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Stamford continued their winning streak in Midlands 2 East (South) by recording their third successive victory at Northampton Casuals on Saturday.

Casuals were desperate for points against an unbeaten Stamford side and this could be seen in the first 20 minutes with a tirade of attacks, forcing the visitors into giving away a number of early penalties while being held in their own half.

The pressure eventually paid off for Casuals with the first try of the game putting the home team five points ahead.

Stamford made it three wins from three games with victory over Northampton Casuals on Saturday. Photo: Darren Dolby (52185687)
Stamford made it three wins from three games with victory over Northampton Casuals on Saturday. Photo: Darren Dolby (52185687)

Stamford fired up the guns and, after more penalties, secured a line-out on the 22 where great ball movement saw Michael Cade hit the wing and score a try in the corner to level the contest at 5-5.

More infringements were to follow and a penalty gave Casuals another try and conversion giving them back the lead to 12-5.

Finally there was a lull in the game, giving both teams time to breath.

Stamford made it three wins from three games with victory over Northampton Casuals on Saturday. Photo: Darren Dolby (52185694)
Stamford made it three wins from three games with victory over Northampton Casuals on Saturday. Photo: Darren Dolby (52185694)

Play continued with more stops for infringements but this time a penalty to Stamford with Toby Anderson kicking through the posts to make it 12-8.

Stamford were now getting into their stride and a strong scrum saw the ball pop out with Dan Heard crossing the line. Another conversion kick for Anderson put Stamford ahead at 12-15.

Both sides applied more pressure but this time it paid off for Stamford with another penalty just before half-time that gave them a 12-18 lead at the interval.

Stamford made it three wins from three games with victory over Northampton Casuals on Saturday. Photo: Darren Dolby (52185702)
Stamford made it three wins from three games with victory over Northampton Casuals on Saturday. Photo: Darren Dolby (52185702)

The second half started very much like the first with Casuals throwing everything they had at Stamford.

The pressure though paid off with a penalty which resulted in a try in the corner for Casuals to reduce the deficit to 17-18.

Stamford made it three wins from three games with victory over Northampton Casuals on Saturday. Photo: Darren Dolby (52185715)
Stamford made it three wins from three games with victory over Northampton Casuals on Saturday. Photo: Darren Dolby (52185715)

Yellow cards were now starting to come out and Stamford lost a player to the sin-bin and Casuals were quick to take advantage and placed the ball into the corner to make the score 22-18.

The game continued in a scrappy manner with lots of pressure from both teams and again, like so many times before, the referee was blowing for penalties which this time resulted in a penalty try for Stamford and a yellow card for Casuals as the visitors held out for a 22-25 win.

Stamford: James Green, Freddy Durrant, Michael Cade, Josh Evans, Josh Rook, Tom Wire, George Nairn, Dan Heard, Toby Anderson, Matt Albinson, Ramon Davis, Aus Schwarz, Jack Jones, Harry Ayton, Jordan Brown, Joe Johnson, John Hickman, Freddy Hill.

Stamford now face Southwell at home on Saturday in the Midlands Intermediate Cup with a 3pm kick-off.

Stamford made it three wins from three games with victory over Northampton Casuals on Saturday. Photo: Darren Dolby (52185723)
Stamford made it three wins from three games with victory over Northampton Casuals on Saturday. Photo: Darren Dolby (52185723)


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