Stamford V Newark Colts
Welland Cup - Newark tighten grip on Trophy
In the second game of the Welland Cup Newark’s Trentside outfit ran out worthy winners away to Stamford and put one hand on the inter-club trophy on a cold windswept winter’s morning.
Boss Hogg’s team made their intentions clear right from the off as they took the game to the genial hosts, showing a sense of adventure by running the ball from their own five metre line. The indomitable pack secured possession for a re-worked back division who displayed a multiplicity of skills as they stormed upfield before the estimable Sam Booth kicked ahead, gathered the ball, touched down under the posts and stroked the ball gently through the sticks. This galvanised the affronted home team and they came back strongly, moving out of neutral and gaining some dominance in the loose. It was Newark, however, who scored next as a front peel from the line out set off the muscular Jacob Pearson on a bullocking run to the line from twenty metres out. Booth slotted the extras. Stamford redoubled their efforts and for the next quarter dominated both possession and territory, with their forwards recycling possession but their backs struggling to execute, meaning that chances went begging for the most part. It took a collective moment of somnolence to allow Stamford onto the scoreboard as the home side collected a twenty-two drop out and ran in unopposed and kicked their conversion. Newark struggled to get their hands on the ball as the half wore on as they stood off in the loose, but a turnover saw quick hands and slick interplay to put newcomer Jonny Webb-Ellis away and he made no mistake; nor did Booth from the tee, to take Newark to the interval 21-7 up.
Stamford started the second half in dominant mood as they trundled up field with their forwards, playing a pick-and-go game as their backs shivered in the outfield. Newark defended manfully, but when they had the ball tried to force it and coughed up the paucity of possession, and it was from one such error that Stamford were able to narrow the gap as they ran into the corner; 21-12. From here Booth exerted some control on the game as he used the natural slope of the pitch to kick for territory and Doran’s thing of beauty, with the athletic Will Saege dominating with a colossal performance in the air, allowed Newark started to turn the screw. A great kick chase by the ubiquitous James Brogden and his wingman Ben Skelton saw them turn over the ball and Brogden sprinted under the posts. Booth made no mistake. Webb Ellis and Booth completed the scoring as the former emulated his namesake of yesteryear by picking up the ball from the back of a ruck, and with a jinky run made it easy for Booth to convert the try under the posts.
Next up Boss Hogg’s blue and white cavalier army are away to Moderns.
Report by Nick Law
Checked by Steve Hogg
Posted by Mick Barton