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Stamford Rugby Club remember former captain Martyn Jones before their victory over Northampton Casuals



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Stamford held on to fourth spot in Midlands 2 East (South) with a last-gasp 15-12 victory over Northampton Casuals on Saturday.

The day began with the club coming together to remember former captain Martyn Jones who sadly passed away recently.

Players past and present joined both teams in a minute silence prior to kick-off in tribute to him and his contribution to Stamford Rugby Club where he will be sadly missed by his family and friends alike.

Stamford were 15-12 winners against Northampton Casuals on Saturday. Photo: Darren Dolby (54358111)
Stamford were 15-12 winners against Northampton Casuals on Saturday. Photo: Darren Dolby (54358111)

The match was played in damp conditions on a heavy pitch and both sides tried to make an early impact.

But it was Stamford who had the better opportunities and, when they moved the ball wide early on, Harry Bentley made a break and handed on to Martin Bagnall in support to score the first try.

The visitors are the bottom team in the league and their abrasive approach began to get into the Stamford players who soon stood up to them to show they would not be intimidated.

Stamford were 15-12 winners against Northampton Casuals on Saturday. Photo: Darren Dolby (54358114)
Stamford were 15-12 winners against Northampton Casuals on Saturday. Photo: Darren Dolby (54358114)

It was Stamford who looked better with ball in hand and a good run took them into Casuals' 22 and, when awarded a penalty, Gareth Ramsden drove forward before releasing the backs and Bentley went over to take the score to 10-0.

Town were now getting into their game plan and good runs by Fergus Cato set up another attack but the Northampton’s side spoiling tactics were frustrating Stamford’s quicker style.

And it was against the run of play that saw Casuals break through in the final minute of the half to score wide out to make the interval score 10-5.

Stamford were 15-12 winners against Northampton Casuals on Saturday. Photo: Darren Dolby (54358119)
Stamford were 15-12 winners against Northampton Casuals on Saturday. Photo: Darren Dolby (54358119)

The second half started with Town putting a good move together which was only stopped by an illegal shoulder charge that resulted in a yellow card for the visitors.

Stamford kicked into the corner and drove the resulting line out forward but lost possession and Casuals kicked clear.

Stamford came back and the next move resulted in a five metre scrum where the ball was taken wide by Michael Allan who passed on to Harry Ayton who was tackled just short of the line.

Stamford were 15-12 winners against Northampton Casuals on Saturday. Photo: Darren Dolby (54358122)
Stamford were 15-12 winners against Northampton Casuals on Saturday. Photo: Darren Dolby (54358122)

Town went off the boil for a period with passes not going to hand and the ball being lost in contact.

And it was Casuals who took advantage of this with a player running in from 30 metres to score under the posts which was converted to give the visitors a 10-12 lead.

Town tried hard to get back into the game but lacked the fluency they had earlier and, as the match moved on, they could not get an attacking move to work.

Stamford were 15-12 winners against Northampton Casuals on Saturday. Photo: Darren Dolby (54358126)
Stamford were 15-12 winners against Northampton Casuals on Saturday. Photo: Darren Dolby (54358126)

In the closing minute, they regathered and put in one final effort and the forwards secured the ball and it went out to Allan who out-paced the defensive line before stepping inside the defender to score the winning try.

The conversion was missed and the final whistle sounded to give Stamford a 15-12 victory.

The tribute to Martyn Jones then continued long into the evening in the clubhouse afterwards in a way that he would have been proud of.



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