Bedford Swifts 23 Stamford Town 18
TOUGH training sessions were due this week after Stamford fell to a surprise defeat at Bedford Swifts.
Town travelled with confidence, having got back to winning ways with two consecutive victories and although they had a couple of key players missing, they still felt that only a win would do against a side much lower in the table.
Stamford started on the front foot with Tom Lindley converting two well taken penalties due to Bedford being offside at the fringes.
During the first 15 minutes Stamford produced some of their best rugby of the season but then a miss pass was intercepted by Bedford’s Mark Brownridge who ran in from 20 metres out.
Stamford’s heads started to drop but when they benefited from a dubious try – it appeared that Rich Thompson had knocked the ball on – Stamford rode their luck and Thompson ran under the posts to score. Lindley added the two points.
Stamford did all they could to get a grip on the game but it never really happened. Bedford added two more tries and to open up a 20-13 lead.
Stamford felt they had the skill and firepower to get back into the game but despite a few stern words at half time, Stamford continued the second half in the same vain.
Town’s Bruce Parker was yellow-carded, not helping matters although skipper Oli Story led from the front with some aggressive rucking.
Bedford tried to slow the game down at every opportunity as Stamford rallied late on, spending the final 15 minutes camped on Bedford’s line.
Swifts’ penalty count started to mount and their second row received a yellow card. And Stamford were quick to capitalise with Russ Harris playing a quick ball for Loz Ross to score in the corner.
Town continued to hammer on the door of Bedford’s defence with a good break from Jack Eifion-Jones but it was too little too late for Stamford.
Stamford do not have a league fixture this weekend but have an opportunity to experiment with a friendly match at Amber Valley tomorrow. Their next league match is against Brackley, at home, on December 3
l STAMFORD’s Westside Gym player of the month for October was Calvin Dendy-Young.
He returns to South Africa next month and skipper Oli Story said: “He will be missed on and off the pitch by everyone at Stamford Rugby Club.”
l DEEPINGS RFC lost 36-7 at Daventry on Saturday.
The Green Machine will hope to bounce back when they face Rushden and Higham in their next league game, at home, on December 3