Stamford College Old Boys beat Thorney in Midlands 4 East (South)
Stamford College Old Boys made it back-to-back wins in Midlands 4 East (South) with a 35-14 home triumph over Thorney on Saturday.
With close to 30 players available for the game, the Stamford coaching team had some big decisions to make.
And the selected players showed their worth on the pitch with a bonus point win over Thorney which followed up their away success at South Leicester a fortnight ago.
The game got off to a thunderous start with both teams trying to lay down a marker for the intensity of the game.
It was Thorney who took the advantage after a short period of pressure in the College 22.
A slip at the scrum helped the Thorney number eight to break off the back and score almost directly under the posts. The extra points were added and Stamford knew they needed to reply quickly.
Keeping their heads after conceding, the College didn’t take long to respond.
Some tight work from the Stamford pack opened up holes in the Thorney defence which was the invitation the backs needed as a crash ball in the centres saw Farthing calmly side-stepping the full back for his first try of the game. Johns added the extras and the score was tied at 7-7.
College certainly had the wind in their sails now, as shortly after Johns managed to break the defence once more.
Despite getting inches from the line, he managed to offload to Farthing who slid over for one of the easiest tries he would ever score. Johns converted the try to give College a seven-point advantage.
With both teams still battling hard, College stuck again just before half-time.
Walker took a crash ball which saw him break the defence before offloading in the tackle with a big overlap where his fellow flanker Manning crossed the line for the College’s third try of the game. Solid kicking off the tee gave Stamford a 21-7 lead going into the break.
The Old Boys didn’t relent following the interval and after around 10 minutes of the second half they had scored again.
It was almost a carbon-copy of their second try, but this time Harry Bell was the recipient of a gift from Johns seeing him slide over after receiving the ball millimetres from the line. The ball the sailed through the middle of the posts making the score 28-7.
With a few tired legs on the field, Stamford started to roll on their finishers and it was one of those replacements that scored College’s fifth try of the afternoon.
Birks found himself with the ball inside the College 22 where he managed to weave around almost every player on the field before crossing the line. Another Johns kick added the extra two points.
Thorney weren’t done yet though and a slight lack of discipline from Stamford in the last remaining seconds saw the visitors take a quick tap penalty and cross the line for their second try of the game.
A successful conversion signalled the end of a game where the College were victoriouswith a bonus point win which was just what the home support needed to warm themselves up on a breezy and cold afternoon.