A heavily depleted Kesteven travelled to Stamford to be met with perfect rugby conditions despite the recent weather.
Excellent forward work from captain Jake Hughes and Harvey Fuller provided good ball for Will Brewis to make a trademark jinking run and release George Wainwright. He unselfishly offloaded to Bartlett who romped home from 50 metres for the first score. Adam Tapson’s conversion attempt narrowly missed from out wide.
Almost immediately, Kesteven went on the attack again and produced an almost a carbon copy of the first try. This time George Wainwright gave an outrageous dummy to glide through the defence and touch down for his first try of the season.
Stamford responded with some strong running from their number eight and inside centre. But Kesteven were unrelenting in their defence, with strong tackling from Jack Palin and a huge one from Davey Hodgson.
Josh Peters then used his strength to rip the ball from Stamford and began a powerful run downfield. The ball was recycled and a lovely pass from Will Brewis released Dan Brenton who set off on a determined run. Eventually he was brought down but the ball was fed to Harry Bartlett to run in his second try under the posts. Adam Tapson converted.
Stamford began the second half with great endeavour but were continually thwarted in their attempts to get on the scoresheet by the men in black.
Kesteven broke from their own half with a lovely run from George Wainwright. Will Brewis then beat three Stamford defenders to be pulled down just short. In their desperation, Stamford conceded a penalty at the ruck, and a quick tap from Hodgson took everyone by surprise and he burrowed in for Kesteven’s fourth and final try. Adam Tapson stroked home the conversion from a tight angle.
Kesteven: Cole, T. Tapson, Hodgson, Hughes, Fuller, Taylor, Cox, Peters, Joe, Brewis, Wainwright, Bartlett, Brenton, Palin, A. Tapson, Cole, Parr, Moth.