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Albinson eyes top two spot with four wins before Christmas




Stamford returned to winning ways in style with a 10-try bonanza in Saturday's 58-19 home success over Bedford Queens.

Following three consecutive defeats to teams in the top of half of the Midland 3 East (South) table, the Purple, Black and Whites were back at home on Saturday to reboot their league season with a comprehensive victory.

It was a win that came with no additional injuries and sets the side up for the run in to Christmas.

Stamford v Bedford Queens. Photo: Lee Hellwing (5265830)
Stamford v Bedford Queens. Photo: Lee Hellwing (5265830)

As the league settles down into some form of hierarchy, the Purple, Black and Whites will be heartened by their league position and run in to the Christmas break.

Having played Northampton Casuals, Daventry and Leicester Forest, who sit in the first three positions in the league, Stamford have, on paper, a less testing schedule ahead.

They face St Neots, Rushden and Higham, Biggleswade and Stockwood Park while the teams around them play each other.

And head coach Matt Albinson has every confidence that his boys can secure four wins before Christmas and sit in the top two at the halfway point.

He said: "If we can keep this squad fit and healthy moving forward there is no reason why we can’t keep winning at this level.

"There are a couple more players we would hope to see back in the next two to three weeks so selection will be difficult, but the side will be as strong as we could have wished for when we started the season.”

Stamford v Bedford Queens. Photo: Lee Hellwing (5265799)
Stamford v Bedford Queens. Photo: Lee Hellwing (5265799)

Rees Burns was Stamford's leading points scorer on Saturday with two tries and four conversions.

Daniel McFaden bagged a brace of tries with Daniel Griffin, Ross Haley, Martin Bagnall, Joe McDonnell, Daniel Heard and Jack Jones also on target.

Stamford: Green, Hillary, Ramsden, Murphy, Griffin, Jones, Kendall, Heard, Smith, Johnson, McFaden, McDonnell, Bagnall, Haley, Burns. Subs: Wiggin, Wire, Anderson.

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