Stamford see off the Stags

Stamford RFC U8 Scott Merriman'Photo: pip@acelensman.com

Stamford RFC U8 Scott Merriman'Photo: pip@acelensman.com

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Stamford RFC U15 33

Huntingdon Stags U15 17

STAMFORD U15s got off to an excellent start against Huntingdon Stags on Sunday with Andy Marshall scoring an early try.

A competitive Stags fought back to equalise but Stamford were ahead at half time after Declan Spaine crossed the line for his first try for Stamford, which was converted by George Cox.

Stamford used the wind advantage to good effect in the second half, pushing the visitors back deep into their own half.

This pressure was rewarded when Kieran Hynes found space to score out wide and the try was converted with a superb kick by Cox.

Again the Stags fought back with a converted try of their own but this time only for Stamford to put the game beyond them by securing two further converted tries; a second for man of the match Marshall and one for debutant Dan Whadcock.

The Stags refused to give up and scored another try to end the game at 33-17 to Stamford.

Stamford RFC U8

STAMFORD put two mixed teams out against Market Harborough and Spalding in a series of high-scoring games two weeks ago.

Stamford Blues fought hard against Harborough in their first match but were defeated 5-3.

Cody Roe, Robert Williams, Alex Wheatcroft and Tom Chesworth then put in some excellent runs against Spalding, which coupled with four tries from Sam Hughes, helped the Blues to a 5-3 victory.

The Blues then faced Stamford Yellows with the Yellows edging a closely contested match 4-3.

The yellows also beat Harborough, winning 5-4 with James Birbeck scoring some super tries and Thomas Dancy weaving through the opposition.

Stamford Yellows finally drew 6-6 with Spalding and good performances from all players but in particular Tom Hattee and Ewan Criddle, scoring three of the six tries.

Blues: Finn Cordial, Callum Leigh, Alex Wheatcroft, Sam Hughes, Robert Williams, Tom Chesworth, Cody Roe, Harvey Warters, James Merton.

Yellows: Ewan CriddleArchie Dickie-Meadows, Tom Hattee, Tom Dancy, Will Jordan, William Gibson, James Birbeck, JJ Nightingale, Daniell Rambaldi, David Turner.

l A WEEK later Stamford’s Yellows and Blues took on Melton with the Yellows getting off to a great start. Scott Merriman and David Turner both scored early on.

But Melton came back well and although Jonny Le Voi added to Stamford’s tally, and despite some superb running from Callum Leigh, James Rothwell and Sam Wilson, the Yellows were unlucky to lose 8-3.

In the Yellows’ second game, Melton’s seconds were quickly off the mark and it looked like it was all over at half time with the score at 6-0 to Melton.

In the second half however, Le Voi proved too quick to catch, scoring twice. Callum Leigh and James Rothwell also scored, leading to a more respectable 8-5 loss.

Stamford Blues looked in control in both their games. Archie Dickie- Meadows opened the scoring and a strong run through the opposition by Sam Hughes made it 2-0.

In the second half, Robert Williams, James Birbeck and Thomas Dancy added tries for a 5-3 victory.

The Blues continued their accurate passing in their second game with Chesworth and Hattee on the scoresheet. Try of the day was an individual effort from Dancy who ran the length of the pitch for a 6-1 win.

Yellows: Thomas Cox, Will Jordan, Callum Leigh, Scott Merriman, James Rothwell, Sam Wilson, Jonny LeVoi, James Merton, David Turner, Daniell Rambaldi.

Blues: James Birbeck, Tom Chesworth, Finn Cordial, Thomas Dancy, Archie Dickie-Meadows, Tom Hattee, Sam Hughes, Robert Williams, J J Nightingale, Harvey Warters.

Stamford RFC U9

STAMFORD U9s fielded Lions and Tigers teams against Harborough and Spalding in a round robin tournament.

The Lions had a sleepy start and lost their first match comprehensively to Harborough with little sign of the hard work on the training field paying off.

However, the Tigers demolished the other visiting team from Harborough 5-0 with tries from Ollie Henson found some fine finishing form in an open game.

Clack also had an excellent game at the forefront of the rucking but saved his best until last and put in a stunning performance against Harborough with some physical ball carrying taking him over the line twice. Thomas Bodily also found try-scoring form.

The Lions roared into life against Spalding, winning 4-1 with Harry Laventure, Orlando Thain (twice) and Ollie Lamb getting the ball over the line.

In their final match against Harborough B they copied their compatriot Tigers team with a good 3-1 win. Good organisation from Jo Carter, Sam Potter and Charlie Agnew paid off alongside powerful running from Inaky Turner, Rory Gilchrist and Dan Teesdale while Will Wells continues to tackle superbly.

Stamford RFC U10

STAMFORD U10 also fielded two sides against Market Harborough and Spalding.

A combined Lions and Panthers Team (called Cougars for the day) faced Spalding B in their first match of three and triumphed 5-2 with well worked tries from Alfie Ryder, three from Tom Hill and one from Alexander Large.

Hill then added to his tally against Harborough in an evenly-matched 4-2 defeat. Joe Martin completing the Stamford scoring with an outstanding run to ground the ball.

The Cougars then lost to a well-drilled Spalding A in a close fought battle with Hill scoring twice and some excellent support play from Lewis Ingamells, Mark Fivaz, and Hugh Dalrymple.

Spalding A scored an early try against the Tigers but Harry Tidswell levelled before half time.

Several new players made their debuts during the second half with excellent performances from Caius Hedley, Luke Tooth and James Fincham.

The forwards then excelled against Spalding B, winning the ball and enabling the backs to score a number of tries with Ryan Olbromski, Josh Munton, Angus Heading, Oscar Morley and Tidswell all on the scoresheet.

l STAMFORD U10 Cougars travelled away to Melton to play three matches.

They fought hard in the first match only to lose 5-2, with Hal York- Forward withdrawn injured and tries from Hill. They also lost their second, 3-2 with tries from Elliott Leigh and Bryson Richies.

Stamford were determined to go out with a bang in the final game and earnt a 4-4 draw, with outstanding tackling from Jacob Bonney and Lewis Ingamells, great running from Bryson Richies for his try. Sam Jordan, Aaron Altham and Jordan Collis all made their debuts.

Stamford RFC U12

STAMFORD U12s faced a three way match against a strong team from Market Harborough and a repeat of the Lincolnshire Champions title battle from two weeks earlier against Spalding.

Stamford fielded an experienced side against Harborough in the first match and although Harborough scored first with a soft try, Stamford roused themselves and a return try was made by Sebbie Davies in a backs move that beat the opposition for pace.

Unfortunately for Stamford this try also awoke the Harbrough forwards and despite a second half try from Jamie Fitzpatrick the big Harborough pack proceeded to add eight more tries for a final score of 9-2.

After a friendly game against a Barbarian team, Stamford took on Spalding and with the slope and wind in their favour, they pressed the opposition until a set piece from 20 yards out allowed Edward Cox to receive to storm over for the first try.

In the second half, Spalding used the conditions to camp in Stamford’s half leading to an inevitable try.

But Stamford dug deep, pushed up the slope to around 30 yards out where good rucking allowed Alex Agnew to burst through for a try in the corner to win the match 2-1.

Stamford U12: A Ager, A Agnew, T Anderson, H Ayton, J Batty, H Bently, K Bird, E Cox, S Davies, W Dickinson, H Dunn, J Fitzpatrick, T Giddens, D Moon, H Nightingale, C Thain, E Thurston, C Penrose-Toms, G Elborne, G Chandler, C Flanagan, Z Morley, S Lyons, H Riches, Z Treweek, A MacBeth and A Bourne.