Corby got off to a slow start a weekend and left themselves with a mountain to climb.
The Stamford team got off to a good start and their pressure on the away side paid off with an unconverted Try on 12 mins. Corby were gifted a penalty under the posts but the usually steady boot of Steven Campbell failed on this occasion. Little did we know how crucial this miss was going to prove! Corby still looked lethargic and they defended for much the rest of the half without offering much on their offensive front. Five minutes from the end of the half Stamford got the Try they deserved and the extras were taken.
Half Time- Stamford College Old Boys1st XV 12 v 0 Corby 1st XV
Some words were spoken at the half time break and the second half commenced, it seemed the half time talk had not been heeded and the college scored a unconverted Try. At that point the game changed Corby sparked into life and realised that they were on a rugby pitch. Playing to their strengths a chip ball over the back of the college full back was capitalised by Robert Keech who run in round the back to score the first try of the game. Steven Campbell picked up the extra two points. Stamford managed to score an unconverted Try. However, at this point Corby were in the ascendancy and Andy Findley got the rewards with a unconverted Try. The college started to fall apart and this was emphasised when John Cutliffe scored another Try and Steven Campbell got the extras this time. Unfortunately, that was the last play of the game
FINAL SCORE Stamford College Old Boys1stXV 22 v 19 Corby 1st XV
Today’s game shows that preparation a before the game is so important. We let ourselves down by not getting to the venue early enough to warm up and get switched on.
We are looking forward to the Xmas break the guys need the break to rest up there injuries. I hope to be picking up points during the second half of the season