It was always going to be a tight game as the are between these two teams. Numbers were low and players were playing out of position which meant for long periods of the game Stamford had to defend hard. The result of which meant they had 4 tries scored against them. However, to win Stamford had to be clinical. It started with what turned out to be the pattern for the game; a team try finished by the hard working George Chandler.
Sleaford responded with a beautifully weighted cross-field kick which was deftly caught as he fell over the line. Stamford continued to play with intent, frequently trying to play out of their own 22. Intense pressure from Stamford led to Anderson charging down a kick and falling on his own kick and chase.
The pressure continued from Sleaford and Stamford conceded another unconverted try taking them into half-time 14-10 up.
Coming out of half time Sleaford changed their tactics and it wasn’t long before their pressure led to their 3rd try putting them 1 point in the lead; a lead that was not to last. However, Stamford had to play one man down due to persistent infringement at the breakdown. It was not long that another try was conceded from continued pressure leaving the score at 20-14 Sleaford. That said a wonderful solo effort from Adam Hawkins, again from half way, and Bucks try, completed the four tries all converted brilliantly by Seb Mitchell.
The team continues to work together and the way the younger members have been integrated into the squad is testament to the ethos of the game and club.