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Taunton Titans draw with Bishops Stortford in National One


TAUNTON Titans will feel like they lost points on Saturday after drawing with Bishops Stortford after controlling the majority of the game.

The Titans were the better team for much of the action, but a few lapses in focus allowed their opponents to come back into the game later.

Head coach Tony Yapp said he was disappointed, but there are still plenty of positives to take from the game.

“The mood after that feels like a loss if I’m honest, we were better for a lot of the game but we let them come back late which is disappointing.

“The Bishops are a good team and they taught us a lesson here, we have to be at our best for 80 minutes if we want to win.

“There are still a lot of positives to take from this and I’m proud of how far our boys have come this season.”

Shai Bonnick on the charge (photo: Clayton Jane)

In the early exchanges, it was Stortford who brought the game to Taunton, and the away team were in front after four minutes when Josh Stannard passed into the corner; the conversion put them 0-7 up.

This woke Taunton up and they went straight on the attack, and after a few penalties they went close and through a maul they scored their first of the game which Jack Walsh converted.

Stortford went further ahead through a penalty but it would be their last score of the half as Taunton gained momentum.

In the 20th minute, Jack Walsh sold the last defender with a brilliant dummy to score and put Taunton ahead, he also converted the try, but that try cannot be mentioned without giving credit to Frankie Dart.

He picked up the ball about 20 yards from his own try line and beat at least five tackles before finally being stopped about twenty yards from the other try line.

Taunton could have scored more tries before the break but Stortford managed to keep them out but Walsh scored a penalty so by the break it was 17-10 for the Titans.

In the second half, Taunton came off flying and when Isaac Dalton attempted a try in the 43rd minute things were looking good, the conversion was missed but it was then 22-10.

Somerset County Gazette: Jack Walsh picked the man of the match (Picture: Clayton Jane)Jack Walsh chose the man of the match (photo: Clayton Jane)

Then almost in the next attacking game Taunton was over the top again, this time Harry Tarling sailed nearly undamaged.

Taunton was flying, Walsh converted the try and the score was 29-10 in favor of the home side.

From there, Taunton should have kept scoring and going on to win, but Stortford never gave up.

They then scored three unanswered tries, the last in the 78th minute and they earned themselves a draw.

Next up for Taunton is an away trip to face the Rams on Saturday January 29, kick off at 3pm.