Stoneygate went top of the table in the Leicestershire Merit B league on Saturday with 37-14 victory at Leicester Forest 2nds.
After some 15 minutes of fairly even rugby, the breakthrough came for the visitors. Jack Storry playing at outside-centre took a pass just outside his own 22 and within seconds was under the home team’s posts. Storry’s outside break was too much for his opposite man and with slinky footwork he beat both the covering winger and full-back.
From there on Gate set the tone for what was to be a very good remaining 60 minutes of rugby.
As the game drew closer to the half, Gate threatened with numerous attacks through the back-three of James Keywood, Matt Boyce and Harry Clark, supported well by the forwards. Eventually Gate’s persistence prevailed and Boyce, making his debut for the club, came off his wing to take a pass in the midfield and drifted round the home side’s defence to score in the corner.
Coupled with excellent attacks on the wings the Gate scrum was really getting going and the pack to a man was making real inroads into a tiring Leicester Forest eight.
As the sides swapped at the half the visitors continued as they had finished off in the first-half.
Leicester Forest found their second wind for a period and pegged Stoneygate back in the corners on a number of occasions.
The resulting pressure from the home side bought two tries in quick succession. One of which the referee awarded a penalty try for a high tackle that even the home team felt was unjust.
Leicester Forest were now back to within six points combining strong forward play with Stoneygate indiscipline.
Shortly after however, a quick tap penalty in the Leicester Forest red zone resulted in Matt Boyce’s second try of the match and from there on there was only one team in it.
Gate ran away with it in the final 15 minutes with another couple of tries and ran out winners 14-37.
A very strong performance in all areas of the field and all 18 Stoneygate squad members on the day played their part with Storry’s hat-trick the highlight. Gate remain undefeated in the league this season, with the next match on November 7th at home in Uppingham.