At last Stops collected two valuable points from a convincing win.
The first quarter was a close fought encounter, but by half-time Stops had pulled steadily ahead to take a 5-1 lead.
By the end of the third quarter the result seemed beyond doubt with a comfortable 9-1 lead, and by the final whistle Stops had hit the back of the net four more times, although Ashton had rallied with two goals in reply.
Stops’ defence put on a sound display throughout the game with Matt Day having what was probably his best performance yet for the club.
Henry Phillips employed his trademark move on a number of occasions; the attacker appears to have gone past Henry only to find a late check taking the ball (and sometimes his stick) from him.
James Allan changed his usual long stick for a short stick and proved an effective midfielder, getting himself onto the score sheet.
The final score of 13-3 provided a substantial margin of victory and included a number of well worked and nicely finished goals.
Despite that, scoring opportunities were missed that could have added another half dozen to the total.
Overall this was a spirited display of good lacrosse and a tribute to the effort and determination of team captain, Phil Hall.