Stamford College Old Boys wrapped up their season by narrowly beating neighbours Bourne 22-20 to lift the Lincolnshire RFU Intermediate Cup on Monday.
The Old Boys made it to the final of the cup last year but were just beaten by Cleethorpes. This year they went one better.
Stamford College coach Jon Duncan said: “This is massive for our club. It’s been a tough season, with injuries galore, but this makes up for our league performance this season and then some.
“More importantly it’s an indication that our long term strategy is beginning to reap rewards. With more young players joining us in recent months the average age of the squad is incredibly low. To say that we are excited about next season is an understatement.”
Bourne showed early promise as College conceded two penalties allowing them to get within five metres of the try line. Initially the Old Boys defence was strong, however Bourne managed to get a dominant scrum against the head ending with a try from Bourne vice-captain Neil Wood, converted by skipper Tom Dixon.
Stamford College Old Boys responded well, a catch and drive resulted in Carl Walker finishing off a good maul, the conversion was good bringing the team even. A quick reshuffle in the College pack meant they managed to get some dominance in the set piece.
But College indiscipline within the kicking distance of Adam Binns, allowed Bourne to go ahead, however not long before the break the Old Boys worked a few good phases through the pack and backs, eventually leaving enough room for Tom William to make his way over the line. The conversion was unsuccessful, so Stamford College Old Boys finished the half ahead 12–10.
After the break, Stamford extended their lead with a successful penalty kicked by Haydn Johns. Bourne started to apply some real pressure on the College defence, after a few missed opportunities they scored through Owen Leggett from a well-worked overlap.
With 15 minutes to go Haydn Johns ran in a 50 metre try in the corner. He also managed to get the conversion in the swirling wind which would prove to be vital. Bourne applied some real pressure in the last 10 minutes but College managed to absorb it all until the last couple of minutes.
Bourne scored through Josh Boddey with a good overlap, the conversion would see the two teams even, however it proved too difficult for Adam Binns. With only seconds to go after the restart, a knock on meant Stamford College Old Boys were crowned champions.
Stamford College captain John Hickman said: “We knew it was going to be a close game. Bourne just beat us a few weeks ago in the league [Midlands Four East South], but all the hard work and training over the last couple of weeks paid off. I’m sure there will be some sore bodies in the morning and no doubt sore heads too.”