Stamford College Old Boys 29
St Neots 14
STAMFORD Colege Old Boys secured a great win against good mid-table opposition on Saturday.
Just two weeks earlier, College had matched St Neots for 60 minutes but the Stamford boys had still come away well beaten.
This time they were determined to prove they could compete and went into the game with the bit between their teeth.
The opening clashes saw Stamford take control of the close play with tight structured play in the middle of the park but they were nearly undone when a stray pass allowed St Neots’ backs to run at the College line. A great covering tackle by Steve Briggs rectified his mistake and kept the opposition out.
The College boys were in fine form with the team linking superbly between the forwards and backs. From start to finish the College scrum had St Neots in trouble, and with the extra power of the Stamord forwards, they were able to take a few against the head which allowed the extra attacking platform.
College crossed when Cat Walker tapped and ran from 10 yards out following a penalty to make it six tries in six matches. A few minutes later Steve Briggs also tapped and went over in a similar fashion, burrowing his way to the line.
For all their possession and territory that was all the College boys could get and following two breakaway tries from St Neots they went in at half-time 14-12 down.
Adam Ireland was running great lines from inside centre and Tom Birks was a constant nuisance with his jinking runs.
A pick up from the scrum saw Dan Griffin release Briggs whose miss-pass saw Mark Lemon release Andy Durrant on the win. He fed the ball back to Lemon to squeeze over the line in a lovely free-flowing passage of play.
The backs were matched by the forwards who owned the line out all game, with James Tindall and Alan Batty not missing a ball all day. The scrum was hugely dominant and the Old Boys went over again following a push over try with Dan Griffin being the one to put down.
The final try came from more exciting, attacking open play with the back row clearing out quick ball for Briggs who released Guy Cunningham to pick his angle and cut through the cover defence to score under the posts.