Stamford Colts made an excellent start to 2014 with a comprehensive victory over Ilkeston in the Under 19 NLD Competition.
Despite the recent poor weather, the pitch was in good condition and enabled both sides to play a good brand of running rugby.
Stamford took the lead in the second minute with early pressure in the 22 giving rise to a penalty which was scored by Luke Ford for a 3-0 lead.
Ilkeston came straight back and after five minutes scored in the corner after a pick and drive from a penalty.
Stamford then had a period of prolonged pressure but the next score was not until the 17th minute.
Good work by the forwards enabled the backs to get the ball and an outrageous dummy by Kieran Hynes, which fooled everyone including his team mates, left a gap for him to score.
The conversion was made by Ford and Stamford led 10-3.
Stamford scored again on the half hour mark with Hynes scoring his second of the game – this time running an excellent line from just outside the 22 and cutting through the Ilkeston defence to score under the posts. The conversion by Ford gave the home side a 17-5 half time lead.
Stamford scored again early in the second half with George Cox going over after an attacking five metre scrum. Ford’s conversion gave the home side a 24-5 lead.
The second half was a slightly more scrappy affair, but Stamford still had time to run in two more tries.
First Dean Elmore scored in the corner and then James Stables used his pace to run through and round the Ilkeston defence from inside his own half and score under the posts.
The conversion was made by Ralph Offer to give a final score of 36-5 and a bonus point win.
After the game, the Stamford coaching team of Ian Baxter and Jez Cox were understandably delighted with the performance and praised both sides for the spirit in which the game was played and their commitment from the first to the last minute.
Stamford: Jordan Baxter, Reece Chandler, Angus Collett, George Cox, Dean Elmore, Robert Elmore, Luke Ford, Kieran Hynes, Jack Jones, Andy Marshall, Chris Marshall, Elliott Moss, Ralph Offer, Shane Peck, Mark Schlanders, Oliver Sherwin, James Stables, Matthew Taylor, Oliver Winspear.