Stamford Rugby Club's women's team plays their first-ever competitive match against Gainsborough
After 120 years in the making, Stamford Rugby Club's women’s team finally made it on to the field on Sunday for their first-ever competitive match.
They ran out 67-14 winners against Gainsborough Ladies in front of a bumper crowd of around 300 supporters at Hambleton Road.
Stamford were first to take the advantage when scrum half Pip Andrews carried the ball forwards from a penalty onto the opposition 22 metre line and, while taking a tackle, quickly off loaded it to a charging Hannah Dennis who powered over the line to score Stamford's maiden try.
The home team continued pouring the pressure on the resilient Gainsborough defence with the hard-working front row of Wati Turaga, Amber Pearce and Immy Isaacs repelling most of the Gainsborough forays in to the home team's half.
Freya Smith and Andrews both scored tries to increase the Stamford advantage before the away team found a rare gap in the home side's defence and were rewarded with a well-taken try.
Conceding the try prompted Stamford into further pressure play deep into the Gainsborough half and they were eventually rewarded by a second try of the day for the sniping Andrews.
Stamford continued piling the pressure on the opposition's defensive line and were again recompensed for this when the rampaging Dennis was fed the ball a short distance in the Gainsborough half and, side-stepping the defence, ran the ball through and under the posts.
With the try being converted by Daisy Attley, the home team went into half time 27-7 in the lead.
The second half continued very much like the first with Stamford’s dominance in the pack combined with the quick off loads from the backs paying dividends with a quick try from Jess Pearce followed by Dennis getting her hat-trick, once again beneath the posts.
Both tries were converted by the ever-impressive and player of the match Attley to bring the score to 41-7.
Stamford appeared to take their foot off the gas momentarily and Gainsborough were quick to capitalise on this by scoring another breakaway converted try.
Captain Ann-Marie Mullen rallied her troops at this point and they responded by stepping up a gear and piling pressure after pressure on the away team’s defence.
This soon paid off when Smith got her second try of the day after running half of the pitch to score underneath the posts.
Stamford’s defence continued to be resolute with both Chloe Goldsmith and Caz Dolby making try-saving tackles to stop the home team conceding any further score.
Pearce continued the try fest with first her second before Zoe Wilson scored what was probably the try of the game.
Collecting the ball in her own half, Wilson sprinted towards the opposition try line, side stepping the defenders and scoring under the posts.
With the conversion slotted by Attley there was just enough time for the fleet-footed Peace to score her hat-trick and make the final score 67-14.
With both teams being very new to competitive rugby it was a credit to all of the players and the two clubs to watch such a fully developed and professional game of rugby.
Stamford Women: Mullen, Turaga, A Pearce, Isaacs, Koroibulileka, Dolby, Dennis, Scoot, Andrews, Attley, J Pearce, Breacher, Smith, Goldsmith, Dadford, Edwards.