First win an early treat for Stamford Old Boys
Stamford College Old Boys welcomed Corby for the last game before the Christmas break and it proved to be quite a festive treat for the home side who ran out to an impressive 56-21 win for their first victory of the season in Midlands Four East South.
Both teams have struggled to find form recently and targeted this game to gain some much needed league points.
The Old Boys immediately stamped their authority on the game, spending the first 10 minutes in the Corby 22.
After a couple of missed opportunities back rower Elliot Moss scored his first try for club with a pick and go from the back of a ruck.
Corby answered almost immediately with a coveted try from one of many large ball carriers. The Old Boys regrouped, exploiting the miss-matches in midfield with their pacey backs. Captain Pattinson lead from the front scoring his first of two tries after catching a Corby 22 metre drop out and darting through the defence.
The first half finished 19-7 after full back Haydn Johns scored his first of a spectacular four tries quickly followed by prop Sam Duncan.
In the second half College really began to control the game with almost all the tries coming as a result of fast running rugby and good interplay between both the forward and the backs. Hooker Wilby finished a fantastic try that passed through many hands on the way to the line. Aram Jones scored using his pace running off scrum half Briggs’ shoulder and Johns ran excellent lines scoring a further three tries in the second half, winning him the man of the match accolade.
The visitors never gave up and scored a further two tries in the second half to keep the hosts honest.
Alex Walker is also worthy of a mention for his sterling defence and strength in the set pieces.
The win sees Stamford College Old Boys move off the bottom of the table, swapping places with Corby.