RUGBY: Stamford recover to maintain 100 percent start

Richard Thompson, pictured scoring against Deepings, has scored in both of Stamford's opening games Photo: Pip Warters
Richard Thompson, pictured scoring against Deepings, has scored in both of Stamford's opening games Photo: Pip Warters
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STAMFORD Town RFC go into Saturday’s cup clash against East Retford with a 100 percent record in the league.

Town showed impressive resilience to beat Stockwood Park last Saturday. They were 15-0 down at half-time before staging a remarkable second half turnaround to win 27-15, and Town will hope to carry last Saturday’s second half form into their Senior Vase match at Empingham Road.

Matt Albinson said: “We could have done with a bonus point but it’s two wins from two.

“It was a good result away from home against a side that have come down from a league above.”

Town enjoyed good territory during the first half but Stockwood scored a breakaway try and one from the back of a scrum to open up a strong lead.

“We were a bit flat,” admitted Albinson. “We got turned over too often and our scrum was pressured by a hefty pack. They threw the kitchen sink at us.

“We knew we had to go out with 40 minutes to go and show that we had the desire to win. We got more tempo into the game in the second half, and we were more solid in the scrums – I was quite happy at 80 minutes.”

Town began their fightback with Cameron Park going over from close range for an unconverted try, and Richard Thompson ran in from 30 yards to score Stamford’s second in the corner. Again the try was unconverted but, the gap was narrowing.

With 20 minutes remaining, Stockwood cracked under Stamford’s pressure. A forearm smash on Frank Weise resulted in a red card and man advantage for Stamford. Skipper Albinson dotted down after a chipped kick from Thompson and the scores were level.

Chasing the win and the bonus point for a fourth try, Weise broke from a scrum and fed the ball to Russ Harris and eventually to Albinson who touched down his second try of the game.

Stamford then capitalised on having an extra player with Thompson and Chris Fletcher combining with an overlap for Thompson to score Stamford’s fifth, which Will Mardling converted.

Stamford’s first round Senior Vase tie against East Retford begins at 3pm. Stamford’s 2nd XV and Vets are also due to play at home where a big crowd is expected.

Stamford: James Green, Cathal McHugh (Angus Green), Matt Helstrup (Dave Bushrod), James Ragg, Jake Williams, Dan Griffin, (Cameron Park), Tom Wire, Francois Weise, Robbie Smith, Matt Albinson, Chris Fletcher, Austin Schwartz, Russ Harris, Rich Thompson, Will Mardling.