Skipper determined to ‘focus on ourselves’ ahead of big tie

Rugby action - Stamford RFC v St Andrews'Photo: MSMP271012-091js
Rugby action - Stamford RFC v St Andrews'Photo: MSMP271012-091js
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Stamford made it six from six, beating second-placed Rugby St Andrews 13-10 with a late winning try at home on Saturday.

The win lifts unbeaten Stamford up to second in the table ahead of tomorrow’s clash with the leaders Stewarts and Lloyds.

But Stamford skipper Matt Albinson says his side treat each game equally -regardless of the opposition.

Albinson said: “It will be just another battle. They are unbeaten but we just have to worry about ourselves.”

And while it wasn’t all plain sailing on Saturday, Stamford ground out an excellent win against another of the league’s form teams on Saturday.

St Andrews took the lead through a penalty. Albinson levelled with a long range kick soon afterwards but the visitors were back in front by half-time, scoring a converted try under the posts.

Stamford were playing into the wind after the turnaround but adopting a more technical approach in the second half paid dividends for Stamford.

Matt Taylor kicked through for Matt Jane to score and, five minutes from time Stamford worked the ball wide to Joe Allen who with a strong hand-off, rounded the last defender to score.

Albinson said: “The conditions were not what we wanted to play in but we managed to hold it together. Perhaps we won ugly.”

Stamford: James Green, Cathal McHugh (Angus Green), Matt Helstrip, Jake Wilkins, James Ragg, Francois Wiese (Tom Wire), Joe Allen, Bruce Parker, Robbie Smith, Matt albinson, Dave Young, Austin Schwartz, Mark Taylor, Matt Jane, Patrick Chuter. Unused Rep: Dan Griffin.

Oundle let vital points slip a division lower, losing 22-12 at St Ives on Saturday.

Oundle made a bright start but against the run of play St Ives took the lead, disrupting a defensive scrum and capitalising on a poor kicked clearance.

Gareth Jacob pulled Oundle back, running in from 50 metres after Oundle won the ball.

St Ives retook the lead but Oundle returned fire, taking the lead on 32 minutes with a perfectly executed backs move finished off by Toby Snelling under the posts. George Swallow converted.

But Oundle made a disastrous start to the second half, conceding an early try and, playing into the elements, Oundle struggled to gain ground during the rest of the game, and St Ives added further tries.