Deeping RFC 10 Stamford RFC 23
A RUSTY Deepings side struggled on Saturday and Stamford took full advantage as the two sides began their league campaign with a local derby.
Stamford played well as a team and were more settled than Deepings, who were perhaps less battle hardened as their previous week’s game against Thorney was cancelled.
Using the wind in the first half Stamford kicked three penalties in the first half and ran in two converted tries in the second half.
The Deepings’ single try came from Nunber 8 Ali Shaw who powered through the Stamford defence to score with Nick Dobie converting.
Stamford’s increased strength in depth was evident from the start and with the wind at their backs for the first half Robbie Smith and Matthew Albinson combined to clear their lines to within five meters of the Deeping try line.
This proved to be a territorial gain for the next 20 minutes as a series of scrums and line-outs were set but no real threatening phase play developed. Deeping managed to play their way out of their 22 only to be penalised on the ten metre line for holding on to the ball. Stamford chose to take the points and Albinson converted to give the visitors the lead.
The restart sparked a response from Deeping with a break down the blind side stopped by an excellent joint tackle by Matt Helstrip and Phil Young.
Ill discipline at the breakdown saw Deeping gain a sequence of penalties and rather than attempt the shot at goal against the strong wind, Deepings chose to take a foothold in the Stamford 22. And following two or three phases of tight controlled forward play they crossed for a converted try.
But Deeping give away another penalty just shy of the 10m line which Albinson converted to bring the purple, black and white back to within one point.
Deeping extended their lead early in the second half with a penalty in front of the posts. But this spurred Stamford on. The scrummage became more dominant, Robbie Smith was given more room to break, and the back row found themselves in space to work in.
The front row of Oli Story, Ed King and James Green began to take ball on and the latter showed an exceptional burst of pace racing clear down the short side only to throw one too many dummies.
The pace of Stamford’s attack increased and holes began to appear in the Deeping defence with Jack Eifion-Jones and Story penalised. Both tries were converted and a penalty pushed the score to an unassailable 23–10 lead.
New Deeping skipper Dan Hainsworth said: “Things are always a bit rusty after spending the summer on the shelf.
“We will get the WD40 out in training, make a few positional changes and look forward to going to Bedford Queens on Saturday.”