Future is bright after title success

Stamford Town RFC are Champions Photo: Pip Warters
Stamford Town RFC are Champions Photo: Pip Warters
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STAMFORD Town have won the league title as unbeaten champions of Midlands 4 East (South).

Town clinched the league title at St Ives on Saturday to pick up their second trophy of the season, following their Lincolnshire Junior Cup triumph.

They will complete an unprecedented treble should they lift the NLD Cup.

Promotion was already in the bag but taking four points from an 8-0 victory at St Ives in their last game confirmed their top-of-the-table finish.

In the process of topping the table, they scored more than 700 points, conceding only a miserly 101 throughout their campaign.

Vice captain Matt Albinson was delighted. He said: “This season has hopefully been the sign of things to come at the club.

“We recruited well, gaining a mix of talent, youth and experience – adding to the depth of the squad which we have to rely on at key times.

“We have had great guidance from the coach who has given the team structure; we have built a solid defence and promoted an ambitious attacking attitude making us difficult to stop.”

Over 35 players have represented the First XV over the season - some at the young end of the spectrum, some who have been able to pass on valuable experience to those young guns.

Across all positions Stamford have looked strong throughout the season.

The tight five have held their own brilliantly against bigger opposition led by Jake Wilkins, Liam Tate, Ed Hagget-King, James Green and Oli Story.

Bruce Parker, James Allan and James Ragg added the grunt and the back row of Jack Eifion-Jones, Adam Rimmer, Cam Park and Steve Jordan have rarely been bettered.

It is a little wider where the cutting edge of the side has been more dangerous, with Tom Lindley, Laurent Ross, Craig Felston, Calvin Dendy Young and Rich Justice proving devastating on bigger pitches, while Robert Smith and Albinson have pulled the strings superbly as a pair at half back.

The squad has been able to rely on brilliant supporting roles from Scott Niehorster, Tom Dove, Billy Williams, Nick Macdowell, Andy Morris, Mark Taylor, Archie Gemmell and the irreplaceable Si Stenning.

Stamford coach David Laventure said: “The squad has a great balance and they have bought into everything we have done. They have done it with smiles on their faces and thoroughly enjoyed themselves in the process!

“They should be very excited about next season. A wee bit of tinkering, retention and recruitment and this side will be handful for anyone in the league above.”

The squad must now focus on ending the season on a high and lifting the NLD Cup to complete the treble. Then they can start planning on and off the pitch for the challenge of next season.

Skipper Oli Story said: “It’s been a pleasure to be involved with the squad this season.

“Our success has been down to the hard work of everyone who has played for or trained with the club.

“Getting promoted as league champions was what we wanted all along. We will go after the cup and then start the work for next year. It’s a great club and we want more people to know about it.”

LEAGUE TABLE

Midland 4 East (South)

P W D L F A BP Pts

Stamford 20 19 1 0 802 101 12 90

Biggleswade 20 18 0 2 684 106 14 86

Oundle 20 16 1 3 721 168 13 79

Stoneygate 20 13 0 7 596 274 12 64

St Neots 20 10 0 10 493 329 11 51

St Ives 20 10 0 10 381 364 9 49

Aylestone Ath 20 8 1 11 308 563 7 41

Well’boro’ OG 20 5 0 15 234 705 3 23

Stam Coll 20 3 1 16 178 521 4 18

Westwood 20 3 0 17 168 801 3 15

Thorney 20 2 2 16 100 733 0 12