Stamford RFC exact exciting revenge on Bakewell Mannerians

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Stamford have completed a remarkable turn around to beat a team who scored more than 70 points against them earlier in the season.

Stamford beat Bakewell Mannerians 22- 19 at home at Hambleton Road in Midlands Two East (North) on Saturday.

Stamford RFC v Bakewell Mannerians. Match action. 'Photo: MSMP110114-020je

Stamford RFC v Bakewell Mannerians. Match action. 'Photo: MSMP110114-020je

In October, Stamford were thrashed 74-7 away to Bakewell. But this result shows the transformation Stamford have made after getting promoted last season.

A strong Stamford squad, which bore little resemblance to the one that travelled north earlier in the season, began the game strongly.

But despite Stamford dominating possession and territory, it was Bakewell who struck first.

The visitors scored from a move off a five-metre scrum, with their open side taking a good off-load to touch down.

It was not until a quick tap penalty from captain Matt Albinson that Stamford got back on level terms.

Albinson and Stamford’s new open side James Prenter, making his home debut, fed Tom Gulland to score. Will Mardling added the extras to make it 7-7 at half-time.

Again Bakewell started the stronger, scoring through their hooker but the resulting conversion was missed.

The purple, black and whites were not fazed and, with the forwards getting the upper hand, Robbie Smith came into his own.

Smith caused havoc in the Bakewell ranks and set up Austin Schwarz to score a converted try.

Five minutes later Will Mardling and Albinson broke the line before feeding Tom Lindley to score in the corner.

Stamford lost Schwarz and lock O’Connor to yellow cards and Bakewell capitalised, levelling the score with a try in the corner to make it 19-19.

But Mardling coolly struck a penalty kick to win the game.