Under 15s bounce back after conceding two tries in the opening period
It was definitely a tale of two halves when Stamford Under 15s ran out 21-17 winners against their counterparts from Kesteven in Sunday’s home match for their penultimate game of the season.
Kesteven made the brighter start to the game and were rewarded for their tenacity and powerful scrummaging skills by scoring the first two tries and converting one of them.
Stamford found themselves under the cosh until with five minutes of the half remaining decided to up their game and ventured towards the Kesteven try line.
The hosts maintained the forward momentum and, with a final big push, managed to place Will Johnson over the line to score.
The try was converted by Ewan Criddle and Stamford went in to half-time trailing 12-7.
After an inspiring talk from the coaches at half-time, Stamford entered the second period with a more positive attitude and were quickly putting pressure on the visitors back line trying to find a way through to the opposition try line.
The scoring moment came when fly half Liam McManus was fed the ball from a ruck 20 metres out and started to weave through the defence towards the Kesteven posts.
With only five metres to go a crunching tackle from a member of the visitors pack brought McManus to the ground.
However, as he was going to ground, McManus was able to pop the ball to a charging Criddle who duly went over the whitewash and placed the ball in the Kesteven in goal area to score the try which drew the sides level.
With continued pressure on the visitors defence, Stamford took the lead when man of the match Criddle converted his own try.
The home team continued to dominate the game and their third try was not long coming as Tank Howard charged from five metres out through the defence land over the line. Once again Criddle converted the try.
Kesteven only made fleeting appearances into the Stamford half but did however manage to score a very well taken and deserved third try, but the hosts then held out for the rest of the match.
Stamford: Howard, Rambaldi, Stokes, Johnson, Needham, Birbeck, Misimisi, Wells, Bowling, McManus, Ramsey, Criddle, Atkin, Johnstone, Dugasse, Shaw, Wilson, Chambers.