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1st XV - Match centre

Stevenage Town
Old Streetonians
I Crompton (2), S Quarmby , G Lewis, C McGrath, A Banna
Tries
W McKendry, N Spalding
J Crabb (3)
Conversions
E Fitzpatrick, E Fitzpatrick
Penalties
E Fitzpatrick, E Fitzpatrick
Sat 6 Apr 15:00 - London & SE Division - London 3 North West Full time

Town take a third successive third place

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Going into this final match of the league season, Stevenage held third place in the league by one point from fourth placed Old Streetonians, making this a shoot out for third place.

Old Streetonians started much the brighter and took the lead in the first minute with a try from their most influential player, second row Will McKendry. This was converted by fly half Eoin Fitzpatrick, who finished the afternoon with five successful kicks from five.

It didn’t take Town long to respond as Ian Crompton scored his twenty-fifth try of the season in the fifth minute and James Crabb converted to tie the scores.

Much of the remainder of the first half was disrupted for Stevenage as they sustained injuries to both centres, Gareth Lewis and Crompton, both of whom had to leave the field but were able to return after treatment.

Stevenage worked hard and threatened the Old Streetonians line, but resolute defending by the visitors kept Stevenage at bay and enabled Old Streetonians to take their own chances and eventually build up a lead of 7 – 20. Centre, Neil Spalding scored the second try for Streets in the 8th minute, followed by a conversion and two penalties by Fitzpatrick in the 15th and 24th minutes. The second penalty resulted from a tackle offence by Scott Quarmby, which saw him sent to the bin for ten minutes.

Crucially, Stevenage were able to reduce the arrears within moments of Quarmby returning to the field as the Captain scored his side’s second try of the afternoon and a second conversion by Crabb, saw the teams go into the interval with Streets’ lead cut to 14 – 20.

The second half was a completely different story as Town took a grip on the match and scored four more tries with a third penalty from Fitzpatrick, as the only response from Streets.

Stevenage scored two tries in the first three minutes of the half as first Crompton went over for his twenty-sixth try of the season, followed by a score from fellow centre, Lewis to put Town in front for the first time in the match.

Stevenage No 8, Alex Banna went to the bin in the 54th minute for a ruck offence but Streets were only able to add a penalty in his absence and their own No 8, Harry Marson-Strutt quickly followed Banna into the bin.

Chris McGrath, playing his final match before moving away having given over twenty years of loyal service to Stevenage from mini to first team, fittingly scored Town’s fifth try in the 64th minute and with Crabb adding a third conversion, this gave the home side an eight point lead at 31 – 23.

The result was put beyond doubt in the 67th minute when Banna went over for his seventeenth try of season to cap off an excellent second half performance by Town to consolidate that third place finish for the third successive year.

This match signified the final home appearance for both Stevenage stalwart and front row legend, Barry Cook who will retire after the Presidents Tankard Final against Harpenden on 28 April and Jesse Tipene, who has made such an impression in his one year stay at North Road.

Stevenage now have three weeks to prepare for the Tankard Cup Final.

Stevenage Town Team: Michael Wilson, George Turvey, Ian Crompton (Adam Amos 21 mins)(Ian Crompton 33 mins), Gareth Lewis (Vinnie Kevans 14 mins)(Gareth Lewis 20 mins)(Vinnie Kevans 59 mins), Chris McGrath, James Crabb, Jesse Tipene, Barry Cook (Jack Zbucki 57 mins), Darren Outram, Bradley Cook (Barry Cook 75 mins), Scott Quarmby, Phil Pearson (Adam Amos 55 mins), Ben Hodge, Wes Moore, Alex Banna

Subs not used: None

Tries: Ian Crompton (2)
Scott Quarmby
Gareth Lewis
Chris McGrath
Alex Banna

Conversions: James Crabb (3)

Key moments

1:00
Try William McKendry scores for Old Streetonians
2:00
Conversion Eoin Fitzpatrick kicks a conversion for Old Streetonians
5:00
Try Ian Crompton scores for Stevenage Town
6:00
Conversion James Crabb kicks a conversion for Stevenage Town
8:00
Try Neil Spalding scores for Old Streetonians
9:00
Conversion Eoin Fitzpatrick kicks a conversion for Old Streetonians
15:00
Penalty Eoin Fitzpatrick kicks a penalty for Old Streetonians
34:00
Try Scott Quarmby scores for Stevenage Town
35:00
Conversion James Crabb kicks a conversion for Stevenage Town
41:00
Try Ian Crompton scores for Stevenage Town
43:00
Try Gareth Lewis scores for Stevenage Town
56:00
Penalty Eoin Fitzpatrick kicks a penalty for Old Streetonians
64:00
Try Chris McGrath scores for Stevenage Town
65:00
Conversion James Crabb kicks a conversion for Stevenage Town
67:00
Try Alex Banna scores for Stevenage Town

