STAMFORD Town put in another impressive defensive display to shut out St Neots on Saturday and now boast the tightest defence in the country.
Town won 20-0 at Empingham Road playing fields, maintaining an unbeaten league run that stretches back to the start of the season.
Town were soon enjoying the majority of possession as the forwards, in particular the back row, won the race to the breakdown. Superior body position and leg drive meant that clean ball was generated from the rucks.
The first score came after St Neots were penalised, deep in their own half, for holding on to the ball. Fly half Albinson kicked to the corner and with Wilkins back in the squad, the line-out was a lot more composed.
He took the ball and fast aggressive mauling from Park, Story, Jordan, Cole, Tate, Eifion-Jones and Parker allowed him to be the beneficiary as the purple, black and white steamroller ate up ground and opposition players before crashing over the whitewash for five points .
Robbie Smith had a fine game at scrum-half, allowing centres Adam Rimmer and Laurent Ross to make inroads throughout the game.
Wingers Nick McDowall (who was ably replaced by Aram Jones after 60 minutes) and Scott Niehorster counter attacked very well with help from Stamford’s current top try scorer Tom Lindley.
Niehorster was clinical in possession, scoring a try in each half. Albinson added a conversion and a penalty to round off the scoring.
Captain Oli Storey said: “We were disappointed not to come away with a bonus point and must make better use of chances against the top sides.
“However once again we kept their opposition from scoring. St Neots are a good side with ambition and it is testament to the defensive efforts of the entire squad that they never looked like scoring.
“Stamford now have the best defensive statistics in the country. Something to be very proud of.”
Stamford travel to Westwood on Saturday for 2.15pm start.
Town: Jake Wilkins ,Oli Story (C), Liam Tate, Bruce Parker, Cameron Park, Steve Jordan, Jack Eifion-Jones, Toby Cole, Robert Smith, Matt Albinson, Aram Jones, Adam Rimmer, Laurent Ross, Scott Niehorster, Tom Lindley, Nick Mcdowall, Stu Hanger and Chris Mclaren.
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