Town back at helm after toppling leaders

Stamford's Chris Fletcher leaves a trail of Stewarts and Lloyds players in his wake'Photo:
Stamford's Chris Fletcher leaves a trail of Stewarts and Lloyds players in his wake'Photo:
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Stamford RFC returned to the top of the table in emphatic style, scoring six tries to 
topple short-term leaders Stewarts and Lloyds.

The Corby side moved top while Stamford were in cup action a week earlier but were commandingly put back in their place by Town on Saturday.

Stamford, who lead with games in hand on their rivals, now have the Midlands 3 East (South) title in their sights.

Skipper Matt Albinson said: “We can afford to lose one game and still win the league but we did not enjoy losing to Rushden and Higham and do not want to do it again.

“We want to be in the position that if we beat Daventry at home (Stamford’s penultimate game of the season) we will take the title.”

With a note of caution, he added: “The sides that we have to play are not in form but they will be fighting to stay up.”

Last Saturday’s opponents, Stewarts and Lloyds have no such fears and led 20-14 at the turnaround despite tries from Mark Taylor and Oli Story for the hosts.

Albinson never had any doubt that Stamford would be stronger, playing downhill in the second half and so it proved with Tom Gulland, Tom Wire, Bruce Parker and Chris Fletcher all scoring tries in the second 40 .

Tom Lindley kicked the remaining points as Stamford ran up a 39-28 winning margin.

“We got the result we wanted,” added the Stamford skipper. It was a good performance especially as we had a young side. There were three 18-year-olds in the pack, a 20-year-old and a 22-year-old.

“What we failed to do last week, we did well this week.

“Bruce Parker’s try stood out. He found himself in a little space, took the ball from me and went on a sparkling run to the line.”

Stamford: James Green (Cam Park), Oli Story, Ethan Moss, Jake Wilkins, Bruce Parker, Tom Gulland (David Bushrod), Tom Wire, Joe Allen, Robbie Smith, Matt Albinson, Matt Jane, Chris Fletcher, Austin Schwarz, Mark Taylor, Tom Lindley. Rep unused: Dan Griffin.

Stamford travel to play second-bottom Northampton Men’s Own tomorrow.

Town’s vets take on Deeping Veterans at home at 2.15pm.