City put to the sword by Stow


Lady Luck appears to have deserted Milton Keynes as suffered yet another heavy defeat at home, this time to Stow-on-the-Wold 60-15.

Five minutes in, City were in the lead with some good work by the pack allowing Tom Sothcott to force his way over the try line. Although the conversion was missed, the home side were in the lead, albeit for just a short period of time. Poor defence allowed Stow to add their own try just a few minutes later.

Half way through the first half Stow started to dominate the game and added a further try. With the conversion Stow were now 7 points ahead with the likelihood that more tries would soon arrive.

Tim Parkinson crossed the line for City after great work by Dan Pearson to narrow the points margin to just two.

The first half could have finished with City in the lead. After some good play between the City players Rob Lasbrey went over for what was to be their last score of the game.

Further poor defence allowed Stow to claim the honours at the end of the first half with a score of 17–15.

The start of the second half was encouraging for the hosts. There was the opportunity to regain the lead. Some good moves from the backs put them in, what appeared to be, the formality of a score. With just one pass to go with no opposition the ball was knocked on and City’s last chance to take the lead was gone.

Stow dominated the remainder of the game and all City could do was to work on their defending, although with little success as Stow ran wild, winning 60-15.

City find themselves at the wrong end of the table, but face fellow strugglers Wallingford at Emerson Valley next.