Weather stalls Old Boys’ promising performance

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Stamford College Old Boys went into the home fixture against Old Newtonian’s needing a win, however they were beaten 25-8.

Stamford’s squad selection was limited missing nine players, including the club captain Walker.

However against the odds Stamford started the stronger side. Early pressure was absorbed and when Stamford were able to unleash their back line they caused constant problems for the Leicester side.

Old Newtonian’s though were the first team to add to the score card. Capitalising on one missed tackle to go over in the corner.

Stamford rallied back from this, the centre combination of Young and Jones saw Stamford dazzle their way up the pitch and pressure the Newts’ line.

This pressure resulted in a penalty which was easily dispatched by Johns.

Injuries resulted in
early changes and in this period of change Newts scored again.

Old Boy’s Moss was an ever present pain at the break down. He helped the forwards supply the quick ball for the backs in a move that saw Johns wriggle his way over the line in the corner.

The following play saw a similar run of play with Jones bursting through the Newts line only to be caught by a tap tackle and brought down fractionally short of the line.

At 10-8 at half time Stamford felt that they were beginning to gain an upper hand.

But as Old Boys wanted to open the game up and increase the tempo the heavens opened.

The change in weather turned the game in to a mud bath and a brutal battering contest where size made the difference. Old Newts used their advantage to score further soft tries to claim the win in the torrid conditions.