Stamford Rugby Club are beaten by Oakham in Midlands 2 East (South) derby
Oakham continued their winning run against Stamford after recording a fourth successive victory over their near neighbours in Saturday's Midlands 2 East (South) match.
The Oaks were 25-46 victors in the latest chapter of the long-standing derby between the two local rivals that attracted a large crowd on Saturday.
Stamford had gone into the match hoping to end Oakham's three-match winning sequence but it was the visitors who set down an early marker by running quick possession wide to out flank the home defence and score a converted try.
Stamford regrouped from the kick-off and the forwards were able to turn over Oakham ball and release Mike Kendall down the left touchline to score their opening try.
Both sides now settled into a passage of play where neither could dominate the other with Stamford’s Robbie Smith looking for quick breaks without finding an opening.
The visitors used another passing move out wide to sweep around the outside before cutting back for a try which was converted to make the score 5-14.
Town used the conditions to their advantage when Harry Bentley kicked deep and Oakham had to put the ball out for a Stamford line out deep in their 22.
The throw was taken and the home pack drove over together for Fred Durrant to touch down for the score.
The intensity of the match increased and a player from each side was shown a yellow card following a disagreement and the score at half time remained 10-14.
Town started the second half brightly with Toby Anderson coming close to scoring before Oakham seemed to up their game which resulted in two quick tries, both of which were converted, to take the score to 10-28 and give the Rutlanders the four-try bonus point.
Stamford were now desperately trying to get back into the game but strong Oakham defence closed them down.
The visitors went through another dominating period in which they registered two more tries and a penalty to push the score out to 10-41.
It looked like Stamford had no answer to this before they put together a good forward drive to send Gaz Ramsden over for a try and this was shortly followed by the backs combining for Michael Allan to break through and score which gave Town a four-try bonus point.
Stamford were attacking and building a good move when Oakham won a loose ball and sent a player over for another try to kill the game off.
But, from the kick off, it was Stamford who went straight back at them for Ramsden to score their fifth try to make the final score 25-46.
Local bragging rights still remain with Oakham and the day belonged to the Rutland visitors but Stamford still remain in fifth place in the table ahead of Saturday's trip to league leaders Olney.