College Old Boys draw vital clash

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Thorney 5 Stamford College OB 5

STAMFORD College Old Boys’ clash at Thorney was a crunch game for both sides in the lower tier of the league table with bottom side Thorney desperate to close the gap with a win.

College had some inexperience within the squad so called on the elder statesmen to provide the direction for the afternoon.

College were bright in the early periods with Captain Cat Walker leading from the front with some barrelling runs into the heart of the Thorney defence. College laid seige to the Thorney line through early pressure with rolling the mauls but they were too keen to get over and their chance disappeared.

Thorney were more than a match up front. They slowed possession down and when College were on the back foot, their backs made major inroads, mixing up smart lines of running with chips over the top. College’s centre pairing of Dan Wilby and Adam Ireland were kept on their toes.

In the first half there were a couple of times Stamford were nearly caught out before full back Andy Durrant or winger Michael Hesketh cleared the danger.

Thorney thought they had opened the scoring but hooker John Hickman managed to make the tackle in the corner, only for play to be brought back for a penalty which was run quickly by the home team and touched down.

College controlled the second half with old stager Gavin Moss coming to lend his experience in key areas.

College swept up the pitch and were just kept short of the line, with a number of repeat penalties committed by the desperate defence, before Briggs linked with Cunningham, who passed to Ireland who just managed to juggle the ball and hold on to score the equaliser.

The final few minutes gave both sides chances but College could have won late on had Cunningham managed to convert a tricky penalty near the final whistle.

Stamford College Old Boys are due to play Vauxhall Motors tomorrow.

Man of the match: Cat Walker

* STAMFORD Town’s planned game against Vauxhall Motors was cancelled last Saturday when the opposition failed to muster a side.

Town played RAF Wittering in a hastily arranged and physical encounter on Wednesday evening, emerging victors by 63 -0.

Town take on Wellingborough OG at home tomorrow with a 2.15pm start.