Stamford College Old Boys show potential

Stamofrd College Old Boys' man of the match, Dan Wilby
Stamofrd College Old Boys' man of the match, Dan Wilby

Stamford College Olds Boys’ vice-captain predict a strong challenge from the side next season as this year’s new players have begun to gel and show potential.

Although they lost their final game of the season 48-22 at Oundle, College’s squad has added strength and depth this season and performances have improved in recent weeks.

Vice-captain John Hickman said: “The lads have worked had this season. It’s not that easy when you have new players week in week out.

“Finally these players are starting to gel. Next season will be interesting.”

Daniel Wilby was named the referee’s man of the match on Saturday after another good game as hooker.

Captain Carl Walker added the aging experience of Kev Pulley to his squad which also included debutant Shane Pickerill but they were caught napping early on to find Oundle behind their posts.

College rallied and kicked off again, this time without making any mistakes and with some good passages of play Eric Drechau, Andy Durrant, Chapman and Phil Young made their way up the pitch.

Oundle conceded a penalty and college opted to kick for touch and from the following line out was formed Durrant who passed from the top of the line to Walker who smashed through to score College’s first of the game. Hayden Jons missed the conversion.

College began to control the game in the scrummage with the front three of Hickman, Wilby and Walker driving their opposite numbers back taking the ball against the head on several occasions. This helped Drechau provide good clean ball to James Brown who released Young, Dan Bancroft and Arum Jones.

Desalis Jons, on for Brown, scored College’s second try in the corner but again the conversion was missed.

With half time fast approaching, Young scored a try from a well-rehearsed backs’ move, touching down under the posts. Jons made the conversion to pull College back to 19-17 at half time.

The Stamford side began the second half on the back foot but with fierce tackling from Steve Briggs, Wilby, Gavin Moss and Jons they held their opponents up for long periods until a lapse in concentration was punished by a converted try.

In response, College charged up the pitch with Hickman and Walker making much needed yards before they were awarded a penalty deep inside the Oundle 22. Walker decided to take the ball on and score his second of the game. Oundle, however, scored three more tries to pull away and win the game.

Stamford College Old Boys: John Hickman, Dan Wilby, Carl Walker, Paul Wright, Shane Pickerill, Gavin Moss, Andy Durrant, Steve Briggs, Eric Drechau, James Brown, Hayden Jons, Dan Bancroft, Phil Young, Adam Chapman, Arum Jones, Kev Pulley and Duncan Desalis.