MATCH REPORT: Rosslyn Park 38 – Bishops Stortford 16

Henry Cheeseman’s brace saw Rosslyn Park to a dominant 38-16 win over Bishop’s Stortford at The Rock.

Arthur Ellis and Jack Gash added their names to the scoreboard along with a penalty try as their five-score haul left the Hertfordshire side non-plussed. And the bonus-point win saw Kieran Power’s boys return to the top of the National League 1 table on games lost.

Park got a foothold in the game in the first four minutes, Cheeseman finding the line after Neville Edwards’s break through the middle. But Stortford put themselves on the board five minutes later, an offside leading to Austin Pope’s penalty kick beneath the posts. And the visitor’s kicker doubled his score within two minutes as he kicked from the right on the 22-metre line.

After a competitive 10-minute spell, it was Park’s turn to win a penalty as Craig Holland slotted one for not rolling away on 20 minutes. The fly-half was given another kicking opportunity five minutes later – but grazed the edge of the right post from 30 metres out.

Park got the next big break of the game with five minutes to half time as Ellis kicked, ran and made it to the five-metre line. And the following scrum ended in a penalty try for Power’s men, putting the demons of last week’s Rams game to bed. The third try was secured with two minutes to the break, Cheeseman strolling through a gap to score beneath the posts.

Park had their bonus point three minutes into the restart as Ellis broke away from a maul to find the line.

Stortford worked hard for the next 15 minutes and were rewarded with a try on the hour, Nick Hankin running clear on the left. The home side did not let them gain momentum, though, as Gash leapt onto a loose ball in the corner for the fifth try.

The visitors pushed for a second try – and their fast movement of the ball saw James Freeman sin-binned with five minutes to go. They finished the game with James Apperley going over but Park were already celebrating.

Rosslyn Park
Tries: Cheeseman 4, 38, Penalty 34, Ellis 43, Gash 66
Conversions: Holland 5, 39, 44, Leonard 67
Penalties: Holland 20
Sin Bins: Freeman 74

Team (15-9/1-8): Henry Robinson (Dave Lewis 57); Nick Scott, Henry Cheeseman (Harry Leonard 55), Joe Munro ©, Neville Edwards; Craig Holland, Jack Gash; Kyle Traynor (Doran-Jones 72), Tom Vaughan-Edwards (Owen Hughes 55), Paul Doran-Jones (Ali Wade 49); Sam Twomey, Gregor Gillanders (Dan Laventure 63); James Freeman, Arthur Ellis, Henry Spencer (Gillanders 64)

Bishop’s Stortford
Tries: Hankin 59, Apperley 77
Penalties: Pope 9, 11
Sin Bins:

Team (15-9/1-8): Nick Hankin; Mike Ayrton (James Ayrton 44), George Keen ©, Sam Cappaert, Chris Smith; Austin Pope (Ayrton M 49; Spivey 62; Ayrton M 68), Jake Spivey (Tom Banks 49); Will Roberts (Seb Brownhill 9), Harrison King (Theo Dan 4), Tom McCrone; Will Palombo (Dan Elsom 40), Tom Lewis; James Apperley, Luis Ball, Charlie Kingham

Attendance: 600
Referee: Alan Chandrachud
HT: 24-6
Star Man: Jack Gash – Rosslyn Park


Birmingham Moseley 17-22 Chinnor
Cambridge 14-23 Richmond
Canterbury 19-17 Cinderford
Darlington Mowden Park 34-17 Blackheath
Old Elthamians 46-18 Rotherham Titans
Plymouth Albion 37-31 Hull Ionians
Rosslyn Park 38-16 Bishop’s Stortford
Sale FC 19-26 Rams

  • Park return to the top of the table as their bonus-point win put them level on points with Richmond, going top on account of games lost.
  • Rams keep up the pressure on the London sides, though, remaining one point behind in third.
  • Chinnor and Darlington Mowden Park jump into third and fourth respectively as the Northern Echo Arena side’s bonus-point draws them level on points.
  • Blackheath and Cinderford’s losses proved costly as the dropped to fifth and sixth but a losing bonus for the Gloucestershire side puts them two points behind.
  • Old Elthamians remain in eighth after their crushing Rotherham Titans win.
  • Plymouth Albion leap-frog Sale and Bishop’s Stortford to ninth, sitting three points clear.
  • Birmingham Moseley’s losing bonus against Chinnor puts them up to 12th, overtaking Cambridge.
  • The bottom three of Titans, Hull Ionians and Canterbury remain the same but the Nat 2 North winners gained two bonus points while the Kent side grabbed their first win to sit 10 behind Titans at the bottom.

Cinderford preview

Park face a long trip to Gloucestershire in their last away game of 2019 against top-six side Cinderford.

The Cindy Dogs suffered a blow to their title hopes as a shock 19-17 loss to Canterbury ended a winning run of four games.

Kieran Power’s boys started the last campaign at the Beavis Memorial Ground with a bonus-point winning 36-29 score line.

Cinderford vs Rosslyn Park, Saturday 14 December, 3pm @ Dockham Road