Stamford College Old Boys power to memorable cup win

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Stamford College Old Boys finished the season on a high by lifting the NLD trophy with victory in the final over a strong Donington side.

Both Castle Donington, who won the league title the week before, and the local side started the game with unexpected intensity as each tried to assert dominance.

And it was the Stamford side that started the brighter, controlling territory and possession.

Clinical, aggressive rucking provided clean ball in the early stages, allowing the Stamford outside backs to run the ball wide.

But they were denied what looked like try scoring breaks from Johns and Williams by determined defence as Donington threw up a defensive wall.

Donington held out and used the conditions to draw on the power of their pack.

Kicking with the wind to the corners, they were able to crank up the pressure with a driving maul .

Stamford held fast to repel the ongoing assault but an infringement at the break down reduced their numbers and Donington made the most of the advantage to drive over in the following phases.

Stamford fought back and were soon on level terms after speeding the ball wide to put wingers Gamble and Brown into open space.

Young’s vision then proved key as he created space for the elusive Gamble to evade his man to cross the line.

Stamford continued to build the pressure and were rewarded when they went ahead following a line-out.

Stamford kicked to the corner from a penalty and from the following line out Stamford threw long and skipper Walker smashied opponents out the way to dive over.

Stamford played with the elements in the second half and kicked well.

Another penalty saw them kick for the corner once more and Walker took his chance to go over the line again, only for the score to be disallowed by the linesman.

A further ‘try’ was also over ruled when hooker Hickman stole the ball at the scrum and number eight Pattinson barged over, but College finally added a third through full back Johns who’s hard running had more than merited the score.

Donington came back forcefully, running the ball hard and although tough defence and big hits from Wilby, Brandon and Batty slowed their progress the Leicestershire side crossed in the last play of the game from another driving mau.

But it wasn’t enough to prevent a 15-10 Stamford win, which signifies massive progress by the team who can boast two pieces of silverware and an improved league finish this season.