Stanford Weekly round up
Hat trick of wins for Stanford.
Stanford 1st XV keep up their winning run
Stanford 1st (27) – Thames (17) home win
A local derby that is always a tight affair and can never be claimed as easy points.
Both teams up to this game had pretty much the same league results in regards wins and losses so this going to be a big battle. Stanford knew what they had to do and that was to control game play and disrupt Thames clean ball. Thames started the bright but at half time the score was all square at 10 apiece.
The 2nd half Stanford had the upper hand and ran in two very well worked tries. Thames did come back with one of their own but never looked like closing the gap. Stanford was reduced to 14 men for the last 10 minutes but even then they held firm. Stanford’s try scorers were Matt Greenhill, Liam Morley & Sam Herbert. Calum Reid converted all three tries and two penalties. Stanford’s man of the match was Matt Rumble.
Stanford 2nd XV (36) – Old Brentwoods (14) home win
Stanford 2nd team is a team that is building momentum and this weekend showed that they can play good controlled team rugby. Stanford never looked like losing this game and their mix of older experienced players and new young players really paid off. Stanford’s use of the ball was very clever knowing when to keep it in the forwards or move it out to the backs. Stanford had support at every phase of play and only conceded the two tries through Old B’s exploiting some slight lack of experience on the Stanford side. Stanford’s scorers were; Matthew Hornsby (2), Chris Doran, Rhys Smith-Allen, Reece Anderson & Grant Ferguson with Ferguson converting (3) of the tries. Stanford’s man of the match was Ash Downes with a special recognition for pack leader Reece Anderson.
Beddington hat trick secures Sirens win
Stanford Ladies (39) – Harwich & Dover Court Ladies (21) home win
A slow start left the home side trailing by two converted tries very early on into the game. This didn’t worry the Sirens as they knew that their team spirit determination and all round good rugby would get them back on level terms. With the wake up alarm ringing Stanford started to turn on the gas and ran in 3 unanswered tries. The visitors did come back to claim a third of their own but by now Stanford had their measure and knew how to play the game they needed. Rucking Mauling and out pacing Stanford left their visitors in disarray. Stanford’s scorers were; Sarah Beddington (3), Katrina Richardson (2), Stephanie Witham (1) and Amber Patience (10 with two conversions. Stanford’s player of the day was
Stanford Sirenettes (10) – Basildon (20) away loss
Stanford’s newest team played their 2nd game ever and did their club proud. The Sirenettes had to borrow players to make up their numbers but despite this they really showed how far they have come in such a short time. Their game play, ball control and support play was outstanding. The team’s commitment and dedication to each other really shown through and despite losing knew that they had taken another big step towards becoming a team to be reckoned with. Stanford’s try scorer was; Georgia Wiggins (2) and was awarded Player of the day for her outstanding tackling and runs.
Stanford u15s (5) – Medway (43) away loss
A depleted squad travelled to Medway were they found a 30 strong team ready to play in this friendly. This was a game of two halves and the first was a close affair with Medway edging it 7 – 5. The 2nd half and a whole team change saw Medway’s back open up the Stanford defence and ran in try after try. Despite the score line Stanford never gave up and battled to the end. The score tells a story but the spirit and determination from both sides was the real winner a credit to both clubs and some great running rugby. Stanford’s scorer was Jack Knight and man of the match Joe Duligall.
Stanford mini & midi section hosted Medway.
Stanford have a blossoming kids section and against tough opposition from Kent showed that they no push overs. These games are all friendlies so based on having fun and every player and parent that watched the rugby that as on display certainly enjoyed their mornings. The under 12’s had mixed results losing their first game and drawing their next, their try scorers were Dylan Gale and Owen Riley. The Under 11’s also had a tough battle but never gave in to the slightly stronger Medway side. The under11’s scorers were Izenosa Binitie and Daniel Hook. The rest of the Stanford young teams had mixed results but at the end of the day the Sausage rolls and friendly atmosphere won everyone over.