Derby delight as College Old Boys end 10-year wait to defeat Deepings
Stamford College Old Boys claimed their first victory in 10 years over near neighbours Deepings after a 22-20 success in Saturday’s Midlands 4 East (South) showdown.
The Stamford side had to overturn a half-time deficit and then fend off a late fightback from their visitors, much to the delight of coaches Andrew Barringer and Steve Kippax.
They said: “We were extremely proud of the lads.
“They gave 110 per cent and worked on what we said in training. They never gave up and it was a great day for the club.”
Old Boys closed the Deeping attack down from kick-off and were awarded a penalty early on, but unfortunately Johns was unable to convert the points.
Deeping restarted the game by kicking the ball to Strydom who made his way up the pitch and off-loaded to Barringer who was tackled on the halfway line.
Aled Pattinson and Twose were in quick support to clear out and give Callum Johns time to feed Kippax at 10, releasing centres Haydn Johns and Thompson who was stopped with a thunderous hit by his opposite number.
College were soon awarded another penalty which Johns was able to convert for a 3-0 advantage.
Deepings came back hard at College with their forwards dominating the early scrums and the backs running some slick moves.
The College defence was standing strong with Fraser and Darlington putting in some good hits to stop Deepings.
Unfortunately this wasn’t enough as Deepings were awarded a try for their efforts with their number eight scoring from the back of a scrum.
The College forwards were making some good lines through Barringer, John Hickman and man of the match Shane Pickerill but were cut down by the Deepings defence.
The home side were using their line out to good advantage with Pattinson and Darlington winning their own ball.
Deepings were quick to get to the breakdown and managed to steal the ball. This allowed them to come back at the College by making their way into the home 22 and score a try for a 10-3 interval lead.
The visitors then came out of the blocks quickly at the start of the second half and managed to score an unconverted try.
The penalty count began to rise with yellow cards being shown to both teams.
Barringer moved to number eight and was able to execute some puck and goes which helped the College move up the pitch with Haydn Johns now at 10, Flanders on the wing and Briely-Lewis in the centres.
College were retaining the ball well and being creative with their moves in the backs making good ground.
Thompson was able to go through a gap and score a try that H. Johns converted to mkae the score 15-10 in Deepings’ favour.
The College back three of Flanders, Strydom and Durrant were soon put under pressure but Flanders was able to make some good ground up the pitch.
The ball was spread to the other wing to Durrant in the next play and he was able to slip a ball to Briely-Lewis to keep the ball alive.
Pattinson was now back on the field and made up for his card with some huge hits and runs and College were in the Deepings 22.
Johns was running hard at the Deepings back line and carved up the on-rushing defence to score an unconverted try to level the scores
Deepings piled on the pressure and were inside the College 22, but their number nine was given a second yellow and Johns was able to clear the ball and give College good ground.
With a man advantage with eight minutes left, College put the phases together and Thompson was able to get his second try of the game which Haydn Johns converted for a 22-15 lead.
It appeared Deeping didn’t want to go down without a fight though as they used their big runners to gain good ground.
They were able to score just left of the post, but the kicker missed a pressured kick whicgh left the score at 22-20 to College.
Old Boys aimed calm for the remaining few minutes and, although Flanders misjudged a kick to touch, College forced a mistake from their visitors and the referee blew for time.
College: Bennett, Hickman, Pickerill, Fraser, Darlington, Barringer, Twose, Pattinson, C. Johns, Kippax, Brierley-Lewis, H. Johns, Thompson, Durrant, Strydom, Wilby, Bates, Flanders, Sheppard.