College Old Boys squander an early advantage

Stamford College Old Boys on the attack against Kempston. Photo by Jonathan Clarke, JPC Images

Stamford College Old Boys on the attack against Kempston. Photo by Jonathan Clarke, JPC Images

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Stamford College OB 8 Kempston 15

College Old Boys’ disappointing start to 2014 continued with this home defeat on Saturday.

The Stamford side had most of the possession and territory and they at least came away with a losing bonus point.

College failed to take their opportunities with the final pass going astray. Dropped balls and poor support also proved costly.

Clean lineout ball and clinical rucking saw College march up the pitch in the opening phases, resulting in a penalty shot that was pushed just wide of the post by Johns.

A similar move moments later resulted in another penalty chance which was slotted between the posts.

A lineout steal from the exceptional Batty set up College’s first try. He off-loaded to Walker, who set Hickman free in space.

The ball was quickly recycled and Pattinson rampaged upfield before being brought down five yards short of the line. Walker from this range proved unstoppable. Barging his way over, the prop added to his impressive try-scoring tally.

A lapse in concentration and a questionable decision saw Kempston over in the corner in the closing stages of the half.

Briggs and Tindall put in brutal hits for the Stamford side in the second half but it was Kempston who kept the scoreboard moving to clinch victory. Man of the match was Dan Bancroft.

Stamford College OB welcomes new members to training sessions at 6.45pm on Tuesdays and Thursdays at Queen Eleanor School.