Stags survive late comeback to secure Bowl win
By Stephan Walker
North Police provide tough test in first competitive fixture
If you were a neutral supporter this must have been a great game to watch - lots of open play, end to end stuff, exciting attacks,and a shed load of tries.
If you support the #MightyStags then you'd be wondering why the game wasn't put to bed a good half an hour earier.
The first half was cracking end to end stuff, a real ding-dong affair which ended all square 19-19. The Police team were big and fast and their centres were running great attacking plays. This wasn't our usual midfield though. With club captain Ali Kennedy missing everyone stepped inside one and Henry Pearce went straight in at 10.
Our points came from tries from Kenny Horsfield, Tom Bannerman - from a pushover scrum - and Ross Mellis, and two John Mann conversions.
We made 4 changes at the break - the Reid bother, John and Steven; Jacob McCormick; and Chris Watt came off and on went Rory Burnside, Mitchell McSpadden, Ross Eunson and Andrew Bridgeford.
Straight from the whistle we attacked and were rewarded with a crashover try from Jamie Johnston. Then Kenny Horsfield got his second with some very nifty footwork to dance past several defenders. With a 12 point lead it looked like we would just open things up but the Police came back and score.
Kenny restored the lead with a crashover try for his hat-trick, and then Henry Pearce scored to give us a 19 point cushion.
Fair play to the Police though, they kept right at it and were rewarded with 14 unanswered points in the last eight minutes; their final conversion signalling the end of the game.
Job done, and on to the next round.
In the draw with us for the quarter finals so far are: Aberdeenshire, Inverness Craig Dunain, Shetland, Kinloss Eagles, RAF Lossiemouth.
The final first round tie between Stornoway and Aberdeen University is scheduled for 22nd September