Stamford College Old Boys power into NDL cup final

Stamford College Old Boys RFC v St Neots RFC. Match action.'Photo: MSMP150214-042ow
Stamford College Old Boys RFC v St Neots RFC. Match action.'Photo: MSMP150214-042ow

Stamford put to bed the demons from recent weeks to storm their way into the Nottinghamshire, Derbyshire and Lincolnshire cup final.

Stamford were too much of a match for Barton and ran way with a decisive 57-17 win.

For periods of the match, the Stamford side were unplayable, scoring nine tries in total on a dry day away in Barton.

Stamford travelled lighter in numbers than in recent weeks due to the re-arranged fixture but showed no signs of the lengthy journey.

Quickly recycled ball gave stand-off Bancroft time and space to let Johns loose, hitting the line from full back, releasing winger Jones for the first score of the game.

Barton hit back at Old Boys straight from the restart, unleashing their two giant centres but to no avail as they were brutally chopped down by the visitors.

Stamford showed their clinical side from the off and quick turnover ball allowed Bancroft to free the ever-present Williams to gallop his way down the pitch to score.

Barton showed no signs of this affecting them and battled hard at every opportunity, reaping their rewards with a score in the corner.

Stamford responded to this quickly, Johns adding a penalty followed by a try from number eight Pattinson.

Stamford College started the second half in a similar fashion to the first, playing with possession and territory camped in the opposition’s 22 yet unable to reap the rewards in the early stages.

J Brown finally broke the early deadlock, finishing a sweeping backs move to go over in the far corner.

Old Boys were back to their best in the dry conditions and showed the offloading interplay that had won them so much in the early season, marshalled by Briggs and Bancroft.

The poacher Pattinson added his second, picking up a loose ball following a Barton scrum before brushing aside the defenders.

An Old Boys yellow card cost a try but even with 14 men Stamford showed no signs of slowing. Bancroft added another try, ripping through the defence before Jones and G Brown ran in two excellent individual tries.

Pattinson completed his treble at number eight following strong work from the tight five.

Captain John Hickman said: “The lads were exceptional at times today.”

College coach John Duncan added: “The performance was brilliant today. We showed a brand of fast-flowing rugby with a clinical streak that we have sometimes missed.”

Stamford aim to carry on their fine form against Westwood tomorrow at Queen Eleanor School, Stamford. Ko 2.15pm.