The St Ives Bulls RFC may have lost five players in their last match, including two props, but the rest of the team redeemed themselves with a comfortable win over Stockwood Park.
It was fly-half’s Mickey Drake’s wedding but the stand-in players showed no signs of difficulty in grinding out a 14-12 win which guarantees the promotion for the Midlands 3 East (South) league leaders.
Last season the Bulls nearly got promoted and as director of rugby Phil Brown put it, there was a sense of “let’s go get it done now” before the team took to the field to win promotion with games to spare.
St Ives when ahead when stand-in fly-half John Naylor took the opportunity to play in place of Drake to make a statement for inclusion and scored. They fell behind to to Stockwood tries later on, but a try from Duncan Williams and a conversion by Naylor turned the game in their favour. They had to dig deep to defend in the latter stages of the game, but did well to prevent Stockwood from scoring.
Promotion is now guaranteed for St Ives. The focus is now on winning the title!