HUNTINGDON 12 - STAMFORD RUGBY 34
In the first league encounter with Huntingdon for many years it was appropriate to remember Max Hunter who was lost to us recently as he had played for both clubs. In his memory a shield has been produced and each game in future this will be presented to the winner of this fixture.
The second half started with one of those golden moments , Dan Heard playing his first game of the season in the back row caught the kick off and proceeded to run through the complete home defence to score a fantastic individual try under the posts which Harry Bentley converted , the stunned look on the Huntingdon players faces showed what a special score this was. Stamford were now running the game, Hunts tried to kick out of defence but James O’Shea returned the kick with interest and sent them backwards. Stamford won the resulting line out and skipper Robbie Smith made a clean break before passing to Ramsden who with the whole pack in support was driven over for the fourth and bonus point try.
The home side were determined not to give up and produced a well worked move of their own for a converted try to make the score 12 – 24 but it was Stamford who again worked their way back upfield in a move that was finished by Jack Jones with a try , Bentley hit the post with the conversion. The game continued with Town putting in some big tackles to quickly cancel any Huntingdon attacks and when they kicked deep into the hosts 22 it was Wire who scored from the line out to take the score to 12 – 34 and to protect the lead to the end of the game.
This was a complete performance against a good Hunts side who had played in a higher league last season and the travelling supporters were full of praise. Club stalwart Dusky Doyle, who does not hand out praise freely, described it as the best he had seen in about 5 years and it also puts Stamford top of the table with a maximum 15 points. The next fixture is a home match on 19th October against Northampton BBOB where this run will hopefully be continued.
Team; James Green, Sam Hillary, Gareth Ramsden, Tom Wire, Dan Griffin, Jack Jones, Lewis Nettelton, Bruce Parker, Robbie Smith (C), Harry Bentley, David Martin, Ollie Johnson, Martin Bagnall, James Stables, Iain Downer, James O’Shea, Alasdair Ager, Dan Heard