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The women's team at Stamford Rugby Club play their second competitive match against Ampthill Ladies



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Stamford Rugby Women’s team took to the field at Hambleton Road in only their second ever match on Sunday against a very strong and sturdy Ampthill Ladies side.

Although the game was eventually lost 45-19, the Stamford side played with a strong irrepressible attitude which was shown in abundance in the manner that they scored their tries and their overall performance on the pitch.

Ampthill were quick off the block to put points on the scoreboard when a breakaway try from the away team's wing and resulting conversion put them 7-0 up after only five minutes.

Action from the Stamford Ladies match against Ampthill on Sunday. Photo: Darren Dolby (54637930)
Action from the Stamford Ladies match against Ampthill on Sunday. Photo: Darren Dolby (54637930)

Stamford’s defence were then tested time after time as the relentless Ampthill forwards tried to gain headway against the resolute home rearguard.

It wasn't for another 10 minutes that the scoreboard was troubled again when Ampthill scored their second and then, quickly after that, their third try.

Stamford then rallied together to produce a stunner of a try when from their own 22 line a ball was fed from the scrum along the line to Georgia Breacher.

Action from the Stamford Ladies match against Ampthill on Sunday. Photo: Darren Dolby (54637933)
Action from the Stamford Ladies match against Ampthill on Sunday. Photo: Darren Dolby (54637933)

Breacher then side-stepped a number of the Ampthill defensive line and charged half of the pitch to place the ball over the line and under the posts which was subsequently converted by Daisy Attley.

For the rest of the first half Stamford showed encouraging phases of play and mentions should go to the steadfast in defence Amber Pearce and the tackle machine, and ultimately the player of the match, Pip Andrews who both helped repel the Ampthill attacks time after time.

The second half started brightly for Stamford who turned on the pressure and made sustained attacks on the away team’s defence.

Action from the Stamford Ladies match against Ampthill on Sunday. Photo: Darren Dolby (54637936)
Action from the Stamford Ladies match against Ampthill on Sunday. Photo: Darren Dolby (54637936)

Powerful running from Wati Turaga and Laura Parr eventually helped manage to find a breach in the Ampthill line and Jess Pearce was able to power over the visitors' line to score the home team's second try.

Ampthill, clearly stunned by the powerful Stamford squad’s unswerving positive go forward attitude, stepped up their game and were fortunate to make a couple of good breaks and to start to rack up the points.

Stamford, not yet beaten, resolved that they were going to score again and this soon materialised when a quick penalty on the halfway line taken by Andrews went through the back’s hands to the waiting Hannah Dennis who made one of her trademark robust runs towards the Ampthill line to score Stamford’s third and final try which was duly converted by Attley.

Action from the Stamford Ladies match against Ampthill on Sunday. Photo: Darren Dolby (54637939)
Action from the Stamford Ladies match against Ampthill on Sunday. Photo: Darren Dolby (54637939)

Stamford had a number of debutants playing the match and special mentions should go to Katie Talbot playing the day after her 17th birthday and also to Kayna Penrose-Toms and Sammy Pocock who both played their first match after deciding to have a try at rugby only a few weeks ago.

Stamford: Goldsmith, A Pearce, Isaacs, Korobulileka, Mullen, Scoot, Dennis, Turaga, Andrews, Attley, J Pearce, Breacher, Dolby, Glendenning-Plumb, Smith, Penrose-Toms, Bradford, Power, Parr, Edwards, Talbot, Pocock.

Action from the Stamford Ladies match against Ampthill on Sunday. Photo: Darren Dolby (54637927)
Action from the Stamford Ladies match against Ampthill on Sunday. Photo: Darren Dolby (54637927)


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