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Important bonus point success for Old Boys

Stamford College Old Boys claimed a vital five-point haul following a 31-28 home success over Bedford Swifts on Saturday.

This fixture has traditionally been tightly-contested in recent seasons and Saturday's clash in Midlands 4 East (South) followed a familiar theme.

The game started with Swifts enjoying most of the possession and territory by using their big ball carriers to work their way up the pitch.

The visitors had an early opportunity to go ahead, but missed a fairly straight forward kick and College were able to take advantage.

Aled Pattinson scores. Photo: Ray Bates (5988491)
Aled Pattinson scores. Photo: Ray Bates (5988491)

They broke the deadlock when Alex Waycot intercepted a setpiece move from a line-out to score under the posts for the Old Boys.

The home side started to grow into the game in the second quarter, playing with more confidence.

Their efforts were rewarded when Carl Walker finished off a well-worked rolling maul.

Swifts, however, were in no mood to give College an easy day. They confidently kicked two penalties and got a try towards the end of the half to reduce the deficit to 12-11 in Old Boys' favour at the interval.

College started the second half with the wind in their favour and they looked like the dominant side, winning a number of penalties and getting close to the visitors' whitewash on a number of occasions.

However, Swifts were more clinical with their few trips to the Old Boys 22, coming away with points each time.

Old Boys though responded and scored two further tries in the second half.

Aled Pattinson scooped up a loose ball to go on a 50-metre run and score under the posts and this was followed by Liam Greenslade collecting a poor clearance kick to score in the corner.

The game then presented one last strange twist.

College, believing they were ahead, pinned Swifts back however a few minutes from the end the referee informed both teams that the visitors had the lead.

This resulted in both teams being unsure who had won. Following a quick recount it was evident that the Old Boys had won to secure an important league victory.

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