Stamford let lead slip against league leaders

Stamford RFC v Belgrave RFC. Match action. 'Photo: MSMP250114-003JE
Stamford RFC v Belgrave RFC. Match action. 'Photo: MSMP250114-003JE
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Stamford fought hard throughout but had nothing to show for it at the final whistle after losing out 34-12 at home to league leaders Belgrave on Saturday.

Stamford raced into a 12 - 0 lead courtesy of a fantastic team try which saw Harry Codey-Owen power over in the far most corner and a sprint to the line by Daniel Thompson who preyed upon a loose pass from the Belgrave midfield and a successful conversion by Will Mardling.

After a fantastic 15 minute period of sustained pressure from the purple, black and whites Belgrave began to gain a foothold in the game through their powerful scrum.

The black and reds drove the Stamford pack backwards all afternoon, starving Robbie Smith of any clean ball from which to release the midfield of Mardling, Schwarz and Fletcher.

In contrast the Belgrave scrum half was afforded time and space at the back of a dominant pack, time that he used extremely well, bringing his three quarters into the game of seeking field position from a series of grubber kicks.

Belgrave scored 34 unanswered points to finished deserved winners.

It is worth noting that the Stamford side have a series of important fixtures coming up where they play teams in and around them.

“Although a loss on Saturday was not the ideal way to prepare for firstly Melbourne next Saturday and then Nottingham Casuals a week later, glimpses of play in all the games since the start of the year lead us to believe that this side will go onto take significant scalps over the coming weeks and climb the table further in the process.”

The purple, black and whites next home game is on the 15th February at home to Dronfield RFC. In the return fixture back in November Stamford RFC lost in the last minute 29-28.