Stamford First team’s game at West Bridgford may have been postponed by the weather but that did not stop the club’s juniors.
Stamford U16s came prepared for a tough game against Kesteven.
Though cold and wet they got off to a good start. But through quick attack play, Kesteven opened the scoring in the fifth minute and went 7-0 up.
Even though there were enough numbers to cover, Stamford couldn’t get across to prevent the try. Soon after the restart Stamford’s defence was broken again by another quick break on the wing, Harry Ayton showed good defensive play alongside Tom Hogg but yet again the Kesteven backs were too quick for them.
At this point there was a noticeable change in attitude from Stamford. They were a lot more resilient in defence and were putting pressure on Kesteven, with the additional greasy, wet ball, knock-ons occurred and the ball was turned over.
Unfortunately Stamford couldn’t capitalise on this, and turn it into a threatening attack and lost the ball. Through a precise chip over the top Kesteven went 19-0 up.
On the stroke of halftime Toby Anderson pulled out a well worked piece of play from the back of the ruck putting Stamford in with a chance with the second half still to play.
After the half time break Stamford came back a better team and retained the ball a lot more.
A brilliant breakthrough from Harry Nightingale brought Stamford up to the Kesteven 22. A quick pick-up from the back of the ruck saw Will Stables score Stamford’s second try of the day.
With a missed conversion from Harry Bentley the score was 19-12. Progressively getting colder Stamford’s defence couldn’t hold back the Kesteven attack and conceded another three tries before the final whistle.
However the scoreboard didn’t reflect the game, Stamford played well in defence but Kesteven manage somehow to worm there way through.