Stamford eager to rectify loss

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Stamford RFC are eager to make amends after a second half collapse against Rushden and Higham on Saturday.

Stamford led 11-3 at the interval but ended up 31-11 losers after an abject second half display.

It was Stamford’s first defeat this season and skipper Matt Albinson said: “We expected a tough game but I don’t think we have lost by 20 points for a long time.

“We dominated the first half but did not convert that into points; and in the second half we struggled to get out of our own 22.

“At half time they felt they were in with a sneak. They had everything to play for and we were just not clinical enough.

“The boys are eager to rectify the worst 40 minutes of the season.”

Stamford’s single try was scored by Joe Allen with Tom Lindley kicking two penalties.

Stamford slipped to second in the Midlands 3 East (South) table on the back of the loss, one point behind Rugby St Andrews but with a game in hand of the leaders.

“We are not going to become a bad side overnight. We still want to win the league Their next game is due to be Midlands Vase semi-final against last year’s winners, Stourbridge, at Empingham Road tomorrow.

But that match looks likely to be postponed and Albinson conceded this week: “I just cannot see how the snow will clear and the temperatures rise in time.”

Stamford College Old Boys have a free weekend before facing Midlands 4 East (South) leaders Brackley.

The Old Boys lost heavily to Bedford Swifts last Saturday and Brackley, who ran in more than 100 points against Bourne a fortnight ago, will be clear favourites.

Oundle are due play Wellingborough OGs tomorrow, should the fixture overcome the weather.