Warrington Tame Stockport In First Home Game of Season
By David Jervis
Pace and commitment beats Stockport's physical pressure
Warrington 23 - Stockport 17
In another compelling contest at Walton Lea, Warrington kept their heads and saw off late pressure to give them victory over previously unbeaten Stockport.
In their first five league games, Warrington margins between winning and losing have not been greater than 7 points proving just how competitive is this North One West League.
The home side opened strongly, playing with the pace and width missing in previous weeks but Stockport’s well-organised defence kept the game scoreless for twenty minutes before Darren Norman’s penalty edged Warrington ahead.
Stockport’s forwards then asserted themselves and they enjoyed the second quarter scoring two well-executed rolling mauls to head into a healthy 14 – 6 lead after another Norman penalty.
Vitally, Warrington struck next with their dangerous backs working an excellent blind side try for the dashing Nathan Beesley, who crossed in the corner before touching down close to the posts . A Norman conversion made the half time score 14 – 13.
The second half saw Warrington produce their best 40 minutes of the season. They upped the pace, kept possession and dominated territory. Downes, White and Lynch were prominent in an impressive forward display and although Stockport’s defence remained resolute and a converted penalty stretched their lead, it was the home side who struck what was to prove the vital score.
Continuous pressure on the Stockport 22, in which the Warrington probing was intelligent, patient and remorseless, eventually led to the excellent, dynamic Lynch scoring near the posts and the conversion, together with a further penalty kick, gave the home side a lead which they did not relinquish despite a late desperate onslaught from the away side.
“Another nail-biter, but we are becoming more mature about our decision making. We beat a good side today because we didn’t panic. Our patience was impressive and we showed that we now know how to close a game” said coach Andy Roberts. “We head to Carlisle in two weeks, to meet the current league leaders”.