Stamford College Old Boys experience highs and lows over Christmas period

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Stamford College Old Boys suffered a mixed bag of emotions over the festive period, jubilant highs as the stormed through to the semi-finals in the NLD cup and disappointing lows in a poor league loss.

Stamford powered to a 24-12 cup win over North Hykeham before collapsing to a 39-5 loss to Corby.

The results typify Old Boy’s season so far, with injuries and players being unavailable causing inconsistencies in performances,

The fist game saw college put in a dominant performance against North Hykeham.

The Old Boys had virtually all the territory and possession and dominance in the set piece caused havoc across the pitch.

This linked with Jones running the ball with devastating effect from full back looked to set Stamford on their way,

Walker rumbled over from a tried and tested move to put college ahead before seven re-set scrums went unpunished five yards out from the oppositions line when a penalty try seemed guaranteed the ball sum how seemed to find its way in to North Hykeham’s hands, seeing the break away and score.

The introduction of Birks at outside centre after the break proved the game winner with Birks running in to scintillating solo try’s, before Walker added his second of the day from short distance.

John Hickman was man of the match.

The Christmas break saw unavailability run riot forcing a resuffle in the college line against Corby on Saturday .

Inundated with forwards a re shuffle saw Wilby, on return from injury, fill the full back position with full back Johns moved up to 10.

The changes didn’t seem to disturb College’s momentum as they posed the greater threat, spending the opening period of the game camped in the Corby 22 only to gain little reward.

The college curse quickly kicked in, three injuries in quick succession across the park saw the introduction of forwards in to the back line, which Corby capitalised on putting in a dominant second half performance full of intensity and direct running before shipping the ball wide.

Corby, commiserating the loss of a club member, were thoroughly motivated and committed in dismal weather conditions and proved the better side on the day running away with the game in the second half.

A well worked try for Williams was college’s only consolation.

Coach Duncan said: “In poor conditions we didn’t adapt our style of play, which proved our downfall.

“We know what we have to put right and we will work hard to do that.”

Duncan added “Stamford College Old Boys would like to send all out commiserations to Corby for the loss of a close club member, the way they played was a tribute to them.”

Simon Gamble was man of the match for Stamford.

College aim to bounce back with a league game at home against Kempston tomorrow (Saturday).

The game kicks of at Queen Eleanor School at 2.15pm.