Title is not enough for ambitious Town skipper

Stamford's half Matt Albinson Photo: pip@acelensman.com
Stamford's half Matt Albinson Photo: pip@acelensman.com
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Stamford skipper Matt Albinson is calling on his team to maintain their unbeaten run ahead of their Midlands Senior Vase Semi-final.

Stamford Town face last year’s winners, Stourbridge, at home in the cup competition on January 19 and the ideal preparation would be another league win at Rushden and Higham tomorrow.

After a run of 12 straight league wins, Albinson said: “We are not just interested in promotion. We want to win the league and we want to do it unbeaten.

“We have not always fielded our strongest side and I think we are a stronger side now than we were in October.

“We are not used to losing and we don’t want to start now.”

Fourth-placed Rushden and Higham will present one of the sterner challenges of the Midlands 3 East (South) division, certainly more than Northampton Casuals offered last Saturday.

Stamford cruised to a 43-0 victory with Matt Jane and Mark Taylor scoring twice and a try each for Chris Fletcher, Matt Albinson and Tom Wire.

Stamford were 21-0 up at the interval and kept up their scoring momentum in the second half to secure another bonus point.

The only downside to Stamford’s victory was the loss of Dan Griffin and David Bushrod to head injuries. Bushrod may be out of action for two to three weeks.

Stamford: James Green, Cameron Park (Cathal McHugh), Angus Green, Jake Wilkins (Dan Griffin), James Ragg, Tom Wire, Joe Allen, Bruce Parker, Robbie Smith, Matt Albinson, Chris Fletcher, Austin Schwartz, Matt Jane, Mark Taylor, David Bushrod (Tom Gadsby).

l Stamford College Old Boys game at St Neots was cancelled and a home win awarded to the Cambridgeshire side.

College Old Boys are due to host Bedford Swifts tomorrow afternoon.

Elsewhere in the division Oundle hammered Aylestone Athletic. Aly Kachra, Richard Griffiths and Toby Snelling each scored twice and Ross Murray, Dan Burns and Matt Faulder were also on the scoresheet.