Stamford put on great show

Stamford RFC v Bakewell Mannerians. Match action. 'Photo: MSMP110114-016je
Stamford RFC v Bakewell Mannerians. Match action. 'Photo: MSMP110114-016je

Stamford RFC ran in six tries to record a bonus point win at home to Dronfield RFC on Saturday.

In the return fixture, Dronfield had dealt the purple, black and whites a devastating blow in the final seconds of the game to take the win on the day 29 points to 28.

However there was no sign of lightning striking twice, with the Stamford side producing one of their best performances of the season to take all five match points, leap- frogging their opponents in Midlands Two East South table to move up to 7th.

With three league wins out of four since the halfway point in the season the purple, black and whites were in no mood to lose their current form.

From the off Dronfield were cut down in the tackle area and a single three points was all that Dronfield had to show for playing with the wind at their backs for 40 minutes.

In reply Stamford created a nine point lead by half-time.

The first try scorer was Tom Lindley who ran from his own 22 metre line, outpacing all cover tacklers to score in the right hand corner and leave Will Mardling with a tough touchline kick which was narrowly missed.

Only five minutes later Schwarz barrelled through the Dronfield defence, stepped on the accelerator and fed open side James Prenter who arced his run to go over to the right of the posts.

This time Marlding obliged with the additional two points to leave his side 12 - 3 up at half-time.

Happy with their efforts in the first half the squad’s focus now moved to securing a third try to take the game away from Dronfield and then work for a bonus point try and all the available league points.

What followed was a concerted effort from all eight forwards, at the scrum but also in the tight where they continued to throw bodies into the breakdown and create quicker and quicker balls for scrum half, Robbie Smith.

A further two scores came in the first 15 minutes of the second half when the ball was moved wide to Dan Thompson, who on both occasions showed his opposite man a clean pair of heels to go over the whitewash and take the score to 22-3.

As Dronfield heads appeared to drop the forwards turned the screw, dominating set pieces and forcing turnovers.

Alan O’Connor and Tom Mutter drove the engine room forward and Cameron Park showed composure at number eight to release Smith from the base down the short side to race over and score to the right of the uprights to take the lead to 29 - 3 courtesy of another Mardling conversion.

With 3 minutes left on the clock Mardling received the ball from a breakdown turnover, shaped to move the ball to the left hand side, dummied his support and went through the line and motored to the line to secure a 34 - 3 home win.

With a week off Stamford now move their focus to a trip down the A606 to Oakham RFC on March 1 .