Oakham Rugby Club defeat Stamford in Midlands 3 East (South) derby showdown
Stamford saw their winning start to the season shattered by derby rivals Oakham in Saturday's eagerly-awaited Midlands 3 East (South) showdown.
The Oaks ran out 19-12 winners in the derby duel at the Showground to knock previously-unbeaten Stamford off top spot.
In a match which was always going to favour the side who made the best use of having the strong wind and driving rain in their favour, Oakham ran in 16 points with the elements during the first period before holding off a strong Stamford fightback.
Callum Crellin kicked 14 of Oakham's total points haul after adding four successful penalties to his conversion from Rhys Grieve's first half try.
Crellin put his side ahead in the early exchanges with a successful penalty before repeating the feat shortly after.
Grieve then powered over for a try to further enhance Oakham's domination with Crellin successful from the conversion.
Crellin added two more penalties either side of the break to put Oakham in control of the contest.
But a Stamford side which had won their opening four league games mounted a strong fightback.
A strong period of pressure resulted in Tom Wire going over for a try but replacement kicker Richard Thompson - on for the injured Harry Bentley - was unable to add the extra points from a difficult kick.
Stamford player-coach Austin Schwarz then further reduced the deficit with a try with Thompson successful with the conversion.
But, despite going close on several occasions, a resilient Oakham side kept their visitors at bay to move into third spot in the table, just two points behind second-placed Stamford.
Stockwood Park are the new leaders after a 20-7 away win at Dunstablians.
Bourne are now fifth after a tidy 17-0 away success at Northampton BBOB on Saturday.
Stamford College Old Boys also suffered their first loss of the Midlands 4 East (South) season after a 47-3 defeat at unbeaten Northampton Mens Own.
Old Boys dropped to third after the loss behind Mens Own and new leaders Birstall.