Stamford College Old Boys travelled to Bingham to what they knew would be a tough fixture as they moved up a tier in the Notts, Lincs & Derbs tournaments.
Bingham enjoyed the lion’s share of possession in the first 20 minutes but could not break the sterling Stamford COB defensive line. Big tackles were made by all 15 players, especially Elliot Moss and Dan Smith who were unfazed by their first game in senior rugby.
The deadlock was broken when Phil Young scored after some great backs interplay.
Not long after, Bingham’s route one game plan started to take a toll on the Stamford COB defence. The physical encounter resulted in captain John Hickman being unable to carry on after a nasty ankle injury.
This proved to be a pivotal point as the Old Boys were forced to travel without any backs replacements. Bingham exploited this with their large inside centre and scored two tries and a penalty before the break.
The second half started much the same as the first, Bingham using their big ball carriers to push up the pitch but found it difficult to break down the strong defence. As the legs began to tire, Bingham took advantage of their larger bench, which resulted in them scoring three further tries.
The never say die attitude was evident as Carl Walker used his physical presence to finish off a great team effort after many phases that involved the whole team. The final result was 32-14.
Tomorrow will be Stamford College Old Boys’ first league game at home. Kick off will be at 3pm at Stamford Welland Academy. Training is on Tuesdays and Thursdays, 6.45pm also at Stamford Welland Academy.