Stamford Rugby Club are beaten by Market Bosworth in Midlands 2 East (South)
If there was ever a game that fitted the description of a match of two halves than this was definitely the one as Stamford went down to a 15-10 defeat at Market Bosworth on Saturday.
The first half saw Stamford on the back foot in the Midlands 2 East (South) clash as the home side enjoyed the majority of possession.
They used their strong kicking half backs to put them into good field positions, one of which resulted in an early penalty to give them a 3-0 lead.
Town tried to hit back but either lost the ball in contact or passes went astray.
Bosworth moved the ball well but good Stamford defence kept them out until they produced a good driving scrum to score a try under the posts which was easily converted.
Town went on the attack from the kick-off and went deep into the home 22 but unfortunately Bosworth were able to win the ball and kick clear.
They followed up and kicked on again to score a second try to take the score to 15-0.
Stamford again attacked and were awarded a penalty which they took quickly but the ball was lost in contact and the half finished without them registering a score.
Town had to reshuffle the side following two injuries and Martin received a yellow card following a deliberate knock-on.
But, following some strong words, they seemed to up their game and were now getting the forwards and backs linking together to take the ball into the Bosworth half and, when awarded a penalty, Ian Downer slotted the kick to make it 15-3.
Town were now growing in confidence and pressing the home side with some good attacking play which resulted in a try for Martin that was converted by Downer to make it 15-10.
It was now all about Stamford attacking and Bosworth defending and kicking the ball anywhere out of defence as Town ran it straight back but they just could not find a gap.
As the game wore on it was played almost entirely in the home side's 22 and, following a series of penalties, a Bosworth player was yellow-carded.
However, the breakthrough still didn't come and it was Market Bosworth who clung onto their slender lead to secure the win.
Stamford must use the confidence gained in the second half to carry them into the next game at home to bottom-of-the-table Northampton Casuals on Saturday as this was a display that so nearly produced a win against a team only one point behind them.
Stamford Women's rugby team will be playing their first-ever match on Sunday.
The team are entertaining Gainsborough in a match that kicks-off at 2pm at Hambleton Road.
The team have been training regularly ahead of their first match with sessions on a Tuesday and Wednesday night from 7pm at Stamford Rugby Club.
Anyone interested in joining the team or giving rugby a try should email email@example.com for more information.