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College can compete with league's top sides if they repeat Saturday's showing




Stamford College started the New Year with a well-deserved 43-14 victory over a tough Kempston side whose performance belied their position at the foot of Midlands 4 East (South).

Old Boys were quick from the off and never really looked back from the opening whistle with Phil Young having a commanding game at fly-half, but the only thing missing from his game was that ever-elusive try.

The link between Wilson Crowson and Young proved a pivotal point throughout the game with the forwards working well to allow the backs to have clean ball which gave the College back line space and time to play some creative rugby.

Wilson Crowson feeds the ball from a scrum. Photo: Jonathan Clarke (JPC Images) (6421247)
Wilson Crowson feeds the ball from a scrum. Photo: Jonathan Clarke (JPC Images) (6421247)

College were quick to get onto the scoreboard as, following a few phases of play, the ball found its way to Haydn Johns who used his pace to run through the onrushing defence by creating a gap for him to go through and score the try which he then converted.

The second try was quick to follow when Young spotted that the full-back was out of position and chipped the ball over the top of the defence which bounced upright for Johns who had a clear run in for his second of the game to make it 14-0.

It wasn't long before the third try arrived as College were awarded a penalty and vice-captain Carl Walker, opting for the kick to touch, gave the chance for a rehearsed lineout move which saw him crash through players to go over the line and make it 19-0.

Further tries in the first half came as the forwards became more dominant during the setpiece.

Jimmy Twose scored two tries for Old Boys. Photo: Jonathan Clarke (JPC Images) (6421251)
Jimmy Twose scored two tries for Old Boys. Photo: Jonathan Clarke (JPC Images) (6421251)

Jimmy Twose found himself out on the wing and went over to score a well-deserved try to make it 24-0 and, with 10 minutes left in the half, he again added to his tally to leave College very much in control and with the bonus point in the bag.

Kempston refused to let their heads drop and they took advantage of a lapse in concentration from the College as their full-back scored to the left of the posts to make it 31-7 at half-time.

The second half saw a more composed College taking their time in going up the field.

They used a crash ball to their advantage as Callum Fraser, Alex Walker and Shane Pickerill made the yards before Aled Pattinson managed to make a few breaks of his own to gain further ground.

Crowson took a chance and ran through a gap only to have the full-back in his way and, although he grounded the ball, the ref didn't give the try.

Liam Greenslade goes over the try line. Photo: Jonathan Clarke (JPC Images) (6421253)
Liam Greenslade goes over the try line. Photo: Jonathan Clarke (JPC Images) (6421253)

The College backs were becoming more of a danger to the Kempston side with Liam Greenslade, Sam Durman, Johns and Andrew Durrant combining well.

Greenslade went over for an easy try in the corner to make it 36-7 before Pattinson added the last try after collecting the ball from the back of the scrum and touching down under the posts.

It capped a day where everything went well for the College team who all played their part which shows that, if they play like this each week, they are able to compete with the teams at the top of the league.

They remain mid-table above Deepings and are currently in two cup semi-finals that are due to be played in the coming weeks.

College have an away fixture on Saturday against top-of-the-table Northampton BBOB in what should be an entertaining fixture.

College: Pickerill, Duncan, C Walker, Darlington, Fraser, A Walker, Twose, Pattinson, Crowson, Young, Durman, Johns, Greenslade, Chapman, Durrant. Reps: Houston, Rodrigues, Steel.



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