Stamford started their league campaign with a visit to Daventry , a side well known for always producing a large pack of forwards , but good pre season preparation meant they were looking forward to the challenge. Head coach Aus Schwartz had to put himself into the team following the late withdrawal of Martin Bagnall but this did not affect the side who were in a confident mood.
Early pressure from the home side was met with strong defence from Stamford who were unfortunate to concede a penalty which was converted to give Daventry an early lead Town soon hit back when a George Nairn run was stopped which resulted in a line out then they released James O’Shea for what looked like a good try but the touch judge called it back for a foot in touch.it wasn’t long before they regained possession and Dan Griffin went on a storming run to score under the posts allowing Harry Bentley a simple conversion to take the lead. A scrappy period of play followed with Stamford conceding two more penalties , Daventry proved they had a decent kicker as he converted them both to take the score to 9 7 The home side tried to up the pressure but could not break the purple black and white line and despite some individual runs Town were unable to add a score before half time.
The second half saw Stamford go up a gear and start to put the pressure on . They varied the use of the ball by using the forwards to drive on then the back to stretch the home defence wide out and from one such move new full back Ian Downer showed his pace to score in the corner It was all Stamford now, from a penalty skipper Robbie Smith tapped and ran before feeding Gaz Ramsden to crash through the tackles and score, Bentley added the extra points to move the score on to 9 –19. It wasn’t long before a long kick out of defence was followed up by O’Shea to score and this time it counted and as the fourth try gained the bonus point. Daventry started to lose composure , kick off’s went straight out of play and passes were being dropped and Town players were always on hand to clear the ball up. Kristian Naylor on as a replacement put in some hard yards and when illegally stopped Bentley landed the penalty. Stamford continued to control the game and when another Daventry attack failed they stole the ball , ran out of defence then kicked long for three players to chase and it was a first try for flanker Lewis Nettleton under the post , Bentley conversion to make the score 9 – 34 .
The home team dominated the scrums but didn’t do anything with the ball they won whereas Stamford used pace and good running lines to score five tries and well organised defence to prevent their line being crossed. His will give confidence to the side which they will take on to the league encounters to come in the season.