There was a minutes silence before the start of this bottom of the table clash at Northen Park on Saturday. Father and son duo Andy Findley and Andy Findley (jnr) lost a mother/ grandmother last weekend. They donned their shirts and played this game for her.
The game started with College wanting to get firm control of the game and they finally broke through the Corby defence with a well worked Try and they duly picked up the extras. Corby came back at the away team with some good work from the centres which cumulated with an individual run by Steven Campbell to score under the posts. Steven accepted the extras to even the score. Suddenly Corby had some belief about them selves and started to apply more pressure and Robert Keech emulated Campbell’s last Try to score a unconverted Try, albeit not under the posts. The rest of the half was a closely fought affair with both teams trying to break each other lines only to be thwarted by good defence.
Half Time Corby 1st XV 12 v 7 Stamford College Old Boys 1st XV
Corby took advantage of their replacements after the break and this put them on the ascendancy. The home side started to play with confidence which has been lacking after their last run of games against top of league opposition. Steven Campbell added to his first half Try with another individual effort which was unable to be converted. College defended well but the fresh legs introduced from the home side began to take its toll. Fly Half and unsung hero Steven Moore scored a rare Try after breaching the College defence. Campbell picked up the conversion. The homeside took control and were playing some decent and enjoyable to watch rugby. “At last! Its great to see that the hard work the boys have been doing in training has transpired onto the pitch” said head coach Charlie McKenzie. This was epitomised when the team took the ball from their 22 and all the way up the pitch for Shaun Hall to score the points with an unconverted Try. Soon after Steven Moore got his brace with another well worked unconverted Try.
College, refused to let the scoreline affect them and in the last 5 minutes of the game they were firmly camped in and around the Corby Try line. They look certain to score but were thwarted by some excellent defence, none more so than the two Findley lads who tackled their hearts out. I think they had a Mum/Grandmother tackling alongside them.
Full Time Corby 1st XV 34 v 7 Stamford College Old Boys 1st XV
Its not often I get to talk about a win it seems that long ago since we had one. But this has really made our last game interesting. We picked up a bonus point for scoring four Trys. What this means is IF we win our game away next week to Wellingborough OG’s and if College fail to win their tie against Oundle and don’t manage a bonus point for being within 7 points in defeat. We will not finish bottom. My objective this season was not finish bottom and we still may achieve this
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