Fri 01 Nov 2019 16:09

OAKHAM 19 STAMFORD 12

One of the oldest local derby matches was played in the wind and rain on a wet pitch which signalled this was never going to be a classic . It was a much changed Stamford side that took to the field hoping to maintain their position at the top of the league ,.but Oakham soon showed their intentions with some good attacking play in the atrocious conditions. And landed an early penalty to take a 3 – 0 lead Town tried to respond but were met with a strong defensive line , They upped the pressure but the greasy ball was dropped or players lost their footing which gave the home side the opportunity to counter attack , one of these led to another penalty which was successfully slotted to increase the lead. Oakham then enjoyed their best period of the match which saw them control the ball better and resulted in a try which was also converted to take them to a 13 – 0 lead. Another error by Stamford gave the hosts another penalty which when converted gave them a half time lead of 16 – 0

The second half gave Stamford the elements in their favour but a mistake at the kick saw Oakham convert the resulting penalty to add to the lead. Stamford now upped their game and used the forwards to carry deep into the Oakham 22 and another drive gave Tom Wire the opportunity to score their first try. The pattern of the game was now nearly all Stamford attack and Oakham defending . On two occasions Stamford got to the line but could not find their way over , further pressure finally paid off as Aus Schwartz went over for a try converted by Thompson to take the score to 19 – 12. Stamford’s attacks continued and the home side had two players shown the yellow card as the penalty count mounted but Town were unable to make the final breakthrough leaving Oakham to take the honours with a final score of 19 -12

Stamfords next league game is a home match on 9th November against Bedford Queens , kick off times now move to 2.15pm . Next Saturday the club will be showing the world cup final when England take on South Africa at 9.00am Breakfasts will be available and all are welcome

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