Stamford Vets take Gin Bottle Trophy against Peterborough

Stamford Rugby Club Vets Gin Trophy. Stamford's Chris Gallagher on the charge. Picture by Pip Warters
Stamford Rugby Club Vets Gin Trophy. Stamford's Chris Gallagher on the charge. Picture by Pip Warters
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Contested annually at Christmas between Stamford and Peterborough for over 20 years, the Gin Bottle Trophy has once once again been retained in style by the Town’s Veterans.

Stamford began their offensive from the first blast of the whistle.

Second row Chris Gallagher bulldozed his way through several of the Peterborough forwards to find winger Justin Howells, who managed to round his opposite number but was tackled short of the line.

From the resulting ruck, man-of-the-match Tony Spice went over to score an easy opener and converted his own try.

Stamford’s forwards maintained their momentum, even winning a number of the opposition’s scrums against the head, but brave defence from the visitors and a few wayward passes kept the scoreline from increasing.

Peterborough continued to lose yards and it wasn’t long before the long standing centre partnership saw Maunder score between the sticks, with Spice adding the extra points.

From the restart, textbook rucking created the space for another jinking run from Spice to score his second converted try.

Stamford made a couple of changes and the fresh legs of replacement full back Ali Hands soon found a gap in the Peterborough midfield with one man to beat he drew the tackle and slipped the ball to Nick Maunder to coast over for his second. Spice added the conversion to take the half time score to 28 - 0.

The break saw both sides partake in a traditional glass of port and Peterborough, seemingly fortified from the refreshments, started the second half with renewed vigour.

The visitors looked certain to score having won clean ball from a line