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Plenty of positives for Old Boys after tough run of fixtures

Stamford College Old Boys recorded a deserved 21-12 victory when they made the short journey to Thorney on Saturday.

After a tough run of fixtures in Midlands 4 East (South), College had to adapt to changes to the original 15 with players dropping out due to illness or injury.

They welcomed back Janus Strydom and Andy Durrant while Aled Pattinson rolled back the years by playing in the centres.

Thorney v Stamford College. Photo: Ray Bates (5285015)
Thorney v Stamford College. Photo: Ray Bates (5285015)

College were playing with the wind behind them in the first half and Thorney used their bigger pack to crash the ball up the field.

Their backs were quick to off-load which made the College defence work on their tackling to eventually turn the ball over.

College put the phases together and moved back up the pitch where Alan Flanders fed the ball to Phil Young who released Haydn Johns.

Johns weaved his way through the Thorney defence and offloaded to Durrant who was held up by the last man.

He was able to offload to Flanders to score under the posts for a try which was converted by Johns.

College did then allow Thorney into the game and they were rewarded with a try for their efforts before the break making it 5-7 at half-time in the visitors' favour.

The College forwards were working well with Carl Walker, Alex Walker, Andrew Barringer and Callum Fraser putting in some big hits and carrying the ball well to give a platform for the backs to work where Pattinson was ever in the attacking line making ground on every run.

It wasn’t long before College scored again following some good set moves and Walker crossed the line with Johns converting for a 5-14 lead.

Thorney v Stamford College. Photo: Ray Bates (5285019)
Thorney v Stamford College. Photo: Ray Bates (5285019)

On the restart Alex Walker caught the ball and made a run up the pitch before offloading to Twose who made some ground.

He then gave the ball to Pickerill who made the pass of the season to Johns who ran under the posts to score the try which was converted for 5-21.

Thorny didn’t give up and scored a converted try leaving the game with a tense 10 minutes .

Some stern words from Carl Walker under the posts saw College go back at Thorney.

The Old boys should have been awarded a try at the end of the game, but Twose was denied by the last man as College pressed for the try line only for the referee to blow the whistle.

College took a lot of positives from the game and showed what they’re able to do against teams at this level.

They will look to keep this up on Saturday in the NLD Cup quarter-final against Bingham at Welland Academy.

College: Pickerill, Duncan, C.Walker, Fraser,A.Walker, Morgan, Twose, Barringer, Flanders, Young, Durrant, Johns, Pattinson, Houston, Greenslade, Strydom, Steel.

Thorney v Stamford College. Photo: Ray Bates (5285021)
Thorney v Stamford College. Photo: Ray Bates (5285021)

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