Stamford return to winnings ways

Ross Cutteridge in action for Stamford against Daventry   Photo: pip@acelensman.com
Ross Cutteridge in action for Stamford against Daventry Photo: pip@acelensman.com

Stamford 20 Daventry 14

STAMFORD were determined to restore pride against Daventry after losing to second-placed Biggleswade a week earlier.

Right from the kick-off Stamford dominated the tackles and with the return of Julian Criddle and James Green to the front row the scrum was solid and the lineout was dominant.

Will Mardling, stepping in to fly half for injured Tom Lindley, played very well, releasing South African Calvin Dendy-Young without breaking stride.

It was a farewell game for both Calvin and Kiwi Henry Bridge and the side saw the opposition off with a strong win.

Daventry unable to handle wave after wave of Stamford attack in the first half.

Jack Eifion Jones and Vince Spurr both dotted down while Loz Ross slotted two penalties from out wide and converted both tries for a 20-7 half-time lead.

Daventry had both the slope and the wind in their favour after the break but this young Stamford side showed their defensive prowess to keep out some strong running from the visitors.

Stand-out performer in the second half was Ross Cutteridge, who made several big hits that resulted in turnover ball.