Stamford College Old Boys 30 Westwood 29
COLLEGE sealed a vital one point victory late in the game at home to Westwood on Saturday.
After their disappointment against Thorney a week earlier, College knew this was a must-win fixture and they charged at the opposition right from the kick off, dominating the early stages of the game.
Dan Pelech scored an early drop goal but College failed to build on this and Westwood scored two tries – one converted – towards the end of the first half.
College, who had been the better side in the first period, emerged with renewed determination and aggression after the break, smashing into Westwood with a relentless barrage of ball carrying. Westwood’s tacklers could not cope and suddenly College had looked unstoppable.
The Stamford side took the lead through attacking play that took risks and a quick turnover allowed Westwood a try of their own to regain the lead.
The game was delicately poised when College lost a player to the sin bin for a technical infringement.
The numerical advantage eventually told and Westwood punished a silly mistake to score another try. But in another twist the College charged straight down to the other end to bring the deficit back to two points with Pelech finishing off after several fierce charges by the College forwards.
With 15 players on the pitch again, College ran the ball, recycling it through the forwards and finally Hickman crossed to finish a great multi-phase passage of play.
Again Westwood punished an error to retake the lead with just five minutes remaining but as the Westwood team waited for the final whistle, a blistering spell of forward running resulted in yet another College try to take the score to 30-29 and this time College held on to win.
Stamford COB: Gosney, Peachey, Hickman, Emmins, Wright, Moss, Pulley, Tindall, Briggs, Young, De Salis, Pelech, Harrison, Chapman, Durrant, Pulley, Boyall, Walker.