on strong rucking and mauling.

Half backs Will Cropper and Luke Sturgess were pulling the strings by this stage putting both Archer and Farrow into large holes in the midfield for them both to complete their hat tricks.

Three further tries were added, one from the tireless Barney Carr and two from debutant winger, Alex Brown who showed electric pace to outstrip the Quorn defence.

As the second half drew to an end, Quorn emptied their bench which saw them spring into life with some threatening attacks of their own.

The fresh legs made a difference and Quorn were camped in the Stoneygate 22 where a couple of mistakes and some dogged last ditch defence saw Stoneygate holding Quorn up over the line to keep a clean sheet.

The final whistle blew seeing Stoneygate come out 73-0 winners.

Captain Michael Scott said: “It was a great result in some challenging conditions and great to keep our 100 per cent record this season.

“A final big thank you must go to the groundstaff at Uppingham Community College who did an excellent job in keeping the pitch in immaculate condition.”