STAFFORD RUFC Colts got back to winning ways in the Merit table with an 8-3 away win at Staffordshire rivals Newcastle.
The wet conditions played their part in a match that was not a classic, but Stafford were delighted with the victory.
A greasy surface and slippery ball made it tough going in the opening exchanges and there were mistakes from both sides. However, good use of the boot proved far more effective.
Stafford took the lead with a try after Gaz Phillips crossed the line in the corner. Chris Newell was unlucky not to add the conversion from what was a difficult angle.
The forwards were constantly in action due to the amount of line-outs and scrums being caused by the conditions. Stafford were unlucky not to be awarded a second try just before the break, but the referee decided the ball had not been grounded.
In the second period it was again a busy time for the forwards with the conditions forcing errors and very few opportunities to build good passges of play.
Stafford seized on a chance to extend the lead with a penalty in front of the posts and Newell made no mistake. Newcastle’s only joy was a successful penalty.
In the Midlands 3 West (North) section, Eccleshall 1st XV skipped to a third defeat in four, going down 32-17 away to unbeaten leaders Burntwood.
Meanwhile, Rugeley 1st XV are looking strong in Midlands 5 West (North). They recorded their third straight win with a 25-13 success over Stourport.