Stamford College Old Boys 5
Bourne RFC 0
STAMFORD College Old Boys kicked off their season with a nervy 5-0 victory against Bourne last Saturday.
A new look side took the field for the Old Boys after the arrival of some summer recruits and the loss of a couple of senior players; and Bourne made early headway with some good running from the back line, testing the college tackles, which were a little reluctant.
As the half developed, College’s confidence began to build with some controlled mauling from captain Carl Walker and some impressive movement from deep by Andy Durrant and Bermuda Jim, who both took the game to Bourne and allowed the backs some free running.
The stalemate looked likely to be broken as the penalty count grew but Bourne were unable to take their chances in front of the sticks leaving the door open for College.
The Bourne pack demonstrated their physicality in the loose, winning turnovers and forcing College to concede a penalty towards the end of the first half which stand-in skipper Adam Binns put just wide of the posts.
Bourne thought they had broken the deadlock when the ball reached the mercurial Calum Weston who touched down in the corner, but his elation was short lived as the whistle had already blown for a forward pass.
College dominated the second half with in terms of possession and territory but lacked the final ball to cross a stoutly defended Bourne line until into final ten minutes.
Jack Garner released the back line with a simple miss pass to attack deep into the Bourne half. Moss and Wilby combined well to drive the ball to the try line where a opportunist scrum half dash by Briggs saw College finally take the five points they had been threatening.
College showed commitment right to end with Mike Hesketh displaying incredible strength and power to take the ball from his own line in the dying seconds to run the clock down to secure a first victory for the old boys.
College training is on Tuesdays and Thursdays at Queen Eleanor school from 6.30pm. New players are welcome.
College are at home to Skegness in the cup tomorrow. Kick off is at 2.30pm.