Stamford out to secure the title

Stamford's Chris Fletcher leaves a trail of Stewarts and Lloyds players in his wake'Photo: pip@acelensman.com
Stamford's Chris Fletcher leaves a trail of Stewarts and Lloyds players in his wake'Photo: pip@acelensman.com
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Stamford skipper Matt Albinson has promised a feast of running rugby when his side go out to secure the title tomorrow afternoon.

Stamford lead the Midlands 3 East (South) by 13 points with two league matches remaining. Victory in their final home game of the season - against Daventry tomorrow - would be enough to win their division.

A big crowd is expected and Albinson said “a feast of running rugby, coupled with an unforgiving defensive display” is what the squad are preparing to deliver. He has 23 players competing for the 18 match day shirts.

Last Sunday, Stamford travelled to higher level Scunthorpe to fight for a place in the Lincolnshire Cup Final and the NLD Cup semi-final.

Stamford, who travelled without a number of key squad members, faced a tough test at a side 29 league positions higher, and were knocked out of the cups 43-19.

Chris Fletcher, Matt Helstrip and Bruce Parker all crossed over with Albinson kicking the remaining points.

The Stamford skipper said: “I am extremely proud of our second half performance.

“To play against a club that are competing at national league level week in week out is testimony to how far we have come as a side and how much effort these guys have put in over the last three years.

“We have secured promotion to Midlands 2 next season and our display against a side which will be similar to those at the level above is proof that we have what it takes to grow as a side over the coming months and to come out in September ready for the challenge.”

Stamford’s match against Daventry kicks off at 3pm tomorrow with a their final game at Deepings RFC a week later.

n Full match report on page 124.