Stamford College Old Boys fall short in the intermediate final

Stamford College Old Boys v Bedford Swifts. Photo: John Evely EMN-140812-100039001
Stamford College Old Boys v Bedford Swifts. Photo: John Evely EMN-140812-100039001
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Stamford College Old Boys were hoping to finish on a high after what has been a mixed season due to an unprecedented amount of injuries but the Lincolnshire Intermediate Cup final finished in defeat.

Old Boys travelled to Sleaford to take on Cleethorpes RUFC in the cup final.

Cleethorpes got on the board after just a few minutes, scoring a penalty in front of the posts.

For the next 15 minutes it looked like it was going to be a one sided game with College finding it difficult to execute their game plan of releasing their rapid backs. Cleethorpes used their size and pace especially in the centres to break the line and score.

They scored twice in this manner but could not add the extras.

Stamford College Old Boys soon fought back gallantly. With some great kicking for territory from fly half James Brown and with winger Jones and fullback Haydn Johns now enjoying ball in hand the Old Boys enjoyed the majority of possession and territory.

However they found it difficult to breakdown the Cleethorpes defence until Tom Williams scored from the back of a rolling maul.

Cleethorpes however would have the final say of the half scoring a try as a result of poor clearance kick and a further penalty.

The score at the end of the first half was 21-5.

The Old Boys started the second half well, again dominating possession and territory.

A good set piece saw Johns break the line and pass to Aram Jones, this moved was finished by centre Phil Young after running a fantastic support line. Cleethorpes got very close to the College line a couple of times in the next 20 minutes only to be turned over by some great rucking from number eight Tom William and captain John Hickman.

With only 15 minutes to the final whistle scrum half Simon Gamble capitalised on a fumbled ball by Cleethorpes and dashed 40 metres and scored under the posts to bring the Old Boys within a score.

For the last ten minutes Stamford College Old Boys gave everything they had to try and win the game. But their fate was sealed as Cleethorpes took advantage of an overlap just a few minutes from the final whistle. The final score was 26 - 17.

The Old Boys have come a long way in the last two years recruiting a vast amount of young players, this brings a lot of promise for the next few seasons as these players mature.

They said they club would like to thank all that have come to support the team over the season.