STAFFORD 1st XV have got the season off to a splendid start with three successive wins.
After opening the campaign with a Staffordshire Cup triumph over Leek, followed by an opening Midlands 2 West (North) victory against Old Silhillians, the Castlefields outfit continued the good work on Saturday.
They visited Lordswood Dixonians and returned with a 38-26 victory to move third in the table. Stafford set off at a blistering pace and following some excellent early movement were awarded a penalty, put away by Matty Walklate.
Dixonians tried to settle into the game but found it hard to contain the Stafford team during any phase of play. Walklate kicked further penalties for a 9-0 lead.
The Stafford forwards went direct and Rich Whatling scored Stafford’s first try.
The backs continued to threaten but the forwards closed the half with a superb driving maul to give Whatling a second try, Walklate converting.
A scything run by Nick Oxley left the home defence standing and gave Stafford their third try, again converted by Walklate.
The home side responded and replied with a converted try of their own, before Vinny Hogan ran in Stafford’s fourth score.
Andrew Carter grounded Stafford’s fifth and final try, before tired Stafford legs led to Dixonians running in three tries in quick succession and converting twice.
Stafford entertain Dunlop in the Intermediate Cup today (3pm).