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Stamford Rugby Club are beaten by Leicester Forest in Midlands 2 East (South)



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Stamford were edged out after a hard-fought clash on Saturday between the sides in third and fourth place in Midlands 2 East (South).

They had looked comfortably in the early exchanges and put the Leicester side under pressure.

Some quick handling and a clever kick saw the visitors knock on and it was Toby Anderson following up who picked up the loose ball to go over for the opening score with Ian Downer adding the extra two points.

Stamford were beaten 14-27 by Leicester Forest on Saturday. Photo: Darren Dolby (53843657)
Stamford were beaten 14-27 by Leicester Forest on Saturday. Photo: Darren Dolby (53843657)

It was Town who were making the most of their possession but Forest were now getting into their stride and some good tackles on both Jones and Ramsden stopped the moves developing and they began to stretch Stamford.

A good kick took them into the Stamford 22 and resulted in a line-out to Forest which they drove over for their first try of the game.

As the half proceeded, it was the visitors that were the stronger of the two sides and they showed this with a driving scrum for a pushover try to make the score 7-10.

Stamford were beaten 14-27 by Leicester Forest on Saturday. Photo: Darren Dolby (53843663)
Stamford were beaten 14-27 by Leicester Forest on Saturday. Photo: Darren Dolby (53843663)

Stamford were now being starved of possession and Forest used their strong ball carriers to set up attacking positions and they eventually went over for a converted try.

Town re-gathered and used quick support runners to go deep into the visitors 22 but were held up at the line.

Forest defended well but conceded two penalties and, when they killed the ball for a third time, there was an altercation involving most players which resulted in each side having a player yellow carded.

Stamford were beaten 14-27 by Leicester Forest on Saturday. Photo: Darren Dolby (53843661)
Stamford were beaten 14-27 by Leicester Forest on Saturday. Photo: Darren Dolby (53843661)

Stamford used a five-metre line-out from the penalty but were again held up over the line leaving the half-time score at 7-17.

The Leicester side started the second half playing some well controlled rugby, building phases and using good support runners which led eventually to their third try.

The game was opening up now and, when a Forest player lost the ball, Stamford hacked up the pitch.

Stamford were beaten 14-27 by Leicester Forest on Saturday. Photo: Darren Dolby (53843659)
Stamford were beaten 14-27 by Leicester Forest on Saturday. Photo: Darren Dolby (53843659)

They followed this up with another kick to put the ball over the try line but a defending player got his fingertips to the ball just ahead of Anderson.

The game entered a stage where Stamford were trying everything they knew to break the Forest line but were stopped by some excellent defensive play.

When they were in possession, Forest moved into the Stamford 22 and, when awarded a penalty, they took the scum option and drove Town backwards before their number eight picked up and crashed over for a converted try which secured the bonus point.

Stamford were beaten 14-27 by Leicester Forest on Saturday. Photo: Darren Dolby (53843655)
Stamford were beaten 14-27 by Leicester Forest on Saturday. Photo: Darren Dolby (53843655)

This seemed to make them take their foot off the gas and Town hit back and, when they were awarded a penalty, they were prevented from playing it and another Forest player received a yellow card.

Robbie Smith took a quick tap and sent Gaz Ramsden over for a try which Downer converted to make the score 14-27.

Forest retained their game plan but seemed content with the score and it was Stamford who started a long range attack when Chisholm burst out of defence and, when stopped, he had Anderson in support who went deep in the visitors' 22.

The defence again stopped the move illegally and Stamford took another tap penalty to the line but were unable to ground the ball leaving the final score at 14-27.

Town now have a two-week break before the next match on January 8 away at Market Bosworth who are hot on their heels in fifth place.



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