Rugby: Stamford victory is a “statement of grand intent”

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Stamford RFC made it four from four with a victory against one of their rivals at the top of the Midlands 3 East (South) table Rushden and Higham.

Stamford won 17-12, to move above the highest-scoring side in the division.

David Bushrod and Richard Thompson scored the tries with Tom Lindley adding the remaining points from two conversions and a penalty.

Skipper Matt Albinson said: “That game was the first marker that we could put down and it shows we are not here to mess about.

“They had a big win the week before and scored more than 200 points but I think we have had the hardest fixtures of the top teams.”

Albinson added: “We really imposed ourselves in the second half. We were fitter and played good direct rugby.”

The Stamford skipper’s only complaint was that the team conceded a couple of needless penalties late in the game.

“We conceded a couple of penalties due to a lack of discipline at the breakdown. We wanted to impose ourselves and were over keen.”

Stamford play Southwell away in the Senior Vase tomorrow.