There was no stopping a determined ladies team!
By Carly Poyser
Hosting Watford based Fullerians at Silver Leys on Sunday.
Following a mediocre performance in last weeks away match to Welwyn, Bishops Stortford ladies came back with a vengeance in a thrilling display of physical, running rugby.
Their determination was evident from the start when on just three minutes Raquel Obama Fredas gathered a loose ball with very little space, yet accelerated impressively leaving the Fullerians defence flailing on their own 10metre line. The Stortford centre then took full advantage of the wide 1st team pitch and continued her run, making the 40yd sprint to notch up the first 5 points on the score board.
Another try followed shortly afterwards when some great forward work led to clean ball being passed out to the strong running Carleigh LaLonge to break through and show great pace to get passed the visitors try line to make the score 10-0 after only 8 minutes.
If any of the large crowd in attendance may have thought the opposition would be demoralised after this initial onslaught, they were very much mistaken as the visitors increased their intensity and physicality to compete very strongly at all set pieces as well as in the loose. They continued to battle bravely, then scored a try of their own when a well worked move led to their first points of the afternoon on 30mins.
However on 35 minutes when Stortford were awarded a scrum in the oppositions half following a knock on, No. 8 Georgia Read came up from the scrum with only one thing on her mind and following an extremely aggressive run, burst through both the initial and the cover defence to add another 5 to the scoreline.
A refreshed and confident side continued where they left off after the break and put some fantastic passages of play together. Following several phases, fly half Jemma Goddard who bossed the game well all afternoon, crossed the opponents line to score what was her first competitive try before narrowly missing the conversion.
The home team started asserting their dominance and deep in to the second half there was no way back for the visitors, further tries from LaLonge and Fredas kept the scoreboard ticking. Shortly before the full time whistle, a fairytale end came when Bishops Stortford winger Jude McKelvey crossed the line to finish a great backs move in front of a television crew who were documenting her daily life prior to taking on a fantastic charity game of rugby on Everest in April.
Full time score 35-5
By Paddy Dean