Stamford College Old Boys claimed their first league win of the season with an 11-7 victory against a strong Wellingborough side on Saturday.
The new look college team have gained confidence in recent weeks with some improved results and they took the lead with an early James Brown penalty.
Wellingborough boasted a heavier pack but college ran the ball well with their younger players Aled Pattinson, Hayden Jons, Phil Young and Steve Briggs all putting their opponents under pressure, and wasn’t long before College extended their lead.
Brown collected the ball from Eric Denchenu and Carl Walker shouted for a kick to the corner where Andy Durrant was stopped just inches from the line. College turned the resulting scrum over and pushed the Wellingborough side back over for James Tindall to score the first try of the game. Jons was unsuccessful with the conversion.
Wellingborough’s pack then woke up with the forwards punching holes through the College back line but with fierce tackling from John Hickman, Carl Walker, Gavin Moss, Pattinson and Jons, College held out at 8-0 until half-time.
College gained quick territory in the second half and were rewarded when Brown kicked his second penalty of the match.
Wellingborough then began to slow the game down, working their way down the pitch and tempting College to give away penalties. Pattinson was sin-binned with less than 10 minutes left and the visitors capitalised for a deserved bonus point.
College man-of-the-match John Hickman said: “It was a good result. With some winnable fixtures around the corner and a cup semi-final the team is looking strong.”
College play a tour match this weekend and return to action in the Midlands 4 East (South) against Aylestone Athletic on March 23.