Victory is especially satisfying for Stamford Vets

Stamford's Ali Hands handing off Oundle's Centre Stuart Castle
Stamford's Ali Hands handing off Oundle's Centre Stuart Castle

Stamford Vets 33

Oundle Vets 7

Stamford’s emphatic win was especially satisfying, given that they had only a couple of players aged under 40 and had suffered a humiliating 10-try defeat in the sides’ previous encounter.

Stamford dominated the forward play, and Bentley and Hands gave scrum half Pickford the opportunity to provide clean ball for the backs, with the result that left wing Gilman to score in the corner.

Despite some tenacious tackling, Oundle had too many tied up at the breakdown, and Howells outpaced his opposite number for a converted try.

Hungry for points, Oundle pressed hard but reduced to 14 men through injury, they suffered at the hands of the pairing of Maunder and Spice, who soon exposed gaps in the over-stretched defence with converted tries to make it 26-0.

Oundle refused to yield, however, and with several brave forays were denied only by crunching tackles from Gibson and Morley.

Then indiscipline crept into the home side’s defence and after a quickly taken penalty Oundle scored under the posts.

Recently recruited full back Andrews rounded off the try count with his first score - aptly against his old club.

Stamford Vets’ side-lined captain Steve Roberts did an excellent job covering for an absent referee and contributed to a first rate match.