Highlights

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75:00 Sub On
Barry Cook is substituted on for Stevenage Town
75:00 Sub Off
Bradley Cook is substituted off for Stevenage Town
68:00 Missed Conversion
James Crabb misses a conversion for Stevenage Town
67:00 Try 36 - 20
Alex Banna scores for Stevenage Town
65:00 Conversion 31 - 20
James Crabb kicks a conversion for Stevenage Town
64:00 Try 29 - 20
Chris McGrath scores for Stevenage Town
61:00 Yellow Card
Harry Marson-Strutt is yellow carded for Old Streetonians
59:00 Sub On
Vincent Kevans is substituted on for Stevenage Town
59:00 Sub Off
Gareth Lewis is substituted off for Stevenage Town
57:00 Sub Off
Barry Cook is substituted off for Stevenage Town
57:00 Sub On
Jacek Zbucki is substituted on for Stevenage Town
56:00 Penalty 24 - 20
Eoin Fitzpatrick kicks a penalty for Old Streetonians
55:00 Sub On
Adam Amos is substituted on for Stevenage Town
55:00 Sub Off
Phil Pearson is substituted off for Stevenage Town
54:00 Yellow Card
Alex Banna is yellow carded for Stevenage Town
44:00 Missed Conversion
James Crabb misses a conversion for Stevenage Town
43:00 Try 24 - 17
Gareth Lewis scores for Stevenage Town
42:00 Missed Conversion
James Crabb misses a conversion for Stevenage Town
41:00 Try 19 - 17
Ian Crompton scores for Stevenage Town
End of period 1
35:00 Conversion 14 - 17
James Crabb kicks a conversion for Stevenage Town
34:00 Try 12 - 17
Scott Quarmby scores for Stevenage Town
33:00 Sub On
Ian Crompton is substituted on for Stevenage Town
33:00 Sub Off
Adam Amos is substituted off for Stevenage Town
23:00 Yellow Card
Scott Quarmby is yellow carded for Stevenage Town
21:00 Sub On
Adam Amos is substituted on for Stevenage Town
21:00 Sub Off
Ian Crompton is substituted off for Stevenage Town
20:00 Sub Off
Vincent Kevans is substituted off for Stevenage Town
20:00 Sub On
Gareth Lewis is substituted on for Stevenage Town
15:00 Penalty 7 - 17
Eoin Fitzpatrick kicks a penalty for Old Streetonians
14:00 Sub Off
Gareth Lewis is substituted off for Stevenage Town
14:00 Sub On
Vincent Kevans is substituted on for Stevenage Town
9:00 Conversion 7 - 14
Eoin Fitzpatrick kicks a conversion for Old Streetonians
8:00 Try 7 - 12
Neil Spalding scores for Old Streetonians
6:00 Conversion 7 - 7
James Crabb kicks a conversion for Stevenage Town
5:00 Try 5 - 7
Ian Crompton scores for Stevenage Town
2:00 Conversion 0 - 7
Eoin Fitzpatrick kicks a conversion for Old Streetonians
1:00 Try 0 - 5
William McKendry scores for Old Streetonians
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As it happened

  • Stevenage Town
  • Old Streetonians
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  • William McKendry Try 1:00'
  • Eoin Fitzpatrick Conversion 2:00'
  • Ian Crompton Try 5:00'
  • James Crabb Conversion 6:00'
  • Neil Spalding Try 8:00'
  • Eoin Fitzpatrick Conversion 9:00'
  • Gareth Lewis Sub Off 14:00'
  • Vincent Kevans Sub On 14:00'
  • Eoin Fitzpatrick Penalty 15:00'
  • Gareth Lewis Sub On 20:00'
  • Vincent Kevans Sub Off 20:00'
  • Adam Amos Sub On 21:00'
  • Ian Crompton Sub Off 21:00'
  • Scott Quarmby Yellow Card 23:00'
  • Ian Crompton Sub On 33:00'
  • Adam Amos Sub Off 33:00'
  • Scott Quarmby Try 34:00'
  • James Crabb Conversion 35:00'
  • Ian Crompton Try 41:00'
  • Gareth Lewis Try 43:00'
  • Alex Banna Yellow Card 54:00'
  • Phil Pearson Sub Off 55:00'
  • Adam Amos Sub On 55:00'
  • Eoin Fitzpatrick Penalty 56:00'
  • Barry Cook Sub Off 57:00'
  • Jacek Zbucki Sub On 57:00'
  • Gareth Lewis Sub Off 59:00'
  • Vincent Kevans Sub On 59:00'
  • Harry Marson-Strutt Yellow Card 61:00'
  • Chris McGrath Try 64:00'
  • James Crabb Conversion 65:00'
  • Alex Banna Try 67:00'
  • Bradley Cook Sub Off 75:00'
  • Barry Cook Sub On 75:00'

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# Team Pl Pts
1. London Welsh 22 100
2. Datchworth 22 87
3. Stevenage Town 22 79
4. Old Streetonians 22 73
5. Tabard 22 59
6. Old Merchant Taylors' 22 57
7. Harrow 22 56

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