ABBEY gained revenge for the heavy 75-3 defeat they suffered at Stow-on-the-Wold earlier in the season as they narrowly ran out 10-8 winners on Saturday, writes Mark Hoskins.
The win was based on a solid and dominant effort from the home pack. Abbey took the lead after a well-worked try in the ninth minute. A patient build-up led to centre Arron Ross and saw him burst clear to touch down to the right of the sticks. Wright added the conversion.
Thereafter the bulk of the half took place in Abbey territory, although they always looked the better side with ball in hand.
At the end of the first quarter outside half George Rodden missed an easy penalty chance for the visitors, the ball brushing the outside of the right post. Abbey continued to dominate the Stow scrum and such was their dominance of the set piece that after 26 minutes the visitors sent on the two bulky Chapman brothers to shore up the scrum. Earlier, Stow had lost winger Bradley Wrench to a leg injury.
Hallett produced a try-saving line-out steal when Stow had a throw-in five metres from the home line before Walton made another good break. Unfortunately, Wright twice missed touch from penalty kicks, but both Brown and winger George Pawlett ran well as Abbey attacked from deep.