Rugby: Stafford show battling spirit to make cup progress
STAFFORD are into the second round of the Intermediate Cup thanks to Vincent Hogan's converted try in the final play of their 20-17 home win over Dunlop.
In a cup tie featuring a red card apiece and two yellows for the visitors, it was 14 v 13 by the end of the contest.
Despite a Matty Walklate penalty and the sight of Tommy May bullying his way over the line for a try converted by Darren Mottershead, Stafford trailed 17-10 at the break.
Stafford had to produce magnificent defending after the restart before starting to gnaw away at Dunlop's lead.
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Mottershead's reliable boot reduced the deficit to just four points with the clock spiralling towards full time.
And then with time almost up and Stafford battering away at Dunlop's tiring defences, the ball was shifted to Hogan to crash over and Mottershead to convert.
NEWCASTLE'S Sam Evans scored a hat-trick in their 50-21 win at home to Old Coventrians in the first round of the Midland Senior Vase.
It was pretty plain sailing from the start as skipper Dan Jones broke through for a converted try, while Kev Edwards then passed inside for Sam Longstaff to go over.
Andy Green put Ant Cornwall clear 20 metres out for another converted score to establish a 22-7 half-time lead.
Jones grabbed his second, before Evans announced himself by sidestepping his way past the opposition from halfway to claim his first.
Excellent play from the backs sent Evans over for another two scores, both converted by Ash Martin to give him 15 points.