Stamford Rugby Club make it three wins out of three in Midlands 3 East (South) after victory at Huntingdon
Stamford produced one of their finest performances for several seasons to maintain their winning start to the Midlands 3 East (South) campaign on Saturday.
They ran out 34-12 winners away at a Huntingdon side who were relegated from Division Two last season.
It was a third successive league win for Stamford who are the only side in the division with a maximum 15-point haul.
The match was played as a memorial following the recent passing of Max Hunter who played both for both clubs.
A shield has been produced in his memory and each game in the future between the two clubs this will be presented to the winner of the fixture.
Stamford made a good start, building attacking moves to test the Hunts defence and putting up a good defensive line of their own to counter any threats that came at them.
They thought they had opened the scoring when Jack Jones was driven over from a line out but were called back for a foot in touch.
The forwards were linking welltogether and it was from another line won by Tom Wire that the drive was used again for Gaz Ramsden to score. Oli Johnson added the conversion.
Town were now starting to dominate the forward battle with line-outs being taken from Huntingdon and good ground being made.
The home side tried to run out of defence but knocked on giving Stamford the scrum. Bruce Parker picked up and used the blind side before off loading to Dan Griffin who split the defence and put Sam Hillary in for a very well-worked try which gave Town an early 0-12 lead.
From the kick off Huntingdon came straight back and, when Stamford failed to clear the ball, they broke through for a try in the corner.
Stamford then had to make two changes due to injuries and continued to put the pressure on but were unable to add to the score before half time which saw them lead 5-12.
The second half started with one of those golden moments as Dan Heard - playing his first game of the season in the back row - caught the kick off and proceeded to run through the complete home defence to score a fantastic individual try under the posts which Bentley converted - the stunned look on the Huntingdon players faces showed what a special score it was.
Stamford were now running the game as Hunts tried to kick out of defence but O’Shea returned the kick with interest and sent them backwards.
Stamford won the resulting line-out and skipper Robbie Smith made a clean break before passing to Ramsden who, with the whole pack in support, was driven over for the fourth and bonus point try.
The home side were determined not to give up and produced a well-worked move of their own for a converted try to make the score 12-24.
But it was Stamford who again worked their way back upfield in a move that was finished by Jones with a try. Bentley hit the post with the conversion.
The game continued with Town putting in some big tackles to quickly cancel any Huntingdon attacks and, when they kicked deep into the hosts 22, it was Wire who scored from the line out to take the score to 12-34 and protect the lead to the end of the game.
This was a complete performance against a good Hunts side who had played in a higher league last season and the travelling supporters were full of praise.
Club stalwart Dusky Doyle, who does not hand out praise freely, described it as the best he had seen in about five years.
The next fixture is a home match on October 19 against Northampton BBOB where this run will hopefully be continued.