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Westwood 5 Stamford 97

A WIDE firm pitch, a dry ball and warm, spring sunshine provided the perfect conditions for Stamford’s First XV to take on Westwood at Peterborough Rugby Club and go to within one point of the top of the table.

This fixture was one of the games in hand on the league leaders Biggleswade. A win would bring promotion within reach, a bonus point would put them one point behind the leaders with a game in hand.

Stamford put together a fine display of fast, expansive and entertaining rugby that has become the hallmark of their season. James Green, Ed Hagget-King and Oli Storey set a great platform, assited by James Ragg and Jake Wilkins in the engine room.

The back row of Cam Park, Adam Rimmer and Jack Eifion Jones created havoc at the breakdown and popped up all over the park, keeping the play moving. Smith and Albinson directed and marshalled effectively and Dendy-Young and Laurent Ross dominated the midfield. The back three of Macdowell, Justice and Felston were clinical in their finishing.

The icing on the cake was a 60 yard dash by reserve Stu Hanger who left all trailing in his wake to dot down and take the score to an emphatic 94-5 win.

Captain Oli Storey was delighted. He said: “I was really pleased with our attitude, we were accurate and ruthless today.”

Coach David Laventure added: “The guys played some great footie. We’re not the biggest side in the league but we knew if we could make it through the rain and the heavy pitches of the winter, we would be ok.

“These condtions suit our team and style of play. We are proving that we have the pace and width that people cannot live with in this league.”

* Stamford continue their campaign away at St Neots next week and on April 16 Stamford Town will play Stamford College Old Boys in the final game of the season.

The club will hold a barbecue for families and friends of both teams and Storey added: “With both clubs from Stamford going head to head it should be a great occasion and a spectacle for all local sports fans to enjoy.”

l STAMFORD Rugby Club will host their first Vets Sevens Tournament tomorrow.

Players must be over 35 and it will be a family event with a barbecue, beer tent, tug o’ war and more.

Midlands East 4 (South)

Biggleswade 17 15 0 2 625 103 13 73

Stamford 16 15 1 0 674 84 10 72

Oundle 18 14 1 3 583 153 11 69

Stoneygate 17 12 0 5 562 190 12 60

St Neots 17 9 0 8 461 261 11 47

St Ives 16 8 0 8 287 320 7 39

Aylestone Ath 18 6 1 11 204 534 5 31

Wellingboro’ OG 17 5 0 12 203 607 3 23

College OB 16 2 1 13 125 405 2 12

Thorney 17 2 2 13 97 555 0 12

Westwood 17 2 0 15 125 734 2 10

Results: Oundle 48 - 0 Thorney; St Ives 5 - 36 Stoneygate; St Neots 40 - 10 Stamford College Old Boys; Westwood 5 - 97 Stamford