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Stamford Rugby Club lose to St Ives in Midlands 2 East (South)



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Stamford suffered their fourth successive defeat in Midlands 2 East (South) after a 22-31 home reversal against St Ives on Saturday.

The game started in wet and windy conditions with Stamford choosing to play against the slope and elements in the first half with a side missing a lot of regulars.

It wasn't long before the visitors started implementing the tactics of using their heavier forwards and the conditions to pin Stamford back.

Action from Stamford's home loss to St Ives. Photo: Darren Dolby (55336653)
Action from Stamford's home loss to St Ives. Photo: Darren Dolby (55336653)

From an early line-out, they put together a forward drive to take them over the line for the first score.

Town put together some good moves but could not break through the St Ives defence.

They also had the upper hand in the scrums which they used as an option whenever possible.

Action from Stamford's home loss to St Ives. Photo: Darren Dolby (55336655)
Action from Stamford's home loss to St Ives. Photo: Darren Dolby (55336655)

It was from another line-out drive which resulted in a converted try for St Ives which took the score to 0-12.

The visitors upped the pressure and again brought their big runners into play to barge over for a third try.

Town then counter-attacked using the wide outside space before cutting back for Aus Schwartz to score a try which Ian Downer converted to make the score at half-time 7-19.

Action from Stamford's home loss to St Ives. Photo: Darren Dolby (55336659)
Action from Stamford's home loss to St Ives. Photo: Darren Dolby (55336659)

With conditions now in their favour, Stamford's pack were now going forward to allow half backs Smith and Albinson to open up gaps and from one move Austin Baker burst through and made a 40-metre sprint to the line to score and give the side some confidence in attack.

Town began to put some good moves together and the visitors were conceding penalties.

Kendall took a quick tap and went for the line but was stopped short, however, James Greene was on hand to pick up and be driven over to bring the score to 17-19.

Action from Stamford's home loss to St Ives. Photo: Darren Dolby (55336657)
Action from Stamford's home loss to St Ives. Photo: Darren Dolby (55336657)

St Ives then returned to type with heavy forwards mauling their way through the Stamford defence which resulted in another converted try.

Both sides were now competing for possession and Tom Wire was almost through but was stopped just short.

It was then the visitors' turn to put some phases together and rumble over for their final converted try.

Action from Stamford's home loss to St Ives. Photo: Darren Dolby (55336653)
Action from Stamford's home loss to St Ives. Photo: Darren Dolby (55336653)

Stamford were now using quick pass and support tactics and worked their way back down field before using Schwartz on a crash ball move and he passed on to Mike Kendall to score and the make the final outcome 22-31.

Town are back in action again at Hambleton Road this weekend when they entertain Wellingborough.



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