Errors prove costly in Deepings defeat
Stamford College Old Boys showed plenty of promise in their opening Midlands 4 East (South) match of the season despite a 24-19 defeat to Deepings.
The Old Boys had several familiar faces returning to their ranks and also fielded some new signings, but a couple of errors proved costly against their near neighbours.
Head coach John Hickman said: "The players played extremely well and showed great promise for the upcoming season, but a couple of simple errors cost us this week.
"We will build on these errors in training this week ahead of our next game."
College skipper Haydn Johns kicked off the game into the wind and the ball was fumbled by the visiting side and reclaimed by the supressing line of green and red.
It was eventually cleared up and taken into a maul which was collapsed and Deepings had been given the ball.
The visitors made the most of having the ball and took an early lead for a 7-0 advantage as Chris Owen fed captain Lance Charity to score.
This did not discourage the Old Boys and they fought straight back with a driving maul from the forwards which was collapsed over the visitors try line, only to be disallowed by the referee.
A quick succession of forwards and backs moves saw the Old Boys venture near the try line and it was Andrew Barringer who took the ball over for the College's first try to make it 7-7.
Deeping came back strongly, putting in two more tries through James Hayward and while Josh Broome kicked three conversions plus a penalty for a 21-7 lead.
The second half saw the Old Boys forwards regain the ball straight from the off and some strong running from the forwards started to allow the backs into some wide open spaces to stretch their legs.
A forced substitution five minutes into the second half saw College lose the services of Phil Young who made way for the new face of Alex Waycot at number 10 to show what he could do.
A line-out in the visitors' 22 saw College retain the ball and ship it out to the backs, only for the referee to blow for a penalty for the Stamford side 10 metres from the try line.
A quick tap and go saw Callum Fraser charge over for another try for the Old Boys.
College were now firing on all cylinders and, with a ruck close to the visitors' try line, vice-captain Carl Walker had the quick thinking for a pick and go around the corner for their third try.
However, the home side unfortunately ran out of time to keep the momentum going and finished five points short of Deepings.
Old Boys make the league trip to Kempston on Saturday who are an unknown entity in Midlands 4 East (South) this season.
Old Boys: Pickerill, Twose, Walker, Fraser, Reilly, Morgan, Smith, Barringer, Gamble, Young, Flanders, Rodrigues, Greenslade, Chapman, Johns. Subs: Steele, Duncan, Walker, Waycot, Houston.