Strong showing secures Stamford success
Stamford Under 15s are rapidly turning their home ground into a fortress as they continued their winning ways with a 49-0 success over a strong Southwell side at the weekend.
They were quick out of the traps and immediately put Southwell on the back foot by running in two tries in the first five minutes from Dylan Dugasse and Will Ramsey.
Stamford continued to pressurise the Southwell defence and were very quick to turn over balls in the ruck and scrums.
Their third try came as a result of a turn over in a ruck from eventual man of the match Joe Howard.
Howard picked the ball up and started to power towards the Southwell try line and was able to deftly offload the ball to Stamford's back line.
The ball eventually ended up in the capable hands of fly half Ciaran Dolby who side-stepped the Southwell full-back and scored under the posts.
Tom Chesworth then stepped in to the try-scoring fold by scoring the next two, the first as a result of a pinpoint crossfield kick from Dolby which Chesworth was able to run on to and score in the corner for 27-0 interval lead.
The second half started with Southwell finding a second wind and beginning to put pressure on the Stamford defence.
This was short-lived and Dugasse was able to take advantage of the visitors' poor ball handling and he ran in a further three tries.
With five minutes to go Southwell once again upped their game and applied constant pressure within the Stamford half and tried desperately to not go home empty-handed.
However, Stamford's entire team were equally resolute not to allow the visitors any points.
Southwell gained momentum and were odds on to gain points when their back line fumbled a ball which was quickly scooped up Chesworth.
With nigh enough the whole of the length of the pitch to cover Chesworth chipped the ball over the Southwell back line, ran on to it and sprinted to the line to score undoubtedly the try of the match.
A well fought 'whole team' win for Stamford against a very strong Southwell side who never gave up their determination to score points.
Stamford: Howard, Rambaldi, Stokes, Johnson, Criddle, Misimisi, Birbeck, Wells, McManus, Dolby, Johnstone, Chesworth, Atkin, Ramsey, Dugasse, Needham, Wilson, Bowling.