Old Boys show courage and passion in heavy loss

Stamford College Old Boys RFC v St Neots RFC. Match action.'Photo: MSMP150214-041ow
Stamford College Old Boys RFC v St Neots RFC. Match action.'Photo: MSMP150214-041ow

Stamford College Old Boys were left battered and bruised after a brutal encounter with St Neots.

In a game that was full of brutal collisions the smaller Stamford side came out on the losing end, 88-5.

From the off it was evident Stamford would struggle to contain the giant St Neots side.

The centres of Jones and Young put in massive hits from the opening whistle but the task that faced them was daunting, with St Neots back line carrying virtually double the weight of that of Stamford’s.

That size showed in the early stages as the 20 stone plus 6ft 8in St Neots centre battled his way over from 5 yards out.

Old Boys then gifted Neots a try with miscommunication in the back line handing Neots an early second.

For phases within the first half Stamford started to build a structured platform to play off.

Direct carrying from Pickerill and Pattinson tried to put a dent into the Neots line but no matter what Stamford did the Neots line did not budge.

More devastating running from Neots expanded the growing score line and left Stamford putting in massive hits all over the pitch - a defensive effort that would have stopped many teams - but nothing Stamford did could stem the tide.

The half time whistle came and Stamford took stock of the situation. After a poor first half they were left to chase a large deficit.

Following the break Stamford showed spirit to fight back. Shipping the ball wider and moving the large Neots side about Stamford started to make inroads in the game. Gamble jinked his way through an unlikely gap only to be brought down ten yards out.

In this purple patch Old Boys finally added to the score sheet following a dazzling break and try from flanker Williams.

Stamford showed more offensive play in the second half but the physicality of the Neots team took its toll, committed taking and defiance in front of such adversity had a price and several Stamford players had to leave the pitch injured and bloody in the latter stages as Neots piled on the points.

“Our defensive effort at time was outstanding” adding match day captain Hickman “Not once did the boys give or shy out and we can only look to build on the positives. The game turned into a physical battle which we were always going to struggle with against a giant Ives team. We need to look at our game management and how we control the game, we are looking to build and kick on and we will learn form this”