Biggleswade 32 Stamford 3
STAMFORD’ 1st XV received a shock at Biggleswade, the side that was promoted alongside them from division four last season, with a heavy defeat on Saturday.
Biggleswade had obviously worked very hard since the last time these two sides met and showed no sign of weakness.
They defended very well, forcing decision-making errors from Stamford which cost them dearly.
As wave after wave of Stamford attack was quelled the only points they could muster were from a single penalty. Meanwhile Biggleswade scored four tries, three conversions and two penalties, leaving the final score at 32-3.
Biggleswade deserved the win but the young Stamford team has vowed to regroup.
Captain Oli Story said: “It was a bad day at the office however we will learn more from this than any 70 point win and it will make us stronger.”
Boston 2nd XV 17 Stamford 2nd 27
STAMFORD’S 2nd team put in a solid performance to beat Boston even when forced down to 14 men in the second half.
From the first whistle Stamford, who have not played together for a few weeks, started far brighter than the Boston side, putting together some excellent periods of play.
After the forwards drove up the park, scrum-half Russ Harris, who has been working on some specific parts of his game, went over for the first try.
Stamford went right back on the attack from the restart but a quick turnover from Boston saw their speedy full back run in a long range try to lock the game at 5-5.
Frustratingly poor handling and overlooked overlaps kept Boston in the game as Stamford began to put together excellent periods of play, only to then fall short when it came to scoring from them.
Excellent handling down the blindside by the backs put Hayden Johns through and while he was caught short of the line, the supporting Alex Beagle snaffled the ball to finally go over and convert the possession and territory into a points advantage.
Shortly afterwards man of the match Dave Bushrod, with excellent running, support play and turnover all game, ran another wonderful line to take five points for himself.
Sadly for Stamford disaster struck in just the eighth minute of the second half when club stalwart Tony Pickford had to be carried from the pitch with a serious knee injury.
Strangely, now reduced to 14 men, Stamford found some real continuity and after some excellent running from Ed Flint, who made good yards all game, Johnnie Smith went over for a try.
Johns ran almost the length of the pitch only to lose the ball before the line but, with the ensuing pressure, Harris went over for his second before he too went off with a shoulder injury.
With two extra men, Boston were able to narrow the lead to just 10 points.
More excellent work between Stamford’s backs and forwards almost led to Chris Gappy, who returns to South Africa this weekend, crossing over to put the game out of reach. Johns could also have had a couple of tries but was denied at the touchline.
Stamford couldn’t add to their tally but they successfully closed the game out for a well deserved win.
Stamford 1sts play Daventry at home tomorrow (kick-off at 2.15pm) while Stamford Vets travel to Nottingham Modern Vets.