RUGBY: Town turn up title heat

Tom Lindley kicking for Stamford against Bedford Swifts''Photo: SM100312-143js
Tom Lindley kicking for Stamford against Bedford Swifts''Photo: SM100312-143js
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STAMFORD kept up the pressure on the top two sides with a 48-5 victory against struggling Bedford Swifts on Saturday.

The visitors had no answer for the speed of Stamford’s attacks. From the first whistle, Stamford created space through quick handling and strong running lines and the scrum, which has been a weakness, was dominant.

Town’s front row of Oli Story, Angus Green (who was replaced by James Green on the hour) and Julian Criddle worked well as a unit supported by Bruce Parker (Dan Griffin after 60 minutes) and James Ragg in the second row.

Four minutes before half time Adam Rimmer was sin-binned for an infringement at a breakdown and Stamford conceded 11 penalties in the second half alone. At one point they were reduced to 13 men.

But Stamford adapted to the referee’s strict interpretation of the rulebook and for the large part kept their discipline, running in seven tries with a hat-trick for Jack Eifion-Jones, two for Rich Thompson, and one each for Robbie Smith and Mark Taylor.

Tom Lindley converted five and kicked a penalty to round off the scoring.

Third-placed Stamford have a week off before returning to league action at Brackley on March 24.

Stamford: Julian Criddle, Angus Green, Oli Story, James Ragg, Bruce Parker, Frank Wiese, Jack Eifion-Jones, Adam Rimmer, Robbie Smith, Rich Thompson, Tom Lindley, Harry Offer, Mark Taylor, Justin Bland, Laurent Ross, Matt Albinson, Dan Griffin, James Green.