College Old Boys claim vital win

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Westwood 15 Stamford COB 20

STAMFORD College Old Boys were left counting the points after a terrific first league win against Westwood.

College went into the match knowing it was a must-win fixture after a run of poor results for both clubs, with the loser claiming the league’s bottom spot.

A depleted College side were made to pull out all the stops against a much larger Westwood pack, who were looking to dominate proceedings. College made a few tweeks to the front three and began to hold their own, allowing a little more ball out to the backs.

Westwood crossed the line first with a good running try but College were never out of a finely balanced contest.

Deep into the Westwood half College were awarded a penalty which Carl Walker touched down after smashing through the Westwood ranks with a text book penalty pivot move.

With confidence growing Briggs set up fly-half Ireland who barrelled over to put College in front for only the second time this season.

Westwood pulled themselves back into the game with a second try and College began to wobble.

But as the clock ran down, College held their nerve and Walker went over for his second of the game with a well worked dash into the corner.

College faced a tough last few minutes when Wilby collected a yellow card but the line held and College saw the game out.

Among the highlights, Duncan De Salis had a superb game out of position at fullback.

Spalding 55 Stamford COB 10

COLLEGE lost a friendly against a strong Spalding third team boasting five first team players.

The Stamford side were under heavy pressure from a well drilled pack who had played many years together, and unfortunately looked a little outclassed.

Wilby and Wright did their best to stem the flow of Spalding runners with some fierce tackling but the tone had been set and the try count began to mount.

College heads never went down and they were rewarded with consolation tries from Wright and Walker.

Training is on Wednesday and Thursdays at Stamford Queen Eleanor School from 6.30pm. Players of all abilities are welcome.