Kesteven U16 46
Stamford U16 10
Kesteven under-16s welcomed local rivals Stamford to Woodnook on Sunday morning.
Stamford always provide stiff opposition as, although they are not a big, physical side, they play a 15 man game with teamwork and skill being their primary attributes.
Kesteven, however, recovering from a loss in the Cup to Scunthorpe the previous week, started the stronger of the two with centre Fred Astley scoring two quick tries to open up a lead. The first was a mazy run from 40 yards out which baffled the defenders, the second from a speculative Devlin Archer kick which somehow Astley caught before galloping home under the posts. He converted both scores.
Kesteven continued to make the most of the home advantage, with the forwards working tirelessly to allow scrum half Joe brighten to feed the backs and threaten Stamford’s line. Winger Zac Durham was the beneficiary this time as he finished two great passing movements in quick succession to score twice midway through the half.
Smarting from the early scores, Stamford then started to impose themselves on the game and strong running, and tactical kicking, allowed them to spend some time in Kesteven’s half, with a well-deserved try coming as a result.
The half ended with Tom Edwards wriggling his way through the Stamford defence to regain the points differential.
Stamford started the second half strongly with Kesteven’s defensive qualities being tested. Second rows Taylor and Hughes working tirelessly to wrestle back some forward control. They were ably assisted by back rowers Kwasau, Fuller and Cox who battered the Stamford defence with some hard running. This opened up a gap and allowed athletic prop James Cole some space and he showed the backs how it was done with a barnstorming run from his own half, scoring under the posts.
Having moved from full back to fly half, Will Brewis continued to mount pressure with a score of his own soon after.
Stamford refused to buckle and bravely countered with their second score before Harry Cox found the smallest chink of light to squeeze through and complete the scoring.
The eventual score flattered the hosts and did not reflect how even the game actually was.
Kesteven: Archer, Astley, Brighten, Brewis, Cole, Cox, Durham, Edwards, Fuller, Hodgson, Hughes, Kwasau, Palin, Parr, Salam, Tapson, Taylor (c).